Monday, March 10, 2008

On Tour A Sister's Test by Wanda Brunstetter (AND A GIVEAWAY)!


Wanda Brunstetter is one of today's most prolific and well loved authors of Amish fiction. I know many of my readers love Wanda's writing, so I'm very pleased to share a little Q&A with Wanda, as well as a preview AND a giveaway of her latest release, "A Sister's Test".

Q. A Sister’s Test is the second installment in the Holmes County Series and deals with mysterious attacks that test the faith, perseverance and forgiveness of the characters. What was the inspiration behind this series and what message(s) should readers take away after they’ve read A Sister’s Test?

A. After reading a newspaper article about some Amish people who’d been attacked by someone with a grudge against them, I decided to write a series addressing this issue and showing how I believe the Amish would respond to a situation such as this. The message I hope my readers will take away from reading A Sister’s Test is the message of forgiveness, forbearance, and trusting in God to bring about something good even in bad situations.

Q. In the past you’ve mentioned having a serious fascination with the Amish people and it’s clear from your writings that you respect their culture. What is it about them and their culture that you admire?

A. I admire their strong faith in God and their commitment to God and family. I also admire the fact that they do not put their emphasis on worldly things and spend more time reflecting on God’s creation and the blessings He bestows.

Q. How can we adopt these principles in today’s society without giving up the ‘modern’ way of life and becoming Amish?

A. We can slow down and take time out to spend with the Lord, as well as our family and friends. Many people are so busy “doing” that they miss a lot of the wonderful things God created for our enjoyment. Realizing that “things” aren’t nearly as important as “people” will help us keep our focus where it should be.

Q. The ability, or inability, to have children whatever the reason can be devastating to a woman. Do you have any advice to women struggling in this area of life?

A. Two of my best friends are not able to have children of their own. One friend chose to adopt, the other friend did not. Both women are loving, nurturing, caring people, and both are living fulfilled lives. While motherhood is a fulfilling responsibility, I don’t believe being a mother is the only way a woman can be fulfilled. There are many other things we can do in this life that bring fulfillment, and if we seek God’s will and ask Him how we can best serve Him, He will fulfill our needs.

Q. You now have over two-million books in print. Do you have any advice for beginning or aspiring novelists?

A.Keep writing and perfecting your craft, and never, ever give up. God’s timing is always best.

Q. We’re eagerly anticipating Book Three…are you in the process of writing it? When will it be available?

A. Book 3, A Sister’s Hope, will be published in July 2008.

And here's a little bit about this story: Romance is in bloom once again in Holmes County. Cleon and Grace Schrock are expecting their first child together and are happily settling into married life. And Grace’s younger sister, Ruth, is falling in love with Martin Gingerich. As their love blooms, the attacks on the Hostettler family begin again threatening their peace and security once again.

First, the attacks are just pranks...

A stink bomb in the family barn

The farm gets toilet-papered

Then, they escalate...

Laundry on the line is shredded

Weed spray in the garden kills all their garden plants

Finally, the unthinkable...

A horse and buggy are run off the road, costing the family dearly

Who’s to blame? Footprints lead directly to the Larson homestead and shortly thereafter Ray and Donna Larson make an offer to purchase the Hostettler homestead should they decide to move. But it could also be Luke Frieson, a young man still on rumspringa who hangs around with a rowdy English crowd. Cigarettes at the scene of one attack could point to him. Or they could point to heavy smoker Sheriff Osborn.

Bestselling Amish fiction author Wanda E. Brunstetter is certain to keep her millions of readers up late into the evening to learn whether all the mischief and mayhem will finally come to an end.

Sound good? Want to read it? Leave me a comment, and I'll pick a winner March 31st!! Tell a friend...

Happy Reading!



Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I live in amish country but have never read her books!
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Lesha said...

Sounds great :)

ChristyJan said...

Yes! It does sound good. I'd love to read it. Please enter me to win a copy.

Queen B said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I have heard about Wanda Brunstetter's books for years, but have never read one!

I would love to win!!

Queen Mother said...

I love books about the Amish. Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway

NotJustLaura said...

If this is open to UK residents I'd love to enter ...

Kim said...

I want to read this one, Deena. But exactly what am I supposed to leave you a copy of? He! He! (check your post!)

I'm smiling, but still entering to win!

kimfurd at hotmail dot com

tetewa said...

Sounds like another winner!

windycindy said...

Hello! I have followed this writer and her book reviews. She is a fascinating lady and the books sounds wonderful to read. Please enter me in your drawing. I always appreciate it!

Barbara H. said...

I'd love to enter this one. Wanda is one author I have been wanting to try but haven't yet.

Karin said...

Sounds good! Thanks for having the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to read it!


Tara said...

I find the Amish culture aspect fascinating.

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Kristin said...

Sounds great! I don't read much but would love to get a good book. I have college textbooks to read.

Grateful Gramma said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!