Bethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.
Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?
Now are You Ready to Meet Our Own Wanderer, Author Laura Hilton?
- What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? My favorite way to relax is to curl up with a really good book – the kind that you pick up and read from start to finish because you cannot put it down. It’s that good. A bottle of ice water would be good too.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? I love the whole thing. Mostly. I love getting to know the characters in my head and finding out what their stories are. I love the thrill of discovery. I love the creation process, and finding out what the faith message is, and watching it all come together at the end.
- What can your readers expect from you next? I just turned in a novella for a collection that is coming out in April or May, and I’m working on a proposal for a new series. It’s set in an area I’ve been to, but I want to make sure it is as accurate as possible – especially since no Amish lived there when I was there.
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