Today, please welcome to my blog author Suzanne Woods Fisher! Book one, The Letters, in Suzanne's new series, Inn at Eagle Hill, is about to release on August 1. Suzanne is hosting a scavenger hunt July 23 – August 1, and I'm one of the stops! Keep an eye on Suzanne's blog for a clue as to that day's scavenger-hunt stop and visit for a sneak peek at The Letters and the chance to win a copy of the book!
“As we go through life each one of us learns that we never get dizzy doing good turns.” Amish proverb
Rose Schrock, a main character in The Letters, has a mother-in-law who gives all mother-in-laws a bad name. Vera Schrock is demanding, critical, undermining, and plays favorites with the grandchildren. Rose is a strong woman, but she’s determined to cope with Vera’s gloomy presence with grace—and gratitude, too, for the shelter Vera’s farm has provided for her family after her husband passed.
The Amish are the first to say they’re not perfect, but their extended family relationships are more stable than those of the non-Amish. “You just don’t hear of a lot of ‘family feud’ type situations among Amish,” Eris Wesner said, who writes a blog called Amish America. It’s not uncommon for three generations to live under one roof, though the grandparents will often have a separate apartment or “Grossdaddi Haus” (grandfather’s house) attached to the main house. They not only place great value on the elderly, appreciating their wisdom and experience, but they believe God cares how we treat our parents.
Do you have a Vera Schrock-type person in your life? I did. I had a neighbor for whom I could do nothing right. At times, I treated my neighbor like Rose treated Vera—with grace and understanding. But not always. Most of the time, I just steered clear of her. This neighbor passed away before I wrote The Letters, and I’ve wondered since if I might have done a better job after meeting Rose.
What about you? Is there someone in your life for whom you need an extra measure of grace and understanding? Take a page from Rose’s book and don’t stop trying. The ending to your particular story might surprise you.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi