Shannon here: Kathleen Fuller shares a romantic trip that fed her fiction, plus a chance to win an autographed copy of her latest Amish Romance, The Innkeeper’s Bride. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Feb 1st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kathleen:
Romance in Amish Country
The setting of my latest book, The Innkeeper’s Bride, is a small inn in the fictional town of Birch Creek, OH. Amish country is renowned for their inns, small hotels, and B&Bs. Although Birch Creek is imaginary, it is based on small Amish communities located outside of Holmes County, OH, which is the largest Amish settlement in the country. There you’ll find dozens of quaint and peaceful places to stay. Holmes is a popular destination for visitors looking to have a romantic getaway or to simply get away from an increasingly hectic world.
Years ago, my husband James and I did just that and spent our anniversary at The Barn Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast located in Millersburg, OH. Our stay there was so relaxing we didn’t want to return home! If you get a chance to visit Amish country, I highly recommend staying at an inn or bed and breakfast. They are great places to unplug and unwind. While I didn’t model Stoll’s Inn–the bed and breakfast featured in The Innkeeper’s Bride–on The Barn Inn, it is a composite of several inns I’ve stayed at over the years, both Amish and non-Amish.
Building and running an inn is hard work, but it’s is also rewarding, as Levi Stoll finds out when his family decides to go into the hospitality business. However, he definitely didn’t prepare for dealing with the inn’s problems on top of his growing attraction to new maid Selah Ropp, along with his meddling, matchmaking grandmother. For her part, Selah has returned to Birch Creek and is eager for a fresh start. She doesn’t anticipate falling for the local innkeeper—or feeling like part of a real family for the first time in her life. She now has to handle the huge dent in her best-laid plans. Can Levi and Selah overcome these obstacles and find love? Read The Innkeeper’s Bride to find out.
About Kathleen: With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, the Amish Letters series, the Brides of Birch Creek series, the upcoming Mail Order Brides of Birch Creek, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. She has also contributed to numerous novella collections. She and her husband James live in Arkansas and have three adult children. When she’s not writing, Kathleen is avidly crocheting, reading, and traveling, sometimes all at the same time. She runs the Facebook group Books & Hooks, which combines her love of books, crochet, and collecting recipes that she’ll never have enough time to make. Learn more & connect:
About the book – The Innkeeper’s Bride
With two matchmakers on the loose in the Amish community of Birch Creek, the new innkeeper doesn’t stand a chance in this sweet Amish romance.
When Selah Ropp returns to Birch Creek, she is a different person than when she left. I know I haven’t done much listening in the past, Lord, she prays. But I’m listening now. Her new friend, Cevilla Schlabach, urges her to let go of regrets and allow this to be a fresh start. Cevilla herself, though, hides a secret longing behind her weathered face.
Levi Stoll and his family spent a year transforming a large English house into a small inn. Now that they are open for business, Levi is pleased to have Selah join them as an employee—as long as his grandmother doesn’t try any matchmaking schemes on the two of them. After all, Selah seems as guarded as he feels, and the last thing he wants is for anyone to remind him of his history.
With Kathleen Fuller’s trademark humor and memorable characters, The Innkeeper’s Bride reminds us that God’s grace in the present and our hope for the future is stronger than any pain of the past.
Question for Readers: Have you ever stayed at a small in or bed and breakfast? What did you enjoy most about your stay?
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