Shannon here: Kelly Irvin shares her inspiration for her latest Amish Romance, With Winter’s First Frost. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: March 9th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kelly:
Small gestures lead to sweet romance by Kelly Irvin:
Do love languages change as we grow older, our bodies age, and our ability to love matures? With Winter’s First Frost’s Laura Kauffman, a widow and great-grandmother who is seventy-three years old, would say yes. She may walk a little slower and have trouble sewing because of her arthritis, but otherwise she hasn’t slowed down a bit. In fact, she’s still taking on jobs—like helping out a family with new, premature twins whose cantankerous great-grandfather finds old age to be a challenge. How Laura approaches Zechariah’s situation reflects how romantic love can grow from small gestures and simple, thoughtful gifts.
Writing Laura and Zechariah’s love story gave me the opportunity to explore new love in the winter season of life. Some things are the same. When a man suddenly realizes he likes the color and sparkle of a woman’s eyes. Or a woman feels the goosebumps scurry up her arm when a man’s fingers brush against her skin.
In some ways it’s different. Laura is a wise woman who has experienced tragedy and loss. She understands how Zachariah feels—alone and adrift without his first wife, frustrated by the disease that has taken his independence, and wondering why God continues to leave him on this earth.
So she does the simple things. She plays checkers with him by the fireplace on a cold winter night. When the jerkiness caused by his Parkinson’s disease sends the checkers flying, she simply picks them up and starts the game again. She encourages him to slip away from his grandson’s house and visit a friend even when his family wants to keep him at home and “safe.”
When Laura must seek out her granddaughter and try to convince her to return to her Amish community, she asks Zachariah to go with her. The gesture communicates that Laura values his insight and wisdom. His family has unwittingly made him feel useless by taking away the work in his life. She gives him back his sense of worth.
When he burns himself starting a fire in the fireplace, Laura tends to his wounds with such loving care, Zechariah can’t help but acknowledge—to himself at least—the growing attraction he feels for her.
How does Zachariah show Laura he has feelings for her? He offers a Christmas gift of birding binoculars. It’s a gift that means so much more. Zachariah’s favorite pastime is birding. He wants to share with her this passion. He wants to spend time with her.
For his birthday, Laura arranges for the two of them to attend a volunteer bird count at Swan Lake—one of Zachariah’s favorite events. There, they share their first kiss in the cold, snowy winter wonderland. It’s a magical moment made possible because they communicated their feelings through small, but thoughtful gifts.
It’s the sweet, beautiful language of love—at any age.
About Kelly: Best-selling author Kelly Irvin is the author of the Every Amish Season series from Zondervan/ HarperCollins, including Upon a Spring Breeze, winner of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award in the long romance category. The series follows the Amish of Bee County Series, which included The Beekeeper’s Son, subject of a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “an intricately woven masterpiece.” Among her other works are novellas in four collections. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House Publishing. She has also penned three inspirational romantic suspense novels, Tell Her No Lies, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.
Kelly’s novels, The Beekeeper’s Son and Love Redeemed, were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 contemporary romance category of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards Contest.
Kelly is currently working on a new series entitled Amish of Big Sky Country. The first book in that series, Mountains of Grace, debuts in August. Her next romantic suspense novel, Over the Line, will debut in June.
About the book – With Winter’s First Frost:
With the coldest season comes the warmest of second chances.
At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.
Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.
When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.
With Winter’s First Frost reminds us that God’s purposes always bear fruit—and sometimes love is sweeter with age.
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Question for Readers:What is your love language? In other words, how do you show others you love them?
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Shelia Hall says
By telling them I love them and doing things for them to show I care(cooking favorite meal, picking up something they need/want)
Jennifer Hibdon says
Morning, Shannon & Kelly. Thanx for the giveaway!!! My love lanuage is doing for others. I love receiving flowers and trinkets. My husband is a doer/provider, but I get flowers.
I show love to others by listening to them,making their favorite food, being there for the person.Saying I love you too!
Myra Few says
Doing things for people , cooking for them , telling them I love them , hugging them , and doing something special just because I care .
I think my love language is quietness. I show others I love them by giving them my “time”. A lot of the time it means stopping what I’m doing just to listen to them with my full attention. It might be planning way ahead for something special they want to have or do. My love language is not so much in speaking words (though “I love you”, “I appreciate you”, “thank you for…” are part of it), but more so in actions.
Glinda Jaynes says
By being kind, showing acceptance, making meals, doing for others.
Laverne Stanley says
I’m not a “hugger” so prefer to show affection through spending time with loved ones, listening to them, and playing and baking with the grandchildren.
Sharon Timmer says
My husband loves when we spend time together, and also touch.
I have a friend that likes gifts, so it just depends on the person who I am sharing the love language with.
Perrianne Askew says
My love language is taking care of my family by cooking, baking and running errands and the like. I really enjoy Kelly Irvin’s warm stories
Michelle Morgan says
Small signs of affection. Hugs, hand holding and I love you’d.
Stella Potts says
I am 83 and living with my daughter since my husband of 63 years passed away in June 2017. To show my love and appreciation for them I try to do things in the kitchen and sometimes cook or bake something special for them.
Judy Smith says
My love language is taking best care possible of by husband of 53 years; he has Parkinson’s and needs help in many ways. Also my husband and I never leave each other without say ‘I love you’. The same when visiting, texting with our sons, their wives and children. We’ve done that since our boys were young. In case the Lord called one of us home while apart, we wanted the last words those remaining heard was “I love you’.
Dawn Crawford says
I show others that I love them by words of encouragement, and do little things that they don’t expect.
Janet Estridge says
I have two names.
Dependable and Reliable, or maybe they mean the same.
People know that if they need me, I’ll be there, no matter what the circumstances are.
Maybe, that’s why I’m tired all the time.
kim hansen says
Just doing little things for them.
I love that this book features a character who is not a 20-something. I need to get it for my grandmother!
My love language is words, but I also love to do acts of service for the people I love.
Teresa Kerr says
I listen, REALLY listen. And I talk with people. You can tell when someone needs to talk or just needs you to listen or even just needs you to be there and be quiet with them.
Karen G. says
Do special things for them, listening and being there for them.
Joan Kurth says
My love language is crocheting baby afghans for babies in the NICU and prayer shawls for my church to give to members who are in the hospital, have lost loved ones, new joining members and residents in nursing homes.
Vivian Furbay says
Being 72, I am interested in this book and would like to read it.
Tracy L Smith says
I actually tell the people that I love that i do, which hasn’t always been. i make sure that they know by telling them and by doing anything that i can for them, from cooking for them, to babysitting and anything in between.
Merry S. says
I try to show others love by sharing words of encouragement and being a good listener.
Becky I. says
I show love by sending cards that I have hand decorated. In addition to Christmas, I send cards out for Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and their birthday, along with encouragements throughout the year. Hope to win!
Shannon Vannatter says
I have a winner! Myra Few won the drawing. I appreciate Kelly for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.