Shannon here: Amish Romance author, Laura V. Hilton shares insight into her characters’ romance from her latest title, The Christmas Admirer. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Sept 23, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
- Are you open to your own romance?
Yes. I was in a relationship with Benaiah, but he broke up with me for reasons he won’t share. But someone is sneaking into my home late at night leaving secret admirer gifts. I want to catch them… maybe it’d be someone I could love…or do love.
- What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?
Faithfulness. A strong faith in God. Love for family. My grandma always told me that how a man treats his mom is how he’ll treat his wife. I want a man who loves me unconditionally.
- Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?
I’m Amish, so I grew up with most of the men I know. Maybe when someone comes for a wedding or a funeral or other gathering would be good to meet someone new.
- What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?
Smoking, drinking, drugs, or running around with bad people.
- Where do you dream of getting married?
Right in my home. Maybe the yard, if it’s a nice day. Most Amish get married in their homes.
- Where do you dream of spending your honeymoon?
I would love to go to Niagara Falls. One of my friends talked about going there.
- What would be the best gift a potential mate could buy for you?
Any gift. Another thing my grandma used to say that if a man loves a woman he buys her little gifts. That is why I am so desperate to meet my secret admirer
About Laura: Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas. Learn more and connect:
About the book – The Christmas Admirer: Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?
As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?
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Question for Readers: Have you ever had a secret admirer or been part of a secret sister program? What was the favorite gift you received from them?
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