Shannon here: Amish romance author, Laura V. Hilton shares another glimpse into her real life romance, plus a chance to win a copy of A Harvest of Hearts. Comment on any post dated Aug 29 – Sept 2 for a chance to win the drawing. Deadline: Sept 3, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
1. What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
My love gift is the act of service, so when he does an odd job around the house (for example, cutting up the tree that fell on the mailbox) it translates into something romantic. The first time was fixing the deck outside my apartment. It wasn’t his job, because I rented the apartment, but he did it anyway.
2. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
He says being there for him, through thick and thin – supporting him as he pursues some different goals.
3. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
We went to Eureka Springs, Arkansas on our honeymoon. But that wouldn’t be the most romantic. I’d have to say either Munising Falls in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan or Niagara Falls in New York/Canada. We were on the Canadian side when we saw it and it was during an ice storm. We (and two of our children) skated out to the railing and held on, looking down at the falls. Cold! I wanted to go back and see it when it wasn’t during an ice storm, so we went back home that way and unfortunately, went back through in a blizzard. I guess seeing the falls in good weather will have to happen another time!
4. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
No. There is a small hole in the wall restaurant in Calico Rock, Arkansas we like to spend our anniversary at.
5. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
Steve picked out “Household of Faith” for our wedding, so that’s always been “our” song.
6. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
He is really good about bringing me flowers. It started when he worked as a custodian at a mega church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He’d bring me really pretty flowers and I’d oooh and ahh over them and he said they were throwing them away after a funeral. (Laugh) It got to the point where he brought me flowers and I’d ask “Who died?” But now, it’s more of a pick up a bouquet at Wal-Mart, something cheery. I’m always thrilled, whatever the reason. 🙂
About Laura: Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. Learn more at: http://laurav.hilton.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512.
About the Book: A Harvest of Hearts Book 2 of the Amish of Seymour series, September 2011
Matthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district. Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her. And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?
Come back September 2 for an excerpt from Laura V. Hilton’s A Harvest of Hearts.