This week on Amish Wisdom: Amish Fiction with Amy Lillard and Anna Schmidt

This week we'll be talking with two authors of Amish fiction who are brand new to Amish Wisdom. The first half hour we'll hear from Amy Lillard about her new book Saving Gideon. Then during the last half of the show Anna Schmidt will be telling us about her latest release, A Sister's Forgiveness

Both authors are giving away a copy of their books (Anna's publisher has graciously offered FOUR copies of A Sister's Forgiveness!) - for a chance to win just leave a comment on this post. Winners will be notified next week via email.

More about Amy Lillard: Amy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels from contemporary to Amish. These two genres meet in her first book, Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Learn more about Amy and her other books at her website,

More about Saving Gideon: Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life -- to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere lifestyle. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through (yet another) bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. And there’s something more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. Yet as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles, or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

More about Anna Schmidt: Anna has three times been a finalist for the coveted RITA award for romance fiction and has twice before been recognized by Romantic Times magazine with their Reviewer's Choice Award. She enjoys gardening and collecting seashells at her winter home in Florida. Find out more about Anna and her other books at her website,

More about A Sister's Forgiveness: Anna Schmidt’s second book in her contemporary Mennonite romance series proves that one moment can change everything. Available now, A Sister’s Forgiveness presents a moving story of faith and forgiveness.

Sisters Emma and Jeannie are best friends, and so are their teenage daughters Sadie and Tessa. And then the unthinkable happens that changes everything in a moment. A tragic accident results in Tessa’s death and Sadie is responsible leaving both families devastated. Soon sorrow becomes bitterness as Jeannie’s marriage disintegrates and Emma’s two children are mired in guilt and depression. But through faith, can each sister find a way from heartbreak to forgiveness?

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  1. Sharyl B. says: I love love love reading Amish books! Thanks for the contest.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  2. karenk says: thanks for the chance to read these

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  3. amy c says: Looks like a show I don't want to miss! Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  4. Brenda W says: I would love a chance for either of these books! Thanks for your show.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  5. Nancee says: Thank you for a wonderful review of both books, Suzanne! I'd love an opportunity to win a book! Nancee quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  6. Elaine Rieder says: How exciting to have 2 new Amish authors! Would love to win one of their books.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  7. Name Brenda says: Commenti sounds like a great show I will be listening Please enter me in the contest Thank you

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  8. NamePaula Osborne says: I love to read Anna Schmidt books but have not read any of Amy's yet would like to be your drawing on these.thanks for sharing.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  9. Paula O ( says: I am putting again so you have my email....

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  10. apple blossom says: Anna's book sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy. I have Saving Gideon so don't need to be entered in that giveaway thanks ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  11. Katie Troyer says: Strange I live in Pinecraft, but I have never heard of Anna Schmidt until today. I would love to meet you and also win a free copy of your book A Sister's Forgiveness.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  12. Linda Dietz says: New-to-me-authors! Yea! Can't wait to read both books!

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  13. Name Mary Ellen Ashenfelder says: Comment I have not read any books by either author. Would be thrilled to try one of their books. Thank

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  14. Angie Adair says: I am happy to see Anna has another book out. I am looking forward to reading it...Angie in Illinois angadair at

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  15. Judy B says: I would love to win a copy of Saving Gideon. I already have a copy of A Sister's Forgiveness. Thanks for this giveaway. Blessings! Judy...judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  16. Judy DuerName says: I have Not read this author yet but looking forward to start. I would so love to win one of them. Comment

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  17. Karen Gervais says: Would love a chance to win A Sister's Forgiveness. Thanks for the giveaway. Great show. kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  18. Name: Maxie Anderson says: Comment I would love to win one of these books, (

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  19. Linda McFarland says: Thanks for the opportunity to win a book and for introducing new authors and their books. Makes it easy to find new books on amish fiction that I love.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  20. Michelle says: These both look like great reads!

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  21. Michelle says: bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  22. KayG says: Great show, great books. I would love a chance to win.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  23. Felecia says: I would love to read your stories!

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  24. Pat Moore says: Enjoyed both of you books.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  25. Susan Fryman says: Comment Looking forward to checking these books out as well. Blessings to all.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  26. Kathy Faberge says: Both of these books sound great! Can't wait to read them.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  27. Name karen says: Comment books are my life so I would like to win

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  28. Susan Fryman says: Just listened to this interview and thouroughly enjoyed it as well. Plan on reading both of these books too and their websites. Your guests are marvelous just as you are Suszanne.

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
  29. Sarah Ramirez says: I love your books, Anna! My new hobby/love is reading Amish books, both fiction and non-fiction. I read at least 3 books/week. I order them to read on my kindle. Keep up the good work!

    Posted on: 12-31-1969 @ 7:00 pm EST
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