A change of plans….

Good Tuesday morning, readers. For those of you who noticed my posting 10 minutes ago…there has been a change of plans. Cynthia’s non-fiction book Triumphs and Struggles doesn’t release until April. So I will run my showcase of her on May 7th and give away a free copy then. Sorry to whet your appetites, because this book truly does sound wonderful. We’ll have to be patient…

Here’s a short piece I wrote for AmishReader.com about the single sons of farmers. Anybody who posts a comment after today’s blog will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of An Amish Family Reunion, which I’m happy to say just made the EPCA and CBA bestseller lists for March. Have a lovely week, readers. The sun is shining is Ohio and temps will hit the 60’s. Spring has sprung, making me one happy camper!
Single Sons of a Farmer  Until I spent time interviewing and studying the lives of farmer, both Amish and English, it hadn’t occurred to me the responsibility of being the only son in the family. Most men who own family businesses hope their sons enjoy the vocation and will one day step into their shoes. But in an agricultural family, the stakes are much higher. Most small farms cannot afford to pay someone to run the operation when Dad wants to retire. If a man has no sons (or sons-in-law or daughters, in the case of Englischers) who wish to farm, he usually must sell the ancestral land. In An Amish Family Reunion I loved exploring this theme with my hero, Eli Riehl. Eli is a natural-born storyteller and wishes to write books for a living—an odd career for someone Plain. But while studying the Amish, I learned they are loyal, trustworthy and honor their duties, no matter what the price to their personal dreams.
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