recently read

recently read

By the time I was halfway through Jasmine, I couldn’t put it down and did my usual binge to the end. April McGowan tackles tough topics in her debut novel–sexual abuse, homelessness, and going home again–with grace and truth. The page-turner is packed with believable characters, Oregon settings, and a realistic hope that sustains the story. I highly recommend Jasmine. I met April several years ago at an Oregon Christian Writers’ conference and became a fan of her writing immediately. I’m celebrating, along with so many others, the publication of Jasmine. Way to go,...

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i love book groups

i love book groups

I joined a wonderful group of ladies last night to discuss my novel, Scrap Everything. We did talk about that story–but we also talked about Beyond the Blue (which they read in February), adoption, Vietnam, the military, faith and healing, my Amish novels, Shakespeare, Stephen Hawking, and life. But the most touching part of the evening was gathering around one of the members (facing one of life’s uncertainties) to pray. What a great group of women. I felt so privileged to join them for an...

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Friday Flashback

Friday Flashback

My girls and I took our annual summer road trip to Eastern Washington last week to visit my brother. It’s one of my favorite traditions, one that we’ve kept over the last decade. We usually go on some sort of outing (huckleberry picking last year), out for ice cream, and swimming. It’s always very relaxing and a little educational–I always learn something new about the area. Here’s a photo from six years ago, taken at Dworshak Dam in Idaho:         Here’s a photo from last weekend taken at the Spalding Visitor Center, also in Idaho:         The girls call him “Uncle.” I like...

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Amish Wisdom interview, tomorrow, August 22

Amish Wisdom interview, tomorrow, August 22

I’m looking forward to being interviewed tomorrow by Elizabeth Byler Younts on Amish Wisdom! http://bit.ly/1f2Y1j3, 5pm EST. Elizabeth is the author of Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. It’s in my stack of to-read books. I can’t wait! I’ll be featured during the second half of the program (5:30EST) and the topic will be Adoring Addie. Jolina Petersheim, author of The Outcast (a retelling of The Scarlet Letter), will be featured during the first half. We’d love to have you stop by if you can–or listen to it...

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Tada! The winners of The Amish Seamstress drawing are:

Carmen Retzer, Emma (augustlily), Susan Floyd Fletcher, Rachel Lepree, and Donna (djw). Congratulations to all five of you and a BIG thank you to all who participated! Leslie

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