I’ve always held a fascination for the Amish and their way of life. Some of that, I suppose, stems from my love of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was young. For grown-up me, the Amish live very much the way the Ingalls lived in the mid to late 1800’s, yet they do it in a modern day world. As a person who is curious by nature, that intrigues me. As a person who happens to be a writer, that same intrigue has a way of leading me in all sorts of different directions.
In Portrait of a Sister, my new women’s fiction novel, we meet Katie Beiler—a young Amish woman who has spent her life being “Hannah’s twin.” It’s a role she’s comfortable with if for no other reason than it’s her normal. It doesn’t help matters that the one and only way in which Katie can truly be her own person means having to say goodbye to everyone she holds most dear.
It’s a story about choices. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story that will linger in your heart, as it has mine, long after you’ve finished reading.