Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Never an Amish Bride
Series: Honey Brook #1
Author: Ophelia London
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Amish Romance
Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.
Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace…but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town.
Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible…even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon.
As an author who has resided in California and Texas and written contemporary romances, what drew you to the Amish genre?
That’s a great question! And I’m thrilled to answer it for your readers. So, it all goes back to my sister. She moved from Tennessee to Hershey, PA about ten years ago. I was dying to go there, of course, because that is where all the chocolate lives! I mean, talk about my mecca. 😉 The first time I went out there for a visit, we did the whole Hershey thing—which was dang awesome. (PS: I have a whole series that takes place in and around Hershey, called “Sugar City.”) Anyway…what I didn’t realize then, was Hershey practically butts up to Lancaster County, one of the largest Amish settlements in the country.
My sister had only been out there once, so we searched the internet and made some phone calls to make sure we followed the correct “Englisher” protocol. We didn’t want to be those ugly people who tried to take pictures of things that were private to the Amish. We did our best to be respectful.
Needless to say, I completely fell in love with the charm of their little towns, the food, pastries, homemade everything!, and even the friendliness of the people. To me, they weren’t this mysterious, secretive people who wouldn’t talk to anyone. They were warm and welcoming, very hospitable. And if you haven’t had a fresh whoopie pie in Intercourse, PA, you’re seriously missing out!
Fast forward to nearly ten years later. I’d written a bunch of sweet romances and other women’s fiction, then I took a break to be engaged, married and nest for a while. 😊 Soon enough, however, I started itching to write again. The trouble was, I didn’t have any cool stories in mind. I was like totally blank! One day, I called my editor just to catch up because it had been nearly three years since I’d written anything new. We chatted for a while, then she finally asked the question I was dreading… “So, do you have a new book in mind?”
Ugh. I told her I had nothing—nada. My once creative mind was empty. We chatted a bit longer about this and that. Finally, after maybe holding back a moment, she asked: “Have you ever hear of Amish romance?”
Whoa, what? I didn’t even realize that genre existed. Ha! Little did I know it was become one of the fastest growing with romance readers. Ever heard of Beverly Lewis, Ophelia? Well, no. I hadn’t! Yet.
Long story short (too late), my publisher already had a bit of a story in mind—which was all I needed to get going. We even came up with the title pretty early on: Never an Amish Bride. It was difficult at first, as I’d gotten out of the habit of writing every day, but soon enough, I was neck deep in all things Amish. I seriously fell in love with the people, the culture, how hard working they are, and especially how devoted they are to their families and faith.
I can’t believe this book is finally in the hands of readers. It’s like a dream come true, so much so that my amazing editor and I joke (as I’m currently writing The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming, the follow up to Never an Amish Bride) that single phone call was FATE!
Answer me this: Is Never an Amish Bride your first time at reading an Amish romance? If not, who is your favorite Amish author? And why do you love the genre?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE, her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances.
(1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card!
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