Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Patchwork Dreams Blog Tour and KCWC Give Away!

Author: Laura V. Hilton

Publisher: Whitaker House
ISBN-10: 1603742557
ISBN-13: 978-1603742559

Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is another great book to add to your to be read and/or summer reading pile. As I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Hilton's book, I recommend putting it on the top of your pile!

It is a wonderful story. I enjoyed the plot, was emotionally moved and the book engaged me fully from start to finish. It really is a wonderful, relaxing and beautiful story. I look forward to the release of the next book in The Amish of Seymour series!

Don't forget to enter the give away hosted by KCWC!

Book Summary

Becky Troyer has committed the ultimate sin, and finds herself on the edge of her Amish community. Jacob Miller believes he was sent to the Old Order Community in Missouri to help out a distant cousin. Instead, he discovers he was part of an arranged swap—sending men from his Pennsylvania district to the Missouri district to bring new blood into the Amish community. Becky dreams of marriage, but doesn't dare hope that anyone would choose her—not with her history. Can God use the lies that have affected Becky and Jacob to bring them together? Or will Jacob rebel and head home to his first love?

Author Bio

Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books: Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, visit her blog at http://lighthouse–academy.blogspot.com/

An Interview With Laura:

How has being published changed your life?Well there’s a lot of administrative stuff that I didn’t know about beforehand. And a lot of things that take me out of my comfort zone. I’m naturally a shy quiet and private person, and suddenly I have to be more willing to talk about what I’m doing.

What is your current work in progress?I am starting the third book in the Amish of Seymour series, which will be Becky’s friend, Annie’s story.

What would be your dream vacation?

Oh, well, I would love to spend a month or two in Michigan (our whole family loves Michigan and we missed it when we moved away) and just poke around the lighthouses, waterfalls, etc. that make the state great. Also, if I ever have a chance to go overseas, I would love to see Big Ben and visit some of the European castles. Also, I’d love an extended stay at an Amish bed and breakfast.

How do you choose your settings for each book?Well, most Amish books are set in Ohio and Pennsylvania because that is where the largest communities are. I chose to set mine in Seymour, Missouri, because there is an Amish community there. Missouri is an untapped setting for Amish stories, and it was close enough for me to drive up there for research.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?Oh, Beverly Lewis. When I grow up I want to write like her. I’d love to talk writing with her.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult obstacle was trying to write in the living room with five children! I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking out noises though. Unless the children are fighting or crying I can work through it.

Win a Chance to enter the KCWC Give Away!

Grand Prize Giveaway:

* 1 apple mug* 1 apple scented candle in decorative tin

* 1 small packet of Starbucks coffee

* Amish made rose petal soap* Beverly Lewis' Amish Cookbook

* Simple Joys of the Amish Life by Mindy Starns Clark

* $5.00 McDonald's Gift Card

* Amish Popcorn
* Autographed copy of Patchwork Dreams

To Enter:

Just leave a note in the comments section and you'll be in the running to win a chance to be entered into the Grand Prize Give Away!

Contest is closed as of 6/16/2011 at 12 MN and the winner chosen on 6/17/2011. The name of the winner will be entered into the KCWC grand prize drawing and KCWC will announce their winner on 6/20/2011.

Many thanks to KCWC for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect honestly how I feel about this book.


Annette W. said...

Sounds great!

Though I live in Amish country, I've never heard of Amish popcorn. Hmmm...

Christina said...

Again, right up my alley. I love Amish stories. For some reason I am obsessed with them. I lived in NJ and have been to Lancaster a few times, where there are quite a few Amish and I am always amazed by their quiet ways.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I've been wanting to read this one! I missed out on the tour and I was so bummed. My library doesn't have it and I'd love to win it.