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Interview:
Wanda Brunstetter,
Author of "The Hope Jar"'


By Joyce Lamb - USA Today

   Wanda Brunstetter is the author of nearly 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and Country Woman. Wanda's books have been translated into four foreign languages.
  Her latest, The Hope Jar, is #1 on the ECPA Christian Fiction list.

Can you tell us about your book, The Hope Jar?

  Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

  Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle's budding faith - but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

Which character in the book is your favorite?
And, Why?

  Mary Ruth was one of my favorite characters in The Hope Jar. She is a gracious Amish woman, full of love and wisdom, like so many of my Amish friends are. Even in the face of adversity, Mary Ruth Lapp is compassionate and loving towards others.

Do you have a favorite scene or quote
from The Hope Jar?

  One of my favorite scenes is in chapter 3, when Michelle enters the Lapps' home and realizes that the simple way they live is a lot different than what she is used to. A favorite quote from the book was a prayer found on a note in the jar Michelle discovered in the barn: "Dear Lord. You forgive my sins and give me hope." Hope was something Michelle desperately needed.

Tell us about your writing process and how you came up with the idea
of a hope jar (love this!).

  The idea of hidden prayer jars was suggested by my editor. I liked the concept and soon came up with a 3-book series. Each of the books involves a different, but connecting, character who finds hope, forgiveness and healing from the messages she discovers inside one or more of the hidden jars.

What is the message you want readers to take away from reading The Hope Jar?

  I would like for my readers to come away with a feeling of hope, knowing that no matter what happened in their past, or what they might be dealing with now, they can find hope and healing through God's love, as well as the love and nurturing of people, like Willis and Mary Ruth Lapp.

Can you tell us anything about your
upcoming books?

  I am currently working on an Amish-themed novella that will be in a collection with a novella written by my daughter-in-law, Jean, and one by my granddaughter, Richelle. The novella collection will release in June 2019. I will soon be working on Book 3 in my Prayer Jars series. The title is The Healing Jar, and it will be published in August 2019. Book 2, The Forgiving Jar, comes out in February 2019.

~ from destinationamish.com ~

 

 

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Sara Murray had never met her mother's parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can't understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter. Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being
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A trio of Brunstetter novels in one book! In The Decision, Jonah Miller must begin again after a terrible heartbreak. In The Gift, Adam Beachy proposes a marriage of convenience to Leah Mast to create the family his orphaned nieces need. And in The Restoration, Priscilla Herschberger is courted by two very different men. 960 pages, softcover
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Michelle Taylor is 24, homeless, and desperate when she meets the Lapps. By impersonating their long-lost granddaughter, she gains entry into their household. But she never expects to be so influenced by their faith. Soon, the discovery of an old blue jar---filled with a stranger's scribbled prayers---awakens her conscience. Should she reveal her true identity?
320 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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