selling Christian author, Beverly Lewis, just released her latest
book, "Ebb Tide," which entered the Christian Bookseller's Top 50
list at #6.
just returned from your spring book tour. What was an interesting aspect
about this tour?
This tour began in a challenging way - due to my broken right ankle two
weeks prior to leaving for North Carolina. On top of that, on the way there,
I was stranded in Atlanta the day after 500+ flights in and out of there
were canceled due to weather. I'm so thankful for Lori Jones, the attentive
and caring Delta flight attendant who stayed with me for hours after she
clocked out in Atlanta. I am truly grateful for this amazing young lady who
cared enough to see to it that I got on the final flight of the night (2:30
AM) to Raleigh, so I could start my tour last Friday morning at the LifeWay
Store there. I cannot thank Lori enough for caring in such a tangible way -
unheard of! - and she wanted to be the one to wheel me down the jet way and
onto the plane, which arrived at 4:40 AM, prior to my first event that
What is your favorite part about
speaking at book signings?
always fondly recall the many readers who shared intimate details of their
lives with me - aspects of my stories that have helped them through chemo
treatments, the passing of a spouse or child, a shocking financial reversal,
or a desperate spiritual drought. And the dear woman who canceled her
daughter's long-awaited doctor appointment to come to my presentation at
Liberty University one of the evenings so she could talk quietly with me.
I'm thankful for them, and for the bookstore owners and librarians who made
the tour possible by hosting me so graciously.
There were so many, many points of sharing that took place, and I'm
grateful to God for giving me the courage and strength to do this book tour.
On that note, I'm on the mend and will soon be out of the "walking boot,"
and wholly back to normal.
Let's talk a bit about your novel that just released. The
Ebb Tide is set in a New Jersey beach community - not your typical setting
for Amish fiction. What inspired the unexpected location?
my childhood in Lancaster County, I fell head over heels for the Jersey
Shore, where I spent some wonderful summer weekends. Cape May in particular
was a favorite destination. While on a recent book tour, I revisited this
most charming seaside town and felt compelled to claim it as the setting for
Readers may be surprised to realize that Cape May and other eastern
coastal towns are popular vacation destinations for the Amish and other
Plain visitors. The Amish may travel less frequently than we Englishers do,
but that doesn't mean they don't take the occasional short trip outside of
farm country - although the protagonist in this story would like to travel
much farther than that!
you tell us more about that
Sallie Riehl has long dreamed of seeing more of the world beyond her
cloistered Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, community. At nineteen, Sallie
is at the age of baptism into the Old Order church, and her family is eager
to see her settle down. But when a well-to-do family offers Sallie an
opportunity to nanny for the summer in Cape May, she accepts, even though it
means forgoing baptism yet another year, as well as leaving behind a
would-be beau. Sallie leaves home anticipating a summer unlike any she has
experienced before . . . one that will challenge her in ways she hasn't
about what you are
working on right now?
Of course! Now that I'm back from my tour, I've been working on my next
stand-alone novel, one that will release this September. "The Proving"
tells the story of Amanda Dienner, who hasn't spoken to anyone in her Old
Order family in years, including her twin sister. Now an Englisher, Mandy is
shocked to learn that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster
County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. But naturally there's a
catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be Mandy's if she is able to
successfully run it for one year. Not one to be deterred, she accepts the
challenge, then has to deal with the potential fallout when she realizes the
inn's loyal clientele expect an Amish hostess!
from amishwisdom.com -
Beverly Lewis, raised in
Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished
musician, and an award-winning author of nearly ninety books for adults and
children, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA
Today and The New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy
Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Writing memorable stories set in
Amish farmland brings Beverly continual joy and inspiration. Her own family
heritage is Old Order Mennonite, but she has many dear friends among Amish
communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Beverly and her husband,
David, live in Colorado.
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