Though Caleb Beachy tried the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. But when he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he discovers there’s more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up his Levis. Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left. All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future and reminds him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. But will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance before it really has a chance to begin? Delight in the story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God’s infinite grace.
Do you have a favorite scene?
I have an amusing scene when Caleb’s friends from the city come to the farm for a visit. They ask questions and make comments appropriate for those clueless about rural life. Cal’s father, the Amish bishop, just doesn’t know what to do with them as he struggles to be polite.
How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me around 6 months from story conceptualization to outlining, writing, editing, proof-reading and then turning it in to my publisher. That does not include minor changes suggested by my editor or marketing. I usually work a year total on each book, but of course books overlap.
What do you hope readers will take away from The Quaker and the Rebel?
I hope you don’t consider this a spoiler, but I hope readers take away that self-forgiveness must also accompany asking God and those we’ve wronged for forgiveness. We must let go of personal shame once we’ve done everything we can to make things right.
What is your favorite movie?
My goodness, that is a hard question because I’m a movie-person. I try to see two or three movies per month. Offhand, I would have to say Fried Green Tomatoes, based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. I loved the dual story (present day/fifty years ago) taking place, with a very satisfying tie-up at the end. I have watched this old movie not less than a dozen times.
Please share a favorite childhood memory.
My favorite childhood involves playing in the waves the first time my parents took me to the beach. I thought the ocean was simply magnificent and honestly, I still do!!
What is next for you?
My next release is book 2 of the Civil War heroines series, The Lady and the Officer. It will release in August from Harvest House Publishers. It involves a romantic triangle, espionage and intrigue, and plenty of action. I love visiting the sites in Pennsylvania and Virginia to do my research.
Thanks for sharing, Mary!
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Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Living in Harmony, book one of her last series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. She is currently working on a three-book series of historical romances set during the Civil War for Harvest House Publishers. The Quaker and the Rebel released in January. Her current release is A Plain Man. She can be found on the web at: