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THE PREISS FAMILY emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family’s history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years. Twenty-five years later, Sarah Price splits her time between her home outside of New York City and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she retreats to reflect, write, and reconnect with her Amish friends and Mennonite family.
In Fields of Corn, Shana Slater, a non-Amish woman from out of state, doesn't realize that her life is about to change when she pulls into the Lapp farm in Leola, Pennsylvania, to inquire about renting a small apartment over a mule shed. Yet, the price is right and the rolling fields of corn present a peaceful place for her to retreat when she is not working in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her curiosity about the Amish way of life is piqued when she befriends Emanuel Lapp, the son of her landlord. As she learns about the Amish through his eyes, she quickly realizes that the Amish way of life is more than just religion and a plain way of living. She also discovers that the more she learns, the more she is unexpectedly falling for much more than their plain and simple lifestyle. When two worlds collide, which will survive and at what cost?
In Hills of Wheat, readers will learn more about quiet Sylvia Lapp, the youngest of the Lapp daughters. She is quiet and reserved, eager to help her parents around the farm. Her love of God and dedication to the Amish faith is unquestioned, even when she has to work at the dreaded Farmers' Market and deal with the pesky Englische tourists. When he shows up at the Farmers' Market and rescues her from dealing with an especially aggressive Englischer tourists, the wheels are in motion for more than just directions. In balancing her Amish roots with his English past, Sylvia learns more than she bargained for about the sins of worldliness.
Daniel Lapp doesn't know what to make of the distant cousin from Ohio who is sent to live on his father's farm. But he does know that he isn't looking to settle down with anyone. He'd rather be left alone to work in the dairy barn and fields alongside his father. Yet, when Daniel begins to learn more about Rachel, he begins to see her in a different light and realizes that there is more to the quiet, stern cousin than meets the eye.
Samuel Lapp isn't ready to think about joining the Amish church yet. However, he's feeling the pressure from his family, community, and church. The harder they push, the more he rebels. Not even his pretty neighbor, Mary Ruth Smucker, can get Samuel to settle down into the Amish ways. Just when everyone has given up hope on Samuel, he finds himself learning more about the non-Amish way of life than he ever wanted to know. When he finds faith, will his struggles be over?Download link 1
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