His first choice … her second chance. Eight years ago, Anna Esch’s parents discouraged Neil Wengerd’s courtship. The family had just had a major blow, and Anna’s leaving would have led to grief and suffering. But obeying her mother’s wishes, Anna said not a word, only refused Neil in terms that wounded him past bearing.…

The sweetest song comes from a forgiving heart. —Whinburg Township Amish proverb The summer Simon Yoder broke her heart was the summer Cora Swarey lost her ability to hear the music in Colorado’s high country. She thought God had brought them together, but when Simon dropped her to pursue an Englisch woman, she wondered how she’d ever…

Chapter One Willow Creek, Whinburg Township, Pennsylvania Late December  A wedding was a lot like Christmas, Cora Swarey had always thought. Both involved giving, and family, and a lot of good food. But while the focus of Christmas was on the little baby who would change the world, the focus of a wedding was on…

I’m thrilled and delighted to share with you all that I defended my dissertation, Holy City, on July 26 and have achieved my PhD in Creative Writing! I “passed with minor corrections,” which everyone gets in the Creative Writing program. It simply means I’ll get a revision letter, make the changes they suggest, and turn it in. Once…