Lancaster County Amish and English neighbors must learn to weather the Great Depression together in Olivia Newport’s latest historical Amish novel, Hope in the Land (April 2016, Shiloh Run Press). The latest addition to Newport’s popular Amish Turns of Time series will delight fans of both Amish and historical Christian fiction with its depiction of the simple life in a true-to-history setting.
“The Depression yawned wide, and Gloria had few solutions… But she knew the promise of the land was the goodness of God.”
When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children and extended family, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. As their lives entangle, Gloria digs deep to find the grace to see past Minerva’s irritating habits to her unspoken fears, while Polly and Henry brave unforeseen shifts in their dreams.
About the Author:
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. Olivia chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.