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Title: The Amish Christmas Matchmaker
Series: Indiana Amish Brides #4
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Amish Fiction
She’ll find him a wife for Christmas…Which of these Indiana Amish Brides is next?
With her wedding business thriving, Annie Kauffmann could never leave her beloved Amish community. So when handsome Amish cowboy Levi Lapp tries to convince her father to move the family to Texas, she must put a stop to it. If Annie finds Levi a wife, he might forget his dream of moving…but can she keep from falling for him herself?
Sometimes authors write stories that are purely a product of their imagination. And other times, we’re dealing with things in our own lives. The Amish Christmas Matchmaker definitely had roots in my world, so I thought I’d share that with you, and we’ll both have a good laugh.
First of all, an Amish friend told me about “wedding trailers.” I had no idea what that was…you can imagine that I was thinking something crazy like an 18 wheeler where people climbed inside to have their wedding. Hahaha. But no, it wasn’t that at all. Instead if was Amish women who had made a business out of catering weddings.
Amish weddings are large affairs. It’s not unusual to have 500 people in attendance, and the wedding celebration always includes lunch and usually dinner as well. One of the biggest problems is seating and dishes for that large a group of people. Not to mention cooking the food.
So an Amish wedding trailer takes care of some of those things. Like in my story, it’s a fully equipped kitchen that has dishes for over 500. The trailer is pulled to the bride’s home (usually by an Englischer with a truck), and then the caterer works out of it. Isn’t that awesome? It made a lot of sense to me, and I wanted to write a story about it.
Then Levi entered the story. Levi bears a striking resemblance to my husband. Bob thinks that Texas is God’s promised land. I don’t think we’ve been to a single place that Bob hasn’t said to me, “You know we have this in Texas.” Mountains? We have those in the panhandle and the Big Bend area. Oceans? We have the gulf. Big cities? Dallas, Houston, and Austin. The list never ends. But for me, I knew that my husband needed help when we were standing next to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, and my husband stepped closer, lowered his voice, and said, “You know we have this in Texas.”
We kind of do. In Ingram, Texas there is a replica of Stonehenge. It’s not the same–at all. But to my husband, there was no need to fly across the ocean and visit England. Whatever we might find there, we have it in Texas! This is at turns amusing and frustrating, but I’ve come to accept that God has put a love in his heart for the Lone Star state.
I wanted Levi to love Texas the way my husband does. I knew that there was once an Amish community in Stephenville, TX, but they left after a few years and moved back north. Which started me to thinking…what if you grew up in that community and they were the best years of your youth? What if you couldn’t wait to get back?
The story of Annie and Levi is about the lengths we’ll go to for our dreams and how God’s plan can sometimes be different from ours. I hope you’ll pick up a copy, and if you do…I hope you’ll enjoy the story of an Amish caterer who falls in love with an Amish cowboy.
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