Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Forever Home by Amy Grochowski, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to welcome Amy to the blog for a chat!
Title: Forever Home by Amy Grochowski
Series: Amish Dreams on Prince Edward Island #1
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: June 9, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance
A Canadian Amish farmer
A Lancaster Amish businesswoman
A Prince Edward Island foster child
Providence brings together a mismatched family, giving all three a second chance for love. Only love may never have had such a tough job.
Lydia Miller is an anomaly among her Amish people-a single woman in her 30s, running her own store, determined to forge a life on her own. But when Joel Yoder comes into town to sell his property, Lydia suddenly finds all of her hopes and dreams crumbling around her and a new opportunity placed in her lap.
Joel has his own problems. Recently jilted by his fiancée, Joel has seen his own dreams of moving to a newly established Amish community begin to falter. The new community welcomes married couples only. With his dreams quickly slipping from his fingers, Joel suddenly sees the only option he thinks he has–a marriage of convenience for both of them.
As the new couple begins life in a new settlement, they are even more surprised when a foster child in need of a home finds her way to them. Yet what will happen when the English world and the Amish world collide?
Hi Amy! Welcome to the blog!
Amy: Dogs. My husband rescued a tiny kitten one blustery October evening. She was meowing in our bushes. Oh, how I loved her. Turned out the whole family was severely allergic. We were all heartbroken. So, I stick with dogs. We now have a sweet Dalmatian/Lab mix, named Lizzie.
Carrie: oh no! I’m so sorry about the allergies but very glad you have sweet Lizzie!
Amy: Both. I can’t function without coffee and can’t live without tea! 😊 Growing up in Australia, tea was a regular part of life and socialization. It still comforts me. So many herbal teas help with all kinds of ailments from headaches to indigestion. I can pretend the medicine is romantic when I’m drinking from a beautiful china teacup, right?
Carrie: lol of course!
Amy: Hallmark. I watch Hallmark, and the guys watch Disney+. More often though, I’m reading in my cozy corner while they watch endless YouTube videos. This is life when the only other female in the house is the dog. 😊
Carrie: hahaha you need to train Lizzie to side with you on Hallmark 😉 Although reading in a cozy corner does not sound bad at all!
Amy: Card game. I’m too impatient for board games. My favorite is Dutch Blitz, a card game that gets a scene in each book of this series. You have to try it!
Carrie: ooo i’ll have to look it up!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Amy: Oh, flying has to be the best superpower. Does God give us wings when we get our new bodies? Or maybe we can fly without them in the new heaven and new earth. Of course, swimming with the dolphins, sans snorkel, would be a pretty cool superpower too.
Carrie: maybe we’ll get to do both in heaven – what a neat thought!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Amy: Anne of Green Gables, no contest, which has to be part of the reason the Amish on Prince Edward Island became my debut series.
Carrie: i had a feeling you would say that 🙂
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Amy: My purse is a minimalist style cross-body wallet that holds my driver’s license, necessary money/cards, my phone, and has a clip for my keys. I think that says I’m so not a shopper. It’s all about necessity for me. Now, on the rare occasions I get to dress up and go out on the town, I like a cute little purse for some lipstick. 😊
Carrie: haha yes!
Q: What surprised you about Forever Home or your characters as you wrote their story?
Amy: The youngest little heroine in Forever Home came alive for me in a way I never expected. I hadn’t planned for her to face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. As I wrote, she sprang from my heart with many of the same obstacles to overcome as my youngest son, who has ASD. I hope readers will enjoy following her as she grows into womanhood throughout the series.
Carrie: aww i love that!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Forever Home?
Amy: That sounds a little like kissing and telling. LOL. The honest answer is yes. I like to think I’ve hidden those treasures well enough that only the person I have in mind at that moment will recognize the reference.
Carrie: LOL well, i mean, i’ve already snooped around in your purse so you can totally tell me haha! 😉
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Forever Home?
Amy: God taught me a life-altering lesson on how to forgive as I had to dig deep to write Lydia’s story. Her story is nothing like my own, but God’s forgiveness is the same no matter the story. There’s remarkable freedom in a heart emptied of unforgiveness.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Amy: This July, The Christmas Visitor, a novella in the Amish of Prince Edward Island series is releasing early. I am excited over this Christmas story. It’s a first-love tale, and I had a blast writing it. I’m also working hard to finish the next full-length novel of the series, Runaway Home. Lots of writing for me! Prayers appreciated. 😊
Thank you so much for having me here with you today, Carrie. I’d love to hear from your readers, too. It’s been an honor.
Carrie: the honor is mine! Congrats on your debut, Amy!!
Amy Grochowski‘s deep appreciation for the Amish faith and way of life stems from six years of living and working with a Beachy Amish family, as well as her own Anabaptist roots. Her debut novel, Forever Home, was a pre-published winner of Romance Writers of America’s Maggie Award and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest. She is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers Int’l.
Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents worked as church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her real-life romance began on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, David.
After a nursing career of more than twenty years, Amy is now fulfilling her long-awaited dream career as an author of inspirational romance. She is also a full-time homeschool mom for her two boys, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and lives with her family in the bustling foothills of North Carolina.
(1) winner will receive a signed author copy of Forever Home, a classic 200 recipe Mennonite Family Cookbook, a Magic Amish cloth (it really does clean like magic with no chemicals), and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 22, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 29, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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