Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurel Blount & Home from the Storm

Posted December 11, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, clean, contemporary, giveaway, Laurel Blount, romance / 49 Comments


Home from the Storm JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Home from the Storm by Laurel Blount, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Laurel on the blog today to chat about her new book!

Home from the Storm

HOME FROM THE STORM by Laurel Blount
SERIES: Johns Mill Amish Romance #4
GENRE: Inspirational Romance Amish
PUBLISHER: Berkley
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2023
PAGES: 336

In this stirring Amish romance about love and second chances, a shunned man returns to protect the wife he left behind—and falls in love with the family he never knew he had.

After a senseless loss, hotheaded Caleb Hochstedler left his Amish faith and his young wife to seek justice. Two years later, he tracks his parents’ killer back home to Johns Mill, where he’s astonished to learn he’s the father of twins. Now he’s determined to protect his children and the woman he still loves—if she’ll let him.

Her new husband’s abandonment broke Rhoda Lambright’s heart and proved her father, the bishop, right. Such a stubborn man could never be happy among the peaceful Amish. When Caleb unexpectedly returns, Rhoda is caught between her rock of a husband and a very hard place.

Her church forbids divorce and requires forgiveness, so Rhoda lets Caleb back into their home. But can she ever let him back into her heart? One thing’s for certain sure. This second chance will take all the faith they can find.

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Laurel Blount interview

Hi Laurel! Welcome back to the blog!

Laurel: I’m so happy to be back, Carrie! I love talking books with you!

Laurel: Apples! I’ve recently fallen in love with Envy apples—they’ve supplanted Granny Smith as my new fave!

Carrie: ooo I’ll have to check that out – Honey Crisp apples are my usual jam 🙂

Laurel: I love all seasons in their turn, but I confess—winter is my current favorite. It doesn’t get super cold here in Georgia—that might be one reason I enjoy winter. The cooler temps make winter the perfect time to bake a loaf of bread—or snuggle up and read a good book!

Carrie: I confess that I wish winter WAS colder here in Georgia haha. This girl from Northern Illinois misses snow!!

Laurel: I’ve gone back and forth several times, but currently I’m back in Camp Coke!

Carrie: yay! The right camp 😉

Laurel: Oh, I love a good soup—another reason I enjoy winter time, I guess! Vegetable soup? Potato/corn chowder? Or—oh, my goodness, Zuppa Tuscana?? Pass me a bowl and a spoon—I’m in!

Carrie: mmm now I’m hungry!! Those all sound good!

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

Laurel: Oh, bookstores! Bookstores are my happy places! I can lose myself in a good bookstore for hours—as a matter of fact, my younger sister—who is wonderful in every other way—flatly refuses to go book shopping with me for that reason! (No worries, I have lots of bookish friends who can spend just as long browsing the shelves as I can. And my sis and I stick to a mutual favorite—antique stores! )

When I first go into a bookstore, I almost always go to the Christian fiction section first. After that I go to the Christian nonfiction, and then I’ll head over to mystery/suspense, then wander to the classics, and then….well. Basically I systematically go through pretty much all the shelves before I leave. (You can see that my sister might have a point, huh?!)

Carrie: haha i love it!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Laurel: When it comes to my writing, I’m a creature of habit. I always write in the same spot. My sweet husband made a tiny writing room for me in the back corner of our farmhouse. It’s really small—just big enough for a desk, a chair and a couple of bookcases, but I love it! It’s cozy, and it has a window that looks over our back field so while I’m sorting out a story problem, I can watch our cows peacefully grazing. Plus, it’s far enough away from the main areas of the house that I’m free to work uninterrupted. Perfect!

Carrie: oh that sounds lovely!

Q: Which character in Home from the Storm was the most difficult to write?

Laurel: In this particular book, I would have to say Caleb was hands down the most difficult character. I’ll confess—there’s no hero I love better than a reformed bad boy, and so I knew if I could tell Caleb’s story well, he’d end up one of my all-time favorites. And he did–but it wasn’t easy!

I needed to understand what drove Caleb to leave his church and his new—and much loved—wife to pursue his parents’ killer. Then I needed to chronicle the rocky process of rebuilding of his faith and his relationship with Rhoda in a way that felt genuine. I think I pulled it off!

(And you didn’t ask, but I’ll add that by far the easiest character in this book to write about was the cookie-loving bishop of Johns Mill, Abram King. He’s been a recurring figure in the series, and he always brings a happy sparkle to any scene he’s in. I just love him!)

Carrie: I adore Bishop Abram!!! And I can’t wait to read Caleb’s story!

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Home from the Storm?

Laurel: You know, that’s a very interesting question. Like everyone, from time to time I’ve struggled with forgiveness. Sometimes the rule that ‘Christians must forgive’ feels as unfair to me as it did to Caleb Hochstedler.

However as this story progressed, I learned alongside Caleb that God’s rules—even the hard-to-understand ones—are never arbitrary restrictions. They are always there for our benefit—much like guard rails along a road. They not only protect us from danger, but they also help define the path that leads to our best possible outcome.

Carrie: so true – i love that!

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.

Laurel: My next book, a Love Inspired romance entitled The Triplets’ Summer Adventure, is releasing—appropriately enough—next June! It finishes off my five book Cedar Ridge series. I’ve also been asked to write a story to be used as an online read for Love Inspired, so I’m really excited about that! And, I just finished my very first Amish romance for Love Inspired—and I had so much fun writing it that I’m already working on a second one. 😊

Thanks so much for letting me visit here today! It’s always such a treat to hang out with you and your lovely readers! If anybody would like to stay in touch, I’d love for you sign up for my monthly newsletter at laurelblountbooks.com!


Laurel Blount

Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes inspirational romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart! She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals.

An enthusiastic multi-tasker, Laurel writes for both Berkley/Penguin Random House and Love Inspired/Harlequin. She’s a Publishers Weekly best-selling author and the recipient of ACFW’s Carol Award, The New England Reader’s Choice Award and GRW’s Maggie Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.

Home from the Storm is Laurel’s twelfth book—and more stories are in the works! Stay tuned!

Connect with Laurel by visiting laurelblountbooks.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Home from the Storm JustRead Tours giveaway

(1) winner will win print copies of Shelter in the Storm, Strength in the Storm and Courage in the Storm plus a $25 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight December 11, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 18, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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49 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurel Blount & Home from the Storm

  1. Susan Fletcher

    The cover draws me in to the book first, then the blurb on the back. I would like to read all 3 books in this series. Amish fiction and historical fiction are my favorite genres.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Home from the Storm” by Laurel Blount.

    Terrific author, fabulous story and beautiful cover and add up to a must read book.

    Enjoyed reading the interview with Laurel. I’ll have to find some Envy apples and need to sway her back to the Pepsi side. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kay!! Yes–do try those Envy apples! They really are good–nice and crisp and they have a wonderful flavor. (And I love Pepsi and Coke almost equally!! 😉 )

  3. dali castillo

    I am looking forward to reading this book, especially after reading your answer to the question about what God taught you while you wrote it. Beautiful and inspiring for sure.

  4. Debbie Earls

    Great interview. I love Laurel’s books. This series is a favorite of mine. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and the book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading this book and series

  6. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed the interview and learning more about Laurel Blount. Her writing room sounds perfect, and Home from the Storm sounds like a great story about redemption and forgiveness.

  7. Elaine Askins

    I read at least one book a day, I am a retired RN, single, live alone. I love Amish stories. I have been friends with Amish People, eaten in their homes, Attended their Church Services.

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