The Wish is book one in my new series The Amish of Cedar Grove. It introduces readers to an unusual Amish community and explores the differences as well as the similarities to other Amish settlements. It goes on sale May 1 of 2019.
When my editor at Love Inspired, Emily Rodmell, told me HQN had an interest in seeing an Amish themed proposal from me I knew I wanted to write something different. After having produced more than twenty Amish stories for Love Inspired in Ohio, I decided to set the book in a Kansas Amish community near Garnett. It was a drive through the countryside around Garnett that inspired the story. One very rainy day my sister-in-law and I undertook the long drive from near Abilene to Garnett. In cruising some of the back roads in the area so I could get a feel for the setting we rounded a curve on a roller coaster of a road and saw a flooded creek in front of us. I hit the brakes. Fortunately the road took one more turn that brought us to a low concrete bridge. That started my wheels turning.
What if the bridge was flooded? What if the hero’s car stalled in the flood waters? What if he had a child in the backseat? What would happen? The story took off from that point. Who was he? Why was he there? Who would help save him?
Enter the heroine, widow Laura Beth Yoder. A woman who longs for children and is ready to move a thousand miles to find a husband. What happens when she rescues an ex-Amish man on his way to give his infant son to his deceased wife’s Amish family to raise? The story conflict is born.
Readers can expect two more books in the series. Book number two, The Hope, comes out in the fall and introduces new characters to Cedar Grove. The third book doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will showcase the story of Sarah, the younger sister of the heroine in book one.
The Wish is available in paperback and ebook format. You can learn more about the book, including purchase links, by clicking HERE.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.