Oh boy! Am I super excited!
My very first book that I published, Fields of Corn, is coming to Walmart on January 30th. Harlequin (owned by HarperCollins) purchased the rights to the book for a Walmart exclusive. That means you will be able to buy it only at Walmart.
It’s a big deal for me because, when I was young, I devoured Harlequins. I belonged to the Harlequin Monthly Book Club (I think that’s what it was called) and every month, I received three novels.
It was like Christmas every month.
This book is especially beloved to me because it was my very first Amish romance that I wrote back in 1988 when I was only 19 years old (yes, I just gave away my real age…shhh!). At the time, I was staying in a dawdihaus on a farm in Leola and yes, I had a little crush on one of the sons. I didn’t realize it at the time but he had a little crush on me, too. <3
The Amish way of courting is a bit different than the Englisher way. They don’t ask you out on dates or to go steady. Instead, they stop by and talk a little bit, take you for buggy rides, and sit on the porch while the sun sets. So while I didn’t consider this dating, I did notice that his mother was not very happy with our special friendship that developed.
Now, in hindsight, I know the truth.
Fields of Corn is my “what-if?” book. What if I had known? What if I had married him?
It’s always a lot of fun to think about such potential romances. But when you are dealing with the Amish, it creates a whole new set of issues. The clash of cultures and religions are clearly the two biggest ones.
Now, thirty years later, I realize how close to the mark I truly was. Knowing so much more about the Amish has only proven that my insight was fairly accurate.
Over the years, I have come to love and respect the Amish way of life and religion. To me, it just makes so much sense. Of course, I haven’t shed my technology or lfiestyle to join them.
Perhaps it’s because I know that, as romantic as it seems, it’s still a hard life, especially for an outsider. It would be no different if they would adapt to OUR way of life. Trust me, plenty of them do and they do it successfully. It’s a lot easier to slide from Amish to Englische than the reverse.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing your photos of the book on the shelves in your local Walmart. Please take photos and email them to me so that I can post them on social media. It makes my heart happy to get those photos.
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.