Hello from Paris Tennessee

Hello Readers from Paris Tennessee. I’m en route to see family in southern Indiana and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures than in Texas. Leave me a comment if you know where Paris Tennessee is. 


I have several book-related things going on: 

First of all, a BIG thank you to readers who purchased my newly released short story—An Amish Adoption. Let me know if you try any of the Amish recipes that are included in the book. 🙂 It’s available at Amazon, both Kindle and paperback versions. 

I’m also working on the book I told you about last month, another novel about the matchmaking inn keepers Esther and Lizzie. Love is in the air!

And I’m preparing proposals to present to my publisher for a new series. This is a fun part of the whole book-writing process for me. I’m an idea person, so I love dreaming up new stories. 

The Story of Love, book #2 in the Amish Bookstore, releases in October, and I’m super excited about that. Available for pre-order now.

April Reader Challenge

We are adding something new to my monthly newsletter. Each month, I will ask readers to challenge themselves to do something in an effort to promote personal growth. Perhaps it will be an act of kindness that will give you peace of heart and mind, or possibly suggest a way to self-nurture during these often-difficult times. Feel free to share in the comments section of my blog if you feel called to do so. This month’s challenge is:

FORGIVE SOMEONE IN A WAY THAT WILL SET YOUR SPIRIT FREE.  

Beth Recommends: The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

It was nearing Halloween, so it seemed like a ghost story was in order. Jennifer McMahon is a new author to me. The Invited wasn’t scary in the traditional way most readers might expect. It was more of a mystery, and every good mystery should keep you guessing until the very end. The Invited delivered! I was shocked by the ending. An entertaining read for any season. (DISCLAIMER—This novel includes language and situations that some readers might find offensive.)

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Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie:

Publishers Weekly has this to say about new release A Beautiful Arrangement: “series devotees and newcomers alike will find this engrossing romance hard to put down.”

“Listening to Love is vintage Beth Wiseman . . . clear your calendar because you’re going to want to read this one in a single sitting.” – Vannetta Chapman, author of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series

Hearts in Harmony—book 1 in the Amish Journeys series—introduces readers to southern Indiana and a couple of very different Amish communities in and near the towns of Orleans and Montgomery. Several of the characters from Hearts in Harmony carry over into Listening to Love, continuing to explore these new areas. The correlation between these books is that they all dive into situations that aren’t usually covered in Amish novels. For Mary and Levi, their story centers around their love for music but also the way that families come together in unexpected ways. Similarly, Listening to Love travels down a path rarely taken in Amish stories. To say too much would reveal spoilers, but I can tell you that there are two very untraditional romances occurring in Listening to Love.  

Listening to Love’s primary message is that there are good and bad people in every walk of life. Things aren’t always what they seem. The story focuses on the characters opening their hearts in ways they couldn’t have foreseen, accepting God’s will even though it wasn’t in their plan. The Amish are known to accept God’s will without question, but what about the Englisch characters? We are all humans with faults, misdirected perceptions, vulnerabilities, and qualities we aren’t always proud of—even the Amish, who are often portrayed in an unrealistic way. Listening to Love story explores the universal truths about all people, that we are more like our Amish friends than we might think, and vice versa.    

A Beautiful Arrangementthe third and last novel in this series, tells the story of a young couple who was introduced in Hearts in Harmony. We know Lydia and Samuel were forced into an arranged marriage by their parents after conceiving a child out of wedlock. In this book, we delve into their lives, exploring the many types of love people share. Lydia and Samuel love their six-month-old daughter, and in their own ways, they love each other. But, due to their circumstances, they skipped an important phase in their relationship—any type of courtship or opportunity to actually fall in love. But when the couple begins to live vicariously through two friends, they watch with envy as romance blooms, even though they don’t know how to achieve such a relationship for themselves. As things begin to look up for Lydia and Samuel within their marriage, Lydia begins to investigate the mysterious past of a local homeless woman. Samuel is fearful of his wife’s involvement, a curiosity that threatens to drive the couple apart. But by forging together and respecting each other—agreeing to disagree—they inadvertently discover a true love that’s been there all along.  

Work in progress update

I’m currently writing book #2 in my next Amish series and have finished the first round of edits on book #1. 

My team and I are looking forward to the launch of A Beautiful Arrangement, book #3 in the Amish Journeys series. Available on April 7th. Here is what Publishers Weekly had to say: