Today, please welcome to my blog author Suzanne Woods Fisher! Book one, The Letters, in Suzanne’s new series, Inn at Eagle Hill, is about to release on August 1. Suzanne is hosting a scavenger hunt July 23 – August 1, and I’m one of the stops! Keep an eye on Suzanne’s blog for a clue as to that day’s scavenger-hunt stop and visit for a sneak peek at The Letters and the chance to win a copy of the book!

“Every man must do his own growing, no matter who his grandfather was.” Amish proverb

In The Letters, Dean Schrock had been found drowned in a pond, shattering his family’s world. The eldest son took off to find his own path, the oldest daughter tried to hold things together for her younger siblings but she had plans of her own. The younger three children changed schools and had trouble making new friends. The circumstances of Dean’s death was somewhat murky, too, casting a long shadow over the family as they tried to begin again in Stoney Ridge.

Coping with a parent’s absence—whatever the cause—is a traumatic event in a child’s life. Rose Schrock chose to remain in her mother-in-law’s home and live among the Amish after her husband Dean’s death. The Amish are known for their tight-knit communities, filled with care and practical support. Continuity, too. This is the strength of the Amish community, this sense of support and closeness.

Research indicates that living within a culture that provides a well-defined social identity and support system is of great value to its participants, both psychologically and physically.

How significant is your support system, your network of family and friends? What can you do to strengthen your bond with your extended family and close friends?_____________________________________________________________________________

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi