There are many wonderful Amish recipes for food and healing, as well as multitudes of Amish ideas for working with horses and other livestock. In fact, I truly feel the best kept Amish secret has something to do with how willingly Amish children join in with work around the farm.
Maybe this blog post should read: A very well kept Amish secret, Under the Heavens.
Up to this date, my novels have been read almost exclusively by Amish and Mennonites. When my first novel, Under the Heavens came out, I was very nervous for those of Amish background to read it. One of my greatest surprises was how well it was received by older Mennonite folks. Many former Amish enjoy reminiscing about their early days and life on the family farm. Under the Heavens seems to bring back many good memories.
One older Mennonite man in our community actually called me on the phone to ask questions. "Where is this farm? I've been trying to figure out who this family is, do I know them?" I was very pleased that my story was so believable, he wanted to figure out just who the family was.
My books are novels, however, they are based on my real life experiences with our Amish neighbors and friends. We have had many over the past 35 years.
My draft horses came from an Amish family not far down the road. I have had many wonderful opportunities to learn about farming with horses from that family and others in our community.
I have also been pleasantly surprised to learn that Amish folks themselves want to read books with Amish settings. It does make sense. Many Amish love to read and have made every effort to keep life simple, and separate from the world. Why would they want to dwell on that "other" lifestyle when reading.
You can purchase a copy of Under the Heavens on Amazon, or receive a signed copy directly through me, Thomas Nye.
Book I Under the Heavens $15
Book II Catbird Singing $15
Please send $5 for shipping costs
Whispering to Horses $7
Plus $3 for shipping
(If you order two books, there is no extra shipping charge for the second book)
Make the check payable to:
P.O. Box 495 Kalona, Iowa 52247
Amazon Link also available as an eBook for $2.99 each! (Amazon or Barnes & Noble)