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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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    Linda from KY


    I am a huge fan of Beverly Lewis’ novels. She’s the one who got me interested in the Amish culture. I didn’t even know what Amish was until then. After I started reader her books I began to be interested in The Amish Cook column. My family accuses of me of having an obsession with the Amish, but it’s not true. I just find their simple way of life interesting, and fiction books about them are clean and wholesome. I’ve noticed that the vast majority of the Amish authors I’ve read so far, including Lewis and Brunstetter, have some type of family connection to the Amish. It certainly follows the old maxim of writing what you know.

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      Linda from KY


      I can pick a favorite series by Beverly Lewis, but not a single title. That would be the two-part series with the titles, The Postcard and The Crossroad. I own the series, and I’ve read it several times.

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    Tiffanie


    I love her first series, “The Shunning” etc.(Hickory Hollow), because I’m also a red head and adopted. It was also my first introduction to her work. But I also love the Abram’s Daughters series. Such wonderful characters!
    I can’t wait to listen to the interview…right now!

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    michelle


    I am a fan. I have read many of her books. But I did find The Secret to go on and on . We find out the mom has a secret in the first chapter, And that’s about all we have learned by the last chapter. It made for a long read.

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    Bonnie


    Love her books, have bought most of them in paperback. Now I have a kindlefire so I buy them on it. Will buy your book and read it too.

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    Denise


    Beverly Lewis has a gift of immersing the reader into Amish culture. I loved the “Abram’s Daughter’s” series.

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    Joyce


    I guess I’m in the minority because as much as I like the genre and have read most Amish fiction books out there, I really disliked Beverly Lewis’ books. I found the dialog distracting as it sounded more Irish than Amish to me. I’ve never met an Amishman or Amish woman who sounded like that. Then her take on adoption was absurd. I remember asking someone, “What do you do when you’re reading a book and you really dislike the main character??” So no, I’m not a fan. I guess I need to put on my flame retardant suit now ;-)

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      Linda from KY


      You’ll get no flaming darts or tomatoes from me. You voiced your opinion, which is what Kevin asked us to do.

      Have a blessed day! :)

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    Phyllis Barger


    Beverly Lewis is tops in her genre. Just spend time in Shipshe or Berne or Napanee and you hear the Amish speak their form of Dutch German…they speak English to us Englishers but when they talk to one another it is never in English. Ms. Lewis opens our eyes to a whole world that is so unlike ours. I’ve been to several Amish homes and they look just like ours inside…running water, bathrooms,etc. with the exception all is run by a gas generator and their lighting is kerosene. They are the most hospitable people you could ever meet. Many years ago my husband was a milkman who picked up Amish milk . He hardly ever came home empty handed. They were always giving Tommy freshly butchered meat or baked goods. I see all those things in Beverly’s writing. She captures the true essence of Amish life. That too is the reason Lovina’s column is so special…a glimpse into the daily life of an Amish woman.

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    Carolyn Price


    I too did not know a thing about the Amish until I read my first series of Amish fiction. I beleive that would be Abram’s daughters. I now have a whole library of Amish fiction. I beleive Beverly Lewis, and Wanda Brunstetter are among my favorite, but there are many great ones out there. It is a breath of fresh air each time I read a Omish novel. It is clean reading in a world where so many things seem to be going so wrong. I would like to get Keven’s book in the near future also.

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    Mona G.


    Hi Kevin,
    Could not get any sound where you are showing those books, and you don’t hold them up long enough to even see the names of them :) Don’t be so fast…..Is there a problem with your sound ? Mine is working on everything else I click on…..

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