Today Wednesday Writers welcomes back Patrick E. Craig. Patrick will be talking about his historical Amish book The Amish Princess. I don’t know about you, but I love Amish stories, and who could resist a catchy title like The Amish Princess? It makes me want to say, “Huh?” and read more to discover what this oxymoronical title’s secret is. So, let’s find out how Patrick developed this story.
This is how I came to write The Amish Princess. In my first Amish book in the Apple Creek Dreams series, A Quilt For Jenna, Jerusha Hershberger hears the story of her great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua Hershberger from her grandmother, Hannah.
The story told of the choices the twin brothers made after Indians massacred their family near Fort Henry on the Ohio, and what effect those decisions had on generations of Hershbergers. One brother, Jonathan, forsook the Amish church and he and all his descendants went out into the world. The other brother, Joshua, stayed in the church and remained faithful, even under the most difficult conditions. Joshua was Jerusha’s great-great-great grandfather. It was his grandson, Hannah’s father, who came to Apple Creek in 1860 as a boy. It is because Joshua stayed true, that the Hershberger family grew and prospered in Apple Creek.
In my second book in that series, The Road Home, Jerusha’s adopted daughter, Jenny Springer, meets Jonathan Hershberger who she discovers is the great-great-great-great-grandson of Jonathan Hershberger, the twin who married an Indian princess and left the Amish faith. So I thought The Amish Princess would be a great opportunity to tell the story of both brothers and the Indian Princess and tie it into the family that is the centerpiece of both the Apple Creek Dreams series and The Paradise Chronicles series.
Ooh, two of my favorite things to read, Amish and Indians. Let’s check out the excerpt of The Amish Princess
The Amish Princess
by Patrick E. Craig
Opahtuhwe, the White Deer, is the beautiful daughter of Wingenund, the most powerful chief of the Delaware tribe. She is revered by her people a true Indian princess. Everything changes when the murderous Delaware renegade known as Scar brings three Amish prisoners to the Delaware camp. Jonathan and Joshua Hershberger are twin brothers that Scar has determined to adopt and teach the Indian way. The third prisoner is Jonas Hershberger, their father, who has been made a slave because he would not defend his family. White Deer is drawn to Jonathan but his hatred of the Indians makes him push her away. Joshua’s gentle heart and steadfast refusal to abandon the Amish faith lead White Deer to a life-changing decision and rejection by her people. In the end, White Deer must choose between the ways of her people and her new-found faith. And complicating it all is her love for the man who can only hate her.
And so Ruth sat before the fire. She remembered that Joshua had once called her the Amish Princess, and she smiled to herself. White Deer, the Lenape maiden, had come a long way from her carefree days as the apple of her father’s eye. Yet in her heart she knew that her heavenly Father watched over her and guided her steps and so she was content. She got up and knelt beside her bed to pray. “Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me. I thank you for my son and his heart for you. Tonight I pray for Jonathan and Joshua. You have given me love for both of these men, though the passion for my husband has been replaced by a true love for his brother. I ask that you would speak to Jonathan’s heart, take away the blindness of his hatred and bring him back to you. I pray for Joshua, that you would be with him while he is in bondage and walk with him in the cold cell of his prison. Bring him out and bring him back to me. I do not know the end of days, but I know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” She wept as she thought of the two men whose lives were so deeply entwined with hers.
I give them both to you, my God, and into your hands I commend my spirit.
Then she rose and, turning down the lamp, went alone to her bed of tears.
Want to read more? You can find The Amish Princess at Amazon.
About the Author
Best-selling author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. In 2011 he signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. His current series is The Paradise Chronicles and the first book in the series, The Amish Heiress, was published by P&J Publishing in August of 2015 and remained on the Amazon bestseller lists for seven months. The second book in the Series, The Amish Princess, was released in Christmas Day, 2016. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in Idaho and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.
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