Saturday, September 16, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Amish Mother's Secret by Diane Craver

Book: The Amish Mother’s Secret

Author: Diane Craver

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: December 22, 2022

Sometimes a beautiful miracle comes to you at exactly the wrong time…

Lindsay Prescott is 40 and single when tragedy strikes. Diagnosed with stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, her instinct is to right the wrongs in her life. Her unfortunate childhood with an alcoholic, verbally abusive mother drove her to break free in desperation at the age of 17. While working at a hotel along the beach on the East Coast, she met Harris Manning. He took her breath away and she gave herself to him in love.

Harris’ life was already planned out for him by his wealthy parents. Falling for Lindsay had been a dream. However, compelled to wed the woman his parents chose for him, he’d left her to endure a shaky marriage.

Though Harris never knew it, Lindsay found herself pregnant when he left her with no way to care for identical triplets on her own.  When the triplets were five months old, she reconnected with an Amish couple—Katie and Roman Yoder—who were unable to have children. The Yoders adopted Amy and Jenna while Lindsay kept Phoebe. She couldn’t bear to give all three babies away. In the years that followed, Katie worked hard to keep her away from her adopted daughters.

When you let go of a miracle, can you ever capture it again?

After Harris learns his ex-wife intercepted Lindsay’s calls years ago to tell him she was pregnant, he rushes to her side, thrilled to discover he’s a father. But life rarely gives fairytale endings. Revealing the truth may prove more devastating than the hurdles that came before…and all that will surely come after for a woman fighting for her life.


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Amish Fiction is my Favorite Genre of Books of all Genres. I was excited to read The Amish Mother's Secret by Diane Craver. It is Book 1 in the Adoption Series.

Lindsay Prescott has had a rough life, going back to her teen years and now at 40 years old has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. She grew up in an Alcoholic and verbally abusive Mom. She was 17 years old and working at a hotel on the East Coast and met Harris Manning. They had a Romantic Relationship, but Harris knew the relationship would not last. He was from a wealthy family and his parents had chosen a woman for him to marry. Lindsay soon found out that she was pregnant with Identical Triplets. She attempted to contact Harris to let him know about her pregnancy, but her calls were not forwarded to him. Lindsay made a brave decision when the Triplets were 5 months old. She connected with Kate and Roman Yoder and the couple adopted 2 of the 3 babies. Lindsay knew she couldn't raise all 3 of the babies on her own and Kate and Roman were unable to bear children. Lindsay raised Phoebe. Over the years Kate protected her adopted daughters from Lindsay seeing them. Harris eventually divorced the woman whom he married by his parent's choice. He also found out that his ex-wife had known that Lindsay was trying to let him know of her pregnancy. Lindsay now must admit to Harris that she gave 2 of his daughters up for adoption shortly after birth. Will Harris and Lindsay reunite? How will Phoebe and Harris react to the Truth of the 2 girls being given up for adoption? 

WOW, this storyline was interesting and intriguing from the very first Chapter. I was really sad for Lindsay to have a cancer diagnosis and how she had so many struggles throughout life. She really made a brave decision to give her baby girls up for adoption, but it was sad that Kate Yoder was so mean to Lindsay over the years. Harris seemed to be a good thing for her at the age of 17 and then raising her daughter Phoebe from birth to adulthood was a joy for her. I admired Harris for wanting to be a part of his daughter's lives, only for him to find out 2 were adopted. The book is about LOVE, Forgiveness, Truth, and Family. I truly enjoyed the storyline and I am very much looking forward to future books in this Adoption series. WONDERFUL BOOK!

Diane Craver is the author of The Amish Mother’s Secret, Book 1 in The Amish Adoption Series and two popular Amish series, Dreams of Plain Daughters and The Bishop’s Daughters. Diane also writes romantic suspense, inspirational contemporary romance, historical Christian fiction and women’s fiction. Her emotional reads receive great reviews. Although she started her career writing non-fiction, she switched to writing fiction. She wanted to keep her sanity in the midst of having a large family. Writing fiction with quirky and memorable characters gave her the escape she needed from her noisy household. Diane met her husband Tom while teaching at an orphanage. They enjoy their life in southwestern Ohio, and have been blessed with six children and several grandchildren. Two adult daughters with Down syndrome live with Tom and Diane. Her family is supportive of her writing career, and her favorite vacation is going to the beach with them. She gives thanks daily to God for her wonderful blessings, including being in remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.


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When I started writing The Amish Mother’s Secret, a friend had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I decided to have my main character, Lindsay, to have the same type of cancer. I used many of the details of his illness for my character’s cancer. Then an unbelievable thing happened to me. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I never expected to have cancer with none in my family history.

It was hard telling our children I was diagnosed with stage four cancer. It was stage four because it was found in many of my lymph nodes throughout my body. I rewrote the details in my manuscript so that my character reflected the type of lymphoma I had. Also, after the six months of chemo, I started two years of maintenance therapy. My oncologist said doing this therapy treatment during remission could reduce the risk of recurrence and improve the cure rate for me.

While doing my months of chemo treatments, I received thoughtful gifts, devotional books, two prayer blankets and cards with wonderful Bible verses from friends and relatives. Feeling God’s love through them helped me to get through a difficult time in my life. I appreciated all the prayers said for me to recover from cancer. I have been blessed with an awesome support group of readers.

During this stressful time, I heard from agent Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency.  She wanted to represent me and told me how much she loved my voice. I hadn’t been looking for an agent so it was a wonderful blessing to sign with Lesley. I had planned on The Amish Mother’s Secret to be a standalone novel, but Lesley acquired a three-book contract for me with Vinspire Publishing. I enjoyed writing about the two mothers, Lindsay and Katie, in Book One, The Amish Mother’s Secret. Both mothers were from two different worlds, but their love never wavered for their children. The second book in my Amish Adoption series, An Unexpected Gift, continues the adoption theme and is also available for purchase. Book three will release next year.

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To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Kendra, for hosting me on your wonderful blog! I appreciate your lovely review and am so glad you enjoyed reading The Amish Mother's Secret!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Do Harris and Phoebe ever meet the adopted girls? So many questions about this story!

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

I like both but I prefer sweet foods! I love pumpkin pie and ice cream! Thanks, Traciem, for visiting this blog!

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes! Thanks for visiting, Roxanne!

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a very good read.

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Debbie!

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