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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Marta Perry and Free Books!

PhotobucketAn Army widow faces opposition from all sides when she tries to return to her Old Order Mennonite roots.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of After All, by Deborah Raney, is:

slking1@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit with Marta Perry, author of Hannah’s Joy (Berkley Books, May 2012).

PhotobucketA lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People to add to the rich heritage of her home state.

She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in a central Pennsylvania valley.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I come from a long line of women who were only happy when they were feeding people.

--I have a secret passion for Dr. Who. 

--I once spent a cold November dawn in a tree stand so my son could go hunting.

--I secretly think no one has grandchildren as beautiful and talented as mine.

--I’ve traveled in fifteen different countries.

That's a dedicated mom--I don't know that I would brave the cold for something like hunting.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hannah's Joy.

PhotobucketArmy widow Hannah Conroy returns to Pleasant Valley to take refuge with her Old Order Mennonite aunt after her husband’s death. Hannah intends to stay only until she’s on her feet again.

But as she’s drawn into the life of the community and begins tutoring an Amish man, William Brand, to control his stuttering, she begins envisioning a life there.

When her dreams are challenged by her late husband’s father, who threatens to sue for custody of her young son, Hannah must choose between the freedom of the outside world and the home she’s found in Pleasant Valley, while William seeks the courage to speak for the woman he loves. 

What is it about Hannah that will make your readers care about her? 

Hannah is a loving mother, devoted to her son and still grieving the loss of her soldier husband. She faces the future with courage, seeking always to do her best for those who rely on her.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?


Since I’m not one to remember the names of actors, this is a tough question for me! Hannah is like a young Sally Field, combining vulnerability with courage.

PhotobucketAnd William’s solid strength and quiet manner makes him something like the character Noah Wylie played in the Gray’s Anatomy series.

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Still Writing After All These Years! Although I guess that actually sounds more like a song title, doesn’t it?

Well, maybe the audiobook version could have music.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Murder in the Garden, by Veronica Heley. Murder in the Garden is one of the Ellie Quicke mysteries, which I thoroughly enjoy, and this one is particularly engaging, as amateur sleuth and everywoman Ellie seeks the answers to a body found in the neighbor’s garden and in the process searches her own conscience as a neighbor.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the eighth book in my Pleasant Valley Amish series, tentatively titled Lydia’s Hope, the Lost Sisters.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for purchase online through the following buttons:

246948: Hannah"s Joy, Pleasant Valley Series #6

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What’s your all-time favorite book, and how has it enriched your life?

Thank you, Marta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Marta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Marta's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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Faye said...

Well, I could probably cheat and say the Bible, because it has honestly enriched me in countless ways.
For a fiction book, I am rather torn between so many that it would be nearly impossible to say :) The book that inspired me to give writing a shot was Ella Enchanted, because it is a book that I can read multiple times and never get bored, it made me realize how much books can be enjoyed :)

crazi.swans at gmail dot com

Judy said...

My all time favorite book is, The Sunroom by Beverly Lewis. This book deeply touched me with how dedicated Becky Owens was to her ailing Mother. Since she was only 12 she wasn't allowed in the hospital to visit her Mother. So her and her Mother shared smiles and tears through the hospital's sunroom window. What impacted me was the bonding of mother and daugher. I could read this book over and over again!

I love Marta Perry's books also and have read all her Amish fiction ones. I would love to read Hannah's Joy!


Lisa E. said...

I'm going to cheat because my favorite is a series, The Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers, which I read several years ago. I was riveted to those books for several days. I'm sure the laundry piled up and dirty dishes sat in the sink neglected during that time. I simply couldn't put them down! I've read many novels that I could also label as "favorites," but those were the most addicting novels that I've read.


squiresj said...

I cannot give you one book that is more important to me than others. But I do know I will never forget Murder by Mushroom by Virginia Smith. Neither will I think of a church potluck the same.
This author is a special of mine and I have not found one of her books that have not blessed me.
Have to disagree though - my grandchildren are the prettiest and smartest. Love you- God Bless
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Nancee said...

So many books that I've read have made an impact on me in one way or another. I love Amish fiction, so I read a lot of it. Of course the Bible has had an impact on me. I think that an unforgettable book that made an impression on me was "The Shack." That book opened my eyes to a totally different perspective of God. I enjoyed the fictitious representation. I'd love to win a copy of Marta's book. She is one of my favorite authors.

Diana Flowers said...

I would have to say Gone With The Wind as my fave fiction book. I really developed such a love affair (no, not with Clark Gable- lol!) with the south. So much so that I moved from CA to South Carolina and have lived here for 23yrs! So I would say that book left quite an impact on me!

I love Marta's books...please enter me and thank you!


Patsy said...

I can't single out just one book. I've read so many! I'll just have to say my favorite reading is Amish fiction. Reading Amish books helps me to slow down and see what's really important.

I've read several of Marta's books and love them! She is a talented author.


Anonymous said...

I would have to say "the Hiding Place by Corrie TenBoom. About the place where her family hid Jews because the Germans were killing them or takinng them to bad consentration camps. Her family finally were caught and captured. Throughout her days as a prisoner, she showed almost unbelieveable faith in God, and helped her sister and others. It was horrible the way they were prisoners , even gassed thousands. Al her fam. died there, and she only was turned loose just one day before her turn. She spent her life teaching. Also, the fiction "The Sunroom" was inspiring. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Carol Q. said...

i have read so many books over the yrs and would be so hard to pinpoint just one. i would have to say the first time i read an amish novel i believe it was by beverly lewis it seemed to draw me in and gave me the strength i needed in my life, also the courage. i still mostly read anything amish and christian fiction.
carol evirs quinn

Anonymous said...

it would be wanda e. brunstetter was the frist amish book i read and it really changed my life and the way my hubby and i live today it was lydia;s charm sisprater@yahoo.com

Abigail Richmond said...

My favorite Author is Karen Witemeyer.

beemama said...

I have read SOOOO many books in y lifetime that have influenced me in one way or another. That said Francine Rivers' THE ATONEMENT CHILD deeply moved me and caused me to look at how deeply I would be willing to hold to my beliefs if I was forced to bear public humiliation because of them.

beemama said...

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Wendy Newcomb said...

I have too many favorite books and they enrich my life by taking me places I could never go and giving me experiences from the past that I am to young to have experienced.


Carol N Wong said...

I have too many favorites but I will say what my favorite Amish book this year was:

The Perfect Square by Vanetta Chapman

I love the way that the elderly man with dementia was respected and treated with kindness by the main character. I also love the appreciation of nature that is reflected in this book. That reminded me so much of my father. It was great to have those cherished memories comeback.


lgm52 said...

I absolutely loved The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I read it when I was in 4th grade (I'm now 59!). I still love that book and can still visualize scenes from it. It encouraged me to seek out other books to read from the author. Reading that book just reinforced my love of reading!
lgm52 at hotmail dot com.

Lenijay said...

I would have to say The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. My grandmother's cousin was in a concentration camp so reading her story really hits home. She was an inspiration.

iamlenijay (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

The Diary of Anne Frank has been the more memorable book I have ever read. Her thoughts of all she went through has left me with a feeling of gratitude for all she had to indure in her short life. We must never forget how fortunate we are to be where we are today.

apple blossom said...

Love Kathi Macias freedom series

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Debbie Wynn said...

I very much enjoyed The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis because of the thought-provoking humor. I don't believe I've ever read anything by him that I didn't like, but that one was especially enjoyable.



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