Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Report & Giveaway: Meek & Mild, by Olivia Newport

If you know me, you know I am absolutely NOT a reader of Amish fiction. I have many Amish author friends who phenomenal writers, so that's not a dig against Amish fiction, it's just not my personal go-to genre. With the exception of Olivia Newport.

Her's are always a unique perspective on Amish through history. This, set in 1917, is no exception. And it is based on actual historical events that affected the Amish church at the time.

As usual, Olivia's characters are rich, layered, and highly relatable. The romance is woven throughout the book, but what I truly enjoyed was the honest struggle of relationships, faith, what is a moral issue vs. faith-tradition, and where does grace fit into the overall equation.

Olivia does a wonderful job of writing high-quality Amish historical fiction, and captivating her readers. So even if you're more reticent to pick up Amish, do so with Olivia's. And if you're an avid Amish reader, you will truly NOT be disappointed!!

Leave a comment below to be entered to win your own copy!!

And here are the winners from the giveaways this week!!!! :)

Varina Denman's Jaded: Marci Hopkins
Laura Frantz's The Colonel's Lady: Deanna
Coffee & Chocolate: Hannah Kooiman
Sarah Ladd's The Headmistress of Rosemere: Bonnie Roof
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25 comments:

  1. I'm checking out the blog from my laptop today. I totally dig your Parisian background!

    Amish fiction isn't my go-to either, but I do read it occasionally just to try something new. I love being pleasantly surprised.

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    1. You'd enjoy this one then. the historical elements definitely separate it from the norm.

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  2. I don't mind a good Amish read every now and then. This sounds like a good one!

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  3. I love Amish fiction! So I would love to enter for this book!

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  4. I love and respect the Amish people, for their simplicity and convictions, and love touring their beautiful communities, their foods and craftsmanship - yet, like you, don't read many Amish novels. I love novels based on historical fact, haven't read any of Olivia's novels and would love to read "Meek and Mild".

    Thank you SO much for the win of "The Headmistress of Rosemere" - it is my first book by Sarah Ladd, I feel sure I will love it!! Again - congrats, Jaime, and hugs!!

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  5. Your background is too dark. I can't read the blog.

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  6. I love the new look! So cool. I'd love to read this book too!!! Thanks ya'll! ; ) chris_davebures@bellsouth.net

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  7. I have not read an amish themed book; like the story line of this one, thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. This book sounds good. I'm adding it to my TBR list!

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  10. I am so needing this book ladies. Amish and Mennonite is my go to genre. I just finished Wonderful Lonesome ( the first book in the series) a few weeks ago and really look forward to reading this one. Wow, I can't believe there is a giveaway for it. I am so curious to know if she stays in the harsh enviroment where the land is unyielding and barely any rain. Her Amish family left and went back to Ohio. She is in love with a man that wants to switch over to become a Mennonite and she is afraid he will lose the faith so she gets engaged to another man. Eventually he leaves and goes back to Ohio and she is sad and depressed and feels so alone. Her former love comforts her and they are now together again . Oh I so want to read the continuation of this story, lol. Thank you for the opportunity !

    Deanne Cnnamon Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a reader of Amish fiction! I'd love to read this book :)
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtCo M

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  12. Wonderful!! I won a copy of Laura Frantz's The Colonel's Lady: Deanna says thank you so much.. I'm looking forward to reading it :)
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtCo M

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  13. I love Amish fiction & have been seeing this book around for a bit! I would love a copy of this one, thank you for the chance! Blessings!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I´m sure I would love this book!
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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  15. Have not read anything by Olivia Newport before. Your recommendation sounds wonderful. Would love a copy of her book. Thank you.

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  16. On my iPad I have the same problem as some here. I can't see anything. The whole page is too dark, words and all, but on my laptop it is normal. Crazy!

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    1. I think we fixed it. It's been acting funky.

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    2. Oh cool! It was so odd to be a phone/iPad problem only.

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  17. I do not read many Amish books either, but you have me intrigued. Please enter me in the giveaway and thanks!!

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  18. I love reading Amish fiction. I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  20. I'd love to win and read this and pass it on to my sis! THANKS! :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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