Amish for a Week: The True Story of an Author Staying with the Amish: A Journal with 90+ Photos (Previously called Ashley's Amish Adventures Series) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
Q: What is your book about?
A: Undercover Amish is about Detective Olivia Mast, who was once Amish and is sent to her former Amish community in Unity, Maine, to covertly investigate a murder. While she is there she must also secretly watch over Isaac Troyer, the man she dated as a teenager before she left the Amish. The Amish do not give information to police or even report crimes when they occur, so the only way to get any information about the murder is for Olivia to pretend that she wants to rejoin the Amish and gather information without people realizing it.
Once Isaac finds out she is actually a detective, he has to decide if he is willing to break the rules he's followed his whole life in order to help arrest the killer.
Q: So your biography mentions that you lived with the Amish as part of your research. How did you get in contact with them?
A: Yes, I went to Unity, Maine and stayed with three different Amish families. I originally called a few Amish businesses in Lancaster County, because they do have phones in businesses, and they told me that there was an Amish community right in Unity, Maine that I could go to. So I called an Amish business there, left a message, and that family invited me to stay with them.
I was originally going to spend a weekend with that one family, but once the others found out about how I was writing a book and that I wanted to make sure it was accurate, two more families invited me back. I stayed with one of them for an entire week, and went to another family's house for a few days. I also was invited back for one of their weddings.
Q: What did you do there?
That was quite the experience. All Amish communities vary and can have different rules, but this book is entirely based on how the Amish of Unity live. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad I got to go before I got married and had children. I followed them around everywhere and did everything they did. I helped them with chores, went to church, rode in buggies, canned applesauce, chased turkeys, and had a lot of fun.
Q: So they were okay with you writing about them?
A: Well, they were actually very happy that I was doing my research. They actually do not usually allow typical Amish romance novels because they usually falsely portray the Amish, especially in the area of romance. They were happy that I was making sure the book would be accurate and realistic. I of course changed all last names, but many characters in my books are based on my friends in Unity. Some of them even read the book I wrote about my experience there, and that one is called Ashley's Amish Adventures.
Q: Why do you think Ashley's Amish Adventures is a bestseller?
A: I think people are really curious about and envy the peaceful Amish way of life and that is why the Amish book genre is booming!
- ASIN : B01N5714WE
- Publisher : Fearless Publishing House (November 23, 2016)
- Publication date : November 23, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 23953 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I was delighted to realise this book was written as a diary by Ashleigh, when she chose to live with the amish community in Maine.
Ashleigh, actually lived the amish lifestyle, beliefs, faith, so that her books would be as close to realistic as possible.
The diary shares a lot of authentic information, which I found very interesting.
Thank you Ashleigh.
The other wonderful thing you learn is what an amazing, open, eager to help guest Ashley is. Her experience,once shared in this book, is one you won't soon forget. Highly recommended.
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Top reviews from other countries
Leider was dieses Buch eine Enttäuschung für mich. Das Krimi, das ich als erstes gelesen habe, wirkte auf mich sehr erwachsen und im Stil toll und geschliffen. Im Gegensatz dazu war dieses Buch im Stil kindisch und unaufgeräumt. Es war wie ein Tagebuch von einem Teenager, das als Buch ohne jegliche Korrektur herausgegeben wurde. Von Inhalt her fand ich es interessant, auch die Beobachtungen der Autorin sind spannend, aber andererseits ziemlich naiv und das wird in dem Buch nicht nur inhaltlich deutlich.
Fazit: Muss nicht unbedingt gelesen werden.