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Meek and Mild coverIt’s 1918 on the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Sunday school, hymns, and threats of shunning disturb a fragile peace between the Pennsylvania Old Order and the more progressive “Marylanders.”

And with family on both sides of the border, Clara Kuhn is caught in the middle of it all. And will she be able to bring herself to give Andrew a straight answer about their future?

Official release day was yesterday!

My characters are fictional, but they face the struggles we know real people faced in the historical circumstances.

In Meek and Mild, I look at the circumstances that led to break-off of the Beachy Amish, who eventually became more progressive than the Old Order. Because the district that experienced this break spanned the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, family members on both sides were caught up in divisive opinions and consequences.

Leave a comment below to enter a drawing for a free copy. (Make sure it will be easy to reach you if you win!) Tell me why you’re interested in reading stories from Amish history.

I’ll draw one name on Friday, February 6 and mail off a free copy of Meek and Mild.

(And if you don’t win, here are some quick buy buttons to get your copy.)

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22 Comments

  1. Lori Payer on the February 1, 2015 remarked #

    I love reading and learning about the Amish history. It might be because they live so differently than we do, but they are living right in the middle of it. Choosing to deny it for their religion and beliefs.

  2. Lori on the February 3, 2015 remarked #

    I love reading and learning about the Amish. I haven’t read one of your books yet, but just found you on audible.com. I would love to win one of your books.

  3. Nicki Olsen on the February 4, 2015 remarked #

    Your Amish Turns of time series started out incredibly! Looking forward to reading this next book however soon or far away that may be! Beautiful cover!!
    Blessings,
    Nicki

  4. Diana Flowers on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    Oh, I hope I’m not too late! Love the cover and would love to try one of your Amish books. This one sounds great!! Thx for the opportunity to win a copy!

    • Olivia on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

      Not too late!

  5. Melony Teague on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    Congrats on RELEASE DAY! So exciting! Beautiful cover!

  6. Cynthia Adams on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    You are absolutely one of my favorite authors! I have all of your books so far in my library at home and would love to add this one to it. I cannot wait to read it. Keep the good books coming!

    • Olivia on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

      Cynthia, well, aren’t you delightful. Thanks for being so avid about my books.

  7. Amy Bateman on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I loved Wonderful Lonesome, so I’d love to read the next installment in the series. I love how you’ve taken a different approach from so many Amish novels and tell the lesser known historical account of the Amish cultures.

    • Olivia on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

      Thanks, Amy. That’s a good word of encouragement!

  8. Donna Schmidt on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I enjoy reading Olivia Newport’s books. I love how she has so many characters in each book. It is fun to follow each character. The Amish lifestyle is so fascinating. I love how she makes so interesting. I am just now finishing the third book in The Avenue of Dreams Series. Historical fiction based out of Chicago. I loved the books because I live in the Northwest Suburbs and are familiar with the areas she has in her books.

    • Olivia on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

      Linda, where do you live? I grew up in the northwest ‘burbs.

  9. Linda Glenn on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I love the simple lifestyle of the Amish and their devotion to God and Family.

  10. Cheryl Baranski on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I Love reading Amish history. I get to learn some interesting info on how the Amish have changed throughout history.
    Keep up the wonderful writing!
    CherylB1987@HOTMAIL.COM

  11. sandy barela on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    Can’t wait to read this book! There seems to be struggles between younger and older generations. I am interested to see this conflict in your book!

  12. Tiffany Hall on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I love reading amish books. Would love to win one of your books!

  13. Sandra Beck on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    Love the Amish. Your books would be a treat, like a holiday all year round for me.
    God Bless.

  14. Karen Johnson on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I admire the Amish. I would love to learn more of their history!

  15. Marie Ferland on the February 6, 2015 remarked #

    I’ve always been interested in the Amish and read everything I can about them. You’re book sounds so very interesting!

  16. Jeffrey Ward on the February 9, 2015 remarked #

    I just finished Wonderful Lonesome and it struck such an emotional and spiritual chord in me that I was just bowled over. Aptly titled because it was truly wonderful – WONDERFUL in every way. Thank you for your generous offer.

  17. Barbara Gauthier on the February 12, 2015 remarked #

    I love Amish reading in any way shape or form. I always have one in my hand all the time when I am reading. If I run out I am sad until I get another one. I am sharing. Thank you and God Bless You.

  18. barbara factor on the February 12, 2015 remarked #

    Can’t want to read meek and mild.

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