“I believe there aren’t any circumstances God can’t use and work something beautiful from. Whatever the pain, loss or unseen curveball that comes our way in life, it doesn’t limit God.” This belief that God often works in unexpected ways is one of the main themes author Lynette Sowell explores in her new book, A Season of Change (Abingdon Press/May 20, 2014/ISBN 978-1426753558/ $14.99).
In the first novel in Sowell’s new Seasons in Pinecraft series, readers are introduced to retired circus performer Natalie Bennett as she searches for the dream of her heart: a family of her own. When she meets Amish widower Jacob Miller at a Sarasota hospital, she is drawn to his family and their simple ways.
Set in the community of Pinecraft, an Amish village in Sarasota, Florida, A Season of Change follows Natalie and Amish widower Jacob Miller as they each discover the mysterious ways God works. Winter home of the Ringling Brothers’ Circus, the Sarasota backdrop is the perfect place for a retired circus performer’s world to collide with the world of a reluctant Amish vacationer.
After her mother’s death, Natalie uncovers the secret that her mother was once Amish. This news coupled with the chance meeting of the Miller family in Pinecraft, Florida, sends Natalie on a journey. The retired circus performer, sidelined after a knee injury at the age of 25, is anxious to find the place where she belongs.
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings — including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie’s curiosity draws the unlikely pair together, and she soon wonders if Jacob Miller can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?
Through the pages of A Season of Change, readers will discover a different side of the Amish community. Inspired by the image of a Plain woman sitting on a three-wheeled bicycle by the Pinecraft post office, Sowell’s latest is a new take on a popular trend in fiction. “I think fiction trends can be a good thing,” the author says, “but I won’t follow a trend unless there is something I come across that grabs me and won’t let me go. Pinecraft did, and it won’t let me go. It’s become a very dear place to me.”
About the Author
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning novelist of more than fifteen titles. When she’s not writing fiction, Lynette works covering local news for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press, where she also writes a weekly column called My Front Porch. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies and is always up for a Texas road trip. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the eastern shore of Maryland, but makes her home in Copperas Cove, Texas, with her husband, along with a spoiled Texas heeler and a pair of cats who have them all well-trained.