Carol Award Finalists Announced

Yesterday an exciting day! Why, you ask? Because  the finalist for the 2013 Carol Awards were announced, and Saving Gideon is a finalist in the romance category! I am grinning from ear to ear! So very excited to be among such great names as my dear friend, Margaret Daley as well as Carolyn Zane, Bradilyn Collins, and Beth Wiseman, who are also finalist this year.

Whew! Now we have to wait until September when the winners are announced. Truly it’s an honor to be a finalist…I can wait…for a while. :) Until then, here’s the cover and blurb for Saving Gideon:


Gideon Fisher wants only one thing out of life— to be left alone.  This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife.  He has lost his faith.  He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community.  But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does he have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite, Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere life style.    Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through—–yet another—–bad breakup.  Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money.  All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself.  Avery soon discovers that the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before.  Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her.  But it has even more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness.  But as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

B&H Publishing

Saving Gideon is the first novel in the Clover Ridge Series


10 thoughts on “Carol Award Finalists Announced

  1. What an honor Amy! Saving Gideon was such a good read. It was not your typical Amish read and I loved that! Congratulations again! September will be here before you know it! :)

  2. Congratulations Amy Lillard , so happy for you . I know this is a big horror and you deserve it. I loved Saving Gideon, it was so good and I enjoyed reading it . Congratulations again to someone who deserves it.

  3. This is great news. Congratulations! I loved Saving Gideon, and it is certainly deserving of this honor.

  4. I think I have become your biggest fan, just finished Katie’s Choice (after reading Saving Gideon) and your writing is awesome! I loved both books and just hope you continue writing Amish fiction for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us! Blessings to you, Amy Lillard.

    1. Gloria–thank you so very much! That means a lot to me that readers are enjoying my books. This is definitely something in God’s plan for me–the opportunity just fell in my lap and took off from there. Yes, I plan on writing books about the Amish for a long long time! :)

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