Explore the mysteries of the Amish countryside as our heroines risk everything to discover the truth about their pasts.


Here in Texas, most of us are getting rain, which is both amazing and much needed. The days have been cloudy with a chill in the air that makes for the perfect weather to catch up on some reading!  


If you’re like me, you love discovering new authors. Today, I have two new authors that I discovered who are both from Texas and both write Amish fiction. 


So, find your favorite reading spot, maybe grab a blanket and something to drink, and let’s dive in and get to know these two ladies. 


First off, we have Plain Roots by Becki Willis


"A gripping novel with multiple layers," this domestic thriller will touch your heart and stay with you long after the last page.  


Taryn is searching for her birth mother, but what she finds isn’t what she expects. Her quest takes her to the Amish countryside of Lancaster County, PA. How could somewhere so tranquil and serene hold such dark secrets?  


Taryn Clark thought she’d outgrown the need to find her birth mother. She thought that a successful career and a comfortable life in the city were enough to be happy. Did she really need to know about the woman who had given her away? She thought she knew the answer, until an accidental discovery awakens old yearnings of being part of something bigger than herself. Her new quest takes her to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the heart of the Plain community. Aided by her unique eye color, a healthy dose of luck, and the private investigator she hires, Taryn finds her birth family easily enough, but finding the truth is another matter. In all her musings, she never imagined a scenario where her mother might be Amish. She never imagined that the fabric of her life might be a patchwork of faith and fear, stitched together with a dark family secret. Taryn is determined to trace her roots, even if it means digging in the mud to do so. Now she’s caught in the quicksand of a shocking discovery and the consequences of choices made, almost forty years ago. She’ll risk everything—including her life—to uncover the truth. 


Named 2019 Best Mystery by the Texas Association of Authors.  


Best-selling author Becki Willis loves crafting stories with believable characters in believable situations. Many of her stories stem from her own travels and from personal experiences. (No worries; she's never actually murdered anyone.)  


When she’s not plotting danger and adventure for her imaginary friends, Becki enjoys reading, antiquing—aka junking—unraveling a good mystery (real or imagined), dark chocolate, and a good cup of coffee. A professed history geek, Becki often weaves pieces of the past into her novels. Family is a central theme in her stories and in her life. She and her husband enjoy traveling but believe coming home to their Texas ranch is the best part of any trip.  


Becki has won numerous awards, but the real compliments come from her readers. Drop in for an e-visit anytime at beckiwillis.ccp@gmail.com, or www.beckiwillis.com. 


Author Beth Shriver’s Annie's Truth is book one of her Touch of Grace Series. 


After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home? Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is. Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”  


As Annie’s search brings her into the fast-paced world of modern life, she is confronted with all of the temptations she was warned of. Can she make her way back to the order and security of her family? Or will she remain an outsider—torn between her two worlds? 


Beth Shriver is a three-time Best Selling Author, and Amazon top 100 author of over twenty-five books and an ECPA Bestseller. She was a social worker before starting a family, grew up in Nebraska, spent 15 years in Colorado and now lives in Texas. She freelances for the local papers in her area, and she also writes columns, devotionals, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction. Beth wrote her first novel in 2002, and a year later it was published. Beth followed her passion and now spends her time writing with the company of her two cats and a beagle. When not spending time with her family or friends she helps feed the homeless in South Dallas. 


You can find Beth on her website and Twitter and become her friend on Facebook. 




Until next time, dear friends, happy spring and happy reading!  


All the best. . . 


Mary Alford  


Learn more about author Mary Alford and her Amish fiction titles on her website.