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Looking Out The Window: Laura V. Hilton Discusses Her Newest Book, Christmas Admirer, And The Story Behind It. Shares Glass Blowing Photos. Gives Away A Book.

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Glass Blowing and The Christmas Admirer

By Laura V. Hilton

Right before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.

But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

It was fascinating.

And I got to thinking what if…

So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:

The Snow Globe
The Postcard
The Birdhouse
The Amish Firefighter
The Amish Wanderer
The Kissing Bridge  (part of Springs of Love collection)
The Christmas Admirer
Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection--November 2018)
Love by the Numbers (February 2018)

I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.

All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.

About The Christmas Admirer

Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward.

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?

As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

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Sonja said…
Jamesport was the first Amish community I have been to. So it was fun to see Jamesport mentioned in your interview. It was fascinating. I found some great shops there! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com
VanG said…
Laura is a new author to me and her new book sounds delightful. I am adding it to my wish list.
lollipops said…
Thanks for stopping by VanG and Sonja. I love Jamesport, Sonja. Lovely community.
lollipops said…
Thanks for hosting me, Gail.
julie barrett said…
Hi, can't say which I like better, the story of the Christmas admirer or the glassblowing and to combine them, WHOA!

Just returned from a trip to Quechee, VT and there is a shop there that does glass blowing and you can observe. Very busy place but what I loved about this one, I've been to many, is the synch performed. Many different stations where each is working on a different part of the glass, for that day, or a special item and how it goes fluidly from one station to the next. The men, not sure why no females, were comfortable with what they wore and how the place is laid out.
Got the post from and can't wait to read this one,
Becky Smith said…
I've also been to Jamesport, so it was fun to have it mentioned here. I have watched someone glassblowing and our oldest son even took a college course in it. He made a chemistry beaker that he was required to donate back to the chemistry department. This looks like a fun book to read.
Gail Pallotta said…
Hi Laura,

It's my pleasure to have you!
Anonymous said…
I love the story line of your new book Laura! A glassblower sounds like a very interesting talent to have. I am sure it takes much skill and patience. My husband would love that ghost pepper cheese! Jamesport sounds like a great Amish community,. I have only been to Lancaster.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
lollipops said…
Glassblowing is so interesting, Julie. I'm glad you were able to stop and visit one.

Maryann, thanks for the kind words. I think glassblowing would take more patience than I have. My son loves the cheese too. If you are ever near there, stop at that cheese shop. There's an Amish community behind it that someday I will write about.

How fun your son took a glass in it, Becky! I had my sons and daughters take some cool classes, but glassblowing hasn't been one. Yet.
jacqui19 said…
Very interesting. The book sounds really intriguing. I would like to read it. We have an Amish community in our area. It is always fascinating to visit there--Arcola and Arthur, IL. Ever been there? We have Amish-made bedroom and dining room furniture; I love their furniture.
lollipops said…
Hi Jacqui. I have been to Arcola and Arthur. Its actually the Amish community I saw first. I have a potential series (future) planned for there. we have Amish made dining room furniture. I love their furniture too.

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