Esther Schwartz has suffered from loneliness, fear, and guilt ever since her baby sister was abducted and killed. Making things worse, she and her windowed mother have a huge farm to run, and her brother's son has a mysterious illness. When an apple orchard is suddenly given to her and the orchard manager's secrets are unraveled, she learns that her close-knit Amish community is being tested: will they fall apart or lean on the three things ...
Esther Schwartz has suffered from loneliness, fear, and guilt ever since her baby sister was abducted and killed. Making things worse, she and her windowed mother have a huge farm to run, and her brother's son has a mysterious illness.
When an apple orchard is suddenly given to her and the orchard manager's secrets are unraveled, she learns that her close-knit Amish community is being tested: will they fall apart or lean on the three things that they are known for: forgiveness, love and faith.
Esther's worked alongside Trey Peachy for years, but when the community is on the lookout for a killer, she is forced to help him. As they hunt down a killer, they each discover that God had planted a seed of love many years earlier. Can they still bond with so much tragedy and with different faiths?.
Each day, children are abducted and/or killed; some are left alive but become emotionally and physically wounded, while most end up being killed. I took my Registered Nurse's hat off many years ago to become a foster parent to five children whom had been abused, and I, along with Ms. Dana Todd and Mr. Larry Cleveland, of The Commonwealth's Office, and Trooper Darby of the Kentucky State Police, went to get justice for one of these children.
As I write this today, the children are thriving, but the past will never leave them, just as it never really leaves the heroine in Amish Lilies by the Lakeside. The abductor in the book isn't your normal odd-looking hard criminal; and that is what makes him slip through the cracks.
By making this book available to teenagers and adults, I wanted to reach out and let anyone who was sexually abused know that I back them up to come forward with their story and speak up. As a teacher or community leader in your community, if you see signs of sexual abuse or signs that a child may have been taken against their will, please call 911 and report it. It will make the world a better place and you can be an "Angel" to a child. According to Ms. Dana Todd, I was an "Angel" for five children that are thriving today. You can make a difference!
If you're a teenager and you are scared, you may email me at , and I will assist you in getting the help that you need. Don't be scared; the State Troopers, County Attorneys, and Social Workers are there to protect you.
About the Author
Sicily Yoder used to me a book merchandiser for Chas Levy. Having an uncle who was a Plain Minister and having lived in a Plain home, she enjoyed encouraging customers to buy The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. She also prayed for the book planogram to grow bigger for Christian books. Jokingly, she told some customers that she was going to write a book. After many months, those customers came back, but she had no book ( and not even the first page written.)
She has since made up for that and has twenty books on Amazon, four of which have been in the Top 100 Best-Seller's List, as well as many in the Best-Sellers Category Lists.
She owns The Amish Garden, a bakery wholesale business and writes full-time for the ministry of Jesus Christ, her personal Savior.