Please welcome Jan Drexler to my blog. Jan is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner! Be sure to read all the way through to be entered to win. Remember to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra chance to win. (Paperback or e-book in the US, e-book only outside the US.)
I’d like to share the story behind the story of A Mother for His Children.
Levi Zook, the hero of the book, has been a widower for just over a year when our story opens. When his wife died, he was left with ten children to raise. The oldest set of twins were fifteen, and the youngest little boy was four. Levi’s main concern was that his children needed a mother – and quickly – before his older sister convinced the church leaders to divide the children into different homes.
But it isn’t easy to find a woman who is willing to take on the task of mothering ten children! Levi had attempted to court Ellie Miller, the heroine of my first book, The Prodigal Son Returns (Love Inspired Historical, May 2013), with disastrous results. So he decides that a housekeeper is what he needs until – and if – he finds a wife.
This is where Ruthy Mummert enters the story. She had been courted by Elam, back in Lancaster County, for eight years before he threw her over for her best friend. So in one blow she lost her future husband and the friend who had been as close as a sister ever could be. Not wanting to remain at home where she would see the happy couple on a daily basis, she answers Levi’s ad for a housekeeper and flees to faraway LaGrange County in Indiana.
But Levi is dreading the news he has to break to her when she arrives…somehow, he forgot to mention that she would be caring for ten children!
But now the story behind the story! Levi’s quest to find a new wife was inspired by the story of my great-great grandfather, Elias Schrock. His first wife, Nancy Ann, died of tuberculosis in 1900. Only his youngest daughter was still at home when Elias became a widower, and she already had plans for her own wedding. I think that probably helped to increase his loneliness. He married again only a year later, to his first wife’s widowed sister, Mary.
|Elias and Mary, with his daughters, son-in-law and grandson|
How did Elias and Mary’s wedding come about? Which one of them first had the idea of marriage? How did Elias’s daughters react to their new step-mother?
These are the questions that brought Levi and Ruthy together.
But, of course, Levi and Ruthy’s courtship couldn’t be as simple as reality! Sometimes I wondered if these two would ever end up loving each other! Of course there’s a happily ever after ending, but not before some unexpected twists and turns.
Jan is giving away a copy of A Mother for His Children. To be entered to win, be sure to ask Jan a question or answer the question: Do you think you could marry a man who had 10 children?
More about Jan:
Jan Drexler lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of more than thirty years, their four adult children, two active dogs, and Maggie, the cat who thinks she’s a dog. If she isn’t sitting at her computer ruining – I mean living – the lives of her characters, she’s probably hiking in the Hills or the Badlands, enjoying the spectacular scenery.
Jan’s debut novel, The Prodigal Son Returns, was published by Love Inspired in May 2013, and her second novel, A Mother for His Children, was the winner of the 2013 TARA Contest, Inspirational Category. It is available now from Love Inspired.
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And on Mondays at the Yankee-Belle Café: http://yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com/