Lynette Sowell Book Giveaway

Amish fiction, Contest Comments: 58

A_Season_Of_Change_coverLynette, A Season of Change, and a Giveaway

Today’s guest post is by my friend and fellow writing-buddy, Lynette Sowell. Her book, A Season of Change, released a few weeks ago, and I know you’ll love hearing about it. Lynette has kindly offered to give away a copy, so leave a comment and we’ll choose a winner in one week.

Amish Vacationland, U.S.A. 

In the village of Pinecraft, in Sarasota, Florida, you’ll find many familiar things from “back home” in Amish country. But you’ll see many differences from most settlements. I had the chance to visit and stay in the village in January 2012 and February 2013.

During the winter, Pinecraft’s high season, it is a busy place. The men play smokin’-hot rounds of bocce in Pinecraft Park. Men and women alike play shuffleboard. The youth play volleyball or spend the day at the beach. Parents corral their growing little ones in the playground.

160Cell phones exist in Pinecraft and aren’t hidden, and everyone uses electricity. Old Order vacationers are permitted to use electricity while on vacation. Televisions and their use, however, are extremely sparse. Pinecraft also has the only Amish-run post office in the country.

While on vacation here, though, the Amish don’t stay idle. Several big events in the winter are the Haiti Benefit Auction, the Pinecraft Pie Contest, and the Palm Grove Quilt Show & Sale.

HeadshotVacationers and year round residents have singings in the evening, especially on weekends. Usually someone will set up a makeshift “performing” area in a carport or sideyard or backyard. If it’s winter, that means some nights get a tad chilly, so the hostess will serve coffee and hot chocolate. You’ll see clusters of bicycles at the edge of the street, during a singing or concert in the park pavilion. Bicycle or on foot are the best ways to get around the village.

No horses or buggies in Pinecraft—the only traditional buggy in the village is a prop outside Yoder’s. A few local tinkerers have constructed motorized horseless buggies which make for a lot of fun in the neighborhood.

Amish visitors arrive via the Pioneer Trails bus line, which has stops in communities like Sugarcreek and Shipshewana. A favorite village activity is waiting to meet the buses, which arrive at the Mennonite Tourist church. Every week, The Budget newspaper arrives on the bus and the men line up to buy it.

If you ever go, stop at Yoder’s to eat. Take my advice. EAT THE PIE, if you aren’t able to do anything else. Yoder’s has a gift shop and a fresh market, and both do a bustling business.

The Amish and Mennonites who visit Pinecraft also keep Big Olaf’s Creamery busy, and Village Pizzas by Emma. The businesses are owned by Plain families and their extended relatives.

One of the best things in Pinecraft, though, is how well everyone gets along, for the most part—from the most conservative Old Order in her cape dress and black pinned apron, to the most “liberal” Mennonite with her short hair and capris. It is a beautiful thing, and something I wish we could all learn to do.


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58 thoughts on “Lynette Sowell Book Giveaway

  1. Janet Pecorella

    I dream of going to Pinecraft one day. I love to visit Amish areas and I’d love to read Lynette’s new book. 🙂

  2. Teresa Kander

    I love visiting the Amish here in Ohio, and hope to get to Pinecraft one day….definitely will eat at Yoder’s if I do, as you are not the first to recommend it, OR the pie! Would enjoy having a copy of your book, as well!

  3. Sandy Larivee

    Would love to someday visit Pinecroft and Yoders sounds like the best place around to eat. I’d love to win a copy of the new book. Looking forward to reading it.

  4. Melissa L.

    This sounds like the perfect place to visit. I have a copy of her book already and it is wonderful. Please do not put me in for the book drawing. I want others to be able to enjoy her book.

  5. alisa kibg

    I can’t to wait to read the book. I will love to visit Pi necraft one day. I will visit Yoders restaurant. I will love to win.

  6. Cathy Cermele

    We love visiting Pinecraft. We used to live in Fl and we’d go there as often as we could. Yoders has awesome food and yes, their pie is delicious. I’d love to read your book, Lynette!

  7. Brenda Deems

    I love going to Pinecraft. I haven’t been to Yoders yet, but hope to next month. There is always a long line waiting to get in on week-ends. I would love having a copy of Lynette’s book.

    1. lynettesowell

      You are right, Brenda, about there being a long line on weekends! 🙂 I have gone during the week at lunchtime, and the line moves pretty quickly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by

  8. Patricia Schmutz

    I’ve never read this author before, but what a great way to get hooked by winning 🙂

  9. Patricia

    Wow! I’d love to visit. I’d, also, love to read A Season of Change. Congratulations, Lynette, on the great reviews! Thanks for the guest post.

  10. ajwbear

    I don’t live that far from Sarasota, yet I have never been to Pinecraft. Someday, I am going to just get in my car and go. I’d love to read Lynette’s new book. Sounds like it is going to be a great read.

  11. Patti

    I have heard so much about Pinecraft would love going there and maybe could meet Sherry Gore. Never read anything by this writer but would love to. Thanks for the chance to win this

  12. Jackie McNutt

    Thank you for all of the great information about Pinecraft . I will add it to my bucket list as it sounds like a great place to live or visit.
    Your book looks wonderful ! I am looking forward to reading it soon.

  13. Juanita Wickey

    Would love to win Lynette Sowell’s book as I have not had the privilege of reading any of hers yet. Love to meet new authors. Juanita wickey

  14. Judy B

    If I could, I’d be on my way to Pinecraft. Sounds like a great place to visit. You had me at, eat the Pie!!

    I would love to win a copy of, A Season of Change! Thank you Lynette for your post and giveaway!

    Judy B

  15. Lynn Hughes

    After a 6 week visit in a hospital and orthopedic rehabilitation I would love to visit Pinecraft. It seems to be a lovely place to visit..I would love to win a copy of your book.

  16. Debbie Rhoades

    That is my one regret that I have since I am moving out of Florida — I never had the chance to visit Pinecraft. It looks like an amazing place!

  17. Nancimae De Smet

    I value the family togetherness, the God-honoring principles and kindness of the Amish families. We have neighbors near my home place in Wisconsin where we go to buy eggs and vegetable produce. I enjoy reading most Amish books I have found.
    NanciMae De Smet

  18. Linda McFarland

    Going to Pinecraft is on my ‘bucket list’. Sounds like so much fun. Great post…would love to win, thanks for the opportunity. Linda

  19. Andrea Brooks

    The cover this books makes me want to go out and get it right now. I love reading about the Amish and how they live and spend their lives. Would love to read this book.

  20. Lane Hill House

    I went to a wedding today and they served pie ~ all kinds! Y-U-M
    I would love to have a copy of Lynette’s book! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  21. Harold Cheetham

    great to see so many Amish places to going and seeing these people as they are some of the best people in the world.would love to read the book and add it to my collection.thanks for another great author illustration.

  22. Lisa B.

    Pinecraft sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I hope to go there someday, especially to Yoders. I love all kinds of pie! I have not read anything by this author. So, would love to win her book. I enjoy reading about the Amish and get excited when I discover an author that I have never read before. Thank You for the giveaway.

  23. Judith A Fritz

    A Season of Change sounds like such a great book.. I’d love to win this book. The Amish books are my all favorite books to read. Please enter me in this contest. Judy F

  24. Deb Simmering

    Would love to visit Pinecraft someday. It really sounds beautiful. I have visited other Amish places in my area, actually I live very close to an Amish community. I have quite a few Amish friends. They are such lovely people. They would do anything for you English or Amish. Am very anxious to read your book. It sounds like a book that once you start you won’t be able to put down. Have a Blessed Day.

    1. lynettesowell

      Deb, my upstairs neighbors last winter in Pinecraft were so friendly; they brought me a delicious Sunday supper plate AND a desser plate full of goodies. I definitely needed a walk after that meal. 🙂

  25. lynettesowell

    Vannetta, thank YOU for having me as a guest! And thanks to ALL of you for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂 I’m so excited by everyone’s enthusiasm — can’t wait to hear the name of the winner. 🙂

  26. Dorothy Perry

    I love going to Shipshewana in Indiana – I have been to Yoders several years ago in Sarasota – very nice. I love reading Vannetta’s books , so if she’s recommending you, Lynette, you must be good – so I can hardly wait to read ‘A Season of Change’. Have a great day and thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

  27. Martha J. Sturm

    Wow! That’s strange that even the Old Order Amish would be able to use electricity etc. while on vacation. Would love to visit that area.

  28. Jo Ann Frost

    I have been reading Amish books for the past year. I am finding myself changing, my walk with the Father, but also the desire to simplify my life.

  29. Vanda Human

    Havent read a book by Lynette Sowell as yet. Hope to win this competition then I can add the book to my Amish Collection.