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The Amish Appeal is a romance novel, fun fiction that is educational and entertaining.

If you watched the video above, you'll see me - Kevin Williams - editor and creator of the syndicated Amish Cook column (penned by Lovina Eicher) along with various scenes from Amish settlements I've visted through the years.  I hope you enjoy the photo montage, I think the pictures really capture the pastoral simplicity found in many Amish communities.

The Amish Appeal is a combination romance and legal novel, which I would also like to turn into a film.  The story centers on the experiences of Abe Schwartz, a 24-year-old Amish man who is still sorting through his beliefs and goals in life.  The Amish Appeal follows what happens when Abe encounters 27-year-old Paige Roberts, a vivacious, beautiful and brainy attorney from Chicago who stumbles upon his farm.

The Amish Appeal follows Abe's journey as he finds himself caught between the deeply held beliefs of his faith and the more ambiguous rules of the rest of the world.  During this journey Abe is forced to choose between pacifism and practicality, between the strict rules of religion and the gray areas of compromise.  Adding to the complications are the desires of the heart as Abe finds himself increasingly attracted to Paige who lives in a very different world. Abe attempts to find a common ground between the two.

The Amish Appeal is my first attempt at fiction. As the editor and creator of The Amish Cook column I am always seeking new platforms to share my knowledge about plain culture.  I thought a fiction book would be a fun way to do this.  I'd like to raise enough money to shepherd this novel through the publishing process either with a traditional publishing house or by self-publishing.  Either route requires some up-front expense, and laying the ground work for a film is even more costly.  If we go above and beyond the pledged goal that simply strengthens The Amish Cook column and brand.

The column is celebrating its 20th year in July, one of the few independent syndicated columns left in a business that is almost unrecognizable from when it began.   The weekly newspaper column, which can be read at www.amishcookonline.com is a needed dose of simplicity in an increasingly crazy world. Thanks in advance for your enthusiasm for The Amish Appeal.

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    An emailed "thank you" and 10 random Amish recipes from the editor's archives.

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    An emailed "thank you," 10 random Amish recipes from the editor's archives and an ebook (PDF file) copy of "Amish Recipes USA" a collection of previously unpublished recipes from Amish and Mennonite kitchens. Pledging at this level also gives you unlimited access from now until the end of 2012 to "Editor's Adventures" a series of online "mini-documentaries" that chronicle my visits to Amish and Mennonite communities across the USA.

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    All of the rewards mentioned at the $25 level and...drum-roll, please...your own copy of "The Amish Appeal" novel.

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    All of the rewards previously listed and signed copies of "Amish Recipes USA" and "The Amish Appeal", plus an 8 X 10 photo of an Amish scene from one of our travels.

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    Signed copies of "Amish Recipes USA" and "The Amish Appeal" and 3 8 X10 photos: an Amish buggy, an Amish suppertime scene, and an "editor's choice" photo and ebook copies of all 8 previously published Amish Cook softcover titles. Your name will also appear on the acknowledgments page of "The Amish Appeal."

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    Signed copies of "Amish Recipes USA" and "The Amish Appeal" and 3 8 X10 photos: an Amish buggy, an Amish suppertime scene, and an "editor's choice" photo and ebook copies of all 8 previously published Amish Cook softcover titles. Your name will appear as a member of "The Editor's Circle" in the acknowledgments section of the book. You will also receive one hand-written original of The Amish Cook column written by the original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz, along with a letter of authenticity

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    Signed copies of "Amish Recipes USA" and "The Amish Appeal" and 3 8 X10 photos: an Amish buggy, an Amish suppertime scene, and an "editor's choice" photo and ebook copies of all 8 previously published Amish Cook softcover titles. Plus I will come give a talk to your group of 5 or more friends about Amish culture if you are within a 6 hour drive of Cincinnati. The talk will be scheduled within 1 year of the closing of this pledge drive. You will also receive one hand-written copy of The Amish Cook column written by the original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz, along with a letter of authenticity.

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    Signed copies of "Amish Recipes USA" and "The Amish Appeal" and 3 8 X10 photos: an Amish buggy, an Amish suppertime scene, and an "editor's choice" photo,and a signed set of all 8 previously published Amish Cook softcover titles. You will receive a hand-made basket from the Swartzentruber Amish settlement of Sinking Spring, Ohio. You will also receive one hand-written copy of The Amish Cook column written by the original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz, along with a letter of authenticity. Plus I will come give a talk to your group of 5 or more friends about Amish culture ANYWHERE in the USA or Canada beyond 6 hours. The talk will be scheduled within 1 year of the closing of this pledge drive.

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    BECOME AN AMISH EXPERT: All of the above rewards, plus we will meet in an Amish settlement of your choice and I will give you and a guest a two-day educational and culinary tour. We'll meet Amish entrepreneurs, bakers, take a buggy ride, and learn a lot about this unique culture.

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