A Special Sneak Peek! | From the Prologue for “A Mother For Leah”

A Mother For Leah Quote from Prologue 3

Some time ago, you might remember my lamenting that my mother suggested I might want to add on a prologue.

Well I didn’t want to but since she is my biggest cheerleader, I decided to give it a try. And there’s no nice way to put this…

It stunk!

I mean it stunk bad. And I didn’t like it. I edited and edited and edited but no matter how hard I tried, I could not make it sound good.

Then, a few days ago, I received a very upsetting phone call.

And apparently, that was the catalyst that God was waiting for because it gave me whatever I needed to pour life (even by way of grief) into Leah’s story.

Since then, I have worked doggedly to pour as much of my ragged emotions into the story as possible and I just want to share a little bit of it with you.

The picture above has a quote from that same prologue – well, not the same prologue… the much edited one. The one I poured my emotions into.

And that one – I LIKE!

In the last couple of days, I have edited the following two chapters and made a point to pour that same level of emotion into them as well.

And… BONUS! I’ve added over 1,000 words to the manuscript as well!

So…now on to the rest of the book.


© Rachel L. Miller 2014 (Author of Amish Fiction)

“A Mother For Leah” Q & A – Who is Leah Fisher?


So who is Leah Fisher?

She is the main character in “A Mother for Leah”, my first Amish fiction novel (It’s not yet published but I’m still editing and praying).

Leah has lost her mother (mamm) and she wants another. It’s been a long time and her dad (dat) should be ready to move on, right?

Leah is the oldest of the Fisher girls (maedels) still living at home. She’s only 15 but she is starting to notice boys and her older sisters (schweschders) have all married and begun their own lives so there’s no one to guide her through the rough path that a young girl (maedel) must traverse to begin courting.

So here are a few random facts about Leah and her immediate family.

How old is Leah?

15 years old

What is Leah’s favorite food?

Pumpkin Pancakes

What is Leah’s favorite Color?


What is Leah’s favorite Bible verse?

Psalm 146:1-3  KJV

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

What is Leah’s secret wish?

She wants a new mother. (But her reasons are a bit selfish and she is afraid it’s sinful for her to desire a new mother)

Does Leah have a boyfriend?

Not yet… That is one of the reasons she wishes deeply for a new mother. She doesn’t know what to do about her feelings about a certain boy she has met.

What is one thing about Leah we really need to know?

When she gets what she thought she wanted, she is not exactly thrilled. 

Tell us a bit more about the rest of the Fisher children…

There are 11. Here is a pretty basic run-down of them.
Anna – 22, married with 2 children, bossy, determined, very settled into her life as a wife and mother
David – 21, engaged, building a house for himself and his intended, quiet, shy, a peacemaker
Benjamin – 20, very single, restless, a bit wild
Miriam – 20, Benjamin’s twin, already married with 1 child, very quiet and reserved
Ruth – 19, newly married, lively, a bit of a gossip, always happy and smiling
Elam – 17, a hard-worker like their father, already prepared to join the church, studies the bible more than anyone else in the family, nicknamed “Preach”
Caleb – 16, troublemaker, feels his mother’s loss as strongly as Leah, has a head for math
Leah – 15, loner, rarely smiles, determined to be the best “Amish girl” she can be, spends entirely too much time working and not nearly enough time doing what young girls do
Peter – 12, very studious, small for his age, loves animals
Matthew – 10, live wire, detests school, into everything, but has a really big heart
Lillian – 6, everyone’s little sweetheart, has them all wrapped around her little finger

Check back for more Q & A soon!

Do you have other questions about Leah and her family?

Post them here.

THANK YOU for reading!


© Rachel L. Miller 2014