Heroine Interview from An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid

» Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog | 19 comments

This week I’m hosting Connie Mann with Angel Falls, Ruth Reid with An Angel by Her Side and Murray Pura withWhispers of a New Dawn. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (March 31st) evening. 

9781595547903_p0_v1_s260x420Interview with the heroine from An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid:

1, Katie Bender, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m Amish and live in Hope Falls, a small settlement in Michigan. Because I’m unmarried and twenty-nine, some consider me a maidal (old maid).

2. What do you do for fun?

Before the tornado, the women in my settlement met regularly for sewing frolics, which I loved. We still gather, mostly to prepare meals for the workers who are rebuilding our community. Even after the disaster, it’s still fun to get-together.

3. What are you afraid of most in life?

I’m concerned the school won’t be rebuilt. It seems I’m the only one who sees that rebuilding the schoolhouse is crucial.

4. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I put off thinking what will happen if I have to stop teaching. It’s terrifying to think I might be stuck working at the vegetable stand.

5. What do you want out of life?

I want to make a difference in a child’s life. I probably will never get married and have a family of my own, so I feel rewarded when I see my students do well.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Living a godly life and following the Lord’s direction, which I’m sure is teaching.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

Oh, I read a lot. Lately, I’ve been reading about dyslexia since one of my students struggles in this area.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I suppose sometimes I try too hard and that tends to lead to trouble. I should work harder to change that flaw.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

In our settlement, we travel exclusively by horse and buggy. My mare’s name is Peaches.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

If I believed traveling back in time was real, I would go back seven years and warn my fiancé not to go in the river. Perhaps if he knew the danger, he wouldn’t have died trying to save a sheep.



  1. I do love an Amish story to read. I’m going to enjoy Katie Bender’s story. I’ll have to add Ruth Reid to my author’s list.


    • Hi Mary,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thanks for adding me to your Amish author list!

  2. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel 😉

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Karenk!
      Happy Easter!

  3. I would love to read more about Katie Bender in Hope Falls, Michigan. I love amish fiction!


    • Hi Katie,
      I appreciate you stopping by.

  4. Sounds like nice get-togethers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    • Hi B.N.
      Thanks for your comment. Happy Easter!

  5. Loved this interview – interesting premise for a book. Wishing Ruth Reid success in this book. HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  6. Sounds like a great read. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. Katie, you and Margaret, had a great interview, and i hope i win your book. So you had a tornado hit your little community, and you men folk are trying to rebuild it. You are 29 an because you are not married you are consider an old maidal. You are also afraid they won’t rebuild the school and you will be with out a teaching job. You say you love teaching the students. God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth n38stanforth@yahoo.com

    • Katie (and I) had a lot of fun with this interview. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Norma!

  8. This looks like a great novel!

    dnikerle (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Would love a chance to win and read Ruth Reid’s new book. The first two were great and I really enjoyed them. Thank you.

    • Bless you, Karen. I’m glad you liked my other books.

  10. Happy Easter Margaret and Ruth. Hope you get to spend time with family after Sunday morning services. I will be with most of my big family. I would like to win your book. I’m thinking it is really good. Maybe can win it. Have entered before. Thanks for this chance to win. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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