Love is Rarely Plain and Simple
First Book in a Compelling New Anabaptist Series
Readers travel to Plain City, Ohio, to witness the Mennonite and English cultures clash in Something Old. Due to release in August 2011, Something Old is book one of Dianne Christner’s new series, Plain City Bridesmaids.
As Katy Yoder accepts a new job and struggles to define her place in the world, childhood friends and a past romance get in the way. Even when her friends try to help her change her judgmental attitude, Katy is certain that seeing things as black and white is the only way to please God. But as love softens her heart, shades of gray slowly seep into her world, and she discovers the right answer isn’t always the easiest one.
About the Author
Dianne Christner and her husband make their home in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Dianne enjoys the beauty of the desert. They have two grown children. Her first book, Proper Intentions, was published in 1994, and she has added several other historical novels to her credit. Learn more about Dianne at www.diannechristner.net.
Something Old by Dianne Christner / Plain City Bridesmaids Series
August 2011 / $12.99 / 320 Pages * Paperback
Praise for Something Old
“I fell in love with the characters of Something Old! Dianne Christner gives her readers a fascinating look at the Menonnite community and traditions clashing with modern life in this captivating story of friendship, forgiveness, and self-discovery.”
Carol Cox, author of Dog Days, Who’s That Girl? and Tea and Sympathy
Q & A with the Author
Since you come from a Mennonite background, do you feel that your books will be more accurate than other Mennonite fiction titles?
I write from my own feelings about the Mennonite lifestyle and from the emotions I have observed in many friends and family of the faith. I understand the workings of the church and the Mennonite worldview. As an elder’s wife, I am familiar with the controversies, the faith’s strengths and weaknesses. I know the biblical teachings or reasons that support the lifestyle. I have attended and even taught Sunday school classes that debated and discussed Mennonite beliefs. In this series I use three characters that reflect opposing feelings and differing opinions so that my readers can better understand what it’s really like to be a Mennonite woman.
What type of lessons do you think readers will pick up on when reading this book?
Did you ever walk around with your eyes closed and try to imagine what it would be like to be blind? I want to give my readers a glimpse into the Mennonite world and hope, at some point, they look at the Mennonite lifestyle and play the “what if” game. For instance, what if I didn’t wear make-up? Would I possess inner beauty? Would that be enough for me?
I don’t promote any specific lessons, but hope to show the good and bad of the Mennonite lifestyle—it is what it is—and allow my readers to make their own assessments.
People often confuse the Mennonite and Amish cultures. What makes these two lifestyles different from one another?
The Amish “separate themselves from the world” as much as possible to stay pure. The Mennonites make a point to “live in the world without conforming to the world’s standards.” They want to represent Christ in that way and touch lives. They mingle outside of their religion and foster friendships. They set out to be servants of a hurting world.
In the book Something Old, one of the focuses is on the Mennonite and English cultures clashing. Did this focus come from any personal experiences?
Totally. I went to a different school than my Mennonite friends. In my public school, I always felt different than my classmates because I was not allowed to go to their dances, wear jewelry, or go to movies. My parents became more lenient as time went on, and I went to my first movie in high school. My first item of jewelry was my class ring. Even when you believe you are doing the right thing, it sometimes hurts to be different. I am definitely most like the Lil character in my story.
What character do you think readers are going to be able to really relate to?
Hopefully all of them! I have strived to represent different personalities to make the story realistically reflect Mennonite life. Katy is the black and white thinker who strictly adheres to the rules, Lil tests them and thinks outside the box, and Megan is the compassionate peacemaker who wants to roll up her sleeves and make the world a better place to live.