I was born in the North (Pittsburgh, PA) and grew up in the South (Richmond, VA), attending the University of Virginia where I met my husband of thirty years, Bill Jeschke. Together we have nine beautiful children (three daughters and six sons) and have pioneered a non-denominational Christian church called The King's Chapel in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
I have loved reading, creating stories, and writing since I was a young girl, and was told that my name "Melanie" was a form of the Greek word for "ink"--- a name I hoped would be prophetic. Although I majored in English and taught high school before having our family, I put writing on the back burner of our busy lives for many years. When my youngest son was old enough for our home-school kindergarten,
"A Road Unknown": Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She's been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can't decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it's also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.
But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula's friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?