|Colonial Dominique Chickens|
Whew! That’s a lot of work for one platter of chicken that’s consumed by a hungry family in minutes, not to mention all the dishes the poor colonial housewife had to cook to go along with it and the cleanup involved. The difference in the amount of women’s labor when I was a child compared to what we have to do today, is striking enough. But when I think about the vastly greater work the 18th century housewife had to do—well, I need my fainting couch! As they say, a man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done!
I’m giving away one print and one ebook copy of my newest release, The Return, Book 2 of the Northkill Amish series, coauthored with Bob Hostetler. Everyone who leaves a comment on this post by the end of the day tomorrow will be entered in the drawing—unless you specify otherwise—and the winner will be announced Monday morning. Tell me whether you grew up on a farm or in the city, whether you had chores as a child, and if so, which was your favorite—or not! Also please let me know whether you prefer print or ebook and include your email addy so I can contact you if you win.
~~~J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers and a lifelong student of history. She is also an author, editor, and publisher. Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series coauthored with Bob Hostetler, won Foreword Magazine’s 2014 INDYFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award for historical fiction. Book 2, The Return, released April 1, 2017. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, won the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year Award.