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These aren't words typically used to describe a Christian Amish Fiction novel, and yet they are just a few of the amazing ways that Laura Hilton draws the reader into the complex plot she has created in 'The Amish Firefighter'. Not only does she create a very detailed and complex storyline, but she executes the final chapters in brilliant fashion, wrapping up the mysteries, plot lines, hidden secrets, and potential romances fully and completely.
The novel focuses on two main characters-Abigail and Sam. Abigail has just been shipped off to live with relatives she has never met. She is confused, hurt, and grieving. All she wants is a friend and a quiet life as she waits for her mom to let her come back home. Sam is living life on the wild side, with half his heart connected to his Amish community, and the other half half enjoying the pleasures of the world. When their worlds collide due to a fire, their hurt and distrust collide, too...and that initial collision causes each of them to examine themselves as well as the other person, and begin shifting their perspective on the people around them.
There is one final thing that Hilton does that adds another tremendous element to 'The Amish Firefighter': she adds God to the mix. Seeking and following God has been an area in which Sam has been growing, and the more chaos that enters his life, the more He turns to God for wisdom, guidance, and forgiveness. For Abigail, God has feel cold & distant. She has felt betrayed not only by her family, but by Him as well. But the darker Abigail's situation becomes, the more she begins to see the changes in Sam. Can she, too, see God in a more personal way, and accept Him as her Lord and Savior?
I definitely recommend this book, and look forward to reading more of Hilton's works.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review*
About the Book
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A Beautiful Young Woman Banished from Home
Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she’d never even heard of, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She’s desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody’s making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn’t seem willing to help.
A Brave Firefighter with an Agenda of His Own
Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a doctor-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and the Miller family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.
A Kindled Flame Neither One Could Have Anticipated
When their paths first cross at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or fight. And they’ll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.
About the Author
Laura V. Hilton
Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Birdhouse concluded Laura’s 2015 series, The Amish of Jamesport, includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard and The Birdhouse. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas.
For more about Laura, her latest book, the books she’s written and those she’s reviewed:
Laura Hilton’s Website: www.lauravhilton.blogspot.com.