Faithful to Laura, Middlefield Family Series #2   -     By: Kathleen Fuller
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Faithful to Laura, Middlefield Family Series #2

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Laura Stutzman travels to Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose---to get revenge for the wrong inflicted upon her by Mark King. But then she meets Sawyer Thompson, who's also suffered abuse. Can he convince her to forgive? And when a secret threatens their relationship, will Sawyer do whatever it takes to remain faithful to Laura?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595547762
ISBN-13: 9781595547767
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Series: Middlefield Family

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Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge.

Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why.

Sawyer Thompson wasn't born Amish, but has lived in their community for years. Now he must commit to the Amish church or return to the Yankee world. Having suffered loss at a young age, he understands Laura’s anger, but is determined to follow God’s will and forgive. As their friendship grows, Laura begins to let her guard down.

But new information surfaces about Sawyer’s past and threatens the couple’s budding relationship. Both Laura and Sawyer will need to release the anger in their hearts and forgive the people who’ve harmed them. As Laura struggles to trust God, can Sawyer remain faithful to Laura?

Author Bio

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website: www.kathleenfuller.com Twitter: @TheKatJam Facebook: Author Kathleen Fuller

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  1. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, solid romance.
    June 18, 2013
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Faithful to Laura was an enjoyable book. It is the second in Kathleen Fuller's Middlefield Family series. I enjoyed this story more than the first of this series. I enjoy the way the author continued to expand on the characters from the first novel of the series. In this book, we see the developing relationship of Laura and Sawyer. They both have past experiences that have been hurtful in their lives and both have big decisions to make that will impact their futures. The side story going on about Emma and Adam (the couple from the first book of the series), and also about Adam's parents, was very good and helped to add more to the story from the first novel, Treasuring Emma.
  2. Rachel Ropper
    Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not her strongest novel
    December 14, 2012
    Rachel Ropper
    Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Following on from the conclusion of Treasuring Emma, Emma and Adam's relationship is still going strong in Faithful to Laura. But while Emma is content to take things at a slow pace, Adam can't wait for them to get married. When Adam's father challenges him about a secret he has been keeping from Emma, Adam starts to regret rushing their relationship. Will Emma continue to love him when she learns about all that Adam experienced during his time in the Englisher world?

    Adam's father knows that he needs to take his own advice to heart, regarding a secret that he's been keeping from his wife. But the longer he keeps the secret, the harder it becomes to reveal the truth to the woman he loves. Little does he know that his wife has been aware of his secret for a long time, and that it's tearing her apart inside. Will the couple be able to confront each other about their mistakes and reconcile their relationship in time to help Emma and Adam plan their wedding?

    The last thing that Laura wants to be thinking about is stepping into a new relationship. Robbed and disfigured by the man who promised he would marry her, Laura is cautious about ever trusting another man. Her current plan is to stay in Middlefield with Emma's family until she has earned enough money to pay back that which Mark stole from her parents. But when she lands an administrative job with Sawyer Thompson's family business, she strikes up an unexpected friendship with the young man. Just when she starts to wonder whether Sawyer is the sort of man that she can put her trust in, his English grandmother unexpectedly arrives and turns their relationship upside down.

    Sawyer has been raised by his adoptive Amish family since he was a teenager, and although he'll always love the family who cared for him in his time of need, he has yet to decide whether he wants to join the Amish church. His friendship with Laura comforts him, as they both feel unsure of where their futures are headed. Sawyer's options for his future are expanded further when the English grandmother he never knew about arrives in Middlefield to invite him to New York to take over the family business. Is it possible for Sawyer to remain close to his Amish family and friends while getting to know his long-lost grandmother, or will he have to make a choice between his two families?

    This book had so much going on in it that I almost don't know where to start. Unlike some series in the Amish genre, the Middlefield Family novels follow on from each other and really can't be read out of order. I found this to be a rather refreshing change, and was pleased to see that Emma and Adam still had some issues to work out that followed on from the previous book, and that the problems between Adam's parents weren't going to be concluded in one novel, or even two, for that matter. In fact, there were times while I was reading Faithful to Laura when I found these two storylines more interesting than the one surrounding the title character. This, unfortunately, is an issue that often crops up in novels that have multiple plot strands.

    While I really did appreciate that Kathleen dared to address the topic of how hurtful infidelity and previous sexual relationships can be on a marriage, I finished Faithful to Laura wishing that each storyline had had its own individual book. For such serious topics, it seemed like some of them might have been better addressed in separate novels, where they wouldn't get sidelined by Sawyer and Laura's drama. While Sawyer's decision on whether he should become Amish or explore the English world with his grandmother was fairly serious, it paled in comparison to the marital problems that Adam's parents were experiencing. At times, Sawyer's situation and personality felt a little underdeveloped, especially when compared to those of other characters in the novel.

    I truly did like Laura, and other than Emma, she's probably the character I was able to connect with most in this novel. Although she was sometimes bitter and resentful about events in her past, her emotions seemed very believable. It was sweet to see Sawyer helping Laura to come out of her shell and leave her past hurts behind. Sawyer was at his best when he was spending time with Laura, and there were several lines that he came out with in his attempts to comfort Laura that I just had to highlight on my Kindle. For a man unsure about his future, Sawyer had a lot of wisdom to dispense. That said, I wished Sawyer's issues over joining the church had been developed further. His inability to decide whether to become Amish was mentioned several times throughout the novel, but Sawyer himself didn't spend a lot of time dwelling on this, and from his treatment of his grandmother and her lifestyle, it seemed like his mind was already made up. Again, I think the flaws in Sawyer's storyline are a result of there simply being too many characters and plots going on in this novel for each of them to be fully developed.

    As with the ending of Treasuring Emma, it seems like some of the storylines from Faithful to Laura will be continued in the next book in the Middlefield Family series. I'm pleased about this, as the storyline between Sawyer and his grandmother, Cora, seemed to be wrapped up far too quickly. The turnaround of Cora's personality and treatment of her grandson seemed quite sudden, but perhaps it will become more believable in the next book in the series. It also appears that the conflict between Adam's parents will be continued in the third book, which I appreciate. It would have been unrealistic for their situation to have resolved so quickly in Faithful to Laura, and I'm sure many readers will appreciate that Kathleen isn't treating the topic of marital infidelity lightly or suggesting that it's an issue that can be healed in just a couple of short weeks.

    I truly do appreciate the way that Kathleen Fuller dealt with the issues between Adam's parents, and Adam and Emma. Emma's situation was one that I could personally relate to, which made it all the more believable to me. The problem I had with Faithful to Laura wasn't the issues it tried to address, but the number of issues it tried to fit into one single novel. I think I could have cared about each of the characters equally if they'd had their own books, but as it was, I ended up relating to Emma and Laura more so than Sawyer, Adam or Adam's parents. It's a pity that I wasn't able to care about Sawyer as much as I did Emma and Laura, considering that he was one of the main protagonists, but he just didn't seem as fleshed out and believable as some of the other characters in the novel. Ultimately, I did enjoy reading this book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if there hadn't been so much going on in it. If you're the kind of person who likes multiple storylines and large casts of characters, you probably won't have a problem with Faithful to Laura. I'll probably continue to read the rest of this series so that I can see how all of the storylines are tied up, but so far I'm not finding it to be among Kathleen's strongest works.

    Review title provided by Thomas Nelson.
  3. mom2asweetboy
    Central Florida
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Faithful to Laura - Kathleen Fuller
    November 13, 2012
    mom2asweetboy
    Central Florida
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I recently finished reading "Faithful to Laura" by Kathleen Fuller. I enjoy the Christian Amish/Mennonite genre, and so when I had the opportunity to read and review "Faithful to Laura", I willingly jumped at the chance!

    Fuller does not disappoint in this novel. To my knowledge, I've never read any of her writings previously, but I will keep my eye out for her books from now on. She has this great way of describing the characters, and you actually feel like you know them by the time you get halfway through the book.

    I adored the story of Sawyer and Laura, and how they find common ground to connect and form a relationship. Both come from outside the community, and struggle with fitting in for different reasons. They have lots of baggage, but once each can convince the other to trust, Sawyer and Laura find that they're not so different.

    One thing I appreciated about this novel was how respectful the author was of the characters' relationships with God. The Amish tend to have a quiet faith, from my understanding, and while Fuller certainly included plenty of tidbits and anecdotes about the character's spiritual lives, she didn't go overboard or attempt to proselytize in this story. {And, so that you understand my perspective, I am a follower of Jesus... I just get frustrated sometimes when authors make faith seem so simple and easy and concrete. It's not.}

    I am grateful for the opportunity to read and review this book, which was provided to me by the publisher. Any opinions expressed are my own, and I did not receive any compensation for this review.
  4. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captured my interest, a great job Kathleen
    October 25, 2012
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Laura Stutzman came to Middlefield, OH to find the man who had pledged his love to her, then left leaving her with a broken heart, broken spirit, and with all of her family's money that they'd saved for 30 years. She blamed herself for the loss of the family savings and that's why she went looking for him, not because of her broken heart. When she did find him he attempted to kill her. Now she felt like she couldn't go home until she could earn the money to replace what they'd lost, but who would hire her looking the way she did now.

    Sawyer Thompson, an Englisher, was adopted by Lucas and Anna Byler after his parents had died and he got abused while in foster homes. He loved his parents, biological and adoptive, he was allowed to mix both worlds and it was his decision as to whether he'd join the Amish Church or not.

    Adam Otto's parents still are not talking to each other but Emma has agreed to marry him. Emma's grandma is happy for them but Adam's parents are showing no excitement over what he felt they had always wanted. When he told his mom and she told him to tell his dad, when Adam finds him, all he can talk about is Adam's time living as an Englisher. Adam admits to sleeping with a girl twice, so his dad tells him that he has to inform Emma. Deciding his father is right, Adam goes to Emma, Emma doesn't know quite how to handle this information until she has a talk with her grandmother.

    Leona, Emma's grandma, goes to talk to Norman, Adam's dad, and tells him that he has to share his secret with his wife. Norman follow's Leona's advice and confesses his sin to Carol, but they are still two people living separately in one house and trying, although not doing a very good job of it, to hide what is now their secret from their son.

    Laura gets a job working for Lucas Byler and isn't working their very long when Cora Easley bursts onto the scene and disrupts the happy Byler family. She's trying to get Sawyer to leave and move to New York with her, claiming to be his grandmother. Cora goes so far as to pay Laura off so she'll help convince Sawyer to go with her.

    This was a great read with a several story lines intertwined somewhat. Kathleen really held my interest with this one. You will have to run out and get this book because you really have to see what the secrets are, does Laura ever confront the thief that stole her heart and the family savings and is Cora really Sawyers grandmother. Wonderful writing Kathleen.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great Amish Book
    September 5, 2012
    Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Laura Stutzman falls in love with the wrong man and it leaves her scarred physically and emotionally. How in the world could she have been so wrong as to believe such lies?

    She leaves her home in Kentucky to track down Mark King needing to understand why he would betray her and her family. She just can't seem to move on with her life until she finds him and gets her questions answered once and for all. She has nothing but revenge on her mind. Yet ~ for an Amish revenge is just not acceptable.

    Laura finds herself in Middlefield, Ohio. Her scars scream as a reminder to her that she must never trust any man again. Yet ~ she finds a new friend in Sawyer Thompson who has suffered some scars of his own. He had been adopted by his Amish family but never seemed to really fit it. Laura lets down her guard~ after all Sawyer is planning on leaving the Amish~ or isn't he.

    Together Laura and Sawyer learn to trust again and mend some of those scars. But can this friendship be anything more than friendship? Does Laura get her revenge? Does Sawyer leave the Amish? You just have to read the book to find out.

    I loved this book and give it five stars!
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