Awakened Love - eBook
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Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Amish of Webster County
Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Surrendered Love follows Healing Love in Laura's latest trilogy from Whitaker House. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/.
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BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Good Mix of Forgiveness, Romance & Adventure!November 19, 2016BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Like a good recipe, Author Laura Hilton mixes in just the right amount of forgiveness, romance and adventure to make her books hard to put down. Plus, her characters are very relatable. Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has left Shipshewana, Indiana to visit his aunt and uncle in Seymour, Missouri. When he lays eyes on twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler, he decides he is going to marry her. Katie has never been courted and thinks Abrams attention may be due to a challenge from his cousin Micah. Will he be able to convince Katie that he is sincere? Will Katies heart get broken? Will the truth come out about the real reason Abram has left Shipshewana? Aptly titled Awakened Love, this story is about finding love and holding on to hope when times get tough. Laura Hiltons books always make great gifts.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Awakened Love is Action Packed with Romance and SuspenseAugust 4, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Awakened Love, book 3 in The Amish of Webster County, by Laura V. Hilton is over the top in Amish genre books. Awakened Love is filled with hidden secrets, despair, suspense, romance, faith and characters crying out to God to see them through lifes struggles.
Katie Detweiler is enjoying her job at a bed and breakfast baking in the kitchen. But then she was needed to work in the dining area with the owner being away due to her husbands cancer. Katie was so shy she struggled until a stranger, who had been frequently the small coffee diner at the BnB, seemed to be stalking her? How will Katie react when she learns a secret about her and her brother, Noah, who had died a few years before?
Abram Hilty went to Seymour, M0 to get away from a girl who was pressuring him to marry him from their community in Shipshewana, IN. Abram was staying with his Uncle Johns family with his cousin, Micah, being about the same age. Micah informed Abram about wanting to court Katie, but that she was so shy and would hardly speak. Abram agreed to put in a good word about Micah to Katie, however, once Abram saw Katie he felt so drawn to her, he wasnt sure he could fulfill his promise to Micah. Micah and Abram decided Micah would take Natalie home while Abram could take Katie to sing Micahs praises. Will events did not turn out as they planned. Then you add in a jealous Patsy Swartz who fell all over Abram and didnt care about hurting Katie with remarks that were not true regarding Abram. Will Katie and Abram have an opportunity to get to know one another when Patsy is telling others she is marrying Abram?
Awakened Love is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns, including Abram being a witness to something happening in the woods, with one of his friends being shot at that time back in Shipshewana. Then two more friends were shot and killed, thus Abram and his twin brother, Abner, had left their community for their own safety. Once the issue was in the open in Seymour, Abram had been advised to speak with Hiram (Troy) Troyer. since he used to be an officer before returning to the Amish community. Will Abram be able to remain in Seymour knowing he could lose his life like his friends had who witnessed the event in the woods? How will Hiram assist Abram?
The plots only continued to deepen and kept me turning the page until I completed this magnificent realistic read. The characters are well developed with true to life issues that kept me right in the moment with them along with my emotions. Laura Hilton is one gifted author with her book outshining the previous one. Laura writes complicated plots, true to life characters with real life issues that are interwoven with their faith in God and the love of God to see them through their struggles, heartbreaks, and always providing forgiveness. She also includes scriptures that her characters claim for their own, especially during the most serious and difficult struggles they face.
I look forward to reading many more great stories by Laura V. Hilton. Readers will not be disappointed reading her books as they are not your usual Amish genre romance books. Hiltons books are action packed with words that increase the awesome story.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Found a new Amish Author to follow. Love this one!December 22, 2013Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Katie Detweiler is cursed. Cursed to wind up alone and a maidel while everyone else around her falls in love and gets married. At first, she didn't believe it, but the more her friend Patsy reminded her, the more she began to believe that the lot in life that was falling over her was due to being cursed. Losing her brother Noah in a freak accident has left her growing up alone and has caused her mother to remain in depressed state, leaving her and her father behind to stay with family away from the place that brings only loneliness and sadness.
Katie has always wanted to take part in the courtship of the Amish like all her friends, but soon realizes that dream will never come true. Patsy has asked her to stand up as part of her wedding part when she learns that Micah's cousin is in town. To Patsy that means all bets are off and she will stop at nothing to ensure that her and Abram Hilty are married this year. Too bad Abram isn't aware of that plan. Leaving his family to avoid his own past, Abram can't help but notice Katie. She's not like all the other girls he has met, that throw themselves at him, but instead seems to not be attracted to his good looks at all. Now if he can only convince her that he is interested.
When Katie notices Abram's persistent ways to be around her, she believes that he isn't really interested in her, but probably wants to date Patsy. However, Abram manages to persuade Katie that it is her that he wants to date and no one else. But because Katie has grown up believing she is cursed, she believes it's just a prank being played on her by the Amish boys. It will take a lot of convincing on Abram's part and if Patsy has it her way, it will never happen. Things are going to definitely get interesting to say the very least.
I received Awakened Love by Laura V. Hilton compliments of Whitaker House Publishers and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This is the third book in The Amish of Webster County and it's a mix of Amish Romance, coupled with a twist of suspense as both Abram's and Katie's past come back to disrupt their lives in ways neither one could ever manage. I literally inhaled this one in a couple of hours. This is a first novel with Laura V. Hilton but it definitely won't be my last. I will be going back to read the first two in this series! Her writing style is very easy going and keeps you hooked from the very beginning all the way to the end. I didn't want it to end. With that being said, it's easy to give Awakened Love a true 5 out of 5 stars.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 19, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Bashful Baker
Twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler loves to bake. When she's hired at a local bed-and-breakfast to do just that, she's excited, especially because the owner promises the shy young woman that she won't have to leave the kitchen. But when her boss's husband requires round-the-clock care, Katie is forced to overcome her shyness and wait on customers, as well. Before long, a "customer" reveals himself to be a private investigator who informs Katie that she was adopted, and that her biological sister needs a bone marrow transplant.
A Man on the Run
Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has fled the drama of Shipshewana, Indiana, for Seymour, Missouri, where he's staying with his cousin Micah Graber. His plan is to hide, from a girl he no longer cares aboutÃ¢â¬âand also from a cold-blooded killer. Uncomfortable sharing his past and afraid of the consequences, he buries his troubles deep inside. When he meets Katie Detweiler, he is immediately attracted, but his pursuit of her is complicated by the problems of his past.
An Adventure Unfolds
As Katie wrestles with questions of identity, she also struggles to navigate her blossoming romance with Abram, in the face of opposition from a jealous friend. As their relationship becomes more serious, Abram can no longer conceal the truth about his past. But parts of that past rear their heads, barring the way for a marriage between themÃ¢â¬âat least for now. Through dangers and near-death experiences, Katie and Abram must find their way back to each other. But only the power of forgiveness can bring them together for good.
Finally! A drama with some different elements! Hilton's stories just get better and better. There is a certain credibility that is starting to shape her novels, and I felt this story was very creative and original. You can feel Katie's shyness through the pages, and you sympathize with her plight when she finds out the truth of her past. Every question or doubt she has ever had bubbles to the surface, and she doesn't know what to think or how to feel about the sudden turn of events.
Then there is Abram on the run, with enough trouble following him to completely eradicate the idea of getting involved with Katie. Despite their unthinkable circumstances, the Abram/Katie relationship kept me involved in the story until the very end. Keeping my attention is somewhat difficult the more I read and review books, but this novel was a refreshing change of pace and a pleasure to read.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Kept me intrigued from start to finishNovember 21, 2013Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again, I was drawn into this latest Amish of Webster County book. I found myself in the same situation as before...hardly able to set the book down because I was so intent on finding out what was going to happen next!
This story follows Katie Detweiler. She is a shy girl, without very much confidence. She doesn't truly realize how accomplished or pretty she is. This is party because of the influence of a jealous girl in the community who continually belittles Katie. When the new man in town, Abram Hilty, begins to fall for Katie, she is unsure about whether she can really trust him or the feelings that he stirs within her.
Abram has problems of his own. There are things in his past that he is running from. I was just so very curious throughout the book about what he was running from. It was clear that he was a good man, with good intentions. But there was this heaviness hanging over him whenever he thought about his home community that he had fled from.
I won't say more about the plot, as I don't want to spoil anyone's read by divulging the twists and turns of the story. I really enjoyed returning to the community and also getting to see how the two couples from the first two books are doing.
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