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The Amish Firefighter, by Laura V. Hilton
Sent to live with relatives she's never met, Abigail Stutzman arrives in Jamestown by bus. When she witnesses a devastating barn fire a week later, the townspeople suspect her of setting it! But local firefighter Sam Miller believes Abigail. Can they work together to bring the real arsonist to justice?
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fascinated ReadingJanuary 9, 2017BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Amish Firefighter is a fascinated book to read. The amazing twists and turns definitely kept my attention from the first to the end of the book. Enjoyed reading The Amish Firefighter.
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Firefighter Ignites Personal FlamesNovember 24, 2016debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: Wrong place, wrong time, wrongfully accused. Abigail and Sam ignite personal flames.
Abigail Stutzman is feeling abandonedshed been dropped at a bus station by the parents who apparently didnt want her anymore. Living with some relatives she little knew, she got in with the wrong bunch of folks. Investigating smoke in a barn, she discovers a fire and runs out to get help, only to run into the arms of firefighter Sam Miller. Sam believes Abigail set the fire, but the emotional vibes between them are hotter than the barn fire.
The Amish Firefighter sold out of its first edition copies within a couple of weeks of its release last May. While I usually do not like Amish stories, I can understand the lure of escaping to a simpler, less complex life. And I could also see why this book sold out within weeksthis is the best Amish romance Ive read in a couple of years! Five stars to The Amish Firefighter!
Laura V. Hilton is a pastors wife of five children: two sons and three daughters. She home-schools them, writes reviews, and writes two blogs. She says she is now putting on the new and seriously writing. When asked why Amish, she related research into the family history (her maternal grandparents are Amish) fascinated her. She wanted to bring the history up to contemporary times. She too believes Amish stories are popular because women are drawn to the simplicityescape to peace and quiet of a simpler time. Laura includes Scripture and strong faith messages to draw readers closer to God.
I asked her what she learned about Laura while writing this book. She said she learned God can come through even if I dont know where the book is going. She learned a total and complete surrender to God.
The Amish Firefighter is Lauras 11th Whitaker House novel. Her next book, The Amish Wanderer, should release in February 2017. 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. Learn more about Laura at her website, www.lauravhilton.blogspot.com, and her book review site, http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com. She and her husband live in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
I received a complimentary copy of The Amish Firefighter from Whitaker House but was not obligated to write a favorable review.
nkwbookreviewer5 Stars Out Of 5A Page Turner, 5 StarsSeptember 17, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Amish Firefighter" by author Laura V. Hilton is a 278 page Christian Amish suspenseful fiction book. This exceptional novel is published by Whitaker House. The intriguing cover shows the picture of a firefighter in the background surrounded by flames with the back of an Amish girl in the foreground. Her bonnet and purple Amish dress are strikingly different than the rest of the cover.
I have read many of author Hilton's wonderful books and this one does not disappoint. To begin with, I had never heard of an Amish firefighter. Most Amish men in books are farmers, carpenters, or shopkeepers. This storyline was different. It was well imagined and written with vivid characters and descriptions. Her characters are well rounded with personalities, dreams, and flaws. The author has the Amish dialogue down pat and conversation flows smoothly between her characters. The descriptive way she writes picks me up and puts me down in the middle of the Amish community among a bunch of new friends. I was immediately invested in the story as I began reading.
This is the tale of Abigail and Sam. She has been sent to live with her aunt. He is an Amish firefighter. He is able to do this because he has not yet been baptized. This story is one that teaches many lessons. It teaches to have trust and faith in God. The author broaches the tough subjects of secrets (when or when not to keep them), forgiveness, misunderstandings, family relationships, second chances and many more. There are Christian lessons taught in this novel as well as just providing a great story.
I would highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful Amish story full of inspiration, romance, twists, suspense, and information on the Amish. Any fiction reader would enjoy it. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy of the book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
kingsdaughter1611ILAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing Amish Story!September 14, 2016kingsdaughter1611ILAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Wowza! Just because the Amish are more of a quiet and plain people sure don't mean they are any less ardent! By the second chapter I had to keep fanning my flaming cheeks because of some of the intense scenes between the two main characters :)
Abigail is a newcomer to the town of Jamesport. And when she is found at the scene of a barn fire shortly after her arrival, many of the townspeople suspect her of helping start it. Including Sammy Miller, the strapping Amish man who also is a volunteer firefighter. The only problem is, every time they are around each other, or even touch the smallest bit, sparks fly! And these aren't as easy to put out as the normal flames he is used to dousing. Needless to say this book is quite a handful and I thoroughly loved it. Plenty of language sprinkled about that you might have issues with understanding but the author gives a glossary of Amish terms that will help a bit with that. Great story to pick up!
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Top-Notch Writing and Depth!August 30, 2016JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Amish Firefighter is outstanding! The authors writing captivates this reader, showing me how to live as a Christian in a world where there seem to be no absolutes, and introducing characters with tremendous depth. This is only the second novel Ive read by this author, and I am definitely a fan!
This novel includes the terrible pain of feelings of betrayal, not only by a mother and boyfriend but seemingly by the Lord Himself, unfounded accusations, fear, second chances, and ultimately a stronger walk with the Lord, healing relationships, and the incredible love of a mother for her daughter. I appreciated seeing the authors demonstration of the love of God, as well as how understanding one little word in scripture can change ones faith and life, such as the word whosoever.
Abigail had been left at the bus station to stay with family members she had never met, an aunt and uncle whose three teen daughters had been killed in a buggy accident the year before. Her widowed mother had recently remarried, and her new husband had several children including Mark, the boy that Abigail had been seeing. Abigail thought it was because her mother was so busy caring for her new family and didnt have room for her. She didnt know why Mark rejected her, only that her stepfather caught them kissing before she was sent off.
Abigail had little success making friends at her new school except for one teen who was kind of fun until leaving Abby alone in a burning barn. Abigail rang the bell alerting the family and neighbors to the need for a fire brigade, and was caught by a firefighter. A volunteer Amish fire fighter, who believed she started the fire and might be responsible for the several barn fires among Amish neighbors. Sam had his own past to live down; he now believed in the Lord and was thankful for every bit of grace he freely received. Sam was in tune with the voice of the Lord, and (almost) always listened. Yet Sam called Abigail fire-lighter.
The author gives her characters everything needed to be engaging and realistic. I like seeing characters make the same mistakes that I do and be determined to do what is necessary when the consequences fall. I like Sam and Abigail as respects the challenges they each face. At first I thought Abigail was too emotional about the changes in her life especially in light of all that had occurred in the lives of her aunt and uncle, but had to consider her background and her heart. Her aunt and uncle, Sams family members and friends at the church were realistic, each contributing from their unique gifts.
The plot was as involved as life can sometimes be. Watching Sam and Abigail respond to the stressors and consequences in their lives and how they do or do not focus on the Lord as their first response can mirror our lives. For Abigail to do so in light of trying to find out who the arsonist is to clear herself of arson before she is harmed by the real bad guy/ gal was a lot for a sheltered teen. Plot twists heighten the suspense, making this novel riveting with not only showing a mystery to solve, but also giving the characters and readers spiritual lessons to consider. I highly recommend this novel, especially to older teens and adults of any age who appreciate Christian suspense in the setting of an Amish community.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.