The Birdhouse   -     By: Laura V. Hilton
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Twenty-year-old Greta Miller's daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers at the farmers' market.

Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game - which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he's back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta's family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping it will open the door to more.

But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family's distrust and return home? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1629115665
ISBN-13: 9781629115665
Series: Amish of Jamesport

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Twenty-year-old Greta Miller's daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet, and so Greta rents a booth at the farmers' market. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers. Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game; which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he's back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta's family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more. But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family's distrust and return home? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?

Author Bio

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. The Birdhouse is book two in Laura's latest series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash), and Promised to Another, and her second was The Amish of Webster County, comprising Healing Love, Awakened Love, and Surrendered Love. 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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  1. SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Birdhouse by Laura V Hilton is not your average Amish novel.
    October 23, 2015
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    SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While this is the third book in the series, it can stand alone quite well. The Birdhouse is an exciting read with characters you can relate to. It was hard to put down even when my eyes were closing. Unlike many so called inspirational novels, this book has a strong faith message. I loved it!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Who to trust?
    October 23, 2015
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Laura V. Hilton has another hit with this book! With a setting in Jamesport, you truly get the feeling and understanding that all Amish communities are different. Which is one of the things that draw me to Laura's books. One thing I walked away from this story with a truth that bad things can happen to anyone and anywhere. And so can good things. A series of unfortunate events are how the things that happened to Greta are described on the cover of the book, I would say that is an understatement. False accusations, trusting the wrong people and trying to solve things on her own, led Greta to a place of putting her trust fully in God to make things right. The events of trusting the wrong people were a page out of a daily newspaper in America today, this story was eye opening to the fact that we often believe we are invincible and we are not. A thought compelling, heart-breaking, story that will have you on the edge of your seat is the best way I can describe The Birdhouse. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
  3. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    surprising twist adds desperate tension
    October 9, 2015
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book detours from your typical Amish novel. Greta Miller works to help support her family since her dad was injured. Her former beau, Josh Yoder, returned to the community after a three-year absence. Greta now rejects him since she thought he rejected her when he disappeared. Her problems escalate, and the bishop accuses her of serious offenses. An unexpected twist takes this story on a surprising jaunt, adding a serious situation to the already tense circumstances. At times it seems like passion overtakes plot, with an abundance of smooching. This book definitely stands alone, although it is part of The Amish of Jamesport series.
  4. West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Book
    October 1, 2015
    Barb
    West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read The Birdhouse by Author Laura Hilton in one afternoon. This book is amazing and I was totally mesmerized with this story. I love the surprising twists and turns the author with her outstanding style smoothly inserted into the book. This made The Birdhouse unpredictable to me and also made it so much more fun to read. Author Laura Hilton is one of the best authors to read and each book I read by her keeps getting better. I'm always excited and looking forward to her next book. The Birdhouse is an amazing book I believe you will really enjoy reading.

    I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
  5. Troy, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    More than 5 Stars!!
    August 2, 2015
    KGervais
    Troy, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What a story! It really grabbed my attention and I couldn't put it down. The book is mostly about Josh Yoder who left the Amish three years ago, leaving his then girlfriend Greta Miller without an explanation why. Greta goes on with her life and works to help support her family because her father suffers from injuries that makes it impossible for him to work on the farm. Josh Yoder has come back and wants Greta back into his life. He helps the Millers with the farm work and hope to be near Greta who does not want him back in her life. Josh has hurt her once and she doesn't want to get hurt again. Also, Greta's sister Gizelle has cause trouble for Greta that makes the family and the Bishop think she is not telling the truth and no one believes her. She has lost her faith in God but Josh has helped her believe again especially during and after her kidnapping at the farmers market where she was working alone one day. The kidnapping has caught me off guard because I did not see something like that happening in an Amish fiction book. Greta finally put her faith in God and well, I could go on and on about what happens but you need to read it for yourself. I highly recommend pre-ordering this book. If I could give more the 5 stars I would. Laura V. Hilton is an awesome author and one of my favorites. Her books never disappoint me.

    I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
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