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Benaiah Troyer loves Susanna King, however he breaks up with her when he becomes sole caregiver to his younger sisters. Still, he enjoys leaving her anonymous gifts. Meanwhile, Susanna worries that she's going to become an "old maid." Should she flush out her secret admirer? How can she love anybody other than Benaiah?
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes shes left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5A great read for the Christmas seasonNovember 17, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I read an Amish story by author Laura V. Hilton there are certain things that I know to expect: important lessons- check, Quaint Amish community- check, a story with twists and turns- check, true love- check, and most importantly- swoony kisses- check. Well at least for me anyway. This story starts off a bit on the downside. We find out that after Benaiahs parents died tragically almost a year ago, he also broke off his engagement with Susanna for that and more personal reasons. However, they are still very much in love with each other and in his mind to cheer her up and express his love without her knowing- he becomes a secret admirer to her. Like I said, in his mind he thought that was a good idea.
Well, he was not fooling anyone with his gifts, least of all Susanna. However her widower father drops a bombshell on both of them that he is getting remarried again and moving, with Susanna to Iowa, as well as selling his glass blowing business which Ben is his employee. So not only will Ben lose Susanna, but also his job in which he needs to support his younger siblings and grandparents.
Through the ups and downs, sometimes it seemed more downs than ups, Ben and Susanna learn to embrace life as God intends- to trust in Him alone and to let go of our preconceived ideas. With a little bit of a Cinderella feel, a few characters I would like to have had a few words with, maybe a few hints of future stories, and a true love story I was happily watching unfold, this story made for a very nice holiday read with a cup of something hot.
I was given a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another great readNovember 16, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Poor Susanna! Still heartbroken months after the love of her life broke up with her, her world is turned upside down again when her widowed father surprises her with news of his upcoming marriage. Susanna struggles with this upsetting news and desires to reunite with her boyfriend Benaiah. She must combat selfishness and willfulness in herself, yet she can be very loving and thoughtful. I enjoyed getting to know this multi-faceted character and rejoiced when she turned to God for healing, guidance, and direction.
Benaiah, Susanna's former beau, has been overwhelmed with the responsibility for his family thrust on him after his parents' death, and must learn when to trust and when to act. Watching his circumstances work out for good after committing them to prayer was very encouraging.
Fans of Amish fiction will definitely enjoy this book. Although it is set during the holiday season, readers will appreciate it at any time of the year.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Sympathetic Main CharactersNovember 13, 2017eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3With the weather turning colder, I am starting to seek out some enjoyable Christmas reading. Laura V. Hilton is new to me and, while I read very few Amish novels, the story sounded intriguing so I picked it up.
The main characters are both flawed and incredibly relatable. They have struggles trusting God (each of them has a different issue, but trust is the root of the matter), which I think many of us can understand with little difficulty even though the way we may live out our faith looks very different from theirs. I could easily sympathize with Susanna in particular: she must often refocus her attitude and remind herself to love others, regardless of how frustrating they may be, or even how they treat her in return.
In contrast, several of the secondary characters were downright unlikable. Perhaps knowing more of their motivations would have helped them to be more sympathetic, but as they are, they do serve to highlight the better choices our main characters make, especially the heros. Benaiahs actions may hurt Susanna unintentionally, but they stem from love and doing what he believes is best for the woman he cares so deeply for.
I enjoyed the prose and writing style, highlighting several passages that piqued my interest simply for the beauty of the words. For example: Dreams should make a noise when they died a violent death. The words themselves captured my imagination and spoke of how even quiet hurt is better than silent, unnoticed agony.
One part of the book that I did not enjoy, however, was the love potion thread to the novel. I did appreciate several of the characters called it what it was, witchcraft, but I dont think the book would have suffered for this particular plot point to have been left out entirely. It seemed out of place to me as well as unnecessary.
Overall, this book is a good Christmas readnot too heavy, but with enough substance to satisfy, especially for those who enjoy Amish fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Nobody Is As Mysterious As .... The Christmas Admirer by Laura V HIltonNovember 13, 2017MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Christmas Admirer is my first experience reading Laura V. Hilton's work. I enjoy Amish fiction and this seasonal story didn't disappoint me. We collect unique pieces from our favorite glass blowing studio on the Oregon Coast. It is no wonder I found this story of an Amish man with a glass blowing studio intriguing!
Susanna King has had one blow after another. The love of her life broke things off ten long months ago. As Thanksgiving approaches, her heart can't help remembering how happy she had been. Assured her love for Benaiah was true, she dreamt that this year, they would be spending their first Thanksgiving as a married couple.
Then, tragically, his parents were killed in an accident and he was left to provide for his younger sisters and grandparents. After that, he simply broke things off telling her it wasn't her, it was him. Hm....what a vague reason that broke her heart and kept her wondering just what she did to dampen his love. The curious thing about her life since then were the monthly gifts from her secret admirer. Flowers, sweet treats, and always a wonderful note written in block letters such as "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3) Who was this secret admirer?
Benaiah Troyer loved Susanna with all his heart. He couldn't ask her to marry him and share his responsibility for three sisters and aging grandparents. He had been apprenticed and working along side Susanna's father Peter at his successful glass blowing business. His future didn't seem quite as bright as he thought it should look. Seeing her every day when he came to work and sharing meals with her and Peter made it harder to hide his feelings.
Life, however, often throws curve balls that get our attention that we may not see otherwise. Peter King had been widowed since Susanna was five. He had giving no hint to his daughter or apprentice that this would change. He hedged around the topic and finally told them both that he was marrying soon, selling the business and house and moving to Iowa and that Irene, his beloved would arrive that day with her sons and daughters for Thanksgiving weekend. Most of her father's friends and even the preacher had learned of his coming nuptials weeks before!
After Thanksgiving, Peter escorted his bride to be back to Iowa for a visit, leaving behind a bewildered Susanna. To her, his behavior was so out of character. She couldn't leave behind her beloved home; nor could she move with in with her father and Irene after the wedding. They didn't need an old maid moving in on their new family. Benaiah would lose his job and his girl. It seemed as if nothing good would happen again. Faith, love and more faith sprinkled with a little gingerbread is what is needed to see this through!
If you are looking for a good story to get you into the mood for Christmas, pick up a copy of The Christmas Admirer. One for you and one for a gift.
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a wonderful Amish romance novel!November 10, 2017Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved both Susanna King and Benaiah Troyer from the beginning. They are incredibly well developed and easy to sympathize with. They are facing enormous difficulties and roadblocks in their relationship with each other. I understood the emotions and frustrations that they had to deal with and try to sort out.
Susanna's father on the other hand infuriated me. His refusing to talk with either Susanna or Benaiah and then only to issue orders made me see many shades of red multiple times throughout the book.
The journeys that Susanna and Benaiah were on were great. I was fascinated with the guidance and wisdom that was shared with each of them helping them learn to trust God.
I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
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