Review of Healing Love(The Amish of Webster County)
by Laura V. Hilton
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Karen Schulz is the winner of copy of Healing Love
Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Among her biggest concerns is the well-being of her dog, Chinook, as she is no longer able to keep up with the high-energy Siberian husky. Adding insult to injury, she fears she’ll never marry for love, for what man would willingly wed a woman who needs help with even the most basic of household tasks?
Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his young wife, who died in childbirth—an aneurysm, the autopsy determined, but he still blames the midwife and the herbal remedies she administered. He meets his next-door neighbor, Kristi, when he discovers her wrecked buggy and takes her to the hospital. Eager to deepen the friendship that forms between them, he offers to take care of exercising her dog. But the harsh words of Kristi’s father discourage him from pursuing a relationship further—for the time being. Shane isn’t Amish, although his grandparents were, and Ira Lapp would rather his daughter marry an aging Amish widower than a young Englischer.
Despite all the forces that would keep them apart, Kristi and Shane can’t deny the strong attraction between them. So, their on-again, off-again relationship persists, as Kristi submits to physical therapy for her leg and Shane reevaluates his reasons for being Englisch. But will they find a way to stay together? Or are their differences too divisive to resolve?
My Review of Healing Love:
Laura V. Hilton has written a masterful piece of Amish fiction. I loved this book, but I sure did get mad at her Uncle Timothy and her daed for always butting into her romantic interests! It seems very unfair that an Amish person can not look to the Englisch for marriage or even friendship among the opposite sex. I was also surprised that Kristi's injury which left her with a limp and forced to use a cane would be of such concern to Amish men. They seemed to feel that she could no longer handle the responsibilities of an Amish home.
It was very interesting to learn of the ways of healing with herbs used by the Amish. Also I was quite fascinated to learn more of the ways of the Amish midwife. For those animal lovers, the dog is a beautiful addition to this story as well as Shane's career as an Englisch veterinarian. It is a challenge for Shane and Kristi to work through his issues with his wife's death during her pregnancy attended by a midwife who used herbs. Will they be able to sort the negative feelings out between her death and Kristi's healing use of herbs? The ending proved to be a huge surprise to me and I am anxious for a second book to be published so that I can find out what happens to Shane and Kristi. I highly recommend this book to readers! Thank you so much for writing a beautiful story of love and persistence.
About the Author:
Laura V. Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarks 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.
Healing Love is the first in Laura's second series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Webster County. Her fist series, The Amish of Seymour, included Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Previously, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals.
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.
The book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes, and the Blog Tour is promoted by LovenGod Promotions.
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