Healing Love, The Amish of Webster County by Laura V. Hilton

Over the years, I have read MANY Amish novels written by many different authors... some in different genres (suspense/mystery/romance/comdey/etc).  While this is not the first book I've read by Laura V. Hilton... it is my favorite so far and it won't be the last!!  I COULD NOT put the book down and go to sleep last night!! Seriously, I started the book early yesterday morning, and of course, had life to live between readings, but finished it at 1:15 this morning.  It was THAT GOOD!

About the Book: (from Amazon.com)

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?

About the Author:

Laura is an award winning author, a pastor's wife, married over twenty-five years and has five children. She homeschools, writes book reviews and books, Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts and Promised to Another.

My Review:

As I said at the beginning of this post, I really enjoyed this book.  I read somewhere else that someone thought it was predictable.... and while there are parts you HOPE will turn out a certain way, Laura keeps it to where to you really don't KNOW that it'll turn out that way.  If I had KNOWN whether or not it would work out, I would not have stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning to figure it out.  

I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is that it wasn't your average, normal Amish story, but it did have all the parts of a good Christian romance -- a handsome, SWEET guy, a likable girl and circumstances that seem daunting.  It was the best Amish book I've read in a while!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes, Blog Tour promoted byLovenGod Promotions