The first book in The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love, is captivating. Well written characters, strong romantic pull and the conflict of Amish and Englischer kept my attention to the very end. I found this book hard to put down and could not figure out which way the story was going to go. Would Kristi choose to leave her Amish family and be shunned? Or would Shane give up the life he was used to and turn Amish in order to be with Kristi? The author surprised me and kept me guessing till the end. I recommend this book to any fans of Amish fiction.
Kristi Lapp is an Amish midwife who is injured in a buggy accident. Her English neighbor Shane Zimmerman happens upon the accident on his way home from his Veterinarian practice. He phones for an ambulance after finding Kristi bleeding profusely from an injury to her leg.
Shane takes it upon himself to visit Kristi while she is hospitalized. He’s confused to why he is drawn to her. Kristi also finds herself drawn to Shane. Both know that coming from different backgrounds, Kristi being Amish and Shane being English; nothing could ever come of their attraction to each other.
When Shane finds out that Kristi is a midwife he knows for sure that a relationship between them could never happen. Shane doesn’t want anything to do with midwives because of a painful memory in his past. But yet, the attraction is there.
As the story continues Kristi’s Father notices Shane’s attraction to Kristi and Kristi’s attraction to Shane. Ira Lapp warns Shane to stay away from Kristi.
Will Shane and Kristi’s attraction grow into love or will they realize it is a forbidden issue and go their separate ways?
This is not the first Amish fiction book that I have read by this author. I loved every one of them. Healing Love did not disappoint me. I was drawn in from page one and the story kept building right to the last page. I would highly recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers.
Thank you Laura V. Hilton for another delightful read. I’m looking forward to your next published book.
This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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. The ending rather surprised 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.
Laura Hilton's new series is off to a auspicous start with Healing Love. Her multi-dimensional characters leap from the pages to lodge firmly in readers' hearts until the story's conclusion. I couldn't put the book down once I started. Fans of inspirational fiction will eagerly await book two in the Amish of Webster County series. I plan to be first in line!
Healing Love is the perfect title for this book since it all starts with Kristi Lapp's buggy wreck. I wanted her to be able to marry her true love even though he wasn't Amish. Shane Zimmerman, a vet who care for Kristi's dog is her match made in heaven, but her choice of being a midwife is a huge obstacle for him.
I was privileged to be able to read these chapters as they were written and until the end wasn't sure if Laura V. Hilton could end this story on a satisfying note. And if she could, how??? I won't write more, you'll need to read Healing Love to find out.
A story about the choices we are willing to make for love.
Kristi Lapp's takes a sharp turn, when she is hit by a car, that ends up breaking her leg so that it is hard for her to take care of her Siberian Husky, Chinook.
Shane is a war veteran and veterinarian, and an Englisher, who offers to help Kristi with her dog.
As their friendship grows Kristi and Shane struggle to keep their feelings in check.
I really liked Ms. Hilton's writing voice, this is the first time for me actually reading something by this author after hearing some great things about her :)
I think that the characters were well developed and I liked how they both tried to keep their feelings in check, and to respect that they were from different worlds. I also thought that they interacted well, and I liked how they always seemed to run into each other even though they were sort of avoiding each other to some extent.
I think that there were many details in the book's setting that were really realistic to what Amish is like, and I like how it showed the Amish doing normal things like going to McDonalds :)
Overall, I think that this was a sweet Amish romance, that was well written, and had some great leading characters. A book that I would recommend to fans of Amish fiction :)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!