I completed this book with difficulty. I felt so sad for the main character, Bethany Weiss. I so wanted to give her a hug and let her know that ALL IS FORGIVEN and that she is loved by God.
To feel this strongly is due to the writing skills of Ms. Hilton. My feelings for Bethany were strong. She needed to learn that she can be loved by just being Bethany. It wasn't easy for her to learn. So many people don't know how to let go of their pasts and the pain continues to cause such grief.
Silas Beiler found him himself in Jonesport, Missouri as he wandered from town to town to escape his childhood shame. He couldn't stay there long as he didn't want to risk his secret coming out and falling for Bethany. Bethany saw Silas as a way to escape her shameful secrets.
Both had to learn that their location couldn't and would not take away these feelings. When they fInally put their faith and love on God, healing took place.
This book dealt with very serious issues.
Laura V. Hilton
Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Amish of Jamesport includes The Snow Globe,The Postcard and The Birdhouse. In spring 2016 she released The Amish Firefighter with the setting in Jamesport, MO, the same as for The Amish Wanderer.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.