Saturday, December 1, 2012

Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton* A Review

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?

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603745068
ISBN-13: 978-1603745062
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

     Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, author and book lover. Although for her formal education she studied marketplace issues -- she holds a degree in business -- reading is Laura’s lifelong passion, and writing a gift she’s developed to the delight of her growing fan base and to the glory of God. Prior to The Amish of Seymour Series for Whitaker House, Laura published two novels for Treble Heart Books: Shadows of the Past and Hot Chocolate. She’s also a contributor to the Zondervan’s It’s The Year Life Verse Devotional.

     While she did not grow up in an Amish community, Laura has become an expert in Amish customs and traditions, learning from her Pennsylvania Amish grandparents. She’s a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for whom she reviews primarily Amish fiction for the ezine, Afictionado, Laura is also on staff at the Christian Suspense Zone and a professional reviewer for the Christian book market. She’s written for a wide variety of Internet sites including Dancing Word, Faith Webbin, A Romance Review, and Christian Review of Books. At last count she’d published over 1,000 reviews.

     A stay-at-home mom who home schools her children, Laura, her husband Steve, and their children live in Arkansas.  To read her daily book reviews go to: For other Laura V. Hilton news:

  Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton is a very sweet, enjoyable book. It started out slow, but soon was well worth reading.
  I enjoyed how Kristi and Shane got to know each other. They lived next door to each other, but never really met.
Kristi has a buggy accident and Shane is the one who finds her and gets her help. Then he finds out she won’t be able to walk or run her dog, so being the good neighbor he helps.
  Shane and Kristi find out that they share more than their love of animals and find out they are kindred spirits.
  Shane is a vet, but is missing love in his life. His wife died after only being married a few years.
  Kristi is a midwife and finds herself alone in life.
If they fall in love one of them has to leave their way of life to join the other. Will Shane forget his modern conviences of being a vet to live with the Amish? Will Kristi leave the Amish and be shunned to be with Shane? Her family has already lost her older brother to the world. Will she put her family through more heartache and pain?
  There just doesn’t seem to be a way this couple can find true happiness. Will there love for each other heal their hearts or will it be just to much for them to go through?
Very good book. I recommend it for your Amish reading pleasure.

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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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