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This is the second part of my Don’t Miss This feature. Yesterday I shared that Laura and I are in the same critique group, so I’m able to see her work firsthand. She’s such a master at Amish romance that what you read as a finished product is pretty much what I see in the critique group.
The Amish Firefighter is available for pre-order, and my review is based on my critique experience.
The Amish Firefighter
Can they overcome their past?
Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.
Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together?
As always, Laura delivers a page turner of an Amish romance for readers. The Amish Firefighter is a standout to me thanks to Sam and Abigail’s chemistry. Their conflict starts immediately and between circumstances and attraction, they can’t stay away from each other. Yet, both have their issues that keep the two at arm’s length. I love how Sam calls Abigail “firebug,” and Abigail is a strong character in her own right. There is also the fire aspect, and that only adds to the page turning. All the dynamics are here for a satisfying read. I think this is a must read for summer.
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three
book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter releasing in May 2016, followed by two more Amish books and a Christmas story releasing in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively.
She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.
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To quote one of our Clash of the Titles visitors
And the winner is!
Isobel is on the hunt for her missing muse. What she finds instead is an
abandoned toddler who is sunburned and close to death. Dr. Liam Brigham
keeps little Mia alive, but needs Isobel to save the girl from a far
greater danger–a killer with an agenda for kidnapping.
With Mia’s life next in line, Isobel and Liam have to put aside their
differences, face their past and throw their trust at the only One able to
From our voters
Finding Mia sounds amazing…and I love the cover!
Well done, Dianne…Your book sounds very intriguing!
Thank you Dianne Wilson for an amazing book, Finding Mia
Finding Mia for me-ah!!! Love this Dee-Lightful lady…Go Di
Dianne J. Wilson, hoping we can look forward to many more wonderful books
from you. You are truly a Blessing. Dianne J. Wilson, keep writing and
being as inspiring as you are!
An Amazon Review
“I’m glad I found Finding Mia. This author has a writing style that drew me
in and kept me involved with the story from the very first page. There were
passages that I still remember vividly, and I felt the joy, hope, fear,
angst, or confusion right along with the characters. And there’s a scene
with a broken mirror- WOW! This is romantic suspense at its best. And Mia?
I just want to hug her tight. God bless that little girl even if she is
“just” fictional. Well done, Ms. Wilson. I will keep a sharp eye out for
your next book! Jan Elder”
What Inspired Dianne to write Finding Mia
At its heart, Finding Mia is about restoration. I wrote prompted
by the John 10 v 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I
came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” It is my hope that as
my readers laugh and cry along this journey with Isobel, that they will
come to trust that God’s intentions for them are always good and loving, no
matter what they face.
Buy links for Finding Mia
Bio: Writer by night, Dianne J. Wilson is a graphic designer and ballet
school administrator by day. Working as a freelance writer has paid the
bills, but communicating Truth through fiction is her passion, whether
through words in books or by dance, music and drama on stage.
She lives in East London, South Africa with her husband, Scott, and three
|About the book:
I believe it hasn’t been since Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption series with the Baxter family have I become so enamored with a fictional family. Once again Susan May Warren paints a realistic family with flaws and issues to overcome, but also with a bond so tight I want to be a Christiansen, too. I really was rooting for Grace and understood Max and his choices.
I loved the Hawaii setting and the cooking competition backdrop. There was great chemistry between Grace and Max. It made for fast reading to see what was going to happen next.
If you’re looking for a great read to wind down your summer, although this is a stand-alone, do yourself a favor and get the series. When I Fall in Love is a perfect summer romance.
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About the author:
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors.
I received a copy of When I Fall in Love from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Summer’s on the way. We have five great books to add to your beach bags. To take readers back in time, there’s a historical novel set in ancient Rome. Or relax with a southern romance with mystery and suspense. Then check out a medical suspense, a contemporary novel and contemporary romance–all fantastic stories. Let us know by voting below which of these you’ll put on the top of your list.
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A frightened runaway with a checkered past co-inherits her grandfather’s farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. Can Chance and Dakota lay aside old hurts and grudges to build…A BRIDGE UNBROKEN?
A celebratory dinner party becomes a nightmare for The nightmare begins for Dr. Shannon Frasier when a man is shot dead on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar incident a decade ago. The rough voice on the phone asks, “What did he say before he died?” and won’t give up until Shannon tells him–even if she doesn’t know.
Pam’s divorce broke her heart, the cruelty of her ex husband broke her spirit, a bottle of skeeping pills almost took her life. Now, with Alan’s return to Garfiekd, OK, Pam must learn that buied secrets and carfully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.
Nobody cares about Ivy Clark’s broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on, even move to Greenbriar, South Carolina to model wedding dresses for her stepmother. Here Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer, sees through the facade and challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth.
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