The Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton

The Amish Wanderer

byLaura V. Hilton

Kobo ebook | February 14, 2017

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Desperate for a Ticket Out

Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life—away from Jamesport and away from God.

Searching for a Home

Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible—headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.

A Memory of Lemonade

When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naïve and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?

Title:The Amish WandererFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Whitaker HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1629117994

ISBN - 13:9781629117997

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional storytelling Not your typical Amish love story. These are flawed characters struggling to overcome the emotional scars accumulated from a lifetime of dysfunction and abuse. It's gritty and harsh -- emotionally shattering in places -- but ultimately triumphant as both Bethany and Silas find their way to a full understanding of grace. Bethany feels invisible -- especially to God. She lives to serve and submit and longs for escape. Deeply wounded, her behavior can sometimes be erratic as she flounders to make sense of her world. Silas has so much to offer but he holds back out of fear. These two made a connection when they were youngies attending singings. In fact, Silas used to single Bethany out...and then he and the rest of his family left the community. But now he's returned -- just passing through on his way to a new future. Hearts collide once again, only there are no guarantees that Bethany and Silas will be able to create something long lasting this time round either. I don't want to say too much more about the plot, because there are things we learn about both hero and heroine that propel the plot along in surprising ways. The author digs deep into the psyche of both, successfully pulling me into their lives and making me feel a gamut of emotions that left me reeling. Tremendously touching, sensitive and ultimately hopeful.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from able to be hearers of the heart Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton, © 2017 What makes a wanderer? Could it include one who travels without leaving home? Bethany Weiss is seeking relief from a lack of protection. To be honored, loved, and respected by the very ones she should be able to trust is a deep desire unfounded. Silas Beiler has returned to town. Bethany was able to join her faith and trust in Silas when they were younger. Could it be he has come to rescue her? Jamesport, Missouri, is a visitor haven for the Englischers seeking to purchase home goods the Amish have made. Jams, jellies, homemade pies, quilts of many patterns, fine woodworking; warmth within and without. But this story is not about the Englischers, it is about those within its borders. Extremely well-written! My favorite secondary characters are Preacher Samuel, his frau, Elsie, and their nephew Josh and his frau, Greta. They see with eyes of vision and not reproach, of what can be, not hampered by what has been. By being listeners they are able to be hearers of the heart. They have drawn more to der Herr with their love than any words of question could. We all seek a heart that hears us. A word that is spoken in due season also takes a heart that is ready and will listen. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. --Romans 8:38-39 Fear runs from the unknown. Silas finds that his fear binds him until truth sets him free. It is necessary for him to face his fear. The darkness holds no bond to the light of Christ's Word to never leave us. This story brings hope and a release from struggles when guided correctly from love and not control. Amish Wanderer bears reading more than once. Much wisdom and care bring truth to the light. Lives saved that could have remained in bondage to lies and deceit are released. Generations will be able to go forward in the freedom they have been given. Overcomers! ***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for inviting me to be a part of the Amish Wanderer book tour. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-02-16