Hidden Springs Series, Book 1
From the publisher:
I’ve read a few books over the years that were set in Amish country, but they were mysteries. I believe this is my first Amish romance. I have always been a little leery of them because I don’t like books where I feel like I’m being preached to, like some “inspirational” romances. Even though I love many of Debbie Macomber’s more mainstream romances, there are some that get on my last nerve. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up this book. Kudos to Hilton’s publicist, because she made it sound like something I would like. And I did.
Grace isn’t exactly the most chaste and dutiful daughter that she should be, which is probably why I liked her; 18-year-old Grace reminded me of my 13-year-old self! These characters seemed like real people, with all the failings that most of us have. There were dramatic moments due in part to the Amish lifestyle, but mostly I could relate.
Grace is engaged to a man whom she does not love, but is hopeful somehow because it makes her parents happy. When she meets Zeke, she realizes something is wrong in her relationship with her groom-to-be. When a horrific storm blows through the night before her wedding, it becomes clear that the tornado is quite the metaphor.
There was an inherent sweetness to the story which I really liked (as an antidote to reading three newspapers a day.) I was happy to be swept away to the gentler world portrayed here, even though many of the same problems that exist in the world outside the Amish also reside within. It was a good story with wonderful character development and a sweet romance. I am definitely more inclined to read other Amish romances now.
1/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
THE AMISH WEDDING PROMISE by Laura V. Hilton. Forever (December 17, 2019). ISBN 978-1538700648. 352p.