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The Amish Wedding Promise

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This author is an amazing storyteller. She is well versed and knowledgeable in regards to the Amish customs. This is new series Hidden Springs Each character we meet are unique. They are like a jigsaw puzzle - you need all of them. The author draws you in within the first couple of pages. She has crafted a flowing storyline. Gracie, is doubting her upcoming marriage. She has a special needs sister, who she has had to walk on egg shells around. Her fiance, Timothy, is stubborn. Gracie, is afraid to speak her mind . There are some heavy topics that are dealt with in this story, but as usual, the author handles them beautifully. 

Come on this adventure

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.
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The Amish Wedding Promise grabs the readers attention on the first page and draws readers to keep reading to find out what happened, currently going on and moving forward to the end of the book.  It's full of devastation, loss, and love.  Most importantly family, faith, and forgiveness are noticable throughout for the characters; all three of these are important and appear in Amish lives everywhere every day.

Without  over clouding the main characters -Grace and ZeKe-, two special supporting characters add a special touch to the story, a dog and Grace's special needs sister, Patience.  It’s not often that a special needs character is included in a story.

Will Grace stand up to her parents and their cold feet comment to recognize her true self worth?
Will Mr. Bontrager change his mind about his son?

I can't wait to read the next book in this new series by Laura V. Hilton.

I received a free copy from NetGalley with no money exchanged only an honest review.  This is my honest review in my own words.
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Grace's wedding day dawns with a dangerous, destructive tornado. People and animals are missing, and property destruction is widespread. Grace has become exceedingly hesitant about her upcoming wedding, and had prayed for a sign thar she was doing the right thing. Her groom is among the missing, so the sign is very clear.

Amish workmen are coming from surrounding states to assist with rebuilding and recovery. The attraction between Grace and the young man assigned to her family is immediate.

Will Grace find her groom and go through a wedding to a man she doesn't love?

I would highly recommend this title to anyone who lives Amish fiction.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free digital copy of this title to review from Net Galley.

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Besides cold feet? What else might stop an Amish wedding? Well, a tornado that destroys the barn where the wedding was to take place. Relieved yet feeling guilty for wishing it not to happen was made even worse when her fiance doesn't even show up to see how she survived the storm! When other Amish young men start showing up to assist in the community clean up the story continues. A few hard lessons, a lot of helping friends and a little romance made for a wonderful story. I requested and was gifted a copy through NetGalley, no review was required, my review is voluntary.
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Great read. Hoping for more soon. Amish fans will love it. Great read. Hoping for more soon. Amish fans will love it.
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This is my first story written by this author and i will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.  The story begins with a deadly tornado and throughout the chaos the characters and their never ending faith in God’s plan for them engaged all of my emotions from laughter to tears as the Hidden Springs Amish community slowly comes to terms with the many sudden changes in their lives. Zeke and Grace form an instant bond that jumps off the page and had me rooting for a happy ending for the pair. I especially enjoyed Grace’s meddling, but well meaning grandfather who encourages the two young love birds and Grace’s special needs sister Patience who is loved and protected as much as possible by her family to avoid any upsetting emotional triggers that shake her world. This is a well written story with wonderful characters that I won’t soon forget. I read an early copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
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This was the first book I have read by Laura Hilton and I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading it in one day because I wanted to see the ending. Of course, it’s a predictable ending, but entertaining nonetheless. 

Truth be told, I was a little put off by some of the character’s behavior at the beginning (Gracie (Grace) and Zeke were a little unexpected on what was to be Gracie’s wedding day), but the more I read, the more I enjoyed the characters, quirks and all. 

Gracie is set to be married to Timothy but she has reservations. Then the town is hit with a tornado and her wedding is postponed. Zeke comes to help with the cleanup and there’s an immediate attraction between Gracie and Zeke, even as they are out looking for Gracie’s missing fiancée Timothy. 

But we learn that all things are not what they appear to be, including Timothy who has some demons to battle of his own and uses the tornado as an excuse to run away for a time. 

This was also a little more risqué than most Amish fiction I have read, especially the scenes between Zeke and Gracie. And some of the writing was reminiscent of English behaviors (instead of Amish). 

Overall a great multi-faceted story with fun characters and a heart warming ending. I found myself giggling several times along the way. I look forward to reading more by this author. 

I was given this book for free from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.
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An Amish Wedding Promise is a very good story.  I liked the characters and the plot. I savored every word.   I found it the right mix of humor and drama.  I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it.
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Goodness, this book went in a way I never expected and kept me reading to see what would happen to who next.

Author Laura Hilton’s story is a great balance of humor and seriousness. It never felt like a light fluffy book, nor did it stay heavy for long, even though some difficult topics were discussed. The characters were very well written and life like, and I really enjoyed getting to know them.

Heartwarming, with lots of brothers and wedding food, I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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The Amish Wedding Promise was a different kind of story for Laura Hilton, yet it was one I definitely enjoyed and found myself picking up again.  And as always happens, when I re-read a novel, I pick up aspects I previously missed. Her characters were extremely well-developed, and Grace, her sister Patience, Zeke, and Grace's grandfather stood out as my favorites.  Zeke's patience and kindness with Patience, who has Down Syndrome, are extremely touching.  My heart really went out to Grace as she experienced the confusion of searching for her fiancé after the devastating tornado, and the pain of knowing he was not trying to check on her instead. 
Laura Hilton always weaves a skillful and beautiful story and The Amish Wedding Promise was no exception.  I do recommend this highly.
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Levi Bontrager is a disappointment to his father, who wasted no opportunities to let Levi know.  When a tornado rips through another town, Levi volunteers to go with the Mennonite missionary to help with the restoration of the town.  The last thing his father said to him was something like, "Don't be a disappointment to me."

Grace Lantz is engaged to be married, although she is having significant doubts about her fiance and about the marriage itself.  The day after the tornado, Tim, the fiance, didn't come to check on her to see how she fared and that was just one more doubt about the relationship. 

When Levi arrives, he is assigned to stay with the Lantz family.  What he doesn't anticipate is being assigned to room with his cousin who doesn't like him at all.  The cousin has been reporting Levi's behavior back to Levi's father.

Grace finds her friendship with Levi growing, in spite of the constraints put on Levi for being a member of the restoration group.  Grace's father still asks Levi to escort Grace around to check on various people, especially her fiance. 

Laura V Hilton writes well researched Amish fiction and her stories are tremendously fun to read.  The Amish Wedding Promise is just as fun to read and what's more, it's the beginning of a new series. I can't wait to see who comes next in the series. 

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a conspiring grandfather to help smooth out the path of love.

My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Living in the shadow of his "perfect" cousin, Vernon, who stole his job and his girl, Zeke felt insignificant and as if his daed was disappointed in him. When the two traveled to Illinois to help the community there recover from tornadoes, he was optimistic about becoming a hero. Yet Vernon was the one to find the missing cows and Zeke was simply given the task of trying to find Gracie's missing fiancé.

I really cared about Zeke and loved the way he interacted with people and animals with such kindness. He had a humility born from his hurts, which showed in all he did. And even when he had a valid reason for blowing up and yelling, he showed kindness and allowed the Lord to work on his behalf instead.

Gracie had spent so many years of her life walking on eggshells to not upset her younger "special needs" sister, Patience, that she held everything inside. Whether she became a people pleaser because of that, or whether she already was, she was so afraid of disappointing others that she felt like she couldn't speak her mind. I was able to relate to her quite well! She was always putting others' needs before her own and needed someone like Zeke to care about her! When her family continued to tell her that her doubts about marrying were just cold feet, she faulted herself for struggling with this.

There was so much I enjoyed about this story. The balance of lighter and heavier matters was perfect. It wasn't so serious to make me sad and the humor was used appropriately and had me laughing often. I loved the punny names of Gracie's family's animals and wanted to hug her grossdaadi! Oh, and Patience was so precious I wanted to take her home with me.

I appreciated how well the author took the theme of Jesus calming the storm and wove it through the story. The lessons Zeke and Gracie learned through that were apt and helpful for all believers to learn and remember. And, as in all her stories, the message of salvation was clearly taught and incorporated in a very natural and engaging manner.

While dealing with domestic and substance abuse was necessary to the story, it was very subtle and handled very tactfully.

I highly recommend this story of hope to all readers who enjoy fiction that both challenges them and makes them laugh.
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The Amish Wedding Promise by Laura V. Hilton is the first novel in the Hidden Springs series.  I enjoyed this charming story that contained some wonderful life lessons.  Grace Lantz was to be married the day twisters tore through leaving devastation in its wake.  Truth be told, Grace is relieved which makes her feel guilty.  Zeke Bontrager feels that he can do nothing right in the eyes of his father.  He is hoping his time in Hidden Springs, Illinois will allow him to be a hero instead of a failure.   I found Grace and Zeke to be developed and relatable characters.  They both have issues that are bothering them and, while the tornado was a terrible event, it turns out to be a blessing.  There are delightful characters in this story that include Grace’s pun loving grandfather, Grace’s special needs sister, Patience and Slush, the family’s Siberian Husky.  I just loved how Slush communicated and expressed emotion.  It is wonderful that people volunteer to assist others in need.  We see how much that help is needed and appreciated.  It was wonderful to see the community come together and help each other.  It is a shame that this kindness is not present in all areas around the world.  Patience is a young lady with special needs, and it was wonderful to see how patient as well as kind her family is with her as well as Zeke.  I especially loved how the characters prayed.  There were open about their faith and prayer.  Lessons about guilt, forgiveness, standing up for ourselves, gossip, and perception are present.  The romance was sweet, and I like how it bloomed.  The intimacy extends to a kiss or two but that is it.  My favorite phrase from the story was when Grace said, “Chocolate can solve the world’s problems”.   There is plenty of humor as well that includes farm animals with witty names.  The Amish Wedding Promise is a heartwarming story with a maltreated mailbox, superfluity of sandwiches, impatient Patience, twelve protective brothers, and a groom gone astray.
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I really loved this book!  I've read lots of Amish fiction; this one was great.  It kept my interest and had some humorous moments as well as some "spicier" moments.. I had a hard time putting it down!  Just the kind of read I needed in this busy Christmas season.
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Laura V. Hilton is a new-to-me author.  The Amish Wedding Promise is the first of her books I have read, but it will not be my last.  Laura writes a very interesting story from the beginning to the end.  You really do not want to put the book down.

This book shows how God can take a storm in your life and use it for good.

Grace's wedding day had turned into total Upheaval since the tornado had ripped through their town taking their barn and all the wedding benches with it along with her groom and two of his friends with it.  Was Timothy alive somewhere hurt?  Did she really want him found since she wasn't even sure she wanted to marry him today anyway?  

Zeke Bontrager, his friend, Kiah, and other men from his community left their community in another state to help the tornado victims.  There was to be absolutely no dating among the community and the workers.  For some strange reason, Zeke was assigned to the Seth Lantz family.  This just happens to be Grace's family.  

After Zeke was assigned to help Grace find Timothy.  This began their great adventure toward each other.

Would Timothy come back?  Would Grace find happiness?  What about Zeke?  

Don't miss this wonderful story.

I was given an ARC by the publisher/author through Netgalley for my honest review.
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As I start this review, let me say this:  I very much enjoyed reading this story.  Laura V. Hilton has written another excellent Amish romance that has touches of humor, tragedy, romance, and suspense. And yes, even though they don’t seem to go together, all those things do work together well in this storyline.  I always love a book that has an unusual plot, and this one certainly has that.

But that’s what makes writing this review a little bit tricky, because there’s a couple of twists in this story that I don’t want to describe, as it will take  away from the book as you read it.  There’s a couple of different storylines that twist together and all the details fall into place at the end.  I will tell you this:  It does involve a tornado and an Amish wedding and the way life changes in this Amish community from that point, especially for especially for Grace Lantz, as it involves her wedding day.  I loved her character.  She’s kind, loyal, and deeply loves her family.  In fact, as I read this book, I came to love the whole Lantz family.  Daddi Cliff was another favorite character, too.  

And that’s about all I want to tell you.  When you read the book, you’ll understand my lack of detail in this review.  If you love Amish fiction, you’ll enjoy this one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.
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This author never disappoints me with her stories.  I enjoyed reading about Grace and Zeke.  I love when she adds the Amish children that have special needs in the story.  I loved reading about how other people come to different areas to help out after a bad tornado hit.  Both main characters had to work through some doubts about themselves.  I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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I like this story it was cute and down to earth. I did however feel like parts of the story did drag on. Without giving much away I wish the main subject or at least it felt like the main subject would have been handled a lot sooner in the book and the secondary situation would have played out sooner so there could be more of that story and less of the other. I loved Zach he felt like wasn’t good enough but he always seemed to keep his head up and keep fighting for what was right. I was not a huge fan of Vernon and I wish we found out more about Jon. I liked Grace a lot to she was reckless, fun, independent and reliable and you could totally feel like you could be friends with her. This book was a good clean read and fun to boot. You can’t go wrong.
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Looking at the cover of this book is a compelling reason to pick it up, and also, I love reads by this author.
We are given a story of a young woman, and the book begins on the day of her wedding, and she is having cold feet, wishes she the day weren’t here, and no, she does not have power to control the weather, but a devastating tornado hits Arthur Illinois, and thus help comes from all over, including an Amish community in Indiana.
We also get to meet the new arrivals, and especially Zeke, and with a history of his Dad being unhappy with him, he is out to prove himself, or at least stay out of trouble.
When sparks fly between Grace, the bride, and Zeke, they know it can never happen, and with death and destruction all over here, there are a lot of pressing problems.
Love the wise Grandfather, and the sweet special sister, Patience, and then more disasters happen, more focus is put on loved ones, and we see the love of God and the message of Forgiveness.
A don’t miss read that will keep you page-turning!

I received this book through the Publisher Forever, and was not required to give a positive review.
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The Amish Wedding Promise
A beautifully written inspirational romance.  Great plot and well developed characters.
I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
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