The third book in the sweet and charming Hidden Springs series from award-winning author Laura V. Hilton.
As a columnist for the The Budget, with a secret byline of GHB, Hallie Brunstettler writes about community news, and sometimes alludes to her overwhelming loneliness. Her columns portray a woman who goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while longing to know how it would feel if one person truly cared about her....
Hezekiah "Kiah" Esh cares. He's been reading her articles for months. Nursing his own broken heart, he writes to GHB on a whimand is thrilled to receive a response. Soon, the two become pen pals, but his new friend never signs her real name--just her initials. Wanting to meet her in real life, Kiah travels to Hidden Springs, where the newspaper is based. On the way, he meets Hallie, a waitress at the Amish-owned diner, who serves Kiah's pie along with some much-needed companionship. She also discourages him from looking into GHB's identity.
Over the next week, Kiah and Hallie spend more and more time together. Kiah is conflicted... Should he abide by Hallie's advice to forget about his pen pal's identity? But soon Kiah does find GHB, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. The only problem? She is Hallie. Why did she keep this secret? And will she ever be willing to share her true feelings?
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Enjoyable and Entertaining Hallie Brunstetter writes for an Amish newspaper. Because the identity of the scribe has to be kept secret, Hallie uses the pen name GHB. One morning Hallie’s mother informed her that their houseguests were accompanied by their son. Hallie was very happy that she would be able to show the young boy around the farm. However, much to her surprise, the young boy turns out to be a young man, and a very handsome one at that. Kiah Esh and GHB have been pen pals for some time, and although Kiah has never met her and has no idea who she is, he feels a very strong connection to her. Therefore, he has come to Hidden Springs in search of GHB. However, upon meeting Hallie and spending time with her, he finds himself hoping for the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Hallie and GHB are one and the same. As Kiah embarks on his search for GHB, Hallie puts roadblocks in his way to avoid being discovered. Despite her efforts, Kiah isn’t deterred and their relationship begins to develop. As it does, and as Kiah continues his search, he takes the time to perform acts of kindness for others. Unfortunately, many of his acts of kindness don't quite work out as planned, resulting in some very funny situations that had me smiling and laughing. The humor accompanied by romance and a message of faith added just the right balance to the story making this a very enjoyable and entertaining read. ***I received a complimentary copy of this book, and this is my freely given, honest review. All comments and opinions are strictly my own.