About the Book
Book: Married to a Stranger
Author: Laura V. Hilton
Genre: Christian Amish Romance Fiction
Release date: July 2, 2019
He marries her out of need. She marries him to escape. What does love have to do with it?
When her father falsely accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to a man she’s never met. Not exactly a dream come true, but since she has spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, she’s already considered an old maid at twenty-five—and she longs to escape her lonely life as permanent caregiver.
When newly-called Amish preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he’s been accused of a dishonorable act, he’s horrified. But his wife died in childbirth and his baby needs a mother, so he figures marrying a woman he’s never met could be beneficial.
How can Bethel and Gideon possibly make their marriage work—especially when the truth behind the accusations is revealed?
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Laura V. Hilton has a crazy ability to build strange situations, then plop her characters right in the middle of trouble. I love it.
An Amish marriage of convenience, mixed with a possible serial killer, tossed around with love, forgiveness, and second chances. Things are never easy or predictable with a Laura V Hilton book.
Plus, Agnes is back! As my favorite Amish character of all time, I was delighted to have Agnes make an appearance in Married to a Stranger.
Naomi hasn’t changed a bit. She’s still the strong-willed, outspoken woman we met in The Amish Candy Maker.
But Gideon and Bethel take the prize this time. In this forced, marriage of convenience, everything has happened backward. They’ve never even spoke to one another, and now they find themselves married. Gideon is still grieving for his first wife, and Bethel winds up in the one situation she prayed to escape. Although marrying Gideon is better than marrying Rodney, the circumstances are still less than ideal.
Par the course, there are a few things that made me frown. In a few instances, the plot didn’t exactly line up with what we’re led to believe about the Amish. A few secondary characters tell bald-faced lies…directly to the bishop…and we never see any repercussions, nor do they seem repentant for their actions. But since we’re talking about a fictional book, the characters can pretty well do as they please.
The twists and turns will keep you spinning. With her imperfect characters, strong story line, and beautiful settings, Laura V. Hilton has built a world you won’t want to leave. I can’t wait for the next book.
I recommend this book for any and all fans of Amish fiction.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura V. Hilton is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Internet.
Laura’s first series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. In 2012, A Harvest of Hearts received a Laurel Award, placing first in the Amish Genre Clash. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, consists of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love, followed by a stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County. Laura’s last series, The Amish of Jamesport, includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Prior to Married to a Stranger, Laura published Firestorm, Love by the Numbers, The Amish Firefighter, and The Amish Wanderer.
Previously, Laura published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura earned a business degree from Ozarka Technical College. She and her husband, Steve, have five children and make their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/.