Today I am reviewing A White Christmas in Webster County — by Laura V. Hilton.
Here is a brief synopsis:
A Mother’s Helper
Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her beloved fiancé in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother’s helper.
She isn’t exactly shy, but she’s hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn’t going to stay. She especially doesn’t want a new romance.
An Adventurous Hero
Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good.
An Unexpected Snowstorm
At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they’ve met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions, even though she keeps him at arm’s length. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she’s torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.
I had no idea… when I began reading A White Christmas in Webster County that I would NOT be able to PUT IT DOWN until I finished it… I even went back and re-read the last few pages…
IT WAS THAT GOOD! IT’S GREAT!
Seriously… if you loved the other books in the Amish of Webster County series, you’re really gonna LOVE this one! My daughter will agree – since she found me reading in bed last night — a little past midnight, because I was determined to finish it.
This is most definitely not a story you have seen over and over, and it certainly isn’t a plot you would ever expect to see in an Amish Fiction story – as a matter of fact, many of Laura’s books have plots that you would never expect to read in an Amish fiction story… but it works! Perfectly!
It’s a wonderful thought to be assured that, while their faith may differ somewhat and the way they live is more plain than most (if not all) of us, the Amish really are not so different from us!
If you’ve read Laura’s books, then you know that her books are blessed by God. I don’t think this is the norm for many authors. Laura says she prays – a lot – over her books.
Well, it certainly shows… they’re wonderful!
God Bless You!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt