Awakened Love is the third book in The Amish of Webster County series by Laura V. Hilton.
Here is a brief synopsis:
A Bashful Baker–
Twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler loves to bake. When she’s hired at a local bed-and-breakfast to do just that, she’s excited, especially because the owner promises the shy young woman that she won’t have to leave the kitchen.
But when her boss’s husband requires round-the-clock care, Katie is forced to overcome her shyness and wait on customers, as well. Before long, a “customer” reveals himself to be a private investigator who informs Katie that she was adopted, and that her biological sister needs a bone marrow transplant.
A Man on the Run–
Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has fled the drama of Shipshewana, Indiana, for Seymour, Missouri, where he’s staying with his cousin Micah Graber. His plan is to hide, from a girl he no longer cares about and also from a cold-blooded killer.
Uncomfortable sharing his past and afraid of the consequences, he buries his troubles deep inside. When he meets Katie Detweiler, he is immediately attracted, but his pursuit of her is complicated by the problems of his past.
An Adventure Unfolds–
As Katie wrestles with questions of identity, she also struggles to navigate her blossoming romance with Abram, in the face of opposition from a jealous friend.
As their relationship becomes more serious, Abram can no longer conceal the truth about his past. But parts of that past rear their heads, barring the way for a marriage between them; at least for now. Through dangers and near-death experiences, Katie and Abram must find their way back to each other.
But only the power of forgiveness can bring them together for good.
Oh my… what an amazing story!
Without giving away too much – trying to stick to facts given in the synopsis – I want to talk about how much I enjoyed reading Awakened Love. This story has everything!
We first met Katie in Healing Love… towards the end of this story, Katie’s family had moved to Ohio for several years and had just recently returned to Webster County. There’s not much else in this first book of the series on Katie, except the explanation that she grew up with Kristi and Janna… and that Kristi was looking forward to renewing her friendship with Katie.
In Surrendered Love, Katie, Krista and Janna are close friends again; in this story, Katie tells her friends that she’s landed a job at a nearby bed and breakfast. Janna tries to play matchmaker for Katie and Micah (who just moved to their district recently), but Micah ends up taking both girls home from the singing. (To find out what happens, be sure to read this second book of the series if you haven’t already).
In Awakened Love, Katie is pretty much on her own… working full-time at the bed and breakfast. Kristi and Janna are both good friends to Katie, but things are just not the same — if you’ve read books one and two, you’ll understand that their lives are much different now. And Katie is having her own troubles…
First, her not-so-much of a friend Patsy gives her a hard time – disrupting her work, talking badly to her – and about her, even being abusive to her… hard to believe, I know, but even in the Amish community of Webster County, there are girls that behave badly – and Patsy seems to be the worst!
I’ll be honest with you – I got so made at that girl, I was ready to scream!
But this is part of what makes Laura V. Hilton such a great writer – she doesn’t try to write about perfect Amish communities… she writes about real, true-to-life Amish communities! Even if I don’t like patsy, I am quick to agree that she makes the story sound true, and if she weren’t so bad, the hero wouldn’t have the chance to be so heroic!
This book is the pièce de résistance!
I was continually amazed at the secrets that cropped up… and the budding romances, although Katie’s courtship seems to have as many difficulties as the ones in the first two books of this series. This story definitely has some serious moments, as well as a few funny moments, too – such as when Abram tries to teach Katie how to play baseball, and ends up with an almost-broken nose!
But hey, don’t take my word for it… read it for yourself… read the whole series!
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God bless you!
Disclosure of Material Connection: The opinions I express are my own, but I received this book free from the author in appreciation for featuring her this month on my blog.
©Donna J. Mynatt 2014