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Springs of Love Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book

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Book title: Springs of Love

Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye

Release date: June 15, 2017

Genre: Amish

The Kissing Bridge

Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…

Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.

Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.

Sold on Love

When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?

Cowboys and Amish Girls

Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.

My Perspective

I have yet to meet a group of novellas about Amish fiction that I have not liked. When I saw this one I was excited. I have read and enjoyed books by Laura and Rachel before, but who was this Thomas fellow? New author to me, and the first male author of Amish fiction I have read. I am not going to lie, I wanted to skip to his story first to see if this guy was for real! Let me put your mind at ease….Thomas Nye can keep on writing Amish fiction in my world!

But let’s start at the beginning. The Kissing Bridge was wonderful. It actually touched on something that is not too heard of in Amish fiction – anger management. I like an Amish story to be realistic, and I do think there are quite a few men (and women for that matter) out there that have anger issues. But in Amish fiction, we want all the men to be strong, bold, good to their wives, loving, doting on their children, etc. Laura brings a realness to this story that I found refreshing. Let’s have a male character have some issues and see how the family and community reacts. But don’t let that over power the true story – Anna and Reuben. These two…I just wanted them to be together from the very beginning. They are a couple that you just know should be together, and you keep biting your fingernails as you read through the book because you are scared they won’t be!

Sold on Love had be laughing, quite a bit actually. Lavina’s little brother Stephen, absolutely stole the show. I could picture him being so anxious and excited, causing little bouts of trouble here and there, flashing this innocent smile after each incident. He melted my heart, although I think I would not have as much patience in dealing with him as Lavina did. Here’s the thing about this story. It reminded me to look at the world like a child does. I think sometimes as adults we are too focused on the wrong things, and need to look at things simplistically. Even in choosing out mates!

And lastly, the new-to-me author Thomas Nye and his novella, Cowboys and Amish Girls. I truly enjoyed this story. It is so different from the norm in Amish fiction, but I found myself believing it could happen and loving it! Why can’t an Amish community live right next to a Cowboy community? This story is about two worlds colliding, and learning how to coexist. Truman and Charity are fun, spunky, and know how to push each other’s buttons. I couldn’t wait to finish this story and see how these two worlds would try to combine.

Amish fiction fans will get a kick out of these stories. Christian fiction readers will enjoy them as well. And if you’re someone who doesn’t think they totally like Amish fiction, i encourage you to give these a shot. I think you just might change your mind! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Laura pictureLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

rachel goodRachel J. Good is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming—Sisters & Friends, Love & Promises, and two books in theHearts of Amish Country series—as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Visit Rachel at her website: www.racheljgood.com.

 

 

IMG_0731xThomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend.

Guest post from Laura Hilton
The story behind The Kissing Bridge
The Snow Globe was released in November 2014 and almost immediately readers fell in love with Reuben and Anna, the grandparents in the story. They were secondary characters, but readers asked me to write their story – I put it on the back-burner, told God if He opens the doors I would, and didn’t really think of it again until I was asked to write a novella for this collection. I talked to the publisher of my Amish novels, they gave me permission, and a very close friend and I went back and reread The Snow Globe to remember all the important details about Reuben and Anna in that book. Then, with much prayer for God’s leading, I dived in. The Kissing Bridge is the result, and it was so much fun to write! If you are new to my writing, and want to know what happened to the main characters of The Kissing Bridge years down the road, then read The Snow Globe. If you have read The Snow Globe and were one of the many who asked for Reuben and Anna’s story, then read The Kissing Bridge.
The setting is actually a real covered bridge that I visited long years ago with my parents when we went on a camping trip and visited all the covered bridges and mills in driving distance of our camp-spot. That was before I cared that my family had come from the Amish and I wondered at all these people dressed as they were and driving horses and buggies!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story!
Giveaway

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14 thoughts on “Springs of Love Review and Giveaway!

  1. I know that Springs of Love has to be amazing because the authors are awesome!
    Thanks for the review which confirms that I have to read this book.

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