Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Amish Wanderer by:Laura V. Hilton

 The Amish Wanderer
About the Book:

Desperate for a Ticket Out Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life—away from Jamesport and away from God.
Searching for a Home
Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible—headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.
A Memory of Lemonade
When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naïve and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?

My Review:
 Poor Bethany! And Poor Silas!

 I feel for both characters right away in Laura Hilton's latest, The Amish Wanderer.

Bethany just wants to disappear after her Daed does some unspeakable things to all the cats in the district. Not really unspeakable but a little humiliating to say the least. While her Daed is in a mental hospital paying his penance Bethany and Timothy are in charge of the household chores. While taking care of said chores Bethany makes a very curious discovery in the barn, one that send her back in time.

 As soon as Silas and Bethany lock eyes Bethany knows immediately and Silas, well it took him a minute to recall who she was. Silas seemed to have other plans all those years ago. He just keeps reminding himself that he is just passing through Jamesport. Because seeing Bethany after all these years complicates things a great deal.

 Laura Hilton is not new on the scene. I have read several of her books and her writing is exemplary. She gives us a captivating story line and good, solid characters. The lemonade memory is my favorite part of the story. The Amish Wanderer is a hit!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.