I enjoyed this Christmas story and the way that it spanned the time period between between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The novel had some great characters and some extremely horrid ones!
I absolutely loved Susanna! She was strong, yet respectful. She was caring and she was kind. I really felt for her and the hurt that she had been living with for the past year, due to the breakup with Benaiah. And, oh my goodness, Benaiah! Well, the romantic tension between these two was amazing. Some wonderful scenes were peppered throughout the book of times when Susanna and Benaiah couldn’t help but be drawn to each other. On the other hand, Benaiah did frustrate me with the spirit of fear that he lived in. Of course, his journey of growth toward an absolute trust in the Lord depended on starting out in that lowly place.
Benaiah’s grandparents and siblings were great! I loved the interactions between Susanna and this wonderful family. What a contrast to what Susanna was dealing with from her own father and future stepmother. I honestly still don’t understand how her father could treat her the way he did, hear about the way his future wife treated her, and still claim to love her in any way. Actions speak louder than words and these two characters made me so very mad!
This was a great lead in to the Christmas season for me. I recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and fans of stories set during Christmastime.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes 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/