I really struggled with this story. Some stories and characters are just a miss for some readers and I think that is what happened in this novel for me. I usually adore books written by this author, yet this one fell short for me.
Levi’s extreme absent-mindedness bothered me a lot. It made me feel that others weren’t important enough to him to pay attention to what they were saying. Admittedly, I felt that he got better about this in the second half of the book and I ended up liking him more during the blizzard portions of the story.
I liked Elsie better than Levi and felt sorry for her because it seemed like things were constantly out of her control. She seemed to be blamed for everything, such as the ice cream delivery debacle! I also felt like she let herself be manipulated by her brother, Sam, and his desire to leave the community. He talked down to her a lot in order to get her to do what he wanted her to do.
I will definitely keep reading this author. This particular story was just not the right one for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Past relationships and close quarters stir up old emotions, making Christmas the perfect time for a magical connection in this heartwarming second chance Amish romance.
Elsie Miller has witnessed — and experienced — Levi Wyse’s forgetfulness too many times to count. But even after they broke things off, Elsie never forgot the handsome Amish toymaker or her love for him. So when Levi’s sister asks her to help keep him organized for the busy Christmas season, Elsie agrees. But she didn’t expect working alongside Levi to reignite those old feelings.
Secretly, Levi’s heart will always belong to Elsie. But she deserves a better man, one who isn’t so absentminded . . . or responsible for a terrible tragedy. Now, she’s at his workshop every day and as Christmas draws near, his reasons for staying away become harder and harder to remember. Will the spirit of Christmas heal past hurts and give Elsie and Levi the greatest gift of all: a future together?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura V. Hilton is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Internet.
Laura’s first series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. In 2012, A Harvest of Hearts received a Laurel Award, placing first in the Amish Genre Clash. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, consists of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love, followed by a stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County. Laura’s last series, The Amish of Jamesport, includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Prior to Married to a Stranger, Laura published Firestorm, Love by the Numbers, The Amish Firefighter, and The Amish Wanderer.
Previously, Laura published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura earned a business degree from Ozarka Technical College. She and her husband, Steve, have five children and make 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/.