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Strength in the Storm by Laurel Blount

Publisher’s Summary

In this touching Amish romance, a brokenhearted woman and a steadfast man discover that the safest place to weather tragedy is in each other’s arms.

After the murder of both her parents, Emma Hochstedler returns to the small community of Johns Mill, hoping to resume her quiet existence. Reclaiming her place proves harder than expected—especially now that a movie is being made about her family’s loss. But then, an old friend offers her a lifeline that gives her new purpose.
Amish builder Samuel Christner is the biggest—and the strongest—man in town. In fact, the gentle giant has only one weakness—Emma. Even though she broke his heart, he won’t let his childhood sweetheart face her troubles alone. He hires Emma as a nurse for his elderly aunt…and finds himself falling for her all over again.
But while romance blooms, storm clouds gather. And when darkness falls, it will take all Sam’s strength—and all their love—to see them through.

After the Hochstedler family’s tragic loss, one cannot help but empathize with them. Emma Hochstedler believes the loss was her fault, and despite the fact that it wasn’t, she acts and feels as if it were.

Emma constantly tries to protect her baby sister while often neglecting her own needs. And just when she thinks the worst is behind her… well, no spoilers.

A very atypical Amish story, Strength in the Storm, by Laurel Blount, is an incredibly well-written story. The story teems with friendship, faith, hope and love, intertwined with mystery, misfortune, heartbreak and resilience.

The story is spellbinding and gripping, compelling and emotionally charged–not one to be read quickly or in a hurry.

This is the first book I’ve read by Laurel Blount, and it’s a sequel to Shelter in the Storm. Both books are about the Johns Mill Community. I did not feel lost or bewildered by Strength in the Storm. In fact, I felt quite the opposite—fully captivated and riveted from the first paragraph! I will definitely be reading more of her books.

I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and from Berkley Publishing Group. All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.