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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. Surrendered Love follows Healing Love in Laura's latest trilogy from Whitaker House. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. 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/.
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Product Details

  • Series: Amish of Seymour (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House; Book Club edition (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603742557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603742559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor's wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport, releasing in November 2014 (The Snow Globe), June 2015 (The Postcard), and November 2015 (The Birdhouse). A Christmas Amish book, A White Christmas in Webster County, will release in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Moody on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Whew! Not boring!" Those were the words I used when I emailed Laura Hilton about her latest book, Patchwork Dreams. Mrs. Hilton is a personal friend, and I had actually had some trepidation about reading her book, since I had promised to write a review.
I've read quite a few Amish-based novels, and other than those by the "Masters" like Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter, most have cookie-cutter story lines and fluffy dialogue and description. Not so with this author's latest.
In so many Christian novels, even non-Amish based, relationships are almost fairy-tale. Lives are perfectly devoted to God and people never falter in their walk with Him and in their sickeningly unrealistic dealings with each other.
Mrs. Hilton's story, on the other hand, features complex and realistic characters as well as an intriguing storyline that kept me from closing the book and turning off my bed-time lights.
I particularly appreciated Mrs. Hilton's well-researched description of the Black-Smiths' profession, adding interest to these multi-faceted characters.
I look forward to the next in this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By luvs2read on June 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ever since the TV series - Aaron's Way - I have loved Amish stories. Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton tops them all. There were definitely no `fillers' in this book. (What I mean by a filler is - scenes thrown in that add no real quality to the story and are only used to raise the word count.) In, Patchwork Dreams, each scene propels the story forward at a fast pace. And Jacob Miller, the hero, well that boy just doesn't give up. Wait, did I say boy? I meant man. That man refuses to give up. If I was Jacob Miller, I would have given up a long time ago and would have taken the next horse and buggy out of town. (Bet the heroine Becky Troyer is glad I'm not him. heehee) The man must be made of steal or something. Or to quote Aaron Miller from Aaron's Way, "That boy comes from fine stock." Jacob sure does. But poor Becky. What is it that Jacob isn't giving up on? Finding a man who will marry Becky, or what? After all, Jacob already has a gal back home. Hmmm.

Oh, and Becky Troyer, well, she's a real sweetheart who made a huge mistake. Or did she? What really happened to her? What am I talking about? And what secret is she harboring? Do the two have anything to do with one another? AS IF! I'll never tell. *smiling*

If you want to know the answers to these questions, and you want to read a really, really sweet story filled with romantic tension, then Patchwork Dreams is for you.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Rayburn VINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a story of hope for two young people who had assumed their futures were all figured out for them, whether they liked it or not. But when they met each other, hope rekindled when each realized they didn't have to be confined to what they had assumed their future might be.

Becky has a fondness for McDonald's "fancy" coffee, a.k.a. cappuccino. She and Jacob looked for any opportunity to take the buggy to McDonald's for a coffee. The plot has a few twists and turns, misunderstandings that almost lead to ruined relationships and a sweet love story that will capture the hearts of many readers. It's a quick, light read for those who enjoy Amish fiction.

What I liked: I liked that this wasn't just another Amish book. Unlike some, where the main character meets "an Englischer" and struggles with the decision to leave the order or stay, this book takes a refreshing break from that story line. It also shows a less idealized and more raw side of Amish life in that it depicts a young woman who has had a child out of wedlock. Readers will discover more about this circumstance as the story unfolds. The family has a warm and loving relationship that's endearing.

What I didn't like: I though that Becky and Jacob fell in love unrealistically quick and Jacob acted way too familiar with her. It was only a day or two after they met that he was calling her Bex, and not too many more when he reached across the table for her hand. He often did things like wink at her. I would think that since she was an unwed mother, her parents would have protected her more from instant male attention, even if it was from an Amish man (one whom they barely knew).

I was also disappointed that most Englischers in the story were evil and worldly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarida on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The author attempted to tackle a very difficult and painful topic, but in the end, it just seemed to be forgotten.

This storyline could have really been developed into a moving revelation of the community and of our heroine, but it wasn't. The constant conflict and resolution between the two main characters wore me out. I lost count on how many contrived complications there were and the final disappearance of the mail was just silly.

This book started out with potential, but just didn't reach it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura V. Hilton's 5-star success with recent novels, including "White Christmas in Webster County", inspired readers like me to visit her earlier works. Seymour Amish were neighbors of those in the Webster County series. Fortunately, Hilton is accomplished enough in her writing that it is not a problem to back-track and pick up older books by this author. Warning: once started, expect to have a Laura V. Hilton section on your bookshelf &/or e-reader. Family friendly, Amish style.

The book's back cover introduces Becky and Jacob, so you know this protagonist duo will romantically entwine, `Ain't so?' But if you've read Laura Hilton, you also know it will not be a trouble-free and sappy journey. This writer offers characters with as many flaws as you and I. Entanglements and family situations compound the jarring of the dreamy buggy ride to blissful kisses. Things such as an Amish unwed-mom, sent-away son, unOrdnung fisticuffs, wild field partying, theft... As you can see, Hilton is not your "stick to the sales script" author. Cookies?, indeed, but not cookie-cutter plot.
Personally, resultant of my teacher past, I experienced annoyance at the persistent Ozarks' size inferiority complex of Becky. Although, she is a once-shunned, Englischer-jilted teen, with a boppli. A rumschpringe oops? Too many teens in my past teacher role, and this fictional pair acting just like the real thing, lack of faith and trust in others, and jumping to unsubstantiated conclusions.

There's enough action, and delightful in-house peeks at the Amish lifestyle, plus a "saved by the bell" captivating end to satisfy readers. Teens should love this, and those young at heart.
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