The Amish Firefighter

The Amish Firefighter

by Laura V. Hilton

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Overview


Abigail Stutzman thought being sent to live several states away was bad enough. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of an apparent arson—a barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her.
Sam Miller is determined to atone for the follies of his past. He is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a paramedic-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and the Miller family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.
When Abigail and Sam cross paths, they discover the truth can be more dangerous than a blazing inferno.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629116853
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Award-winning author Laura V. Hilton and her husband, Steve, a pastor, make their home in Arkansas. They have five children, three of whom are grown, and Laura homeschools the youngest two. She earned her degree in business administration, but has always wanted to be a writer. Laura’s maternal grandparents were Amish and she mainly writes Amish contemporary romance novels. Her most recent books includeFirestorm and Love by the Numbers. Her additional works include: the Amish of Seymour series, Patchwork DreamsA Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another; the Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards), Surrendered LoveAwakened Love and A White Christmas in Webster County; and the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is also a professional book reviewer.

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arkieclown More than 1 year ago
THE AMISH FIREFIGHTER by Laura V. Hilton is the wonderful written story of Abigail Stutzman. For reasons unbeknownst to her, she is put on a train and sent off literally with only the clothes on her back leaving behind the only family she’s ever know headed to Jamesport, MO to live with her Uncle (Onkel) Darius and Aunt (Aenti) Ruch nevermore to be allowed to return home. After arriving and trying to fit in somewhere, Abigail thinks she has made a new English friend, Miranda. However, after being invited to what she thought was going to be a party and then left to shoulder the blame when the barn is burned down, she realizes that once again she is on her own. But now she has to fight being labeled an arsonist – a feuerzeug – a fire-lighter, when she is found in a barn as it was burning. Sam Miller is not only a volunteer firefighter, but also an EMT and a paramedic-in-training. Although he’s Amish, he hasn’t yet joined the church. He has done plenty that according to Amish rule is wrong which great shames himself. He has come to the realization that the English life isn’t for him and he’s trying to correct some of his wrongs. One thing he does know though is that too many innocent folks have been affected by the rash of barn burnings and homes being burnt down. His own family was affected not once when they lost their home a little over a year ago, but now twice that their barn was burnt down. He’s determined to find answers and the first one will come from the girl he caught inside their burning barn. Abigail and Sam have great chemistry where sparks fly whenever they are together. Those sparks, at times, send them to opposite corners ready to fight, but eventually they learn that working together that they can help solve the mystery of who is behind the burnings and why and along the way help ease each other’s burdens. There is definitely a mystery to be solved, but can romance bring these two strong willed people together? Can Abigail find the answers to her past and explanations as to what happened? Can Sam find peace with is past and find forgiveness in those he has done wrong? THE AMISH FIREFIGHTER is an amazing, well-written story of despair that can only be dispelled by faith, hope through prayer, learning what true friendship is, love that can overcome anything, the true meaning of the word family, and a book that will leave you happy, smiling and hoping to hear more of the story of Abigail and Sam as well as the town of Jamesport. Whether you have read Laura Hilton’s books before or not, if you love a good clean Christian written novel, you will love THE AMISH FIREFIGHTER. It will have you going to check out her other amazing books. I know I will be!
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Wrong place, wrong time, wrongfully accused. Abigail and Sam ignite personal flames. Abigail Stutzman is feeling abandoned—she’d been dropped at a bus station by the parents who apparently didn’t want her anymore. Living with some relatives she little knew, she got in with the wrong bunch of folks. Investigating smoke in a barn, she discovers a fire and runs out to get help, only to run into the arms of firefighter Sam Miller. Sam believes Abigail set the fire, but the emotional vibes between them are hotter than the barn fire. The Amish Firefighter sold out of its first edition copies within a couple of weeks of its release last May. While I usually do not like Amish stories, I can understand the lure of escaping to a simpler, less complex life. And I could also see why this book sold out within weeks—this is the best Amish romance I’ve read in a couple of years! Five stars to The Amish Firefighter! Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife of five children: two sons and three daughters. She home-schools them, writes reviews, and writes two blogs. She says she is now “putting on the new” and seriously writing. When asked why Amish, she related research into the family history (her maternal grandparents are Amish) fascinated her. She wanted to bring the history up to contemporary times. She too believes Amish stories are popular because women are drawn to the simplicity—“escape to peace and quiet of a simpler time.” Laura includes Scripture and strong faith messages to draw readers closer to God. I asked her what she learned about Laura while writing this book. She said she learned “God can come through even if I don’t know where the book is going.” She learned a total and complete surrender to God. The Amish Firefighter is Laura’s 11th Whitaker House novel. Her next book, The Amish Wanderer, should release in February 2017. 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. Learn more about Laura at her website, www.lauravhilton.blogspot.com, and her book review site, http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com. She and her husband live in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. I received a complimentary copy of The Amish Firefighter from Whitaker House but was not obligated to write a favorable review.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"The Amish Firefighter" by author Laura V. Hilton is a 278 page Christian Amish suspenseful fiction book. This exceptional novel is published by Whitaker House. The intriguing cover shows the picture of a firefighter in the background surrounded by flames with the back of an Amish girl in the foreground. Her bonnet and purple Amish dress are strikingly different than the rest of the cover. I have read many of author Hilton's wonderful books and this one does not disappoint. To begin with, I had never heard of an Amish firefighter. Most Amish men in books are farmers, carpenters, or shopkeepers. This storyline was different. It was well imagined and written with vivid characters and descriptions. Her characters are well rounded with personalities, dreams, and flaws. The author has the Amish dialogue down pat and conversation flows smoothly between her characters. The descriptive way she writes picks me up and puts me down in the middle of the Amish community among a bunch of new friends. I was immediately invested in the story as I began reading. This is the tale of Abigail and Sam. She has been sent to live with her aunt. He is an Amish firefighter. He is able to do this because he has not yet been baptized. This story is one that teaches many lessons. It teaches to have trust and faith in God. The author broaches the tough subjects of secrets (when or when not to keep them), forgiveness, misunderstandings, family relationships, second chances and many more. There are Christian lessons taught in this novel as well as just providing a great story. I would highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful Amish story full of inspiration, romance, twists, suspense, and information on the Amish. Any fiction reader would enjoy it. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy of the book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘The Amish Firefighter’ is outstanding! The author’s writing captivates this reader, showing me how to live as a Christian in a world where there seem to be no absolutes, and introducing characters with tremendous depth. This is only the second novel I’ve read by this author, and I am definitely a fan! This novel includes the terrible pain of feelings of betrayal, not only by a mother and boyfriend but seemingly by the Lord Himself, unfounded accusations, fear, second chances, and ultimately a stronger walk with the Lord, healing relationships, and the incredible love of a mother for her daughter. I appreciated seeing the author’s demonstration of the love of God, as well as how understanding one little word in scripture can change one’s faith and life, such as the word ‘whosoever’. Abigail had been left at the bus station to stay with family members she had never met, an aunt and uncle whose three teen daughters had been killed in a buggy accident the year before. Her widowed mother had recently remarried, and her new husband had several children including Mark, the boy that Abigail had been seeing. Abigail thought it was because her mother was so busy caring for her new family and didn’t have room for her. She didn’t know why Mark rejected her, only that her stepfather caught them kissing before she was sent off. Abigail had little success making friends at her new school except for one teen who was kind of fun – until leaving Abby alone in a burning barn. Abigail rang the bell alerting the family and neighbors to the need for a fire brigade, and was caught by a firefighter. A volunteer Amish fire fighter, who believed she started the fire and might be responsible for the several barn fires among Amish neighbors. Sam had his own past to live down; he now believed in the Lord and was thankful for every bit of grace he freely received. Sam was in tune with the voice of the Lord, and (almost) always listened. Yet Sam called Abigail ‘fire-lighter’. The author gives her characters everything needed to be engaging and realistic. I like seeing characters make the same mistakes that I do and be determined to do what is necessary when the consequences fall. I like Sam and Abigail as respects the challenges they each face. At first I thought Abigail was too emotional about the changes in her life especially in light of all that had occurred in the lives of her aunt and uncle, but had to consider her background and her heart. Her aunt and uncle, Sam’s family members and friends at the church were realistic, each contributing from their unique gifts. The plot was as involved as life can sometimes be. Watching Sam and Abigail respond to the stressors and consequences in their lives and how they do – or do not – focus on the Lord as their first response can mirror our lives. For Abigail to do so in light of trying to find out who the arsonist is to clear herself of arson before she is harmed by the real bad guy/ gal was a lot for a sheltered teen. Plot twists heighten the suspense, making this novel riveting with not only showing a mystery to solve, but also giving the characters and readers spiritual lessons to consider. I highly recommend this novel, especially to older teens and adults of any age who appreciate Christian suspense in the setting of an Amish community. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compen
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Feeling rejected by her family, Abigail is sent away to another Amish community. Shortly after her arrival, barns are being set on fire. Is she the perpetrator, or just an innocent victim? Sam, despite being attracted to Abigail, is sure she is at the heart of these fires and treats her accordingly. Will he uncover the truth, and allow his heart to fully embrace Abigail? I want to see more stories like The Amish Firefighter from Hilton’s pen! This is one book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The character arc is refined with a plot full of mystery and intrigue! Sometimes Amish fiction is just too ‘sweet’. The Amish Firefighter has much more suspense and action than the typical Amish book, and I read it in record time. It’s a page turner, for sure and for certain! I appreciate the author and publisher sending me an advance copy for review purposes. Only my honest opinion is asked for. No compensation has been received. annepayne.blogspot.com
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter is another wonderful Amish story by Laura V Hilton. It has a mixture of mystery and romance. The main characters, Abigail and Sam were so likable to me. I felt a connection to them from the beginning. 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
Wow! This pretty much says how I feel about reading this book. This is the first Laura Hilton book that I have read and look forward to starting many more of her books. This is such a well written, heartwarming, exciting, Christian filled adventure. I could go on and on about this book. Having been a firefighter and married to one it was neat to read about an Amish firefighter. Abigail has had her world turned upside down. She has been sent away to live with relatives she doesn't know and is trying to come to grips with all of this when a barn fire occurs. This fire is arson and she has found herself right in the middle of it. Unfortunately she is also being blamed. Along comes Sam Miller who is also dealing with change in his life. He is a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and medic in training. He is determined to find this arsonist and put a stop to him or her. When Abigail and Sam meet there is an instant spark that they may not be able to ignore. I will not give any more away so you will have to read to find out more of this amazing story. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
The idea of an Amish Firefighter intrigued me. I never knew they could hold this occupation, although Sam had not been baptized into the Amish church yet. He was also an EMT and a paramedic-in-training. Also unknown to me. He meets the main female character Abigail, when he finds her in his family's barn as it's burning to the ground with her standing right in the middle of it. She claims she's innocent although she's found another time or two under similar circumstances. I really felt sorry for Abigail. She had been rejected by her mom and stepdad, not to mention her fiancé. Put on a bus with just the clothes on her back and sent to relatives she knew nothing about, Abigail felt unwanted and unloved by those she was closest to. I was a little perplexed by the fast relationship between Abigail and Sam. And so many secrets that had been hidden for years were still taking a while to be told to those that needed to know the most. I may be slow but I had a hard time figuring out the family relations that kept Abigail from staying with her mom. She seemingly had a hard hearted stepfather. But I loved the turning to God, the prayers spoken, and the grace and forgiveness given to the confessions of sin spoken to those that had been sinned against. I had always wondered why the Amish prayed silent prayers instead of praying them out loud. This was touched on in this book. They seem to feel it's vain to speak them out loud. I, on the other hand, think it helps others to hear someone pray out earnestly to God in all circumstances and for all different reasons. I was given this book from the publisher through Bookfun for my honest opinion, which I have given.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Ohhh the secrets that come to light. . . Laura captured my attention with this involved story about family secrets, unbelieving when the truth first comes out, and the effects on generations to follow. The old saying, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!", sure does fit this book well. Another MUST read from Laura!!!
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
I think the secret started this fire! When Abigail was sent off to relatives she didn't even know she had.. I felt so bad for her. She only knew that because she had been caught in one kiss, she was banished from her home and it seemed like trouble just seemed to follow her. As she tried to make a new friend she found herself trying to explain how she was involved in a barn fire to the Amish firefighter that caught her running from the barn! This story revolves around a long ago secret that so many have tried to hide and is now coming out and really turning Abigail's world even more upside down. I enjoyed how the author had a little bit English and a lot Amish to give us an idea of how each world has a way of having the same problems and secrets that can affect generations to come. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, I think you will like The Amish Firefighter! I was gifted a copy to review
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter by author Laura V. Hilton is as bold as the flames on the cover. In the past, Amish fiction has been hit or miss with me, but lately they have been hits and this one is up there with the best of them. This is a story that deals with multi-generational family secrets and how they still affect even the young. This is a story about past sin before redemption and consequences of said sins after redemption. I liked how this story showed that even before knowing God, there are rules, and like the ones our parents give us that ultimately are meant to protect us. This is Amish yes, this is about forgiveness of sins, and this story is not at all preachy in any way. The Amish Firefighter is about a mystery of burning barns that is affecting a town, interwoven with a fiery passion and pure love of a young couple who have a simple faith in God and are getting to know each other. Not only that, but I enjoyed reading and getting to know the Amish phrases that were sprinkled throughout. I will definitely be reading more by Laura V. Hilton. My thanks go to Celebrate Lit for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are all mine.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter is not your typical Amish story. Laura V. Hilton has created another well thought out plot that captured me from the first page. The Amish Firefighter is filled with characters that are complex with their struggles, personalities and discovering what they want in life plus there is never a dull moment in this sensational book. Imagine being abandoned by the only family you had ever known after your stepfather saw you kissing your step-brother? That's exactly what had transpired with Abigail Stutzman's life. She was sent to live with an aunt and uncle she didn't even know she had. After all, her parents had caused Abigail to believe she didn't have any relatives throughout her lifetime. Sam Miller, a young Amish man, struggling in what he wants to do is a volunteer firefighter and pursuing his paramedic degree. When Sam arrived at his family's barn fire he discovered Abigail exiting the barn and assume she is guilty. However, when Abigail is brought into his parents' home his mother thought she was his girlfriend. What will happen to Abigail as she had only been in the area for a week? Sam makes it his mission to assist Abigail. With more barn fires in the area and Sam discovering Abigail inside one of them can he really believe Abigail's story? I cannot share rest of the story. But be assured there are so many twists and turns throughout the pages you cannot stop reading till you discover what all has transpired. Are Sam’s past actions still troubling him? Will Abigail discover family members that had disowned other family members? What will the current bishop in the community decide to do when secrets have been hidden for years from members? Order a copy of The Amish Firefighter and be prepared to sit and read until the last word has been read. Oh yes, you'll need some tissues while reading and maybe something to punch when certain characters' actions will aggravate you. I appreciate how Ms. Hilton brings in the love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness that God shows to all no matter their past along with scriptures that the characters claim as promises from God. I received a complimentary copy of The Amish Firefighter from the publisher for my honest review which I have given, along with Celebrate Lit as The Amish Firefighter is on tour with Celebrate Lit. 5 stars for The Amish Firefighter. Laura V. Hilton is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to her next novel.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Laura. The book captured my interest from the first few pages. You are thrown into Abigail's trouble right away and hope for a way out for her. I kept hoping she would get a chance to tell her side of the story otherwise she looked very guilty. But something happened for me after the first initial chapters. I felt like things were kind of being forced to happen to the characters. I wasn't really feeling this strong attraction between Sam and Abigail. This could just be me, of course, but it wasn't working for me. I felt like they kept rehashing the same thoughts over and over. Like I said the first few chapters really sucked me in but then I found myself not too interested in what was happening. As always, this is my opinion only and my perspective. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all have lapses in judgement, no matter who you are. Such is the case for Abigail, an young Amish woman who is new to the area and trying to make new friends. She finds herself in a situation in which she is the prime suspect in a series of fires. Sam, a volunteer firefighter, is the first to accuse Abigail of setting the fires. But after a series of unfortunate accidents, Sam begins to see that his assessments were incorrect and that Abigail was, indeed, innocent. I absolutely loved this story! I related to each of the character, even in a small way, and that drew me in to their lives. Abigail, having a troubled and mysterious past, must come to terms that there are still people who care about her well-being. She has to see her future, not in light of her past, but through the eyes of an all-loving God. Sam tries to find his way in life and overcome a bad decision to look for a relationship outside of the faith and Amish community. He finds hope in a newcomer whose innocence is not only refreshing but inviting. All of the supporting characters are rich in nature and make a very warm and full story. I did not want to read the last pages, knowing it was the end, but at the same time, I knew that the story would go on, even if only in my head.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter is full of heat, and I’m not just talking about all the barn fires being set in Jamesport. Lots of marvelous (clean) romantical tension and sparks and chemistry and KISSES! Along with the heat, there is the kind of subtle humor that I love. It doesn’t distract from the romantical chemistry or the meaningful faith threads of the story, though. Instead, the bits of humor shore up each of these elements, provide some comic relief from the tension (both the chemistry-induced kind and the angsty kind), and make The Amish Firefighter a very well-rounded story. A couple of different mysteries run parallel to the characters in The Amish Firefighter as well. Who is setting all the barn fires? Why are they trying to frame Abigail? And possibly most pivotal to the story – why did Abigail’s family send her away so suddenly? But perhaps the most important element to The Amish Firefighter is its message: the exquisite, unfaltering grace of God. Sammy’s heart has been changed by this grace and while he and God are still polishing out some of his rougher edges, the book is full of his tender, personal prayers erupting naturally from this soul who has tasted redemption. God is not some faraway, distant teacher in The Amish Firefighter; rather, He is living and active and extends healing and mercy and love. Mysteries, humor, romance, and faith – The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton has it all! Characters from her previous books return as the framework for this new series, so longtime fans will see several familiar faces on these pages. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to going back and meeting these characters for the first time as Laura Hilton is now on my list of go-to authors. This is a great read, with elements to appeal to a variety of readers as well as a touching & meaningful message of faith that will linger in your heart. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Not your typical Amish story. This hooked me from the first page with mystery and danger! Unique and intriguing story line makes this a well-written page turner. Abigail certainly has questions that need to be answered and a reason to be angry. Her life is not what she thought it was. How can you live in the community with a past you don’t know but everyone else seems to? Sam stumbles across Abigail and sparks fly – literally and figuratively! Why is their community plagued by fires? The suspense really keeps the story line moving and intriguing. Lots of forgiveness and learning is to be had in this story. I really felt convicted myself by the lessons the Amish hold dear in life. I thought it was a fabulous book that has a place of honor in my bookshelf.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced Amish novel.i think this is the first Amish novel I read that has a volunteer firefighter in it. Abigail kept being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Each time she is found by Sam Miller. Abigail is sent away from her home because of something that happened in the past. It wasn't even her past that caused the problem. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
The author did a great job of inspiring compassion for the main characters: Abigail, because as she learned more and more about her situation, things seemed to get worse and worse for her, and Sam, because as I learned more and more about his ugly past, his humility and compassion stood out increasingly. Both characters were forced by circumstances to mature quickly. The story was fast-paced, with short chapters and divisions that told the story alternately from Sam and Abigail's perspectives. There was a glossary of Amish terms and phrases at the beginning, and those Amish terms were used throughout the book in place of English words. This is a modern-day story, where the Amish characters interact with English individuals regularly. This setting, as well as the pace of the book may be different from what Amish fiction readers are used to, but it is a good book. It is a close-knit Amish community, but this is not a warm and fuzzy book. The interactions between Sam and Abigail were hot and prickly. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Talk about Sizzle! Not sure 5 stars is enough for this story. This book is on fire, WOW! While it is about a firefighter and acts of arson are part of the story, the fire is in the romance between the main characters. Laura Hilton never disappoints with her complex stories that weave in and out of the character's lives. We know these characters like family when we finish her books, and my question is always, "will there be more about them?" The Amish Firefighter is filled with familiar characters and we can read parts and bits of their continuing stories, in the back- ground of this exciting book. Finger pointing and whispering are about to cause years of deception to crumble. Who will be left standing when the truth finally emerges? Will there be hearts intact, or broken pieces left to pick up? Abigal and Sammy's story make The Amish Firefighter come to life. You will be vested in this story by the end, this book truly is a must-read for 2016. I do want to clarify, there is sizzling romance, but this is not a book that is lewd, graphic, or nasty. The Christian theme shines bright in this story, and yes Christians can have sizzling romances. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
KGervais More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter - another great book by Laura Hilton. Again, the author never disappoints me in her writing. This book is about Abigail Stutzman who has been abandoned at the bus terminal by her stepfather and her then boyfriend whom she thought was her boyfriend until...well, you'll have to read the book to find out about him and the rest of her family. Abigail was left at the bus terminal to be sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle she never knew existed. She's been there only a week and already in trouble when a barn catches fire while she and a group of English friends were in it. Her English friends took off leaving her behind and she was caught by Sam Miller who is the Amish Firefighter. Abigail seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when more than one barn fire is started. Sam Miller who has not joined the church yet is training to be a firefighter while he is making decisions between living Amish or English. I could go on and on about the book but I highly recommend you buy it and read it for yourself. Every book I have read by Laura Hilton is very well written and hard to put down. I have yet to rate any of her books below 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review is mine alone.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read by Laura Hilton but WOW what an introduction! Abigail Stutzman has been living with her aunt and uncle in Jamesport, Missouri for one week. Abandoned at the bus stop by her step-father and step-brother, (who was also her “intended”) Abby is sent several states away to live with relatives she didn’t even know she had. Desperate for a friend, she accepts an invitation to attend a party with her young English neighbor only to find herself abandoned – for the second time in a week – this time at the scene of a barn burning. When Sam Miller arrives home to find the family barn ablaze and Abby stumbling out of the door, he jumps to the logical conclusion that she started it. The more he gets to know her, though, the more sure he is that the fire she lit wasn’t in the barn – it was in his heart. When Abby is found at the site of a second barn fire, drugged and unresponsive, Sam begins to see that she is a target, not a culprit. Can Sam and Abby unravel the mystery surrounding Abby’s banishment from her home before her new home gets her killed? What secret could possibly warrant virtually shunning your own child as Abby’s mother has done? Does Abigail know more than she is telling? I read this story in a day and a half and would have been done sooner if I hadn’t had to go to work. I couldn’t put it down. This story centers on the idea that secrets have a way of coming out no matter how carefully they are kept. It also has a strong theme of forgiveness that when we forgive it is often ourselves that we free from bondage. I loved Sammy. Still in his rumspringa , he drives a beater of a car and loves anything with an engine. He is also a strong shoulder for Abby when she needs one the most, helping her talk through what she is going through and standing up for her in ways the other Amish won’t do. While this appears to be a stand-alone novel, it does mention many of the characters in Hilton’s Jamesport Amish series. Now that I’ve read this one I’ll be looking for the other three! There was humor, grief, attraction, and mystery all wrapped up in one novel. Readers of Amish fiction will especially enjoy this book but I think romance or mystery readers will also find something to love here. I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This is a story of misplaced blame as well as grace, mercy, and forgiveness. It centers around Abigail, an older teen Amish girl and Sam, an Amish college graduate firefighter/EMT. After her father died and her mother remarried, Abigail Stutzman was sent to live with an aunt and uncle whom she had never met and for reasons unknown to her. This was traumatic to her, but she struggled to make the best of her situation. Lured by a girl posing as a friend, she was caught looking guilty for setting two barn fires. Although she was innocent, the evidence against her was strong and she had no support. Sam Miller, raised Amish yet allowed to live in the English world as a college student, now has returned to his Amish home but still works in the English community as an EMT and volunteer firefighter. Sam and Abigail were brought together at the barn fires. The author unfolded many heart touching twists and turns as the two of them realized who they really are and what is important. This is a story worthy of recommending.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton Always fascinated by the job firefighters do and hope to learn more about that in this book. Book starts out with a gloassary of Amish terms used-this will be helpful to reference when the words are used in the book. Abigail Stutzman is trying to follow her new friend Mirancda and she discovers the barn they were in is on fire. She hopes to put it out but she stumbles and falls on the ground herself. Sam Miller is an EMT and volunteer fire fighter when he runs into Abigail and assumes she started the fire. They alert others and both help to put the fire out as she tries to escape but Sam finds her and so does his father. Lots of action. Bit hard to keep track of all the characters til you realize their connection. He tells Sam not to accuse her ... he does find out more details of the night of the fire while they are having a snack at McDonalds while waiting for his beau to finish her shopping. We learn more about why she's at her aunts house and not at her house in Ohio and his friendship with PJ. Interested to hear the talk of a real American teen, the slang used and how foreign it sounds to the Amish. Then again some of their words are foreign to us-Americans. Also what goes on at the church service, during and after. Shame she fell and ended up in the ER where she found out more news from home. She and Sammy had talked about how everybody in town knew she'd be there, at least a month before she even arrived. She's told to trust her mother but nobody will explain what happened. Just when things are going well with them both, they like each other, events are brought to the forefront and you wonder if they can ever get past them...prayers from everybody to help overcome the hurt and shame.. I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Amish Firefighter is written by Laura V. Hilton is the story of Abigail Stutzman and Sam Miller. Abigail grew up thinking she had no family but her parents. Her father died and her mother remarried the father of her boyfriend. One day her step father put her on the bus with no explanation and with just the closes she is wearing. He sends her to live with her aunt and uncle that she never knew about. She finds out her parents kept a lot of secrets from her including letting her know her extended family. She becomes friends with a an Englischer and quickly finds herself set up as the suspect of fires. Sam Miller is living the Englisch life and has not made a commitment to the Amish church. He is going to school to be a paramedic, driving a car, dating an Englisch girl and volunteers as a firefighter and an EMT. He comes home just in time to see his father’s barn is on fire and finds Abigail in the barn. He automatically accuses her of starting the fires. This is a really good story about family, faith and forgiveness as well as knowing when God is talking to you and listening to Him. The story is so well written with so much happening it was hard to put down. Laura V Hilton is a new author to me, I will be watching for her other books. I received a copy of the book from Book Club Network in exchange of an honest review.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if your family took you to a bus station with nothing but the clothes on your back and left you? Sure you have a ticket but that takes you to a family and a community that you have never visited. Abigail Stutzman finds herself in just this predicament. She has never been to Jamesport and doesn't know her Aunt and Uncle. Just a week after her arrival she is accused of setting barn fires in the community. What is she to do? Sam Miller caught the Fire starter or so he thinks. Determined to turn over a new leaf, he is an Amish firefighter, an EMT and a doctor to be. Catching the new girl at his family's barn fire, Sam doesn't quite believe that she is really the one. But could she be the one for him? Sparks between Abigail and Sam are evident from the start. Will they be able to overcome all of the past turmoils and controversies? Will the real fire starter be found before more barns burn? This is not your typical Amish story. I love how Laura Hilton adds just enough suspense and mystery to keep the reader turning the page. I really wanted to yell at some of the characters about how they handled the whole situation. The story was one I had not expected since the Amish try to stay away from the English world and the sins within. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Hilton's books in the future. I received a copy through Bookfun in exchange for my honest review.