The Amish Wanderer

The Amish Wanderer

by Laura V. Hilton


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ISBN-13: 9781629117980
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 654,132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

LAURA V. HILTON is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the web. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, including A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash); and her second was The Amish of Webster County. Her most recent series was The Amish of Jamesport, featuring The Post Card, The Snow Globe, and The Birdhouse. Laura and her husband, Steve, live in Arkansas with their five children, whom Laura homeschools.

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The Amish Wanderer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
arkieclown 27 days ago
THE AMISH WANDERER is another fabulous book set in Jamesport, MO by author Laura V. Hilton. It’s the story of Bethany Weiss and Silas Beiler – each with a troubled past full of hardships, pain and disappointments trying desperately to find love, peace and faith. It isn’t until they realize that God is and has always been there with them and that they turn control over to him trusting in faith that they can find true peace and happiness quite possibly with each other. Bethany is the Bishop’s daughter and has always been under the microscope of society as such – never good enough, never complimented only reprimanded and sorely mistreated. After her Daed is sent off to the hospital with a brain tumor with a prison term likely afterwards, things in the Weiss household only got worse. She feels God has abandoned her allowing all sort of horrible things to happen from the mounting doctor and hospital bills of which they can’t pay, being forced to sell off livestock and belongings to just scrap by and the horrific attentions of Hen forced on her. Silas is on the run. He knows what he’s running from – the rage, bad reputations and uncontrollable tempers that seem to run rampant in his family, but does he know where he’s running to? He thinks he’s headed to Pennsylvania to his Uncle’s for an education and a job. Is that the answer if his past hasn’t been dealt with? His plan was to just stop over in Jamesport for some rest, something to eat and to work long enough to restock some much needed supplies, like a new pair of shoes, for his trip. He didn’t figure to see the girl from his past – the girl he had briefly courted and who still had a hold on his heart. After seeing all the work that needed done on Bethany’s folk’s farm and being offered money to help with the repairs, it was like the answer to his prayers for his present needs. The attraction is strong and mutual between Silas and Bethany from the start. Silas fears he has nothing to offer Bethany but hurt and danger because of the past that he’s running from. Although he was once like Bethany thinking God had forsaken him, he is already on the way of understanding and accepting God’s unconditional love. Can Silas keep Bethany safe? Can he prove to her that God loves her? Can he be the man she needs – the one to show her she is lovable and should be honored and treasured for the person she is? Can Bethany convince Silas to take her with him? Can she feel true love and leave the awful past and abuse behind her and walk into the arms of the man she really loves? THE AMISH WANDERER is more than an Amish love story. The author shows through her wonderful use of words that the Amish, like the rest of society, has struggles, fears and doubts. She doesn’t pull punches or sugar coat it. She keeps it very realistic which will have you smiling, crying and maybe even praying a little too. It’s through her use of scripture and storytelling that she delivers the message that God is always there with unconditional love for all of us if we will only trust in him praying to him for things to be done as to his will. It doesn’t mean life will be smooth sailing. After all, even a bed of roses has a few thorns, but God never abandons us. Highly recommend THE AMISH WANDERER to anyone that loves a wonderful and touching story. It will show you the wonders of God’s love and the glory of faith. It is one that will having you reaching for other books by this awesome author.
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
Let me say first I apologize for not getting this review out like it should have been because I've had certain issues to deal with. What a fantastic story!!! Laura sure knows how to make my mouth fall open and my emotions come to a head. Have u ever heard this saying that sticks and stones may break me but words will never hurt me? So not true!!! Words do hurt! It's called verbal abuse and is sometimes worse than physical abuse. I strongly related to Bethany in this regard. When someone says a hurtful word it stays with us the rest of our lives and it is hard to forgive. Even when parents say hurtful words to us it hurts us as it has me. My dad was the world's worst about doing this. I don't think I have ever forgiven him to this day. Oh I try I really try but it's so very hard!!! Bethany is a really sweet girl who tries to hard and wants someone to loved her like I do. I loved Bethany from the start and I believe she still has a story to tell. It's not finished yet. As far as angels being around I believe in them whole heartedly. Angels guard us day in and day out even when we lose our way. I saw an angel after my mom passed away that same night. Silas is my hero! He's a rock for Bethany in their times of trouble He's strong and has a lot to get through before he and Bethany can really love each other like they're supposed to. I love how the Amish support each other in any event no matter what it is. To me, this is a pretty special story. It will bring you to tears in some places and in others it made me snicker. I am with Bethany. Chocolate is wonderful!!! It's a balm to sooth the broken heart and hard feelings no matter what the case may be! Chocolate is wonderful no matter what and guess what? Fudge is my favorite!!! I loved this story in more ways than one. Laura has a way with her writing that will keep you turning pages until the last one turned. Laura, i love reading your books. Will Bethany and Silas have their own story to share in the near future? I really strongly recommend this book for people who love reading Amish stories I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and all word are my own
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Wanderer is a grittier and edgier Amish novel dealing with abuse- physical, emotional, and spiritual. Bethany and Silas have both experienced abuse from those who should have loved and protected them. Silas is on the run from his past and Bethany wants to be on the run to her future. This story takes place over a shorter period of time and we get both of their perspectives. There are some twists and turns this story takes, but more than anything we really get inside their heads and see what is really going on behind their actions. The feelings of unworthiness, the sense that their spirits seem broken, and both barely holding on to the thread of hope that God does really love them come alive in this very transparent read. So this story was much more of an emotional one as we watch these two grasp the love of God. I like how the author shows the love of the Father God in her story and answers questions that we all have had or will have at some time in our lives. Like the big one; why does God allow bad things to happen? I enjoy this author’s work as she gets down to the nitty gritty of human behavior without the sugar coating or glossing over of the harder things of life. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
An interesting story - This turned out to be a very interesting story about two Amish families and what we, as 'Englischers' would think is rare in the Amish community. It took me a while to really get into the story BUT it was not the book, it was what I had to deal with in my own life during this time. Once I was able to really take a little time to read, without falling asleep, lol, I didn't want to put it down. Thank you Laura for another winning story.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this wonderful story of Bethany and Silas. They are both having to learn to put their trust in God. They have both endured some painful times and are learning to overcome them. This has to be one of my favorite books by Laura that I have read. Everything is well written and is really keeping my interest and I don't want to put it down. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I have given of my own free will. Don't forget the giveaway at the end.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Author Laura Hilton’s characters in her books are so relatable. You’ll find that to be true in The Amish Wanderer. Bethany Weiss is ready to leave Jamesport, Missouri, to escape the talk about her family. Silas Beiler is hitchhiking his way to Lancaster Co., PA leaving his abusive home behind. When Bethany finds him sleeping in her family’s loft, their childhood friendship is renewed. Will Bethany and Silas be able to heal from what they’re running from when secrets are revealed? Will their faith be changed and their love be strong enough to overcome difficulties? The lessons Bethany and Silas learn are life-changing. You’ll find this book to be well-written and enjoyable! I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Laura V. Hilton that I have read. The one thing that stood out to me is the fact that it dealt with some touchy subjects that we may find ourselves along the journey of life. I enjoyed reading the heartbreaking stories in this book. The author did a great job with dealing with such sometimes unmentionable subjects. This book focuses on the subject of date rape. The great thing about this book is that it's a great reminder of God's unfailing love for us. Even when we have thought he is not there anymore. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading some of her other books. "I received a courtesy copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review."
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Bethany and Silas both want to move on to a new place where they aren't known by everyone. They each have a reputation and heartache hanging over their heads. Dysfunctional families lie at the center of both of their families painful reactions to the very things that have brought them to this turning road in their lives. Bethany sees Silas as her ticket out of town when he wanders on to their farm on his way to his uncle's home in Pennsylvania. I was very excited to read this new book by Laura V. Hilton. I think we've all had dreams of "running away from it all". I know there were certainly times of great pain in my life which caused me to want to run far, far away where no one knew me. I was very impressed that Bethany continued on in a positive manner. I certainly don't always put my best face on when calamity hits. In fact, I've been known to crawl in the bed and pull the covers over my head. Bethany does not do this though. I applaud her and Silas both for seeking new ways and places to heal their wounds. Seeking the wise counsel to elders is one example that all of us can take from their situation and apply it to our own lives. The only thing I found that I didn't particularly like in this book was that the last section of book seemed to add a number of events to the mix that seemed to be too much. It seemed as if the plot continued when it seemed an ending should have already been resolved. I give this book a 4-star rating and think that readers who enjoy Amish and Christian fiction will enjoy it as well. I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers through Celebrate Lit Bloggers. A favorable review was not required nor expected.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton, © 2017 What makes a wanderer? Could it include one who travels without leaving home? Bethany Weiss is seeking relief from a lack of protection. To be honored, loved, and respected by the very ones she should be able to trust is a deep desire unfounded. Silas Beiler has returned to town. Bethany was able to join her faith and trust in Silas when they were younger. Could it be he has come to rescue her? Jamesport, Missouri, is a visitor haven for the Englischers seeking to purchase home goods the Amish have made. Jams, jellies, homemade pies, quilts of many patterns, fine woodworking; warmth within and without. But this story is not about the Englischers, it is about those within its borders. Extremely well-written! My favorite secondary characters are Preacher Samuel, his frau, Elsie, and their nephew Josh and his frau, Greta. They see with eyes of vision and not reproach, of what can be, not hampered by what has been. By being listeners they are able to be hearers of the heart. They have drawn more to der Herr with their love than any words of question could. We all seek a heart that hears us. A word that is spoken in due season also takes a heart that is ready and will listen. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. --Romans 8:38-39 Fear runs from the unknown. Silas finds that his fear binds him until truth sets him free. It is necessary for him to face his fear. The darkness holds no bond to the light of Christ's Word to never leave us. This story brings hope and a release from struggles when guided correctly from love and not control. Amish Wanderer bears reading more than once. Much wisdom and care bring truth to the light. Lives saved that could have remained in bondage to lies and deceit are released. Generations will be able to go forward in the freedom they have been given. Overcomers! ***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for inviting me to be a part of the Amish Wanderer book tour. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Bethany had a lot to deal with at her young age.. This is a story that kept me thinking about it for quite awhile. This story had a lot of sadness in it and my heart ached for what this young lady was going through. The author really deals with some hard issues and I had not read an Amish story before that had dealt with topics such as mental illness and abuse. This is a different type Amish story but was one I had trouble putting down.. I was gifted a copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. and my review is voluntary..
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Powerful. This book was powerful in so many ways: The importance of having a mentor. The depths of messed-up that abuse causes. The power of God's Word to change a life. Powerful. Suspenseful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Laura V. Hilton has written another "non-typical" Amish fiction novel that had me desperately turning pages to discover what was next. I found that the book flowed well and read quickly in spite of the Amish terminology that was used consistently throughout the book. I grew to love and respect Bethany and Silas more and more as the book progressed, and the plot twists kept coming until the very end of the story. Characters from a previous novel in that setting showed up, but the reader is not at a loss to have not read this author's work before. This is recommended for fans of Amish fiction, especially if readers are ready for something different. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical Amish Fiction Book. It deals with the tough subject matter of abuse in a sensitive and caring way. Bethany and Silas are each dealing with a different form of abuse and family problems and both see the answer to their problems is to flee. Bethany feels like God has abandoned her and Silas is growing and seeking in his faith. These characters are very real in their reactions and it is wonderful to see their growth. Laura V Hilton writes great character development in an intense and flowing way. This book is intense and doesn't disappoint. I didn't want to put it down until I saw the outcome. I received a complimentary copy from the author and CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
The Amish Wanderer was spectacular, indescribable, astonishing amazing and over the top story. I loved reading it and didn't want to quit except when life's necessitates requested it. The scriptures used in this story were so perfect and readers can apply them to their own lives, along with the salvation verses. Realistic with actions and behaviors--my senses and emotions were so attuned to the story. Each new book by Laura V. Hilton exceeds her previous ones. The Amish Wanderer heroine and hero are struggling with their lives due to their family’s behaviors. Bethany Weiss and Silas Beiler knew each other in the past when his family lived in Jamesport, MO. When he unexpectedly showed up in the Weiss’s barn as he was making his journey to Pennsylvania Bethany requested she be allowed to journey with him. The twists and turns kept coming with hurts, heartbreak, desperation, misunderstanding, and seeking to be understood what was at the root of Bethany and Silas’ unhappiness. Each of their families had serious difficulties and behaviors that damaged their lives and they wanted to be free of the pain they had been inflicted with. Will Silas be able to bring hope to Bethany as he share the Gospel as presented in the Word of God to her or will she want to turn her back on God and the Amish life? The characters are realistic with real life issues that family members may experience when abusive situations are not taken care of but allowed to continue toward individuals. My heart was breaking and tears flowing while reading what had happen to Bethany by the man her bishop father had insisted she must married. Silas’s family abusive ways and running from community to community so they were not discovered was just as real, as there are families today that move often to get away from situations that are negative against them. The Amish Wanderer is filled with twists and turns as the characters journeyed through their lives. They experienced conflict and loss, joys and sorrows, heartache, desperation, determination, faith at times and questioning faith at others. Reading this book you felt the heartbeat and passion the author had for these characters, as it is written with depth, grace and pose. 5 plus stars! Definitely will be at the very top of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I received a complimentary copy of The Amish Wanderer from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, but have shared my honest thoughts of this amazing story by Laura V. Hilton.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Amish Wanderer by Laura Hilton is definitely not your typical Amish romance book. Hilton writes with rich, expressively pointed prose to tell a story of two young people who each feel running away is the only option to deal with the issues in their lives. As Hilton deals with difficult subject matter, she does it with finesse and discretion. Bethany is just trying to be the Bishop's good daughter, yet is afraid of the consequences of obedience. If she wants to survive, she feels the only way out is to flee the circumstances. Silas is on the move, having left his destructive family background to search for a safe harbor to begin life anew. Bethany desperately just wants Silas to take her with him as he moves on. They are two flawed and wounded people but will running away solve things? Can this truly be the only way to right the wrongs of the past? The author expertly weaves romance with mystery, action-packed scenes to show the kinship and curative influence of a small community and the importance of forgiveness and faith in difficult situations--the knowing that God sometimes works in the shadows. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.