Awakened Love

Awakened Love

by Laura V. Hilton


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Twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler loves to bake. When she’s hired at a local bed-and-breakfast to do just that, she’s excited, especially because the owner promises the shy young woman that she won’t have to leave the kitchen. But when her boss’s husband requires round-the-clock care, Katie is forced to wait on customers, too. Before long, a “customer” reveals himself to be a private investigator—and exposes a family secret that shakes her to the core.Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has fled the drama of Shipshewana, Indiana, for Seymour, Missouri, where he’s staying with his cousin. His plan is to hide from a girl he no longer cares about—and more. Uncomfortable sharing his past and afraid of the consequences, he buries his troubles deep inside. When he meets Katie Detweiler, he is immediately attracted, but his pursuit of her is complicated by a past mistake he can’t undo.
As Katie wrestles with questions of identity, she also struggles to navigate her blossoming romance with Abram, in the face of opposition from a jealous friend. As their relationship becomes more serious, Abram realizes that he must come clean about his past—even if doing so will require him to keep his distance from Katie, for her own protection. It soon becomes clear that only the hand of God can bind them together for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603745086
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 08/14/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.25(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 include Firestorm 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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Awakened Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
arkieclown 7 months ago
AWAKENED LOVE by Laura V. Hilton is the third book in the Amish Of Webster County series. It’s the wonderful story of Katie Detweiler, who lives in Seymour, MO, and Abram Hilty, who arrives from Shipshewana, IN running from his past. Katie Detweiler has very low self-esteem which is constantly being reinforced with snide remarks and comments by her so called friend Patsy Swartz, who is a bully. While working in the kitchen at the local B&B, she meets the Englischer Tyler, a private investigator. Katie’s world changes in an instant when he tells her that she was adopted & that she has many siblings including a sister who needed a bone marrow transplant in hopes of surviving her illness. Abram Hilty arrives in Seymour to stay at his cousins while both trying to figure out where he’s life is headed concerning the girl he left behind and running from a murderer. He thought he was in love, but realizes that the feelings he had before were more lust than love. It also seems that Abram along with his brother & some friends had come upon something dangerous in the woods. It left one shot dead & the rest running scared. After others that had ran seemed to come up dead, Abram & his bother split up, left town not telling anyone where they were. Fear kept him quiet & looking over his shoulder even after arriving in Seymour. Abram knew the moment he laid eyes on Katie that she was THE one for him. He told her from their first meeting that she would become his frau. As their relationship is developing, he’s confronted with the news that Marianna, his old girlfriend, is pregnant. He knows has to return to Shipshewana and man up. As Katie’s daed had once told him “First step in becoming a man, owning up to your mistakes.” Could he confront his past and make his way back to Katie or will it snare him and not let him live the life he is dreaming of with her or will he live at all? Could Katie dream that she could actually not be cursed and fall in love and have a future with Abram? Can she come to terms with being adopted and meet her siblings that may look like her and her dear brother who had died a few years earlier in a freak accident? Can she find the courage to help her dying sister? Will she ever be able to hold her head up in the community? All she knows is that her love of Abram will never die. AWAKENED LOVE is an amazing love story. The brilliant way the author tells this wonderful story backing up the main questions with Bible verses in such a seamless way makes them such a great aha moment. Her writing is so realistic that the emotions the characters feel you feel as well - from Katie’s goosebumps to Abram’s fear. Love the way the author gives us life lessons in her books that you so subtle you don’t realize them while mesmerized in reading the story, but afterwards when thinking about what a great story it was they become evident to you. Both Katie and Abram learn that to find the answer, one needs only turn to God. He word has the answers. He word has the plan. It’s his love for us that will carry us through life. Ephesians 2:4 Highly recommend AWAKENED LOVE to anyone that loves a fantastically well written romance, the Amish genre, or a story that will have you feeling your emotions and leave you with a smile on your face. It can definitely be read as a standalone book, but you will want to check out the rest of the book by Laura V. Hilton because she is that good.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Like a good recipe, Author Laura Hilton mixes in just the right amount of forgiveness, romance and adventure to make her books hard to put down. Plus, her characters are very relatable. Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has left Shipshewana, Indiana to visit his aunt and uncle in Seymour, Missouri. When he lays eyes on twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler, he decides he is going to marry her. Katie has never been courted and thinks Abram’s attention may be due to a challenge from his cousin Micah. Will he be able to convince Katie that he is sincere? Will Katie’s heart get broken? Will the truth come out about the real reason Abram has left Shipshewana? Aptly titled Awakened Love, this story is about finding love and holding on to hope when times get tough. Laura Hilton’s books always make great gifts.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Awakened Love is Action Packed with Romance and Suspense Awakened Love, book 3 in The Amish of Webster County, by Laura V. Hilton is over the top in Amish genre books. Awakened Love is filled with hidden secrets, despair, suspense, romance, faith and characters crying out to God to see them through life’s struggles. Katie Detweiler is enjoying her job at a bed and breakfast baking in the kitchen. But then she was needed to work in the dining area with the owner being away due to her husband’s cancer. Katie was so shy she struggled until a stranger, who had been frequently the small coffee diner at the BnB, seemed to be stalking her? How will Katie react when she learns a secret about her and her brother, Noah, who had died a few years before? Abram Hilty went to Seymour, M0 to get away from a girl who was pressuring him to marry him from their community in Shipshewana, IN. Abram was staying with his Uncle John’s family with his cousin, Micah, being about the same age. Micah informed Abram about wanting to court Katie, but that she was so shy and would hardly speak. Abram agreed to put in a good word about Micah to Katie, however, once Abram saw Katie he felt so drawn to her, he wasn’t sure he could fulfill his promise to Micah. Micah and Abram decided Micah would take Natalie home while Abram could take Katie to sing Micah’s praises. Will events did not turn out as they planned. Then you add in a jealous Patsy Swartz who fell all over Abram and didn’t care about hurting Katie with remarks that were not true regarding Abram. Will Katie and Abram have an opportunity to get to know one another when Patsy is telling others she is marrying Abram? Awakened Love is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns, including Abram being a witness to something happening in the woods, with one of his friends being shot at that time back in Shipshewana. Then two more friends were shot and killed, thus Abram and his twin brother, Abner, had left their community for their own safety. Once the issue was in the open in Seymour, Abram had been advised to speak with Hiram (Troy) Troyer. since he used to be an officer before returning to the Amish community. Will Abram be able to remain in Seymour knowing he could lose his life like his friends had who witnessed the event in the woods? How will Hiram assist Abram? The plots only continued to deepen and kept me turning the page until I completed this magnificent realistic read. The characters are well developed with true to life issues that kept me right in the moment with them along with my emotions. Laura Hilton is one gifted author with her book outshining the previous one. Laura writes complicated plots, true to life characters with real life issues that are interwoven with their faith in God and the love of God to see them through their struggles, heartbreaks, and always providing forgiveness. She also includes scriptures that her characters claim for their own, especially during the most serious and difficult struggles they face. I look forward to reading many more great stories by Laura V. Hilton. Readers will not be disappointed reading her books as they are not your usual Amish genre romance books. Hilton’s books are action packed with words that increase the awesome story.
BookWormDN More than 1 year ago
I just finished Awakened Love by Laura V Hilton, Wow! I couldn't put this book down, didn't want to finish it either, no spoiler alert here, but however the story kept me glued to the book and on the edge of me seat! Order Your Copy Today-This is a Must Read
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Katie Detweiler is cursed. Cursed to wind up alone and a maidel while everyone else around her falls in love and gets married. At first, she didn't believe it, but the more her friend Patsy reminded her, the more she began to believe that the lot in life that was falling over her was due to being cursed. Losing her brother Noah in a freak accident has left her growing up alone and has caused her mother to remain in depressed state, leaving her and her father behind to stay with family away from the place that brings only loneliness and sadness. Katie has always wanted to take part in the courtship of the Amish like all her friends, but soon realizes that dream will never come true. Patsy has asked her to stand up as part of her wedding part when she learns that Micah's cousin is in town. To Patsy that means all bets are off and she will stop at nothing to ensure that her and Abram Hilty are married this year. Too bad Abram isn't aware of that plan. Leaving his family to avoid his own past, Abram can't help but notice Katie. She's not like all the other girls he has met, that throw themselves at him, but instead seems to not be attracted to his good looks at all. Now if he can only convince her that he is interested. When Katie notices Abram's persistent ways to be around her, she believes that he isn't really interested in her, but probably wants to date Patsy. However, Abram manages to persuade Katie that it is her that he wants to date and no one else. But because Katie has grown up believing she is cursed, she believes it's just a prank being played on her by the Amish boys. It will take a lot of convincing on Abram's part and if Patsy has it her way, it will never happen. Things are going to definitely get interesting to say the very least. I received Awakened Love by Laura V. Hilton compliments of Whitaker House Publishers and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. This is the third book in The Amish of Webster County and it's a mix of Amish Romance, coupled with a twist of suspense as both Abram's and Katie's past come back to disrupt their lives in ways neither one could ever manage. I literally inhaled this one in a couple of hours. This is a first novel with Laura V. Hilton but it definitely won't be my last. I will be going back to read the first two in this series! Her writing style is very easy going and keeps you hooked from the very beginning all the way to the end. I didn't want it to end. With that being said, it's easy to give Awakened Love a true 5 out of 5 stars.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Once again, I was drawn into this latest Amish of Webster County book. I found myself in the same situation as before...hardly able to set the book down because I was so intent on finding out what was going to happen next! This story follows Katie Detweiler. She is a shy girl, without very much confidence. She doesn't truly realize how accomplished or pretty she is. This is party because of the influence of a jealous girl in the community who continually belittles Katie. When the new man in town, Abram Hilty, begins to fall for Katie, she is unsure about whether she can really trust him or the feelings that he stirs within her. Abram has problems of his own. There are things in his past that he is running from. I was just so very curious throughout the book about what he was running from. It was clear that he was a good man, with good intentions. But there was this heaviness hanging over him whenever he thought about his home community that he had fled from. I won't say more about the plot, as I don't want to spoil anyone's read by divulging the twists and turns of the story. I really enjoyed returning to the community and also getting to see how the two couples from the first two books are doing.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A MUST read, the whole series is great! Katie Detweiler is very bashful and is verbally bullied by Patsy Swartz. She manages the the bakery/deli at a local bed and breakfast and is beginning to think she'll never marry and have a family. When Abram Hilty comes to stay with his relatives in Seymour, Missouri he sees Katie and is immediately attracted to her, but so is his cousin Micah. Abram tries everything to convince Katie that she will someday be his frau. She doesn't believe him since he has a girlfriend back home in Shipshewana, Indiana and Patsy keeps telling her that she's courting him and they are going to get married. Katie feels like he is wanting to court her because of a dare and everyone in the community is laughing at her. Abram is keeping something secret and when Katie discovers a secret about herself her world is turned upside down. Abram is very supportive until he is ordered back to Shipshewana by the Bishops there. I didn't think this book could be any better than "Surrendered Love" but I was wrong. Abram so reminded my of my husband when we first met, he was determined that we would be married after only knowing each other for a couple of weeks but I kept telling him no. Well we were married five months after meeting and have now been married 42 1/2 years, so he did win. We didn't have the complications that Katie and Abram had though, so that is where the story differs to begin with. Laura may have outdone herself with this series, I loved, loved, loved it! This is one of those series that I feel you must start with the first book as the main characters, the girls, are best friends so each book is a continuance of the previous one, sort of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Awakened Love by Laura V. Hilton, and she did another wonderful job. I tried only reading a chapter or two at a time so I could make it last. However, today I just could not make myself stop. She had me so deep in the story cheering for the couple and crying with Katie that I had to know how it ended. Some of the books I have read lately get to be a chore, but this one was not. I enjoyed it from reading the preview lines to the last word. I hope we can visit Webster county again with Laura.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What an amazing read. Just when you think you know mainly what the book it about, something else is thrown into the mix. Ok...then there is more, and then more. Not just a regular Amish romance story, although there is one, along with the bad, nasty, girl involved. Katie Detweiler is a shy, sweet Amish woman, she works at a B & B, as the cook. Katie's life is about to make a big change, she has been raised Amish by two wonderful parents, who love her. She did loose her beloved brother Noah in a tragic accident. Now life is about to change forever. Entering into this Missouri community is Abram Hilty, he is her visiting his Aunt and Uncle. He has a secret he is running from, but there is a much larger secret too. Will these two souls be able to forge a relationship together? Will Katie's future end up pulling her from her Amish Community? Will Abram be able to work out his problems? Or will he end up like his cousin? There are some really scary things that happen, and some really big surprises. This book does not disappoint nor does it loose your attention, and becomes a real page turner. I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.