Firestorm

Firestorm

by Laura V. Hilton

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When Bridget Behr and her family migrate from a bustling Amish community in Ohio to the remote and isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they’re met with an ugly surprise: the house they had bought sight unseen is an uninhabitable wreck. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to live in tents until the house and barn are rebuilt. Bridget can’t shake the guilt that it was her fault her family moved—and is too afraid to trust anyone, especially the flirtatious, overly-friendly Amish man who lives next door.

Gabriel Lapp has made Michigan his home out of necessity, but can’t wait to move back to Florida with its sunshine and warmer temperatures. But when Bridget’s family seeks refuge with Gabe during a fierce thunderstorm, he feels a tug of responsibility for them—especially the girl with the dark green eyes.

Just as Bridget is finally settling into friendship, a new life, and maybe even love, a devastating forest fire ravages the county, destroying both land and the Behrs' dreams. Now Bridget and her family must decide: will they leave behind the ashes and start anew in another Amish community? Or will they dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County?
 

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ISBN-13: 9781641230315
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Series: Amish of Mackinac County Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 466,060
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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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 House 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.
 

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Firestorm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
arkieclown 8 months ago
FIRE STORM by Laura V. Hilton is the first book in the The Amish of Mackinac County series. It’s the story of the Behr family’s move from Ohio to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the kindling romance between Bridget Behr (Green Eyes) and Gabriel Lapp (Gabe). Bridget’s family left Ohio to get away from a stalker who was brazen enough to even invade their home during the night. Hosea felt that since it was a church leader’s relative and won’t handle the situation properly, that moving was his only option to keep his family safe. However, buying land with a home sight unseen proved to be a very bad decision since the house was inhabitable. Gabe was shipped off, with no explanation, to Michigan by his Dad after he had gotten mixed up the wrong sort of people. Even though he was able to get out of sticky situations, his reputation was tarnished and his thinking was still off kilter. In his new home, he found himself all alone feeling like no one cared and started doubting his faith. Gabe is hardworking and has no problem finding work and even becomes a volunteer fireman. Gabriel wants fun and adventures. He sure wasn’t looking for a permanent relationship or a steady girl. But he’s immediately smitten with Green Eyes when her family shows up where he is staying late on the night of their arrival needing a place to stay. Bridget is determined not to date unfoundedly feeling that something she did had brought on the unwanted advances that caused their move from Ohio, but she can’t help but notice this man in the green pajama pants that welcomed them to stay the night. Gabe is instrumental in finding the Behr family shelter, notifying the Bishop of their arrival so that a barn raising can come about and then helps with construction of their new home. This makes him around Bridget more and more which makes them both happy and miserable at the same time. The relationship between Gabe and Bridget, but also between Gabe and Hosea and between Gabe and his Dad are heartwarming and will keep you turning the pages to see IF or HOW it’s going to work out. You can see Gabe maturing through the pages of the book – both in mind and faith. Will Gabe’s thrill for adventure mean fun for everyone or will it get them into trouble or injured? Can Gabe chance Hosea’s opinion of him? After disaster strikes, will it mean Bridget leaving Michigan or will she stay? Laura V. Hilton telling a faith bases story while at the same time showing that the Amish, like all people, are human. We are all less than perfect, struggle to make ends meet, find changes in life or starting over difficult, show compassion for our fellow man, and sometimes struggle to find faith in the face of adversity. Like Gabe, if we pray and keep our eyes upwards, through God all things are possible. You will love FIRE STORM if you enjoy reading a great Amish story, swoon at a wonderful romance, and thrill to an exciting adventure that keeps you turning pages. Highly recommend FIRE STORM and I know that you will be grabbing the rest of the books in this series after you finish reading this one. Although part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone book.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Laura! Yet another good start to a series by Laura. You will find this book hard to put down as there always seems to be some kind of small conflict, be it large or small, between two people or within their own minds, kind of like some people go through on a daily basis, just another day in the life of . . . An enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to "The Amish Candymaker" as the series continues.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Laura V. Hilton doesn’t write about Amish utopias. Her characters are flawed, and they struggle with living rightly just like we do. They make mistakes. They sin. They say things they shouldn’t. They react in anger. They get caught up in passion. They also like to joke, grin, laugh, eat, and KISS. In Firestorm, we are treated to more delightfully relatable characters, and despite the frigid Michigan winter the temps are heating up from some mighty fine kisses too. Gabe Lapp is a flirt, plain and simple, with mischievous twinkling eyes that wink audaciously at Bridget to rile her up. He’s not a ‘typical’ Amish hero – as evidenced by the fact that when we (and Bridget’s family) first meet him he’s in psychedelic lime green pajama pants. Bless him, he can’t quite seem to do anything right – at least that’s how he perceives himself. Yet, tucked behind a somewhat misguided-at-times facade beats a true heart that longs to be loved for who he is, mistakes and all. Bridget is a young woman who has survived one harrowing situation already before we meet her. Now she and her family are thrust into a new life, one her father may not have prepared for as well as he thought he had. Stuck in an RV that sleeps 6 if you pile on each other … with a family of 7 … in the middle of an Upper Peninsula winter with no home yet to speak of. I would not have handled the same situation with nearly as much grace as Bridget does. When you also factor in her uncertainty of the solidity of Gabe’s so-called feelings for her, she has a lot of conflicting emotions to juggle as the story progresses. Hilton weaves this in naturally, and Bridget’s thought processes are easy to identify with. The other characters in Firestorm are just as intriguing, and I’m really excited to see where Hilton will take some of them in future books. I loved the bishop! He seems like a great guy with much wisdom – even if some of it made me laugh out loud. Suffice it to say I will never look at a grapefruit quite the same way again. Bottom Line: Firestorm kicks off a brand new series – in a brand new setting – for Laura Hilton, and her signature style is spot on, once again! Sizzling romantic chemistry and some pretty intense kisses, too. Her characters are engaging and honest, with humor and heart and faith all combined to give them dimension and relatability. I really like this author’s writing style and I’m looking forward to more in this series! (I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I bought for my own collection.)
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
What a story! Fleeing a stalker to a home bought sight unseen only to find out it is in terrible repair, called haunted and used for the Halloween fright night! Unlivable with no one to turn to they find they can turn to their Amish community. The story begins with hardship and just seems to stay in that mode for most of the story! The old saying.. if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.. wow through faith and their Amish community these folks persevere and come out on the other side of the Firestorm! I receive complimentary books from CelebrateLit, publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own and voluntary.
PinkGranny More than 1 year ago
...my thoughts... Laura Hilton hooked me into this story immediately. From the moment the Behr family arrived at their new home to meeting Gabe Lapp I knew I was in for an entertaining ride. I am tempted to tell all but no spoilers here. However, I will share that as this summer is heating up, this is one book Amish Fiction fans do not want to miss. The characters are complex and the novel has a few side stories that keeps the reader's interest. Bridget, who has been burned before is not going to let the handsome Gabriel Lapp into her life. She does not date. Period. Gabe, who is freezing in Michigan after growing up in Florida is the guy you hope to introduce to your younger sister. He is nice, funny and will help you in any way he can. He is popular with the young ladies but nobody sparks his interest until he meets "Green eyes" aka Bridget, who does not date. Hosea Behr's strict no nonsense approach is such a sharp contrast to Gabe that one can feel their tension nearly leap from the page. It is interesting to see how these two men try to work together in the face of consequences that both face for their actions. I enjoyed this book for the story but also because the characters are well written and believable. The struggles they face are not what you expect in an Amish story. Life can be a struggle and what you do with what you are handed is what makes or breaks a spirit. Laura Hilton manages to keep all together with a surprising solution for all.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
As always Laura V. Hilton does not disappoint. Her characters are well rounded and learn a wonderful lesson. This would be hard to move to a new area and not know anybody. Both main characters have to do this. Gabe is young and is a great character. Bridget has her family but they know no one else in this new area and even her parents learn some lessons. I look forward to her next story. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Talk about bad luck, if you believe in that sort of thing, (which I don’t) but this family, the Behr’s really did not have a lot going for them; except that had each other. Leaving their home state to keep his daughter safe from a stalker, Hosea Behr buys a house sight unseen in Michigan. I tell you, I was getting worried about this family and how things would work out when finally they come to their new home, a home that has caution tape all around it and was just used as a haunted house for Halloween. Enter their temporary neighbor Gabriel Lapp who has a bit of reputation of being a bad boy. He wasn’t necessarily “bad” he just sometimes did not think through all of his schemes. One thing for sure, he certainly had a bright outlook on life. He was a bit rebellious but he did have a big heart. He was a Florida boy who longed for the southern sun, unfortunately he had father issues. As soon as the Behr’s arrive, especially Bridget, Gabriel’s life gets more interesting and a lot more complicated. This was a story of a family trying to get back on their feet after some devastating circumstances and learning that pride can certainly make you fall all over again. I learned a bit about Michigan and more about the Amish culture that I had previously been unaware of. I am not the biggest fan of Amish fiction, but in author Hilton’s capable hands Amish fiction becomes most interesting and quite an adventure. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Fire Storm is book one in The Amish of Mackinac County by Laura V. Hilton. Laura has written a wonderful story that is packed full of emotions. Characters and a story line that you will surly love. Love, faith, devotion, determination, stubbornness and so much more.
Jf625 More than 1 year ago
A firestorm was brewing between Bridget and Gabriel. No matter how hard they fought their attraction to each other- it was GOD's plan for them to be together. Or was it? Everytime Gabriel and Bridget ventured out, a catastrophe occurred. Shouldn't this be a warning? Has anything ever happened to you where you realized how truly blessed you are? We need to start each day thanking GOD for all his blessings. GOD has blessed us with his presence. He is with us every step of the way. Romantic, suspense, and intense describes this book. I received this free to review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
What I really like about Laura Hilton's books is that the characters are very real. Their thoughts, motivations, and words are very relatable. Bridget and Gabe connected immediately when they first met, but Gabe had to overcome a bad reputation that preceded him. As the story progresses, Gabe especially took steps to grow as a man, and in his relationship with God. The book demonstrates through several characters that we all have faults, but by being open to correction and admitting our shortcomings, we can become better people. The story got better and better as I read through it. Although fans of Amish fiction will enjoy it, I believe it is a story that most readers of Christian fiction will appreciate. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
Firestorm Bridget’s dad brought a house that was in foreclosure but did not know how bad it was. After traveling there they find it is unlivable. The first night there they stay at a neighbors house that is gone but find it is not empty. Gabe is staying there just for a days. Gabe is attracted to Bridget. Love the nickname he gives her of ‘green eyes”. I felt bad for the family moving there and not really having a home. Gabe helps out some but doesn’t hit it off with Bridget dad. Gabe was trying to find his way in life but had a hard time having things go his way. I really loved Gabe and he quickly became my favorite character. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible Amish romance! From the very beginning I was captivated by Bridget. She is an extremely well developed character with many facets. The fears and conflicted emotions that she has were easy to understand with the background information that is given about her life before moving to the Upper Peninsula. The development of the rest of the main characters was just as thorough. I feel like I got to know them and the motivations for their actions too. There were so many heavy burdens that were being dealt with it seemed as if it were real life. This book is not a light escape as some are. I loved the fact that there were strong believers. They were doing all that they could to help Bridget, Gabe and the others who were struggling, to draw closer to God and trust Him more. The journeys that Gabe and Hosea, Bridget’s daed, had to take were very realistic. They were both very understandable for men going on to be strong spiritual leaders. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Firestorm Laura V. Hilton A humorous, yet insightful Amish adventure Bridget’s daed had made a big mistake. In an attempt to get his daughters away from a creepy stalker, he purchased land and a house in Northern Michigan. Sight unseen. So the family ended up having to live in tents. In Michigan. In November! What a book! I was laughing and then pondering and then swooning and then laughing again. And I kept marking lines to create quote images; far too many to use without being sued for plagiarism. Seriously, Gabe and Bridget were such a fun couple to read about. Also fun were the subtle plays on Bridget’s family name, Behr. I was drawn in by Gabe’s flirtatious, cocky, arrogant and yet insecure ways. His behavior, a cry for acceptance and attention from his dad, was so painful and yet touching. I really loved the way that he still had a heart searching for a relationship with God; that he was willing to really talk to the bishop and the way that things ended up working out between Gabe and his daed. Bridget’s dad’s temper was quite amazing, but not necessarily in a good way. He kept saying things he regretted later but had so much pride it was hard for him to apologize. I enjoyed seeing how God worked in his heart, especially when he was so angry with Noah. Again. And again. It is interesting to realize how the Amish have such an appearance of holiness and a close relationship with God, but they often know so little about Him or even the Bible. The very fact that Bridget feared that she would get into trouble for even wanting to read the Bible was shocking. It made me smile to find out where the quote I saved from Plain Everyday Heroes came from about calling the black lab Butterscotch. Yes, I read the books in the wrong order but it just may have made that even more fun doing it this way. I’m glad that Noah got his own story there. I might have to re-read it now despite having just read it. . . One of the things that I enjoy about Laura V. Hilton’s Amish stories is the life that is in them. Maybe it is the other Amish stories I have read but it seems like most are very serious with the characters being very staid and proper. This author’s characters are playful, they have fits, they tease and have thoughts sometimes bordering on “improper” (yet totally clean) about those of the opposite gender. Like real people. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
ceciliadlynn More than 1 year ago
In Firestorm, the newest series from author Laura V. Hilton, we find ourselves in a small Amish town in the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Behr family, along with daughter, Bridget, have uprooted themselves in Ohio and relocated sight unseen to their new home in Michigan. What they didn’t expect to find was the communities “haunted house” was their new home. Unable to live in the rundown residence, her father and oldest brother, must decide how to rebuild a home for their family. Gabriel Lapp is a new resident of Michigan himself, but is counting the days until his father lets him return to sunny Florida. When Gabe is disturbed in the middle of the night, he doesn’t expect to find the Behr family seeking refuge from a thunderstorm. He immediately notices the girl with the dark green eyes, and knows that he has to help her and her family. With the assistance of Gabe, the family is able to get tents and an RV to live in until they decide what to do about their home situation. Just as Bridget has caught Gabe’s eye, he has caught hers, but she can’t get over the past and let her heart learn to trust the overly flirtatious man next door. Just as life starts to look up for the Gabe and the Behr family, a tragic forest fire swipes the county! Lives, homes and dreams are lost. A great story about faith and trust! It was interesting to read about Amish in an unknown settlement area. As always, Hilton does a wonderful job bringing her characters to life. I was easily swept away in Gabe and Bridget’s story and couldn’t put the book down! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish or Inspiration fiction. I received a copy of from the author and Whitaker House in return for my honest review.
KGervais More than 1 year ago
Fire Storm by Laura V. Hilton An Excellent Book This is by far the best book I have read by Laura V. Hilton. I was so touched and moved by the characters I just couldn’t put the book down. I loved reading about the Behr family moving from Ohio to Michigan and how they manage to work through their struggles with a home that was inhabitable. With the help of a young Amish neighbor, Gabriel Lapp, everyone tried and failed but tried again to get along and rebuilt a barn and house. It was a very interesting book that I highly recommend anyone who likes Amish fiction to read it. The author did an excellent job with her research of the Amish in Mackinac County, Michigan. I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in return for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton is a captivating story about an Amish community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is indeed a love story but it is so much more. There is tension in the relationship between Gabe and Bridget (or Green Eyes as Gabe affectionately calls her) throughout the book. One wonders if they will be able to overcome the difficulties that come at them. And as Gabe muses, 'manhood often grows in the soil of hardship.' Readers will cheer for, cry with and be drawn into the lives of this Amish community of colorful and riveting characters. The story flows well with action and emotion and has a few "oh, no!" moments where one wonders how will this turn out? Humorous scenes and dialogues, polar bear plunges into the freezing winter waters of Lake Michigan, and so much more keep the pages turning in this entertaining and inspirational book. It is a story not only of finding a home and romance in a new community but of realizing the faithfulness of God in times of trouble. I'm looking forward to more in this series of The Amish of Mackinac County. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Firestorm by Laura Hilton is the first novel in The Amish of Mackinac County series. Bridget Behr and her family arrive in Mackinac County, Michigan from Ohio on a frigid, stormy November night. Her father has bought a house sight unseen and they are shocked at the ramshackle building they see when they arrive. They are unable to stay in the home that night, so the driver drops them at the Amish neighbors. They are unprepared for Gabe Lapp in his brightly colored pajamas. Gabe is immediately taken with Bridget and her beautiful, bright green eyes. Bridget, though, is unprepared to date after a terrifying experience in Ohio even if the individual is charming and handsome. Gabe works in construction and offers his assistance to Hosea Behr, Bridget’s father. The house was recently used for the Halloween haunted house and Gave recommends it be demolished. The Behr’s will also need to build a barn. Gabe is not enjoying the icy Michigan weather and cannot wait until he returns home to Pinecraft, Florida. While Gabe is a hardworking and helpful man, he tends to get into trouble with his youthful exuberance (and when he is bored). But troubling times are ahead, and it could be just what is needed to help Gabe grow up and become the man God knows he can be. Bridget is attracted to Gabe, but can she overcome her reservations and her father’s objections (it seems someone told him about Gabe’s misadventures). The road to future is a bumpy one, but it is a fulfilling one. Join Gabe and Bridget on their journey in Firestorm. I thought Firestorm was well-written and had a nice lively pace. I was drawn in right away with the sentence regarding Gabe’s colorful pajamas. Gabe is a delightful main character. He has a quirky personality with his openness to try new and different things. His character provides light-heartedness to the story (his antics had me snickering). Gabe has many good qualities and I liked seeing him mature. Bishop Miah Brunstetter was kindly man who guides his flock with a steady, calm spirit. There is plenty going on in Firestorm with the nightmare house, construction, miscommunication, Gabe’s various antics, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and so much more. Christian elements are present throughout the story. Prayer and steadfast faith are important to lead a Christian life. The one thing we tend to forget is that we are not in control and things will happen in God’s timing (not when we want it to happen). Laura Hilton’s descriptions of the area helped me to visualize it especially the cold temperatures (which makes me glad I am in Florida). While snow can be beautiful, the cold temperatures can be deadly. Life is never easy as we see in Firestorm, but all things happen for a purpose. I look forward to the next installment in The Amish of Mackinac County series.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Firestorm ( The Amish of Mackinac County) By; Laura V. Hilton Firestorm is a captivating story. It is an emotional and heartwarming story that had me in tears several times. This is Hilton at her best yet. Characters are so real like that I felt like I was right there with them. I could not put the book down. The author did not disappoint. I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I never liked moving when I was young. It was nice to stay in one place and feel secure. I can't imagine how Bridget must have felt when her family moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It seemed almost deserted and oh my it was freezing cold there. The author does a great job of describing the terrain and the snow that fell constantly. It was going to be a new start for the family, but who buys a house unseen? To say that the house her father bought was scary is an understatement. I could picture the house falling down at any minute. It sure isn't a welcome start for the family. Gabe is a very good character. He tries so hard to help Bridget and her family, but her father doesn't seem to like him or trust him. I loved the part where a tradition was fulfilled in the area. All I can say is brrrr. Unfortunately for Gabe, he makes a huge mistake with Bridget that causes friction between Gabe and her father. The relationship between Gabe and Bridget's father Hosea is very entertaining. It is so hard to convince someone you are a good person, when rumors have been spread about you that are untrue. One of the subjects in the book is about pride. It can turn a person into one who is bitter. They become suspicious of others and can ruin relationships. I loved how the author handled the subject and showed us how people deal with it. It is so hard to say you are sorry sometimes, but walking around with a prideful spirit pushes people away. The relationship between Gabe and Bridget is complex and I loved reading how they each struggled with their feelings for each other. The author talks about acceptance. I have always wanted the approval and acceptance from my parents. I never received it but this passage in the story really helps. "You need Him more than you need anyone else. Gott spreads around forgiveness and grace like you used to spread jelly on toast." We are free to spread as much jelly as we want on our toast, just like God covers us with His grace and forgiveness for as long as we need it. I really enjoyed the story and reading about Bridget's family as they try to overcome loss. It is a powerful book that reminds us to forgive quickly, be quick to lend a hand, and not to judge others. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion."
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I never liked moving when I was young. It was nice to stay in one place and feel secure. I can't imagine how Bridget must have felt when her family moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It seemed almost deserted and oh my it was freezing cold there. The author does a great job of describing the terrain and the snow that fell constantly. It was going to be a new start for the family, but who buys a house unseen? To say that the house her father bought was scary is an understatement. I could picture the house falling down at any minute. It sure isn't a welcome start for the family. Gabe is a very good character. He tries so hard to help Bridget and her family, but her father doesn't seem to like him or trust him. I loved the part where a tradition was fulfilled in the area. All I can say is brrrr. Unfortunately for Gabe, he makes a huge mistake with Bridget that causes friction between Gabe and her father. The relationship between Gabe and Bridget's father Hosea is very entertaining. It is so hard to convince someone you are a good person, when rumors have been spread about you that are untrue. One of the subjects in the book is about pride. It can turn a person into one who is bitter. They become suspicious of others and can ruin relationships. I loved how the author handled the subject and showed us how people deal with it. It is so hard to say you are sorry sometimes, but walking around with a prideful spirit pushes people away. The relationship between Gabe and Bridget is complex and I loved reading how they each struggled with their feelings for each other. The author talks about acceptance. I have always wanted the approval and acceptance from my parents. I never received it but this passage in the story really helps. "You need Him more than you need anyone else. Gott spreads around forgiveness and grace like you used to spread jelly on toast." We are free to spread as much jelly as we want on our toast, just like God covers us with His grace and forgiveness for as long as we need it. I really enjoyed the story and reading about Bridget's family as they try to overcome loss. It is a powerful book that reminds us to forgive quickly, be quick to lend a hand, and not to judge others. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion."
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Hooray! Laura Hilton has a new series--The Amish of Mackinac County. Firestorm follows the Behr family who have moved from Ohio to Michigan to property they had not previously seen. Imagine their surprise when they arrive to find their new house in totally inhabitable condition. In fact, it was used as the town's Halloween haunted house! They meet Gabe Lapp, who is a transplant to the area from Florida. As he sees it, he is in exile for his less than stellar behavior. Gabe tries to help the Behrs as they plan to build a new house and is immediately attracted to Bridget, the oldest daughter of the family. The attraction is mutual, but will anything come of it? Just as things seem to come together--the Behrs' new house is finished, Gabe and Bridget declare their feelings, Gabe makes peace with his father--a raging forest fire spreads throughout the area threatening to destroy everything and everyone in its path. The Behrs must decide whether to return to Ohio or to rebuild once again in Mackinac County. Will Bridget and Gabe find a stronger faith and build a lasting relationship or will they let the fire pull them apart and destroy their hopes and dreams? What a wonderful message for all of us! We can choose to let adversity overcome us or we can use it to strengthen our faith and our character. Thank you, Laura Hilton, for a well-written, engaging story with enjoyable characters and an unforgettable message. I'm eagerly awaiting Book Two in the series! Susan Simpson
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
I believe Firestorm is one of the best books Author Laura V Hilton has written. One characteristic that the Author portrayed in this novel are Amish are the same as us - humans. Good and bad things happen to all of us, but God is still in control. I so enjoyed reading Firestorm and by saying this, I believe this is a must read book. Firestorm is Book One of The Amish of Mackinac County by Author Laura V Hilton. Magnificent Book!! I received a copy from the author, but was not required to review it. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton was another captivating and emotional read. I always look forward to reading Hilton’s latest book and this one didn’t disappoint. Firestorm is the first one in the series set in Mackinac County, Michigan. This action packed story is filled with strong characters, vivid descriptive scenes, thoughts and dialogue that kept this reader from putting it down. Readers will appreciate the depth, wisdom and God’s unfailing love and greatness even during devastating times that Laura V. Hilton interlaced into her latest Amish fiction along with Amish proverbs and Biblical Scriptures. Bridget Behr and her family move to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan did not start out like they had anticipated. Gabriel (Gabe) Lapp was not the usual Amish young man but had a desire to do better and was trying his best to help the Behr family. The hero and heroine in this amazing story will provide laughs along with tears with their adventures, which were not the usual ones for Amish youth at times. The realism of their young lives the family and community struggles, along with Gabe’s skills as a carpenter, Bishop Nehemiah’s wisdom and Gabe’s dad arriving in the community brought a new perspective to why Gabe had been sent to Michigan to do construction work. When a fire devastated the community and susceptibility of lives being destroyed, I was right in the midst of the action and pain. The descriptive flow of words showed the realism of the situation with the loss of homes, belongings, lives, and natural surroundings. Will the Behr family, Gabe, Mr. Lapp and the community members be able to heal? This top notched Amish story has a beautiful message of finding an inner peace in the midst of tragic through God’s love, grace, mercy and letting go of anger from the past to start over with blessings of family members. I received an ARC complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher, Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts. I’ll abide my time till the next book from Laura V. Hilton is released. She’s a favorite author and never fails to create a story that is not your normal Amish fiction but is filled with depth, realistic action, perseverance of characters and a wonderful faith message.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
An exciting new series from gifted author Laura V. Hilton, one you don’t want to miss. I loved this Christian story of Amish life in Michigan, what a change from Ohio, and we experience it first hand through the eyes of the author and her main characters of Bridget Behr and Gabriel Lapp. A love story, but so much more is included here, a new beginning for a family fleeing a stalker, and wait until you see the house they have purchased sight unseen. Oh my! Then we experience this remote area, with unusual activities for the Amish, Polar Bear Plunge, really? Yes, we face a lot of adversary conditions, and yet, we see faith unbroken, and you might want to keep the tissue handy as you read this. This story is so action packed, and keeps you on your toes, you will never see what is coming next, and you don’t want to. I received this book through the Publisher Whitaker House, and was not required to give a positive review.