Healing Love (Amish Of Webster County V1)

Healing Love (Amish Of Webster County V1)

by Laura V. Hilton


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Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Among her biggest concerns is the well-being of her dog, Chinook, as she is no longer able to keep up with the high-energy Siberian husky. Adding insult to injury, Kristi fears she’ll never marry for love, for what man would willingly wed a woman who needs help with even the most basic of household tasks?
Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his wife and his unborn child. The coroner deemed aneurysm as the cause of death, but Shane still blames the Amish midwife—specifically, the herbal remedies she prescribed.
Shane meets Kristi when he discovers her wrecked buggy and takes her to the hospital. Soon, what started as common courtesy turns into a strong mutual attraction. Yet the obstacles that bar a relationship between them are many. Will they find a way to stay together? Or will their differences prove too divisive to resolve? 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603745062
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 09/03/2012
Pages: 288
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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Healing Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
arkieclown 9 months ago
HEALING LOVE by Laura V. Hilton is the first book in the Amish of Webster County series set in Seymour, MO. HEALING LOVE is the love story of Kristi Lapp, who is Amish, and Shane Zimmerman, an Englischer with Amish roots (his father left the Amish to marry his mother) - both in their 20’s. Krisiti has never married and is living at home with her parents while pursuing her career as a midwife. Shane is a young widower. Even though his wife died from a brain aneurysm, he has it in his mind that her death was from complications after her midwife gave her herbs to take making him have a high distrust for the profession. Although they were next door neighbors, it wasn’t until Shane drove up on Kristi’s buggy accident to render aid that they actually met. The accident left Kristi needing an operation to repair her badly broken leg with many months of rehabilitation ahead. Shane is immediately drawn to her and wants to help out as much as he can. Since he is a veterinarian, it made sense that he would help her take care of her very active Siberian husky named Chinook taking him on runs and seeing that he is feed and watered meaning they would have daily contact. From the very beginning, their intense attraction to each other was evident to both of them. It evidently was to others around them as well since Shane got severe warnings from both Ira Lapp and Timothy, Krisit’s Daed and uncle, reminding him that he was not Amish. Although they know that any form of relationship would be impossible, they can’t help their growing feelings that seem to on a fast track to mutual love. On one of their outings, Kristi gets to see and visit with Justus, her banned brother, Dori, his wife and their two kids. The old wounds of how he was banned for wishing to get an education to become a preacher (not chosen like the Amish) and not being able to see him for so many years, adds foreboding to her mind about where her relationship with Shane would take them. All she knew was that she would never be able to marry another while having Shane in her heart. She’s also determined to stay in contact with her brother’s family again regardless of his banning. After great prayer, Shane approaches the bishop asking to join the Amish church to open the way for them to marry and to avoid Kristi from being banned from the church. The bishop denied his request which in the end had her father disowning her and making her leave his home. With nowhere else to go, she called Shane who in turned called Justus. They agree that Kristi would go stay with Justus and Dori while they both prayed about God’s will for them both. Will Shane find a way to become Amish for the love of his life or will Kristi turn her back on her raising for the man she loves? This touching love story has a lot of ups and down keeping your enthralled along the way. Laura Hilton has a skillful way of writing a story that has you feeling all your emotions while you’re saying a prayer for a happily ever after ending. The ending was a surprise not only to Kristi and Shane but for me as well. I loved it! I highly recommend this book to another that loves Amish stories, clean romance stories or just a great all around well written good book. Since this is the first in the series, I will definitely be checking out more books in the Amish of Webster County series as well as other books by this author.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
The Amish of Webster County series begins with a poignant story about an Amish woman, Kristi Lapp, who is involved in a buggy accident. Her rescuer is handsome Shane Zimmerman, who also happens to be the local veterinarian and her neighbor. His kind acts include visiting her in the hospital, taking care of her Siberian Husky, Chinook and being an encourager in many ways. Shane is recovering from the hurts that have brought him to Seymour for a fresh start while Kristi is burdened with the belief that she will never marry for love. After all what Amish man would want a wife who is unable to do the basic things any Amish woman takes care of. Although their friendship is not forbidden, Kristi’s family is concerned that a relationship between Kristi and Shane will cause Kristi to leave her Amish faith as her brother did. Will Kristi and Shane learn to trust God to heal them physically, emotionally and spiritually? Will they find forgiveness? This is a story of difficult decisions, faith, love and courage. I am looking forward to reading Books Two and Three.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Astonishing and Moving Read from Laura V. Hilton The opening paragraph reeled me in and I didn’t want to stop reading Healing Love. Laura V. Hilton created another remarkable story and introduction to her series, The Amish of Webster County. The characters were well developed along with having true to life issues. Kristi Lapp, an Amish midwife, was injured in a buggy accident as she was on her way to deliver a baby. Shane Zimmerman, an English veterinarian, found Kristi and called 911 for an ambulance. Shane was attracted to Kristi and visited her in the hospital. Shane volunteered to care for her Siberian husky, Chinook, since Kristi suffered a fractured leg. The Lapp’s were Shane’s neighbors. Kristi’s parents were in Florida at the time of the accident, but returned home once they were notified of her accident. Kristi’s father made it very plain to Shane he was not to see Kristi any more, after he observed their interactions in her hospital room. Shane continued to care for Chinook even though he could not see Kristi. When Shane found out Kristi was a midwife, he struggled more with the memories of his deceased wife and infant son. Shane knew he should forget Kristi as their lives were not the same, even though Shane’s grandparents were Amish and he had visited them in his childhood. Their continued relationship would only result in someone being hurt. Real life problems surfaced that put Kristi and Shane together, like a neighbor rushing to Shane’s office for his veterinarian service, as Kristi’s horse, Samson, had been injured by a bullet. Shane’s sister, Sylvia, came to stay with him as her husband was being deployed. Sylvia is drawn to Kristi and wants a midwife for her delivery. How will their lives be affected if Kristi is seen at Shane’s home? Why would God allow their attraction continue to be drawn to one another if they could not be together? An extraordinary recommendation may be the answer, but what impact will it have on all these loved characters? I cannot wait to read, Surrendered Love, book two in this moving and astonishing series. Ms. Hilton’s books are not your normal Amish genre books. Healing Love is filled with true to life struggles, heartbreak, faith and romance along with action packed scenes. I received a complimentary copy of Healing Love from Whitaker House for my honest opinion, which I have shared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this 1st book in Laura Hilton's Amish love story about.love and it's unexpected twists and turns.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
What a surprising ending! I love it. Kristi Lapp, an Amish midwife, and Shane Zimmerman, an English veterinarian new to the area, meet when he notices her buggy turned over in a ditch. He stops to make sure no one is hurt and discovers Kristi. She's unconscious and he calls to have her transported to the hospital. Her parents are out of town so he stays with her daily until they return. When her parents return and her daed sees an attraction forming he demands that Shane stay away from Kristi. Shane tries to stay away from Kristi but it seems circumstances keep throwing them together. Kristi has a Siberian husky, Chinook, who needs exercise daily so Shane takes over doing that since Kristi can't walk and will need a lot of therapy. Even though they are each falling for the other, there are some things that are keeping them apart, she's Amish and he's English with Amish grandparents, neither one knows if they want to 'change' or if they want to ask the other to 'change'. Next is the fact that she's a midwife, he blames a midwife for the death of his wife and baby. Finally Kristi's daed is determined to marry her off to a good Amish man, even if he's already had three wives and has many children. I had been wanting this book for a long time, as well as the next two in the series. When I won the third book I mentioned that I was going to buy the first two and Laura was kind enough to send them to me, she really blessed me by doing so. I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading the last two, Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that like reading Amish books. Oh, did I mention the fact that I was VERY surprised at the ending, I think you will be too. Wonderful job Laura!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The first book in The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love, is captivating. Well written characters, strong romantic pull and the conflict of Amish and Englischer kept my attention to the very end. I found this book hard to put down and could not figure out which way the story was going to go. Would Kristi choose to leave her Amish family and be shunned? Or would Shane give up the life he was used to and turn Amish in order to be with Kristi? The author surprised me and kept me guessing till the end. I recommend this book to any fans of Amish fiction.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
In a freak Amish buggy accident Amish midwife Kristi Lapp was catapulted from her buggy down a steep embankment and into a ditch. Shortly after the accident Shane Zimmerman, the local non-Amish veterinarian, spotted the wrecked buggy but no sign of a horse or driver. Upon discovering Kristi unresponsive, with a seriously broken leg that was bleeding profusely, he summoned an ambulance and followed Kristi to the hospital. Her badly broken leg required surgery which left Kristi with a pronounced limp, causing her a number of difficulties in her daily life and numerous concerns for her future. Kristi's parents were in Florida at the time of the accident, so Shane visited her each day in the hospital as she recuperated. Upon discovering they were next-door neighbors Shane took on the responsibilities for the care and exercising of Kristi's dog. Shane had suffered his own losses before moving to Webster County, and was working through his own healing process as Kristi worked toward healing from her accident. A forbidden attraction developed between them which further complicated their lives. Shane's personal involvement in Kristi's life was not accepted by Kristi's father, and Shane was forbidden to see Kristi as more than a friend. Their feelings for each other had grown strong, and their obstacles were numerous. Laura V. Hilton develops strong characters a reader can relate to and grow to love. She brings her characters to life, making the reader feel the emotions that her characters experience. This author knows her material well and writes an accurate depiction of both the Amish way of life and the complications that come with an attraction to a non-Amish individual. The plot moved along at a great pace, and each new development in the story is a surprise. I had a great deal of difficulty putting this book down because of new developments that continued to pique my curiosity. This is a beautifully written Amish fiction book, the first in the series of The Amish of Webster County. Waiting for the next in the series is going to be a challenge! Healing Love was the first book I have read by this author, and I can tell you in all honesty, it won't be the last! This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes. The views expressed are my own.
pwnmom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I read somewhere else that someone thought it was predictable.... and while there are parts you HOPE will turn out a certain way, Laura keeps it to where to you really don't KNOW that it'll turn out that way. If I had KNOWN whether or not it would work out, I would not have stayed awake until the wee hours of the morning to figure it out. I think part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much is that it wasn't your average, normal Amish story, but it did have all the parts of a good Christian romance -- a handsome, SWEET guy, a likable girl and circumstances that seem daunting. It was the best Amish book I've read in a while!!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Shane Zimmerman had an Amish name but he was not Amish, even though he lived in Amish country. In fact his father had left the Amish to marry his mother, and while he had no aspirations to be Amish, he did love his Amish grandparents, and he loved working with the animals on the Amish farms, where he was called upon for his services as a veterinarian. A young widower, he carried around a grudge against the vocation of midwives and their practice of using herbal treatments after his wife dies during her pregnancy. He blamed the red raspberry tea she had drank, but it truth it was an aneurysm that killed her. A reckless driver has left midwife Kristi Lapp laying critically injured along the side of the road. She was sure she was dreaming about the good looking young man who had rescued her, but was surprised when he kept showing up at the hospital to visit her, and was also surprised to realize he was her new neighbor, the vet. The attraction between them is measurable and the sparks fly every time they are near each other. Her father Ira is determined to put a stop to all of this foolishness, he cannot loose another child going over the fence. Laura V. Hilton is such a talented author, she pulls this story together and leaves you ready for more! I loved these new characters in this new series and while it stands alone, you have to hope we will meet Shane and Kristi again. A beautiful story, that you will not be able to put down! 336 pages US $10.99 5 stars This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.