Married to a Stranger

Married to a Stranger

by Laura V. Hilton


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He marries her out of need. She marries him to escape. What does love have to do with it?
When her father falsely accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to a man she’s never met. Not exactly a dream come true, but since she has spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, she’s already considered an old maid at twenty-five—and she longs to escape her lonely life as permanent caregiver.
When newly-called Amish preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he’s been accused of a dishonorable act, he's horrified. But his wife died in childbirth and his baby needs a mother, so he figures marrying a woman he’s never met could be beneficial.
How can Bethel and Gideon possibly make their marriage work—especially when the truth behind the accusations is revealed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641232494
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 172,001
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura V. Hilton is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Internet.
Laura’s first series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. In 2012, A Harvest of Hearts received a Laurel Award, placing first in the Amish Genre Clash. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, consists of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love, followed by a stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County. Laura’s last series, The Amish of Jamesport, includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Prior to Married to a Stranger, Laura published Firestorm, Love by the Numbers, The Amish Firefighter, and The Amish Wanderer.
Previously, Laura published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Laura earned a business degree from Ozarka Technical College. She and her husband, Steve, have five children and make their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at


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Married to a Stranger 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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KrisAnderson_TAR 6 days ago
I thought the premise to Married to a Stranger was intriguing. Can you imagine marrying a man you have never met? Married to a Stranger is the story of a marriage of convenience and how the couple move forward after their wedding. I thought the story was well-written with realistic characters. Married to a Stranger is an emotional story. The characters emotions leap from the page. Bethel Eicher does not understand why her father refused to believe her, but she is grateful to have avoided Rodney who was pursuing her. Besides Rodney’s bad breath, the last few girls he courted have disappeared including Bethel’s sister, Ruth. But it is awkward being married to a man you have never met and living in a house with his family. Bethel now has a large home to clean plus the laundry and cooking. She also must care for Elam, Gideon’s son as well as Gideon’s mother, Reba who has multiple sclerosis. Gideon has been lost since he his wife died in childbirth and now, he is married to Bethel. The pair must find a way to make their marriage a success. But God throws a few curveballs their way. Bishop Miah is an insightful man. It is sweet how he watches over the community and provides guidance (though, it can be a challenge to interpret sometimes). We follow Bethel and Gideon as the get to know each other, but there is quite a bit happening in Married to a Stranger. Naomi’s old beau returns to town and her unhappiness is apparent to all. I can understand since he broke up with her by sending a postcard. Naomi’s is a woman who speaks her mind which at times had me laughing and other times had me groaning. Reba, Gideon’s mother, breaks her hip which means big changes for the whole family. Then there are those missing girls and Rodney. I loved all the action towards the end of the book, but there was one big question left unanswered. The revelations were jaw dropping. I wish, though, that the mystery had been present throughout the whole story. I do recommend reading Fire Storm and The Amish Candy Maker prior to reading Married to a Stranger. It will fill provide the background on the community plus details a reader needs to know regarding Agatha, Isaac, Kish, and Naomi. Faith is an integral part of Bethel and Gideon’s lives as we see in the story. It is beautifully woven into the story without coming across as preachy. I hope there will be another book soon, so we find out what happens with Naomi and Kish. Married to a Stranger is heartfelt story with touching characters, challenging situations, yummy baked goods, and one adorable baby.
NanceeMarchinowski 6 days ago
I'm a big fan of Laura V. Hilton's Amish fiction. She creates characters and situations that are deeply uplifting and soul stirring. Married to a Stranger is based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and having lived in this state in the past the author paints a realistic picture of the area. The main characters in this book are portrayed with a realistic depth in character traits and personalities. Strangers thrust together in a marriage of convenience, the identities of both Bethel and Gideon in this unfamiliar situation are emotional, uncomfortable, and deeply personal. Hilton goes deep into the souls of her characters and creates a uniquely poignant presentation of the interaction between them, and lack thereof. This is a beautiful story of life and love, and the progression in a relationship that is uniquely deep. This is Laura V. Hilton's best yet! The story flows effortlessly as the reader becomes more involved with both Bethel and Gideon, and their difficult situation in life. I highly recommend this book! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
MeezCarrie 7 days ago
Once again, Hilton combines multi-dimensional and relatable characters with wit, sizzle, heart, and faith to deliver a story that draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you absorbed in the plot until the very end. The situation in which Gideon and Bethel find themselves is complex and emotional – no easy answers to be had, no clear-cut options to be seen. (There are kisses, though! Swoonilicious, oh-yeah-they’re-married kind of kisses.) Married to a Stranger gives us a story you can sink your heart into, truth you can embrace for your own heart, and a Jesus you can trust to redeem and restore the broken places of your life. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Erin_Slocum 8 days ago
My thoughts on Married to a Stranger: This was such a fun read! I could not put it down. Not only is it a cute Amish fiction novel, but this also has an element of suspense and mystery. So much fun to read. I read it all within a few hours it was that good. Bethel knows no one has treated her in an inappropriate manner. But if this will get her away from the man stalking her and making her life miserable maybe it won’t be so bad. The worst part is that her father doesn’t believe her when she says that no one has actually dishonored her. He chooses to believe others above her and that hurts. But maybe he has her best interests at heart? Maybe this is all just a ploy? Gideon lost his wife in childbirth. He loves his son more than anything but can’t help feeling that he’s dishonoring his wife and the love they shared by marrying again. But his son needs a mother and his mother needs a caregiver. He just wishes it wasn’t like this. Why should he marry a woman who lies? And what will he do with her child? Obviously, there is a lot of communication errors going on at the beginning of this novel. Or are they errors? Maybe they’re deliberate. Definitely, a must read and you’re going to stay spellbound. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I loved her style and all the different plots and mini-plots that were within the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next with Gideon’s sister. At least I’m hoping that there will be a next book because this one left me with some unanswered questions. Fast reading. The characters are grabbing and compelling. You feel like you’re a part of the community and don’t want to ever leave. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
arkieclown 8 days ago
MARRIED TO A STRANGER by Laura V. Hilton is the remarkable and heartwarming story of Bethel Eicher and Gideon Kaiser. Bethel Eicher, at the age of 25, is considered an old maid by Amish standards. With taking care of her ailing mother prior to her passing, there had been no time for the youngie events to find that special someone. She’s had a crush on Isaac Mast, but he considers her his little sis. She sure doesn’t want an elderly widow needing only someone as a caretaker or to be forced into a marriage. She especially doesn’t want the lecherous and evil Rodney for a husband. Gideon Kaiser is a grieving widow whose young wife died bringing his son, Elam, into the world. It’s all he can do to maintain a life for his son and to show up for work during the four months after her passing. Then out of the blue he’s contacted about ruining the virtue of a young woman. He’s given the chance to redeem her and save his reputation as a new preacher in the Amish community by marrying her. Although purely innocent, he finally agrees to save his family all the embarrassment, his place in the community and for help with raising his son and taking care of his ailing mother. Bethel is forced to marry a man she’s never met because of rumors that she is with child. She’s never dated much less……………. But maybe this is her way to escape Rodney’s advances and being forced to marry this man whose previous five betrothed’s have mysteriously disappeared. Maybe she can learn to love this man and start a new life – especially since her own father won’t listen to her pleads of innocence. Gideon is shocked to find out on his wedding day that the woman he is marrying is “his” Beth, a girl he fell head over hills in love with from afar as a young man. Bethel is horrified to learn that her worse nightmares are coming true – forced to marry only to become a caretaker. Can this marriage ever be more than for appearances? Can Gideon live his wife’s dying words – choose love, not loss? Can Bethel open her heart to forgive – her father and Gideon? The author’s art of telling a story using a few Bible verses scattered throughout showed us how God loves us, wants us to love one another and how in faith we only need to turn to him for all our answers. The wonderful story of Bethel and Gideon will have you turning pages wanting both of these people of faith to have faith in each other. The family dynamics of the Kaiser family will have you falling in love with each and every one of them. Even if you want to shake one or two from time to time, but that’s how families usually are isn’t it. Within the pages, you will see true examples of love, forgiveness, acceptance and a father’s love. MARRIED TO A STRANGER is definitely a book that I know you will love every bit as much as I did. I highly recommend it if you love a good Christian book with romance, excitement and a just out and out feel good read. I’d love to see the story of the Kaiser family continued in another book. I just know there has to be a whole story about Naomi and Kish.
ARS8 8 days ago
I was once again pulled into an Amish love story by author Hilton. This time we have a marriage of convenience with some very unusual circumstances. We as a reader watch how everything at first seems hopeless and a bit chaotic till we see all the hidden behind the scenes of the whys. Bethel Eicher was a very sweet and a bit timid heroin who rightly should be so. She is 25 years old and every eligible man, even the very old are trying to court her. Even a very creepy one that gave me as a reader chills. However, her father wrongly accuses her of being with child by a man she does not even know and sends her away to marry him. Gideon Kaiser has been accused by a woman’s father of very wicked deeds and now must do the honorable thing and marry her. He is a man still grieving the death of his beloved wife and understandably abhors this accusation. Due to circumstances out of their hands, Gideon and Bethel do marry and have quite a ways to build up their marriage from such a rocky beginning. Theirs was a love story of learning to be friends first and opening your heart again to love a second time. Their push and pull between each other at times was heartbreaking to watch and other times quite swoon worthy. This is another lovely Amish story from my favorite Amish author. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
5643437 10 days ago
Married to a Stanger, an Amish Fiction story, captured me with the title, and the book did not disappoint. Imagine thinking you are in love with one person only to have your father force you to marry someone else in another community. Bethel Eicher, an Amish young lady, faces accusations by her father of dishonorable actions. At the same time, she fancies herself in love with one man in their community, while another man pursues her, which makes Bethel uncomfortable. From the start of the story, I despised the man stalking Bethel. He seemed evil from the word go. The mystery surrounding the Amish girls who had gone missing from Bethel’s community added a lot to this story. I found myself unable to put it down. When Bethel and Gideon are forced to marry, it seems uncertain what the outcome would be. Gideon’s first wife and mother of his infant son caused Gideon to turn away from the idea of love. But in her last moments, Lizzie encourages Gideon to choose love. So if you want to read a book with suspense, mystery, family, and finding out the truth in the form of an Amish story, check out this book for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
GratefulGrandma 11 days ago
Betel’s dad is desperate to get her married, especially to someone outside their district. When a horrible lie about her and another man is told to her father, she resignedly leaves and marries this man, a stranger. I felt so bad for Bethel, she has developed such poor self-esteem, that she accepts her situation with little hope. Gideon is a newly-called preacher who has recently lost his wife during childbirth. He now has a newborn to raise, a business he shares with his dad, commitments to his family and a new wife due to accusations that could destroy his reputation. He isn’t sure why his dad convinced him to go through with this. Will Bethel and Gideon be able to move from being strangers to becoming true loving partners? I loved the characters in this story, not all the time, but definitely most of the time. Bishop Miah is my favourite character in this series. He is a smart and spiritual man who shares his advice sneakily, yet wisely and gets Gideon to think about what God wanted him to do. The themes of forgiveness and grief are important to the story and something they both need to deal with, as well as others in
Librarycataloger 11 days ago
'A honeymoon was something Bethel would never have. Love was something she'd never have.' She was twenty-five, she had never been courted, and she was now married to a stranger. This book is the perfect example of what lies and rumors can do and it also perfectly illustrates how misconceptions can eat away at a person. Bethel Eicher is forced by her father into marriage to a man she doesn't know and she can't believe that a "loving dadd" would do this. Gideon Kaiser has just buried his wife, he has an infant son to take care of, and he finds himself being rushed into a marriage with a woman who may be carrying someone else's child! They both find themselves married to a stranger and this seems to be a horrible fate for both of them. But, as is so often the case, it soon appears that God had a hand in all of this. As they continue to be in the same house it becomes apparent that Gideon and Bethel are aware of each other in more than a platonic way but the path is not going to be easy. Even as he seems to be mellowing toward her, Gideon is very vocal about his objection to being railroaded into marriage and Bethel is terribly hurt that she is only being seen as a babysitter for baby Elam and a nursemaid for Gideon's ill mother. Married to a Stranger is filled with miscommunication, misunderstandings, and a mini-mystery concerning someone that may be secretly stalking Bethel. I found myself wanting to kick Gideon during his outbursts regarding this forced marriage and I often felt heartbroken for Bethel. She felt she had been betrayed by her father, she had been falsely accused of an unwed pregnancy, and she had never even been kissed. Bethel was old enough to be considered an old maid by Amish standards but her hopes of love and romance seemed to have been forever severed because she was now married to a man who didn't want her! This is a book that will surprise you and entertain you but it is also a reminder that the ability to forgive is necessary for a person's happiness. I enjoyed Laura V. Hilton's story and I recommend Married to a Stranger to everyone who enjoys faith-based stories and Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit and Netgalley. I have voluntarily chosen to share my honest thoughts.
BrittanyMc 13 days ago
Well, I may have just found a new favorite book by this author! I have enjoyed so many of this author’s books in the past and I loved Married to a Stranger so much! It had a perfect blend of romantic attraction between the two main characters, an uneasiness in their situation since they really were strangers to each other, some extremely heart wrenching moments, and hope that a real marriage could develop. The situation that Bethel and Gideon found themselves in made for such an interesting story. I appreciated that neither one was truly at fault for the circumstances and that they did try to have open communication. However, they had to learn who each other was, and there were some moments where my heart just broke for Bethel as Gideon reacted without thought and ended up hurting her feelings. Bethel was such a sweet person, who always tried to be there for others, even when doing so wasn’t her first choice. I loved this story and I wonder if Naomi and Kish will get their own novel. I really hope so! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
annelr 13 days ago
Married to a Stranger is the third book in the Amish of Mackinac County series by Laura V. Hilton. Having read the first two (Firestorm and The Amish Candymaker) I was looking forward to reading more about this community of colorful and riveting characters. This captivating love story is set in an Amish community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and although it is indeed a love story it is so much more. The marriage of Bethel and Gideon is one of convenience or perhaps inconvenience is a better word as it was forced on both of them. Tension in the relationship is high as they begin to learn about each other and one wonders if they will be able to overcome the difficulties of their pasts and their current circumstances. Readers will cheer for, cry with and quickly be drawn into their lives. The story flows well with some action and lots of emotion and has a few "oh, no!" moments where one wonders how will this turn out? Bishop Miah, one of my favorite characters from the other books appears in Married to a Stranger and continues to give advice, sometimes confusing advice, and yet he is wise and fatherly. And he certainly keeps his eye on Bethel and Gideon as they develop their relationship. The author deals well with somewhat difficult situations as she writes of missing women, death of a spouse, care of babies and ailing parents, and emergency medical situations. All in all, she writes an entertaining and inspirational book. It is a story not only of finding love but of realizing the faithfulness of God, learning how to grieve and choose love instead of loss, and also the importance of forgiveness. I enjoyed this addition to the Amish of Mackinac County and am hoping there is another yet to come—maybe to flesh out the story of Gideon’s somewhat testy sister, Naomi, and her misfortunate romance with Kish. I guess I’ll have to wait to see. If you love a good Amish romance, don’t miss Married to a Stranger. 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.
NKBookReviewer 13 days ago
Married to a Stranger” is Book Three in Laura V. Hilton’s Amish of Mackinac series. It can be read as a stand-alone with no confusion. The other two books are so captivating you will want to read those, also. This is a compelling Christian Amish Romance novel that was a page turning wonder. Author Hilton has written a book that is filled with life lessons. Telling the truth, forgiveness, starting over, faith, truth in God, obedience, and caregiving are just a few in this God glorifying story of love and family. From the beginning I was drawn into the story. Never did the story drag or get boring, but it held my interest throughout the entire book. The characters were realistic. Each one had a unique personality. They were all well described and relatable. I loved the descriptions of Amish life, especially the cooking. The author writes in such a way the tempting aromas almost waft off of the pages. This is the tale of Bethel. She has had an unwanted suitor after her. Each one of his past girlfriends ends up missing so she is cautious and fearful of him. Through a series of events she ends up marrying Gideon, a widower in another district. He lives with his parents, sister, and his infant son. This fascinating story is filled with mystery, intrigue, romance, danger, inspiration, and faith. Author Hilton is a fabulous storyteller and writes page turning, do no put me down books. I enjoy her clever descriptive wording and smooth dialogues. She has a way of transferring emotions from the characters to readers and making them unforgettable. This is definitely a Christian book. I didn’t need to search to see that. That is so important if a book is classified as Christian. I learned more about the Amish. That is another thing important to me. Gleaning information from a book is such a bonus. I highly recommend this Amish novel to everyone that is a fan of Amish stories. It would also be good for those wanting to explore this genre or that like romance and family books. It is a beautiful story with many life lessons to discuss. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was not obligated to write a review. These are my own words.
Ourpugs 14 days ago
Married to a Stranger Gideon’s wife dies in childbirth. Bethel is sorta forced into marriage. They end up getting married even though they are strangers. He has a mother to care for and a son. I loved Bethel. She was honest with Gideon about the rumors. Why she was forced to marry. She is so caring for his mother and son. Will Gideon be able to get over is deceased wife? Will he be able to fall in love with Bethel? What would you do if you married a stranger? Read and see how their story turns out. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 16 days ago
This has been a very eye opening book because it talks about marriage and how God ordained it to be. Bethel is desperate to escape the man who her dad wants her to marry. When a horrible untruth is said about her and another man, she finds herself in a marriage to someone she hardly knows. My heart went out to Bethel because she really has little self confidence and thinks she is unworthy of a man loving her. Gideon is a preacher who has recently lost his wife during childbirth. He now has a newborn to raise and a new wife due to accusations that could destroy his reputation. It is a wonder that someone didn't speak up sooner to stop this sham of a marriage. I am upset that Bethel's father would believe a lie about his daughter. Does he think so little of her that he would believe someone else over his own flesh and blood? The words that the Bishop shares with Bethel and Gideon are exactly what they needed to hear. Forgiveness and grief are something they each need to deal with. It can't be easy for Gideon to have lost his wife and remarry so quickly. Bethel is struggling with forgiving her dad for not believing her. The story shares a marriage that begins without love, but will that change as Gideon and Bethel get to know each other better? The lesson I learned from this story is to never give up. It doesn't matter what your circumstances are, just trust that God has a plan. Bethel and Gideon show us what it means to truly forgive and learn to love with a joyful heart. I loved reading how they each grew in their faith and especially watching Bethel begin to believe in herself. The story has an element of suspense in it that I didn't see coming. It brings to light just how precious life is and how important it is to trust God. Misunderstandings can damage a relationship if we allow ourselves not to forgive. Enjoy this story about trust, pride. forgiving and marriage God's way. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Virginiaw 17 days ago
I enjoyed reading this story but sometimes did not like Gideon. I know that he was still grieving his old wife but he still needed to watch what he said to people. Gossip is not a good thing. I really like Bethel throughout the whole book. I always look forward to reading books by Laura V. Hilton and I really enjoyed this one also. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
amybooksy 17 days ago
Married to a Stranger is a good read. It tells the story of widowed, single father and Amish preacher Gideon Kaiser needing a mother for his little one. He decides to marry a lonely old maid and stranger, Bethel Eicher. The two have to learn how to live with one another. I enjoyed Married to a Stranger. It was as intriguing plot with Gideon and Bethel. The two strangers had their own struggles to get passed. I wanted to find out how the two would be able to make their relationship work. This story involves some unexpected secrets that I did not see coming. i had the whole book read in just one day. I am giving Married to a Stranger four and a half stars. I recommend this heartwarming and inspiring tale for readers who enjoy clean and well written Amish fiction. I really liked it and am happy had the opportunity to read it. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
KendraNeal 17 days ago
Laura V. Hilton is one of my favorite Amish Fiction Authors. I jumped for joy when my library had a Display of Amish Fiction books and Laura V. Hilton was the featured Author! I was very excited to read this book! Bethel Eicher has been caring for her mother for several years and is still unmarried at age 25. Gideon Kaiser is a widowed father of a small daughter and an Amish Preacher. Bethel's father arranges for her to marry Gideon, although the 2 have never met. They both agree to the marriage "out of convinence". Bethel figures it is an escape from being caregiver to her mom. Gideon sees it as a "mom for his daughter". Will their marriage work? Will they grow to love each other over time? Guess you have to read the book to find out!! AWESOME BOOK!! WOW, just WOW!! Laura V. Hilton has written another FABULOUS book! The storyline isn't typical for Amish Fiction and I really enjoy that! I also LOVE all the twists and turn in the book! I think this book will be read over and over again!
Kathae 18 days ago
I chose to read this book because I've read other stories by this author and have enjoyed them. The title seemed plausible, being that it was Amish fiction, but the circumstances surrounding this hastily arranged marriage caught me by surprise. I loved getting a glimpse of this Amish community again, after having shared their history previously. The characters in the book had to grow to trust God in their circumstances, and there are more stories yet to be explored in this Amish community. While the novel read quickly, the pacing of such emotional events happened in such a short period of time, that it seemed "angst-y" to me. Also, I would like to have had more resolve to the trafficking story line. Hopefully, that is in the next book. Fans of Amish fiction, and especially Hilton's works, will want to pick up this book. I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
GailHollingsworth 18 days ago
Everything just seems all wrong as far as Bethel and Gideon are concerned. His wife has recently died in childbirth, and she is being pursued by a widower that turns her stomach. Then she is accused of being pregnant by Gideon, who she’s never met. He is being blackmailed by her father to marry Bethel, even though she tells him it isn’t true. The Amish are so strict about not being alone with one of the opposite sex, that when they are, they are doomed to marry, whether anything has happened between them or not. I felt Bethel’s pain as she found herself in a strange community, away from her dad and married to someone she doesn’t know. Even his family are cold to her, not welcoming. She felt so alone. And here is Gideon with a three month old and still grieving for his dead wife. By Amish law they are married for life so how will they ever work it all out? And why is the Amish man Rodney accusing her of being pregnant? Where is God she keeps asking? Has He abandoned her just like her father did? Follow along to see what happens to this unfortunate couple as they try to do life and please God as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
Phyllis_H 19 days ago
A marriage of convenience Has someone you love ever accused of something terrible? And nothing you say can change their mind? Bethel’s situation is exactly that. As a result she is shipped off and married to a man she had never met! My heart went out to her as she felt rejected by her father and unloved by her new family. Miscommunication and misunderstandings abound and keep her feeling isolated and unwanted. Yet she serves everyone with a kind and generous heart. I really admired her for this. A multitude of spiritual teachings filled the pages of Married to a Stranger. Forgiveness and choosing to love are just two of them, incorporated in a very natural manner and beautifully expressed. The author’s heart for the Lord shines through. Read my review of Married to a Stranger by Laura V. Hilton at I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
LucyMR1 19 days ago
I was pulled into the premise of this story from the get go and was not disappointed. I can’t imagine being married off by your father to a complete stranger and all the feelings of betrayal you would feel, but the author captures this and so much more in the written word. My sympathies also lie with Gideon and how while still grieving he is forced into a marriage. I loved the courtship parts and the suspense theme added the kick to he story. This is a well rounded read with just the right amount of ingredients, angst, romance, suspense, Faith, and family. Sit down to this read and feel sated when you are done. You can always count on Ms. Hilton to deliver an Amish book that is different and carries a powerful punch. I received a complimentary copy from the author/CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
MaureenST 20 days ago
I was intrigued by the title of this book, and the author worked her magic as she wove this very different Amish read. Never in my imagination could I even conceive walking and being married to someone I had never met, yes, I know it happens, but this is basically what this couple faced. What a tale we have here, and more surprises come, and with some unanswered questions, I’m hoping for another book in this series, and they are all really great reads, the previous characters are reintroduced here, but you won’t be lost! There are a lot of twists here in the family dynamics, and sometimes thoughts are expressed when they should have been kept to themselves, just like a lot of people do. I received this book through CelebrateLit, and was not required to give a positive review.
Mar-J 20 days ago
“You can’t ride in all directions at the same time.” Wisdom from Bishop Miah Married to a Stranger by Laura V. Hilton is a mesmerizing and creatively penned story with dimensional characters with strong traits and flaws. It was with pleasure and honor to read an ARC e-book of this captivating story to catch up with characters and the events in Mackinac County, Michigan Amish community. A forced marriage, unseen wisdom from Bishop Miah, hidden secrets, an encounter with a stranger, hospital visits, along with other intense scenes brought this story to life where I was right in the midst of each trauma and victory, whether a gentle kindness or a dangerous situation. Bethel and Gideon had a lot to overcome, but with their resilient spirit, faith, fortitude, tenacity, friends and family who cared maybe their marriage had been lovely orchestrated by God even though it had been forced. Married to a Stranger is filled with picturesque scenes, compelling characters, love, faith, and Scriptural references that make this a shiny winsome story. I look forward to reading each new release by Laura V. Hilton knowing I’ll be reading a golden nugget story with a strong faith message. I received a complimentary ARC e-book copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own sincere opinion.
BMace 20 days ago
Is it possible that your dream girl could really become your wife? Gideon, having experienced sorrow, doesn’t believe love can possibly happen again nor is he interested. Bethel has reached the age that the only marriage she can wish for is one where love will not be the center. Finding herself in a compromising situation, her father sets up an arranged marriage. Unfortunately neither the bride nor groom have ever met. How such a state of affairs could ever end in happiness, one can only imagine! The author has done a wonderful job causing my emotions to rise and fall with the seeming inability of Gideon and Bethel to tell each other what they are feeling. Will the truth finally set them free to learn to love? I found myself wanting to shake first one and then the other wishing they had the courage to just be honest. I received an ARC through CelebrateLit. The impressions and opinions given are my own.