Snow Globe

Snow Globe

by Laura V. Hilton

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ISBN-13: 9781629111742
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 11/03/2014
Series: Amish Of Jamesport V1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 771,650
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(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 includeFirestorm 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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Snow Globe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A poignant story of forbidden love! Esther is pledged to a family-arranged, loveless future, and her destiny appears troubling. Caregiver to an elderly Amish couple, Esther discovers what truly makes a relationship happy and strong. Reuben and Anna Petersheim share a love-filled marriage that Esther dreams about and desires for her own life. The return of Viktor, the Petersheim's errant grandson could be her undoing.  Laura V. Hilton creates real-life drama and passion in her characters that strongly connect the reader to her stories. Her research and knowledge of the Amish lifestyle is a strong point in developing creative yet believable situations that coincide with Amish customs and beliefs. In "The Snow Globe" Esther's relationship with her intended is not a love story, only an obligation. When Viktor is introduced into the story a strong attraction forms between the two, and love becomes the theme. As the main characters face opposition and insurmountable obstacles that stand in the way of a shared life, their love for one another only escalates. Prayer and strong faith are powerful attributes that run throughout this story. The first book in The Amish of Jamesport series starts this series off with an explosive relationship that will take your breath away. I became so attached to the characters in this book that I ached for them when troubles came their way. Pick up a copy of this book and enjoy a roller coaster ride of "verboten" love! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
mom2jandz More than 1 year ago
This is a must have book on your list of books. I received this book as an advanced reader copy and was not disappointed at all. You will fall in love with Esther and her story. Viktor is a bu from childhood that Esther always liked but Viktor never noticed her until he comes home from the river and she is in his home.What happens is a story of ups and downs. Y
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, holds ones attention. Love reading Christian books with scripture in story.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Snow Globe, book 1 of The Amish of Jamestown***** by Laura V. Hilton Esther Beachy enjoys working for Anna and Reuben Petersheim. But she is not looking forward to the return of their grandson, Viktor, in a few weeks. She wonders if he has changed since he's been gone. Viktor has been working on a riverboat on the Mississippi river for years, trying to forget the past. On his return to his grandparents farm he is surprised to find Esther...a grown-up Esther...staying there to care for his grandmother. Viktor and Esther are drawn to each other, but Esther already has a boyfriend—Henry Beiler. Who will she choose, Viktor or Henry? What path does God have for them to take? There is a lot more to the story, but I do not want to give anything away. I really enjoyed this book. I like the way Laura Hilton weaves a story with characters that capture your heart. I found myself rooting for Esther and Viktor to overcome the challenges they faced. Really did not like Henry much. If Esther chooses Henry she would have a very different life than if she chooses Viktor. Past tragedies impact Viktor's life and future decisions. Can he forgive himself for something he feels responsible for? ~~I won a copy of this book from Goodreads for my honest review~~
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
This is a very different Amish work of fiction and I love it!  Laura V. Hilton has written a beautiful story of love, forgiveness. abuse, death, and mercy.   Esther and Viktor are two of the most likable characters.  I fell in love with them immediately and was rooting for them to fall in love and marry, but life has not that simple for the two young people.  They have a long road to travel and Henry is already engaged to Esther and is not willing to give her up.   Henry was a character that I quickly developed a distaste for.  I expected a Christmas story based on the title, but it wasn't and I was pleasantly surprised by the way the story got its title as well.   I rate this 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Snow Globe is an awesome book. Laura V. Hilton is one of the best Amish authors. When you buy a snow globe, you automatically shake it and in this book, the main characters have their lives shaken. This book shows so many examples of life you may go through from the negative to the positive. The details made The Snow Globe so real to me that I felt the same emotions as the characters. I loved how Laura V. Hilton smoothly introduced other characters into the book. The Snow Globe is Book One in The Amish of Jamesport series. I highly recommend this book and my suggestion is to order this book now. I am excited and looking forward with anticipation for Book Two in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
The Snow Globe is Book One in The Amish of Jamesport series and WOW! it starts off with a bang! Esther Beachy enjoys working for Anna & Reuben Petersheim as caretaker to Anna. Her situation at home is very strict and very crowded. She, however, dreads the day when Anna & Reuben's grandson, Viktor, comes home from his job on the river, which he took when he left the Amish on the day his parents and siblings were killed in a house fire. Viktor has always been an obnoxious flirt, and Esther is determined not to be one of his conquests. So when he returns home to take over the farm, Esther keeps her distance. It doesn't take long for Esther and Viktor to realize their mutual attraction and their relationship is just as tumultuous as a shaken snowglobe. Viktor has something in his past that keeps him uncertain about his future. Will he share that part of himself with Esther? Esther has been promised to another Amish man. Is she willing or will she be forced to keep that committment? Inspiration, God's love and answered prayers are sprinkled throughout the book. I love snowglobes and Amish fiction, so I knew this book was a must-read! Great gift, too! Swept Away by Author Laura V. Hilton is well-written and fun to read. Feisty Grandma Sari has memory losses or is it selective memory? Andrew Drew Stevenson is attracted to granddaughter, Sara Jane Morgan but what is holding him back from letting her know? He just knows it will never be. Sara Jane is attracted to Drew but sometimes she comes on just a little too strong! Drew, the handyman is also Drew, the broom maker and has a special message attached to each broom. Sara notices the thread colors on the brooms and learns their significance. Will that help to change her beliefs that God doesn't care about her? As she and Grandma Sari work on the ballad quilt, they are making memories as the quilt tells a story. Loveable characters and a clear message of Gods love make this a must-read. Great gift for anyone or for yourself!
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Esther Beachy likes her job as caregiver for Anna Petersheim. Anna and her husband. Reuben, have become like family to Esther. She also likes living in their peaceful, quiet home rather than in her own home that is bursting at the seams with her parents, her siblings, and her siblings' spouses. The problem arises when the Petersheims' grandson, Viktor, arrives home from working on the river. Viktor is the "bad bu" who as a teen flirted with all the girls except Esther. Following the death of his parents, Viktor abruptly left the community before joining the Amish church. The attraction Viktor and Esther feel waxes and wanes like the snowfall in a shaken snow globe but eventually becomes something neither can deny. Yet Esther has been promised to Henry, a man she does not love and who may even be abusive. Jealous of Viktor, Henry spreads rumors about Esther with the intention of forcing her into marriage. Will the community believe the rumors? Will Esther have to marry Henry? Will Viktor and Esther find a way to have a relationship or will they be forced to go their separate ways? How will God work in their lives? Laura Hilton's Snow Globe is a fast-paced, riveting story. The reader is instantly pulled into the action, living the characters' problems and dreams with them  It is a story that is difficult to put down and clearly deserves five stars. I highly recommend this book, not just to those who enjoy Amish fiction or inspirational romance, but to anyone who simply wants to read a captivating story with a wonderful message.  Susan Simpson, Author
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Laura V. Hilton Has Done It Again! Don’t Miss This Book! Imagine not having a choice to make your own decisions in life. You are told that you have to be completely submissive. In other words, you have no say so what so ever even in the person you are to marry because this has been decided for you since you were very young. Continue imagining for a minute; suppose lies have been told about you and everyone but a few people completely believe those lies. What hope do you have that the real truth will come out? This appears to be Esther Beachy’s lot in life. What becomes of a young man who leaves the Amish community because living in that community brings immense pain and guilt to him? He knows that he can never become Amish again. After all, he did something so bad that God would never forgive him and he will never forgive himself. Viktor Petersheim is that young man. When I picked up this book and read through the first page I knew it would be a book I would have a hard time putting down. There are several scenes in this book that made my blood boil. When you have a mean spirit you are capable of anything. I loved the romance in this book. I really enjoyed reading about those tender forbidden moments. Author Laura V. Hilton has a way with Amish fiction stories that will capture your heart and mind for the duration of a book. I am in awe how her books keep getting better and better. I was so engrossed in this book that I couldn’t pull myself away from it. When I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. If you love Amish fiction you will not want to miss “The Snow Globe.” I loved it and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I wish to thank the publisher and author for allowing me to read and review this outstanding book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.