Snow Globe

Snow Globe

by Laura V. Hilton


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Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly wheelchair-bound woman and her husband. Her clients are pleasant, and their home is far more peaceful than Esther’s, with so many siblings. She only dreads the day when their grandson Viktor will return from the river to take care of some business on the farm. She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he was an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her.A seasoned riverboat crew member, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible. Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to help out on the farm—and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake.
When Viktor returns home, it doesn’t take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe. Viktor isn’t the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she’s ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation? 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629111742
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 11/03/2014
Series: Amish Of Jamesport V1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,113,831
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. 11 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
arkieclown 11 months ago
THE SNOW GLOBE by Laura V. Hilton is the first book in The Amish of Jamesport series. This author and this book is one that I highly recommend! Although, I have to admit I was intrigued about the idea of stories featured in Jamesport, MO having visited there several times, it didn’t take long before the author had captured my attentions completely as she so expertly wove the story of Esther Beachy and Viktor Petersheim. Their love story is full of twists and turns that you wonder if it’s even possible for them to have a happily ever after. Viktor has an immediate dislike and attraction all at the same time for Esther. Esther is drawn to Viktor’s good looks, but fearful of his bad boy ways. Besides she is already spoken for since there had been an agreement between their parents since Esther and Henry were children to join the two families with their marriage. Along the way, Esther and Viktor learn how the past of each affects the here and now, but can they both change together for a better prospect of the future? There are so many wonderful characters in this book showing that even in the Amish there are good and bad, that the good outnumbers the bad and that the good usually wins out. You can help but fall in love with Anna and Reuben, Viktor’s grandparents who Esther had been hired to be their full time caregivers. Their story in itself would be an amazing story to read. The love and devotion between them is something to strive for. Lily is a character and so uncharacteristic of anything you think of when you think Amish – so full of herself and selfish – but you can’t help but feel sorry for her in the end. Rachel and Greta, two of Esther’s cousins are so completely different, show us that it’s good to speak up to help right a wrong. Bishop Joe who had an open mind and willing to listen to all sides to get to the bottom of things. Then there is Henry who took it upon himself to arrange for his marriage to Esther with the church without even asking her and already considers her his property. He is a man full of anger and hatefulness determined to do so even if it means defaming her character to do so. And last but surely not least is Esther - who has always been a good girl, worked hard and trying to please and obey – and Viktor – the labeled bad boy who has been trying to work through his own demons after feeling responsible for the death of most of his family wondering enough about God to have jumped to the English way of life. You take the mixture of characters and place them all in one extremely well written story and you have a book that have you feeling all your emotions – happy, sad, anger, fear, anticipation, panic, humor and love – turning the pages to see if or how things will work out. When you finish the book, you will start to anticipate with great longing reading the second book in this series. I know I am!
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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.