The Birdhouse

The Birdhouse

by Laura V. Hilton


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Twenty-year-old Greta Miller’s daed has been injured in a farming accident, and both Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet. Because Greta is still in her rumschpringe, her family chooses her to sell homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods at a local farmers’ market.
Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of walking away from her…and the Amish. Three years later, he’s back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta’s family needs help, he steps in. When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more.
But as their friendship begins to grow, scandal and danger pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves and in harm’s way. Will Greta be able to return home? Or will she remain forever estranged from her beloved Amish community?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629115665
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 09/16/2015
Series: Amish of Jamesport Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 796,379
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(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 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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The Birdhouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
arkieclown 11 months ago
THE BIRD HOUSE by Laura V. Hilton is the third book in The Amish of Jamesport series. THE BIRD HOUSE is the love story of Greta Miller and Josh Yoder who have been friends and then sweethearts as far back as either can remember. Three years ago, Josh just up and left leaving Greta broken hearted. Little did she know that he was fighting his own demons. It wasn’t until he found the answers (of God’s grace, that God loved him, and how to listen to God’s word with his heart) on the Appalachian Trail that he was able to return to the Amish, to his family and hopefully to the girl he had always loved. Greta has had many burdens to carry since Josh left including her Daed’s accident that rendered him handicapped and unable to work. Then he suffered a heart attack which means more debt and responsibility. She is virtually the sole supporter for the family and struggling at that. Even though she said she wouldn’t, she finds it impossible to harden her heart to the love of her life when he returns. However, when she’s doing all that she can and is lied about by her sister and so wrongly accused by the church leaders, even told that her Daed’s heart attack is her fault, she runs away losing her faith in the process. Taken in by what she assumes was a loving woman with her best interest at heart, soon becomes apparent to be just the opposite. Has God really abandoned her? Can’t he see how desperate her family has been even selling off their livestock to survive? How can she escape? How can she find her way home? Is there anyone even looking for her? Will reading Josh’s journal open her heart back up to God? The author tells a heart tugging story of God’s love, redemption and opening your heart up to hear him speaking to us if we will only listen. She tells how a wedge was driving in between Greta and Josh but how God’s love and guidance can not only bring them back together but strengthen their love both for each other and for him. Laura has the ability to have you on the edge of your seat anticipating trouble on the next page to having you remembering to believe in the power of prayer. Yes love may make the world go round, but God’s love will lift you up, hold you near and strengthen you against anything thrown at you as shown in the writings in this book. I highly recommend THE BIRD HOUSE. Even being the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. After reading it though, you will be wanted to go back and read book one and two to read the detailed stories of some of the other wonderful characters in the story. After reading this whole series, I know without a doubt that I will be checking out more series by this wonderfully talented author. With her dedication to detail, warmth and growth of characters and spiritual references that lift one up, I think I can also say that if you pick up any book by this author that you won’t be disappointed.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Laura V. Hilton has another hit with this book! With a setting in Jamesport, you truly get the feeling and understanding that all Amish communities are different. Which is one of the things that draw me to Laura's books. One thing I walked away from this story with a truth that bad and good things can happen to anyone, anywhere. A series of unfortunate events are how the things that happened to Greta are described on the cover of the book, I would say that is an understatement. False accusations, trusting the wrong people and trying to solve things on her own, led Greta to a place of putting her trust fully in God to make things right. The events of trusting the wrong people were like a page out of a daily newspaper in America today. This story was eye opening to the fact that we often believe we are invincible and we are not. A thought compelling, heart-breaking story that will have you on the edge of your seat is the best way I can describe The Birdhouse. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
I read The Birdhouse by Author Laura Hilton in one afternoon. This book is amazing and I was totally mesmerized with this story. I love the surprising twists and turns the author with her outstanding style smoothly inserted into the book. This made The Birdhouse unpredictable to me and also made it so much more fun to read. Author Laura Hilton is one of the best authors to read and each book I read by her keeps getting better. I'm always excited and looking forward to her next book. The Birdhouse is an amazing book I believe you will really enjoy reading. I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Laura V. Hilton has pulled out all the stops and outdone herself with "The Bird House!" She will wrap you right around her little finger with the characters and action in this fantastic Amish fiction book from The Amish of Jamesport series. Emotions run deep and the action flows. Realism is a strong point in this book. Life isn't sugar coated or depicted as saccharine. Amish life is difficult, as life is for all of us. Losses are significant and missed opportunities are heartbreaking, and these events are well described and touch the heart. Lost faith and hope are sad components in this story of struggling in adversity. Loss of trust is tangible. Misunderstandings and lies leave Greta despairing, but Josh keeps hope alive in his heart. Is his faith and love alone enough to overcome despair in Greta's life? His attraction and love for Greta have never waned, and his growing passion for her only escalates in this poignant and romantic novel of unbridled desire. I loved Greta and Josh and the journey they traveled throughout this enthralling story. Faith, hope, love and forgiveness are prominent components in "The Bird House." This book will literally take your breath away! You'll be swept into a heart pounding adventure of unknown proportions! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.