The Christmas Admirer

The Christmas Admirer

by Laura V. Hilton


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The Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton

Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas. // 

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629118949
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 670,933
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

LAURA V. HILTON is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the web. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, including A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash); and her second was The Amish of Webster County. Her most recent series was The Amish of Jamesport, featuring The Post Card, The Snow Globe, and The Birdhouse. Laura and her husband, Steve, live in Arkansas with their five children, whom Laura homeschools.


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The Christmas Admirer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
KGervais More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Laura V. Hilton has written a very heartwarming Christmas novel that I think is one of her best books yet. It was a page turner and I couldn’t put the book down. I laughed, cry, and was mad, frustrated and angry at a few of the characters, even yelling to them while reading through the book. I was so very happy and relieved on how it ended. I would love to read more of the main characters. Laura really did a fabulous job making you feel like you are there with the characters and the whole story. This is a wunderbar book and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy from the author. This review is 100 percent my opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Susanna! She was strong, yet respectful. She was caring and she was kind. I really felt for her and the hurt that she had been living with for the past year, due to the breakup with Benaiah. And, oh my goodness, Benaiah! Well, the romantic tension between these two was amazing. Some wonderful scenes were peppered throughout the book of times when Susanna and Benaiah couldn’t help but be drawn to each other. On the other hand, Benaiah did frustrate me with the spirit of fear that he lived in. Of course, his journey of growth toward an absolute trust in the Lord depended on starting out in that lowly place. Benaiah’s grandparents and siblings were great! I loved the interactions between Susanna and this wonderful family. What a contrast to what Susanna was dealing with from her own father and future stepmother. I honestly still don’t understand how her father could treat her the way he did, hear about the way his future wife treated her, and still claim to love her in any way. Actions speak louder than words and these two characters made me so very mad! This was a great lead in to the Christmas season for me. I recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and fans of stories set during Christmastime.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Poor Susannah! Her one true love seems lost to her and now her father announces he is marrying a woman who obviously has no room for a step daughter. Her future is quite the dilemma. Benaiah loves Susannah with a full heart and desires to marry her but has little by way of provision. How will he figure it all out? Will he be able to come up with a viable plan before he loses Susannah forever? Hilton knows how to write about young love full of angst and trial. Her knowledge of the Amish community is clear and vast but the best part is the Cinderella-esque nature of the story. Fans of Amish fiction with twists and turns will enjoy this yuletide tale. I was provided a copy from the author and publisher with no expectation of a review. No compensation has been received.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Really, I did and I'm not just saying that because I'm a weird Christmas freak. This reads like a sweet Amish Cinderella Story. Right down to the evil stepmother. I seriously hated that woman! It's been awhile since I've read a book with a character that I loved to hate. There was one thing that bothered me, however. At one point in the book, ellipses were way overused. I know, that's a really dumb thing to fixate on but I felt like they were everywhere. Once I got over that, I truly did enjoy the book. These were characters I could love. They felt real. I loved that they exhibited human emotion and desire. I often feel like Amish characters are written as if they've never had an impure thought. I could appreciate that Benaiah and Susanna were both so strongly attracted to one another that they knew and recognized that they needed a chaperone. I mean, that's just real life. It's normal to desire the person you're attracted to. There was nothing inappropriate for the genre—I just found Ben and Susanna to be authentic. This book had just the right amounts of humor, romance, gingerbread and mistletoe for a cozy Christmas read. I can't wait to see if these characters show up in another book series. This is a new to me author and I am looking forward to reading more of her novels. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
To start with I was excited to read this book as it takes place in my back yard of Iowa and Missouri. I always enjoy books set in places that are familiar to me. Next I like to read books with a holiday theme this time of year to help put me in the mood for the season. I had fun trying to figure out who was leaving Susanna secret gifts. That was a fun touch to the story. You would really feel Susanna's emotions throughout this book in the way the author wrote. She had a lot going on and had a lot of hard decisions to make. Another thing I like about this author is that she uses real life issues and gives a different way of looking at them. I feel as if the author makes the characters easy to connect with. This was a fast good read for me.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Being from the Ozarks region of Missouri (that corner in the southwest part of the state for the uninformed) Jamesport isn’t in my backyard. However, I have family in Trenton which means that I’ve have opportunities to visit the area, because that is backyard. I don’t know a lot about the community and lets face it, if I’m making a 5-6 hour drive (depending on who’s driving) I’m going to see my people, which doesn’t always translate to going a rural town over to visit the Amish. Especially when I have the Amish shops I frequent here in my own backyard. I don’t know a lot about the Jamesport community and while I know there are books featuring them, I haven’t read them. That all being said, it was interesting to learn more about this particular local-ish community in a book I fell in love with…mostly. Truth. I’m so romanced out that I kinda want to Gibbs romance. I’ve just read too many here lately without a break into something else (which I as necessary to me as breathing) and guess what, yarp romances all in the stack. Here’s why I’m romanced out. I watch these two young people, Benaiah and Susanna, be in love and also have all sorts of excuses why they aren’t together. He with the martyr complex, her with the I love him and he needs to get over himself and just realize he loves me too. Just leap already. It’ll work, or it won’t, but in the end you save so much extra stress and drama. That being said I really really LOVED this book, in spite of the romance. I also have to say that Irene is a complete heel. I can’t begin to understand what Peter sees in her. And how he can love someone who is so completely antagonistic toward his daughter. And what a complete jerkwad toadnugget he was toward everyone. Well, except Irene of course. I get that it was probably partly his way of trying to force Benaiah and Susanna to make decisions and get out of their own heads and together already, but still hateful and not in the fun way. I have to say, on the other hand, that I am so very proud of Benaiah. He prayed, he followed his part, but he also stood up for what he believed was the best path forward. He did all this despite the toadnugget ways of Peter. All of the characters had a depth that was refreshing. They had a heart for their family and community. In the end I truly think every single person got what they deserved, even Peter. I’ll definitely pray for him up in Iowa with Irene. This story has the potential of faith and love, and if I’m lucky a sequel or two. Laura V. Hilton is a newer to me author and this book was completely what I needed to start falling in love with her work. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Admirer is my favorite book I have read by Laura V Hilton to date. I felt a connection to Susanna right from the start. I understand what she was going through when her Daed announced his plans to remarry to opinionated Irene. I did not like Irene! Thank goodness she was not a main character in this book. I did like Benaiah. I loved Susanna and Benaiah's chemistry together. I was rooting for them to be a couple but was quickly found out in the beginning that was not going to happen. I was kept guessing what event would happen next and it stayed that way until literally I was on the very last page. What a page turner this book is. The Christmas Admirer is probably one of the best Amish fiction books I have read this year. I give it 5+ stars and highly recommend it. A perfect story to add to a Christmas reading list. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic Amish romance. I loved Susannah and really liked Benaiah. I didn’t care much for how selfish that Susanah’s father seemed to be. Both Susannah and Benaiah learned many lessons and how to listen to God . I did not want to put the book down. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
When I read an Amish story by author Laura V. Hilton there are certain things that I know to expect: important lessons- check, Quaint Amish community- check, a story with twists and turns- check, true love- check, and most importantly- swoony kisses- check. Well at least for me anyway. This story starts off a bit on the downside. We find out that after Benaiah’s parents died tragically almost a year ago, he also broke off his engagement with Susanna for that and more personal reasons. However, they are still very much in love with each other and in his mind to cheer her up and express his love without her knowing- he becomes a secret admirer to her. Like I said, in his mind he thought that was a good idea. Well, he was not fooling anyone with his gifts, least of all Susanna. However her widower father drops a bombshell on both of them that he is getting remarried again and moving, with Susanna to Iowa, as well as selling his glass blowing business which Ben is his employee. So not only will Ben lose Susanna, but also his job in which he needs to support his younger siblings and grandparents. Through the ups and downs, sometimes it seemed more downs than ups, Ben and Susanna learn to embrace life as God intends- to trust in Him alone and to let go of our preconceived ideas. With a little bit of a Cinderella feel, a few characters I would like to have had a few words with, maybe a few hints of future stories, and a true love story I was happily watching unfold, this story made for a very nice holiday read with a cup of something hot. I was given a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Poor Susanna! Still heartbroken months after the love of her life broke up with her, her world is turned upside down again when her widowed father surprises her with news of his upcoming marriage. Susanna struggles with this upsetting news and desires to reunite with her boyfriend Benaiah. She must combat selfishness and willfulness in herself, yet she can be very loving and thoughtful. I enjoyed getting to know this multi-faceted character and rejoiced when she turned to God for healing, guidance, and direction. Benaiah, Susanna's former beau, has been overwhelmed with the responsibility for his family thrust on him after his parents' death, and must learn when to trust and when to act. Watching his circumstances work out for good after committing them to prayer was very encouraging. Fans of Amish fiction will definitely enjoy this book. Although it is set during the holiday season, readers will appreciate it at any time of the year. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Admirer is a delightful Amish story immersed in Amish tradition and interlaced with love. Can Beniah Troyer get past his obstacles and claim Susanna King as his wife? He loves her but he can't see any way to overcome the problems of his circumstances. Beniah has obligations as a caregiver for his grandparents and sisters. How could he possibly ask Susanna to take on all that? A house fire forces the Troyer family to accept Susanna's hospitality, but her father's upcoming marriage leaves her in a position to be forced to move. The story is woven with uncertainty and mistrust. An uplifting ending brings a wonderful conclusion to a beautiful love story. The characters were well fleshed out, humorous and I couldn't help but laugh along with them. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of her work.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Besides the coziness of the snow and of the holiday season, there are moments of laughter and swoonworthy kisses. I loved Susanna’s personality and knew she and I would be friends if such jumping between real life and fiction worlds were possible. Ben is definitely hero-material, a dashing romantic with a heart for God, his family, and Susanna. And a dang good kisser, if the heat level of those interludes is any indication... I didn’t care for Susanna’s father – or her impending stepmother. Irene was supposed to be obnoxious, I’m sure, but I wanted so much more from Susanna’s father. That’s probably the Daddy’s girl in me talking, and I know I’m blessed … but my heart ached for Susanna. Still, Susanna and Benaiah’s story is fun, romantic, and sweet – and it’s also wrapped in a tender message of grace and courage. Plus, I loved the admirer gift themes – so creative! A great choice for your holiday gift (or reading) lists! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
eLynda More than 1 year ago
With the weather turning colder, I am starting to seek out some enjoyable Christmas reading. Laura V. Hilton is new to me and, while I read very few Amish novels, the story sounded intriguing so I picked it up. The main characters are both flawed and incredibly relatable. They have struggles trusting God (each of them has a different issue, but trust is the root of the matter), which I think many of us can understand with little difficulty even though the way we may live out our faith looks very different from theirs. I could easily sympathize with Susanna in particular: she must often refocus her attitude and remind herself to love others, regardless of how frustrating they may be, or even how they treat her in return. In contrast, several of the secondary characters were downright unlikable. Perhaps knowing more of their motivations would have helped them to be more sympathetic, but as they are, they do serve to highlight the better choices our main characters make, especially the hero’s. Benaiah’s actions may hurt Susanna unintentionally, but they stem from love and doing what he believes is best for the woman he cares so deeply for. I enjoyed the prose and writing style, highlighting several passages that piqued my interest simply for the beauty of the words. For example: “Dreams should make a noise when they died a violent death.” The words themselves captured my imagination and spoke of how even quiet hurt is better than silent, unnoticed agony. One part of the book that I did not enjoy, however, was the “love potion” thread to the novel. I did appreciate several of the characters called it what it was, witchcraft, but I don’t think the book would have suffered for this particular plot point to have been left out entirely. It seemed out of place to me as well as unnecessary. Overall, this book is a good Christmas read—not too heavy, but with enough substance to satisfy, especially for those who enjoy Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Amish romance novel! I loved both Susanna King and Benaiah Troyer from the beginning. They are incredibly well developed and easy to sympathize with. They are facing enormous difficulties and roadblocks in their relationship with each other. I understood the emotions and frustrations that they had to deal with and try to sort out. Susanna’s father on the other hand infuriated me. His refusing to talk with either Susanna or Benaiah and then only to issue orders made me see many shades of red multiple times throughout the book. The journeys that Susanna and Benaiah were on were great. I was fascinated with the guidance and wisdom that was shared with each of them helping them learn to trust God. I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Admirer by Laura Hilton is a captivating story that will delight readers not only at Christmas time but at any time of the year. Susanna and Benaiah have loved each other since childhood and were even engaged but a life crisis changed things up for Ben and he backed out. Now Susanna has an admirer that she hopes is Ben but doesn't know for sure. Things begin to change for Susie too when she realizes she may have to leave all she knows and loves. Should she go along with her father's plans? Why did Ben dump her and can she win his heart back? Can Ben work through the challenges he faces and trust God? In The Christmas Admirer, the author has written a realistic and evocative story. There is a bit of a Cinderella theme as she brings in a character who seems to be self-centered and treats Susanna quite callously, which might seem odd in an Amish story, but the Amish, despite their religious faith, are just people with sinful natures just like anyone. Characters are compelling and their emotions are profoundly human and resonate with the reader. The story moves quickly and keeps the reader wondering how things are going to turn out.Throughout the story, the author has woven romance with difficult family issues and a few action-packed scenes to show the kinship and curative influence of a loving, supportive family and the importance of trusting God in difficult situations--the knowing that God is at work through it all. I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's work. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I love that Laura Hilton approaches Amish Fiction from a different perspective and deals with harder subjects. She doesn’t disappoint in The Christmas Admirer. You won’t want to put this one down, as you root for Benaiah and Susanna to overcome the obstacles they each face to find their way back to each other. Susanna’s dad made me so upset with his callus treatment of her, but her it shows how someone can get so wrapped up in their own life that they forget the lives they are affecting. Real characters with problems that aren’t candy coated. I loved Benaiah’s heart and how he cares for his family. A great Christmas story that you won’t want to put down. I received a complimentary copy from the author/CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Admirer By: Laura V. Hilton I really loved The Christmas Admirer. Laura V. Hilton drew me in right at the start and I was hooked. Once I got started reading I did not want to put it down. The Christmas Admired reminds me of Cinderella story. The author did a fantastic job of writing the story and the characters, both were well written and well developed. Benaiah ( Ben ), has loved Susanna for a long time , but he broke up with her after his parents accident. Susanna has a secret admirer and getting all these wonderful gifts. Susanna’s father is getting married again and he tells her that she has to move with him, she cannot stay by herself . She does not want to go and her father’s wife to be does not like or want her . What can she do , she has no place to live and no job? If only she and Ben were still getting married, but he does not love her . I just wanted to get her father and Ben down and have a long talk with them. Susanna is a very hard working and sweet woman. The Christmas Admirer is one of the best Christmas stories That I have read. I am just getting to know Laura V. Hilton and already love her writing , and looking forward to reading many more. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
LucyNix More than 1 year ago
Laura V. Hilton has written another GREAT novel, The Christmas Admirer. As usual she has brought her characters to life by her use of words and giving them real life emotions that we all can understand. In this book you will meet Benaiah Troyer and his family. You will get a deeper understanding of the responsibility this young man has for his Grandparents and siblings. You will also meet Susanne King, her father and a soon to be secondary family that causes Susanne lots of problems. For an added measure of enjoyment there is a secret admirer leaving Susanne gifts. This is a tender romance, good clean reading for this Holiday season. You will also receive two wonderful recipes included in this book, one for Cranberry Salad which is sure to be a favorite on your Christmas Dinner Table and the other to make gingerbread that you can use to make a real Gingerbread House as a decoration or as a sweet treat . The Christmas Admirer has all the makings of becoming a favorite read this Holiday Season. Get a copy, find your cozy place to get comfortable, make some hot chocolate or soothing tea and start reading, you won't want to put it down until you are finished. Enjoy!!! I was given a PDF copy to be able to make this review. All statements are my own opinions. I would like to encourage you to get other books by Laura V. Hilton, she deals with some tough subject matters and gives inspiration in her books.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
As in previous novels, Laura V. Hilton has impressed me with her insight into the hearts of numerous individuals. Her characters come alive with a credible and developing presence. Amish tradition is well researched through experience and observation. In Christmas Admirer several issues develop into a story of varied individuals and how they affect one anothers' lives, and intermingle in painful situations. Relationships are strained to the point of breaking, but the comfort and wisdom from seasoned family members are a balm to the young ones who are reaching out and searching to find themselves, and discover their roles for the future. Christmas Admirer consists of numerous challenges. Responsibilities, patience, generosity, tragedy and forgiveness are strong features broached throughout this sensitive novel. This is another keeper for my book shelf. I look forward to reading it again. Don't miss this tender story of broken spirits and resultant healing. Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift, and this review is an honest expression of my personal opinions.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, The Christmas Admirer, by Laura V. Hilton! The author caught me from the very first page as I just kept turning pages to find out what would happen next! This book is filled with a great storyline and wonderful characters I could totally relate to! I felt so sorry for Susanna King as she has lost the love of her life for a reason she herself does not know and then finds out her dad is marrying a wicked step-mother of sorts with 8 children of her own, and does not want Susanna. And to top it off, her father has little to no regard for her feelings. Benaiah Troyer has been responsible for providing for his sisters and grandparents since his parents died in a tragic accident. He has loved Susanna since they were 12 years old, but can't see bringing her into this burden he must bear. Now tragedy has struck again and it brings both Susanna and Benaiah together in some situations. Will they be able to make their way through the obstacles facing them? Will Susanna be forced to leave her home in Iowa? And who is the secret admirer trying to win Susanna's heart? I received a copy of this book from the author, and was not required to give positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own honest opinion.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
What happens when you dad is marrying a woman with 8 kinner of her own and she doesn't want you to live with them? You try to make the best of it, and get your once fiance to ask you again! What a strong young Amish lady, and what a deal her father drops on her. I enjoyed the mystery of the secret admirer and the ending! Loved it! I received a gifted copy and my review is voluntary..
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Laura V. Hilton never fails to compose a compelling and emotional felt story. The Christmas Admirer drew me in from the start with Susanna’s secret admirer gift. Susanna King’s caring nature and attitude gave her a loving disposition despite being kept in the dark about her father’s decisions and lack of communication when there were opportunities. The scenery around Jamesport, conversations, meals beings served and unexpected happenings kept me right in the moment with loving well-developed characters, well there were a few secondary characters I wanted to shake. Benaiah Troyer was a determined, hardworking young man caring for his parentless siblings and elderly grandparents. The realistic happenings of trauma by the Troyer’s family and Susanna’s response moved me to tears. Susanna did not want to leave her home she had grown up in but was willing to surrender to God’s will. Bernaiah might be able to continue with her father’s business, but who’s going to live in the home she loved? Susanna did not want to see family heirlooms being purchased by others at an auction. How does the Christmas Admirer play out in Susanna’s life that impacts not only her but others in astonishing Christmas story? The Christmas Admirer is one of the best Christmas stories I’ve read in Amish romance genre. Laura V. Hilton books always consume me, as I never want to stop reading until I’m finished. (Life gets in the way sometimes though). I appreciated the interweaving of scripture the characters used in their struggles along with the prayers that Hilton exquisitely includes in her books. I cannot wait to read the next adventure Laura V. Hilton will be writing for readers to enjoy. I received an ARC e-book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed by honest opinion.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Admirer is an awesome Christmas book. The author wrote stunning characters that each character stood out to me in a great unique way. The storyline came alive and I was so mesmerized by the book, everything around me was in the background. I've read a few of Author Laura V. Hilton's books, loved and enjoyed reading each one. The Christmas Admirer came alive for me and I will be telling others about reading this novel. I received a complimentary copy from the author. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
When we first meet Susanna the author has us guessing who could be her secret admirer, yes she is a young Amish woman, and someone is sneaking into her home and leaving really sweet personal gifts. Life continues for this Amish family and we see Susanna’s father moving on, now my impression of the new wife to be, is not good, but hopefully Susanna won’t have to deal with her for very long? If only her secret admirer would reveal himself, and they could forge a life together. What a ride to happiness you are about to take as you turn the pages of this sweet read, yes once you start you won’t be able to stop. We all make decisions, and some of them hurt others, and that is what happened here when Benaiah looses his parents, and in turn rejects his own happiness for the love of his grandparents and siblings. One of the best Christmas stories I have read, so much love and compassion, with a touch of “Cinderella” wove in. A read to treasure and have linger with you. I received this book through the Author, and was not required to give you a positive review.