Thursday, October 2, 2014

A White Christmas in Webster County by Laura V Hilton - Review of the fourth book in The Amish of Webster County

Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her fiance in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother's helper. She isn't exactly shy, but she's hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn't going to stay. She especially doesn't want a new romance.

Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good.

At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they've met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she's torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.

I really enjoyed the first three books in this series so when I won this book in a contest I was more than thrilled. Although I thought the book started out a little slow, a little less than half way through it started picking up for me and it wasn't long before I found myself staying awake into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. WHAT a finish it was too, you see by the blurb that Mercy got a phone call that could change things for her but that isn't even the beginning of the changes. If you don't read this book you will really be missing out on something great, that's about the jist of it. You don't want to pass up this Christmas book. Laura you did a fantastic job on this one too.

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