Monday, June 16, 2014

Featuring Awakened Love by Laura Hilton

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Katie Detweiler grew up Amish, never knowing she was adopted as an infant. Now an adult, her new job as cook at an Amish bed and breakfast doesn’t bring about the euphoria she hoped for. Just as she’s getting her menu perfected, the Englisch family and severely ill sister she never knew existed enter her life and strain her Amish relationships. Plus, Katie suddenly has two different men vying for her attention—one Amish, one Englisch—and she wonders if one of them could be the man of her dreams. But when her Englisch sister’s health worsens, Katie must find a way to balance her heart, her job, and her faith while risking her own life for the sister she never knew.

He’s hiding from a cold-blooded killer; her Amish identity has been stripped away. Both must find a way to balance their hearts, their jobs, and their faith while risking their lives for another.

Chapter 1

“Today I met the man I’m going to marry.” Patsy Swartz’s singsongy voice was too chipper.
Katie Detweiler climbed out of Daed’s buggy and turned to lift the cooler from the back as her not-exactly-a-friend bounced up to her side. Katie braced herself to spend time with bubbly Patsy.
Her heart ached with a stab of envy.
Would she ever marry?
Daed snorted, in apparent disbelief. “Bye, Katie-girl. Have fun at the frolic.” He clicked at the horse, and pulled around the circle drive.
“The new bu in town,” Patsy squealed as if Katie had actually asked who. “He is sooooo cute! And I’m going to marry him. I’m thinking Valentine’s Day. Will you stand up with me? I’m asking Mandy, too.”
Marriage? The new bu in town? Why was she the last to know these things? Katie didn’t even know Patsy was part of a couple. Wait, she wasn’t. Just yesterday she moaned over the lack of interesting men in her life.
Katie shook her head, trying to clear her thoughts. “Ach, stand up with you? Valentine’s Day? Jah, I can do that. What new bu in town?”
Patsy huffed. “Where have you been, Katie? There is a world outside that bed and breakfast, ain’t so?”
“When did you meet him? You didn’t mention him yesterday.” She adjusted her grip on the handles and started toward the haus.
“He’s visiting Micah Graber, a cousin or something. He’s here, right over… Ach, I see Mandy. I’ll tell you about him later.” She turned away and glanced over her shoulder. “You’re still standing up with me. Valentine’s Day. Write that down, Katie.”
Patsy ran across the driveway to where Mandy Hershberger stood by the open barn doors.
A Valentine’s Day wedding? Was Patsy serious? Most brides married between November to January, not February, when fields need to be prepared for planting. And wouldn’t the bishop have something to say about Patsy marrying a man she only knew for, what, half an hour?
Valentine’s Day was still a long ways off. It was only August. And Patsy probably would’ve moved on three times by then.
But he was here? This mystery man Patsy planned to wed? Katie turned around and scanned the buwe playing volleyball, looking for someone she didn’t know. She didn’t see anyone new. Or, maybe he just didn’t stand out. Patsy, getting married? If Katie knew her at all, she’d be promised to this new bu in a short time. What Patsy wanted, she usually got. Even if they did call a break several weeks into the relationship.
Katie sighed. It’d be nice if someone noticed her. And recognized her as a permanent part of his future.
She turned toward the haus to deliver the food. A long row of tables was set up inside the kitchen, already piled full. Katie set the cooler down next to the door and took out a plate of chocolate chip cookies. She walked over and put them on the table, at one end with the other desserts, then stepped back and surveyed the array of cookies and fried pies. Maybe she should’ve made something else besides cookies. But Daed wouldn’t mind if she brought the entire plateful back home.
“Hi, Katie.” Micah’s mamm came into the room. “Glad you made it. Micah’s playing volleyball, if you want to join in. His cousin Abram is visiting from Indiana.” She smiled. “I’m sure you’ll want an introduction.”
Katie wasn’t so sure, except maybe to see what was so special about this mystery man. It probably was nothing other than he hadn’t already courted Patsy, since she had gone with almost every other Amish bu in the district.
Ach, that was unkind. Katie found a smile. “Danki. I’ll find Micah.” Later. They’d probably see each other sometime. He usually made a point to say hi to her.
Katie took a step toward her cooler to get the rest of her food when the outside door burst open. She gazed into knock-‘em dead blue eyes belonging to the most handsome someone she’d never seen. She stared at the stranger, her mouth open. He shoved his fingers through his brown hair, dislodging his straw hat, and backed up.
“Micah sent me to get the coolers and the big picnic jugs.”
Lizzie Graber laughed. “Ach, they’re out on the porch. You walked right past them.”
His eyes met Katie’s again and he nodded in greeting. Her heart pounded loud enough she worried he’d hear it. “Sorry, Aenti Lizzie. Don’t know what I was thinking.” He shook his head and backed out of the room, his gaze still locked on Katie, then turned and shut the door.
Lizzie laughed again. “Those buwe are all the same. A pretty girl and they have to go check her out.”
Pretty? Lizzie believed he’d come in because he thought she was pretty? But he didn’t stay long enough to say hi. Or to ask her name. Not that it mattered. She probably would’ve been tongue-tied anyway. Katie straightened, willing her heart rate back to normal. A gut-looking bu she didn’t know. Micah’s cousin. That must be Patsy’s… whatever she’d call him. Her intended, since she said she was marrying him on Valentine’s Day. So why did it matter what he thought?
It didn’t.
Her insides deflated like a popped balloon.

Katie studied the dessert selection again. Other than the chips in her cookies, there wasn’t any chocolate in sight—unless some of the fried pies were filled with the delicious comfort. 

Author Bio:

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. And the Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love releases April 2013, and the third book will release September 2013. A nonAmish book The Appalachian Ballad Quilt will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

You can find her on the web:

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Laura Hilton is giving away a copy of Awakened Love. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Or have your local library order it in for you!


cjajsmommy said...

I've read Laura's other books (well, most of them, I think I missed one and I know I haven't read this one) and would love to win a copy.
Deb R.
cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway...

Linda Finn said...

I have not read any of Laura's books and this one sounds like a great one to start with. I would love to win it and see what her books are like.
Thank you
Linda Finn

Diana Flowers said...

I am getting my TBR stack ready for after surgery July 8th, and I sure would love to add this one to it! I have seen this one all over FB and the storyline sounds different and intriguing! Thx for the opportunity to win it!


lollipops said...

Good luck, Deb! Hope you win.

Diana, praying about your surgery. Hope you win lots of books to read during your recovery.

Linda, I hope you like it!

Good luck, Rita

Thanks for having me on the blog, Sharon.

pol said...

Thanks for the giveaway today with Laura, I like reading amish stories and this looks great. I like your book cases on the blog...neat.
Have a great day everyone.

Paula O(

Anonymous said...

ohhh another book! Let the reading begin! :)


Diana Flowers said...

Thank you so much for the prayers, Laura! <3

lollipops said...

thanks for entering, Paula and Mandn, and good luck!

Linda Ortiz said...

Sounds like a great book! I look forward to putting this book on my TBR list.


Diana montgomery said...

This sounds wonderful, I would love to read it. Your books are great.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sharon. Thanks for inviting Laura here. I have the first book to this series and would really love to be the lucky winner for this one. Thanks for a chance to win this book Laura and BDBL.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

I love Amish books. This one sounds like a winner.
Joyce Guard

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I love Laura's books and would gladly add this one to my collection.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Great intro! I live in Lancaster County and enjoy Amish fiction.

priviesandprims [at] yahoo [dot] com

Cheryl Baranski said...

Sounds like another wonderful book Laura.
Would love the opportunity to win Awakened Love! I am such a book junkie! Keep up the wonderful writing!

Cindi A said...

I would love to read Awakened Love. Please throw my name in the hat for the drawing.

lollipops said...

Thank you for entering, Linda! Good luck!

Thank you so much, Diana! Hope you win!

Thank you for entering, Maxie! Hope you win!

Thanks for entering, Joyce! Good luck!

Thanks for entering, Linda!

Thanks for entering, Carol! Hope you win!

Thanks for entering, Doreen! How nice you live in Amish country. My family came from that part of the country.

Thank you for entering, Cheryl! I'm a book junkie too.

Jon and Vicki Marney said...

This sounds like a really good book. I would love to add this to my TBR books. Please add me to this drawing.
vmarney at hot mail dot com

Lucy said...

I would so love to read this. TY for the chance. Enjoyed the interview.

Lisa Stifler said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. It would be hsrd enough finding out your adopted but to find that you were adopted by a Amish. So decsions to make! What a lovey cover! Thank you for a chance to win a copy. ~ blessings.~ lisastifler(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book!

Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book!

lollipops said...

Cindi, thanks for entering! Good luck.

Thanks for entering, Vicki! Good luck.

Thanks for stopping by, Lucy! Good luck!

Thanks for entering, Patsy! Good luck!

Thanks for entering, Lisa! It would be hard discovering your adopted as an adult - My heart broke for Katie. Hope you win!

sm said...

An interesting book on an interesting topic-adoption. We are the proud parents of an adopted child, who is now adopting as an adult parent. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

lollipops said...

thanks for entering, Sharon! Good luck

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read Awakened Love. We live near the real Seymour and I enjoy seeing the windmills come into view. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

lollipops said...

I enjoy seeing them when I go up that way, Kathleen! Good luck!

Jackie McNutt said...

It was so nice to learn of your book !
It looks like a great story and would love to read it!
Thank you for the giveaway!

sm said...

I would love to read this book on adoption, as our oldest is adopted and I am interested in how adoption affects others who have also been adopted. I think that adopted girls more often search for their birth families. Have you found that to be true in your research? Our son has never shown any interest in his birth family and he is 33. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

lollipops said...

SM - my sister was adopted and she never looked. I think it depends on the child. I've known some men who have and women who haven't.

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