Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Faithful to Laura" by Kathleen Fuller

Faithful to Laura
A Middlefield Family Novel
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: August 7, 2012
ISBN: 9781595547767
Paperback: 304 pages

About the Book:
Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge.

Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why.

Sawyer Thompson is a Yankee who spent his teen years in an Amish home. Now an adult, he has to make a decision—go back to the life he knew as a child or join the church. Having suffered loss at a young age, he understands Laura’s anger, but is determined to follow God’s will and forgive. As their friendship grows, Laura begins to let her guard down.

New information about Sawyer’s past threatens the couple’s budding relationship. Both Laura and Sawyer will need to release the anger they’re storing in their hearts and forgive the people who’ve harmed them. As Laura struggles to trust God, will Sawyer do whatever it takes to remain faithful to Laura?

My Thoughts:

This is the second in the Middlefield Family series and I would not recommend starting with this one, but to read them in order starting with "Treasuring Emma". I did not realize this, and was quite lost in the beginning as there was no real backstory given. This book seems jump in where the previous book left off.

As the story continues, one does learn what happened previously to Laura and Sawyer, but the story would have been so much more enjoyable if I had started with the first book. Even so, I found myself totally immersed in the story and really liking the characters.

This was not the typical Amish story, but instead had some dark and unusual secrets that are revealed. Sawyer has to struggle with an introduction of a new person in his life, and Laura has to struggle with her scars. Both have to face issues of trust, love and forgiveness and do what is right.

This turned out to be a very good read and I'm looking forward to getting the first book to see exactly how things had unfolded to get both Laura and Sawyer to the point they are now. I can't wait for the next book in the series as I must know what happens next!!

I received this book through the Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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