The Amish FirefighterLaura Hilton
Sent to live with relatives she's never met, Abigail Stutzman arrives in Jamestown by bus. When she witnesses a devastating barn fire a week later, the townspeople suspect her of setting it! But local firefighter Sam Miller believes Abigail. Can they work together to bring t... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- UPC: 9781629116853
- Height: 0.70
- Width: 5.40
- Length: 8.40
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 272
- Publish Date: May 3, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1629116858
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- Top-Notch Writing and Depth! by Jeanie on 8/30/2016
‘The Amish Firefighter’ is outstanding! The author’s writing captivates this reader, showing me how to live as a Christian in a world where there seem to be no absolutes, and introducing characters with tremendous depth. This is only the second novel I’ve read by this author, and I am definitely a fan!
This novel includes the terrible pain of feelings of betrayal, not only by a mother and boyfriend but seemingly by the Lord Himself, unfounded accusations, fear, second chances, and ultimately a stronger walk with the Lord, healing relationships, and the incredible love of a mother for her daughter. I appreciated seeing the author’s demonstration of the love of God, as well as how understanding one little word in scripture can change one’s faith and life, such as the word ‘whosoever’.
Abigail had been left at the bus station to stay with family members she had never met, an aunt and uncle whose three teen daughters had been killed in a buggy accident the year before. Her widowed mother had recently remarried, and her new husband had several children including Mark, the boy that Abigail had been seeing. Abigail thought it was because her mother was so busy caring for her new family and didn’t have room for her. She didn’t know why Mark rejected her, only that her stepfather caught them kissing before she was sent off.
Abigail had little success making friends at her new school except for one teen who was kind of fun – until leaving Abby alone in a burning barn. Abigail rang the bell alerting the family and neighbors to the need for a fire brigade, and was caught by a firefighter. A volunteer Amish fire fighter, who believed she started the fire and might be responsible for the several barn fires among Amish neighbors. Sam had his own past to live down; he now believed in the Lord and was thankful for every bit of grace he freely received. Sam was in tune with the voice of the Lord, and (almost) always listened. Yet Sam called Abigail ‘fire-lighter’.
The author gives her characters everything needed to be engaging and realistic. I like seeing characters make the same mistakes that I do and be determined to do what is necessary when the consequences fall. I like Sam and Abigail as respects the challenges they each face. At first I thought Abigail was too emotional about the changes in her life especially in light of all that had occurred in the lives of her aunt and uncle, but had to consider her background and her heart. Her aunt and uncle, Sam’s family members and friends at the church were realistic, each contributing from their unique gifts.
The plot was as involved as life can sometimes be. Watching Sam and Abigail respond to the stressors and consequences in their lives and how they do – or do not – focus on the Lord as their first response can mirror our lives. For Abigail to do so in light of trying to find out who the arsonist is to clear herself of arson before she is harmed by the real bad guy/ gal was a lot for a sheltered teen. Plot twists heighten the suspense, making this novel riveting with not only showing a mystery to solve, but also giving the characters and readers spiritual lessons to consider. I highly recommend this novel, especially to older teens and adults of any age who appreciate Christian suspense in the setting of an Amish community.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.
- Fan the Flames by Rhonda on 6/24/2016
Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she'd never even heard of, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She's desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody's making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn't seem willing to help.
Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a paramedic-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and the Miller family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.
When their paths first cross at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warms of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or fight. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.
- Worth picking Up by Jeanette on 6/10/2016
At first the title confused me. An Amish Firefighter? But the story unfolds with Sam Miller who not only drives but is a volunteer firefighter. He appears to have it all together but he has a secret. He is having a very difficult time coming to terms with it. He has been dating an Englisher. She is trouble and he knows it but he continues to see her until he is in trouble, too.
Abigail Miller is new to the area and she has not made a very good impression. She was recently sent to Jamesport, Missouri. She doesn't know why and feels unwanted and confused. She knows there must be a reason for this but doesn't have a clue why. She can't understand how her mother could do this to her. She is trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together but being accused of being a fire starter needs to be addressed first.
Abigail and Sam's paths cross when she is discovered at the scene of a fire. Sam doesn't want to believe that she caused the damage but she was there.
As the story continues, Abigail learns the truth about her family and the family secrets that altered the course of her life and others before her. Sam finally comes to term with his past mistakes and knows what he must do to make it right.
Abigail and Sam learn to trust in the Lord. With this trust, they learn to trust each other and fall in love.
I was frustrated at times by Abigail's choices. I wanted to shout at her to not go out with Miriam again after what happened the first time!!! It was slow at first but by the third chapter I was hooked. It is sad that keeping a secret means lying and keeping more secrets. Character development was excellent and I look forward to reading more of Laura V. Hilton.
I received this free to review.