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Monday, August 20, 2012

Faithful to Laura

by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description

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 Review
This is the second Middlefield Family Novel and the follow-up to Treasuring Emma.  This book begins with many of the same characters as the first book but introduced new characters as well.  Since I have read both books, it was easy for me to understand and follow the background story references in this book but this book would also be easily read as a stand-alone book.  You can tell from this book most of what happened to Laura but reading the first book told more detail, including how she wound up in Middlefield from Tennessee.   

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The main themes are forgiveness (we must learn to forgive as our Heavenly Father forgives us) and trust (sometimes we must learn to trust again, after having been hurt tremendously by someone we love).  Ms. Fuller's writing shows that we all have tough issues to face and that telling the truth is the right thing to do, even when it's hard.

The only disappointment in the book was that it has one of those "sudden endings" that just doesn't give you enough detail.  The story was going right along and then, BAM, things are resolved rather quickly - too quickly.  Hopefully this means that characters will be back in a third novel in the series.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of Faithful to Laura through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

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