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you like to take chances, then, Naomi?” His heart was pounding so hard now, he
could barely think. All his common sense was slipping away, like reins sliding
through slack fingers. Something strong deep inside him was taking control,
like a horse took his head when the comfort of his barn came into view after a
long ride home.
She laughed and the gentle sound
tickled up the back of his neck like playful fingers. “Oh, ja, I do. I
spent so long not taking any at all, you know. Mamm wouldn’t let me do
anything the least bit risky while I was so frail. So I guess now I take them
whenever I can to make up for lost time!”
He’d forgotten how to breathe, and he
was feeling pretty light-headed, but it didn’t matter. He forged ahead. “I can
think of another chance you could take, then, since you like them so much.”
She looked up at him, the metal
pastry cutter motionless in her hand. “And what would that be, Joseph?”
“You could marry me.”
Shelter in the Storm by Laurel Blount is an emotional novel. A violent
act changes a families’ life forever. We
get to see how they grieve and move forward after this tragic event. We are taken to Johns Mill, Tennessee where
the Hochstedler family lives on land that has been in their family for
generations. Naomi Schrock offers to
help the grieving family. She loves
feeling helpful and doing normal activities.
After a life of being ill, normalcy is welcome. I was quickly swept into this heartbreaking
tale. I thought Shelter in the Storm was
well-written with realistic characters.
I enjoyed the setting of Johns Mill.
The author’s descriptions brought the scenes alive. I found this story to be an accurate
representation. The Hochstedler’s have
suffered a terrible loss, but they are unable to grieve in private. The media has descended on the town causing
more problems. When the family is
starting to piece things back together, they are given startling news that
causes them more difficulties. Each
member of the family is affected differently.
The romance between Joseph and Naomi is sweet. I like how the story played out. It was wonderful how the community came
together to help the Hochstedler family. I am amazed at the Amish’s ability to forgive
those who have wronged them. It is one
thing to forgive, but you cannot forget.
Living each day as it comes and enjoying the beauty around us are two
themes in the book. Trusting in God’s
plan is another. I like how the author tied
the title into the story. Shelter in the Storm is a poignant Amish tale that will touch your heart.
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**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.