Shelter in the Storm by Laurel Blount – Book Review

Posted May 25, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Shelter in the Storm by Laurel Blount – Book Review

Shelter in the Storm

by Laurel Blount

Series: Johns Mill Amish Romance #1
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Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date May 25, 2021
Genres: Amish Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 336


In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.

Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media's spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend.

Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love?

As the media's obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Naomi and Joseph are caught between tradition and compromise, between their deepest hopes and the shadow of a resurrected fear. Ultimately, a man and a woman who've already lost far too much must decide if they're willing to put their hearts on the line one last time....

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Strength in the Storm

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Having read and enjoyed other stories by Laurel Blount, I was curious to see what her Amish fiction would be like. I was delighted to discover an intriguing plot rich with deep concerns of the heart, such as grief, fear, and trust.

Joseph was a very godly man, full of grace even in the face of intense grief. His compassion for the parents of the man who murdered his parents was rather astounding. As he watched what remained of his family cope with the shooting in their own way, he felt as if his family was shattering before his very eyes.

Naomi had a heart that longed to give everything it had in service to others. And yet her health had prevented her from doing just that. And now, despite having surgery to repair the defects in her heart which enabled her to fully serve, her family treated her as a burden and too weak to do anything. My heart ached for her. I loved the way her compassion and serenity overflowed to those around her.

Even though they were very enjoyable characters with these admirable qualities, Joseph and Naomi were perfectly flawed as well, harboring secrets, fear, and anger, making them more relatable.

With the media’s fascination with the shooting of Joseph’s parents, a major conflict arose as the Amish attempted to stand with Joseph and his family. The horrific lies that were published and an event that occurred to drive Joseph to leave town created a multi-faceted story with an intricate plot.

I recommend Shelter in the Storm to all who enjoy Amish fiction, or even to readers who simply enjoy a story with plenty of conflict and sweet romance.

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About Laurel Blount

Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, a milk cow, dairy goats, assorted chickens and ducks, four spoiled cats and one bossy goose with serious boundary issues. She divides her time between farm chores, baking, homeschooling and writing. She’s busy, but she’s never bored!
HOMETOWN HOPE is Laurel’s third Love Inspired romance. Her debut Love Inspired novel A FAMILY FOR THE FARMER was the recipient of the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements category. This book also received two 2017 Holt Awards of Merit and was a finalist in the 2017 Carol Awards. A BABY FOR THE MINISTER, her second Love Inspired, was released in September of 2018.
Whenever she’s not working, you can find Laurel with a cup of tea at her elbow, a cat in her lap and a good book in her hand. She loves to hear from readers! Drop her an email at or visit her website: and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter!

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