Strength in the Storm by Laurel Blount – Book Review

Posted February 22, 2022 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Strength in the Storm by Laurel Blount – Book Review

Strength in the Storm

by Laurel Blount

Series: Johns Mill Amish Romance #2
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Published by Berkley Books
Publication Date February 22, 2022
Genres: Amish Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 336


In this touching Amish romance, a brokenhearted woman and a steadfast man discover that the safest place to weather tragedy is in each other's arms.

After the murder of both her parents, Emma Hochstedler returns to the small community of Johns Mill, hoping to resume her quiet existence. Reclaiming her place proves harder than expected--especially now that a movie is being made about her family's loss. But then, an old friend offers her a lifeline that gives her new purpose.

Amish builder Samuel Christner is the biggest--and the strongest--man in town. In fact, the gentle giant has only one weakness--Emma. Even though she broke his heart, he won't let his childhood sweetheart face her troubles alone. He hires Emma as a nurse for his elderly aunt...and finds himself falling for her all over again.

But while romance blooms, storm clouds gather. And when darkness falls, it will take all Sam's strength--and all their love--to see them through.

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

Also in this series: Shelter in the Storm

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Returning from her uncle’s house, where she had retreated after the murder of her parents, Emma felt lost and unnecessary. So when the opportunity to serve a cantankerous spinster opened up, she jumped at the chance.

I love how the author took Emma, who was so lovely of face that others judge her for it and then showed she was even more beautiful inside. She rendered service to Ruth with patience, kindness, and diligence despite Ruth’s many unkind things words and nagging.

Sam is now one of my all-time favorite characters! This gentle giant was such a beautiful example of patient, enduring love. He cared so deeply for his family. His sensitivity to others was such that he could hear things they weren’t saying, revealing his compassion. He had such a hard lesson to learn when he learned that what he thought were the only things he could do well were no longer possible.

The Johns Mills Amish Romance series is best read together. Each story has a satisfactory ending but leaves some loose ends to be resolved in future books. Readers who enjoy Amish fiction will want to be sure to read this series.

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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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