Monday, March 15, 2021

Shelter in the Storm by Laurel Blount



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's 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, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who've already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.


All I can say is wow! The best Amish book that I've read in a very long time! I was all in the from the beginning and lived every minute of it.
I can relate to Naomi is so many ways! Her thoughts, feelings, and health. I felt like she was the sister I never had. In Christ of course!
Poor Joseph I felt so bad for him trying to do the right thing but how do you know what the right thing is? Especially when other people shove their thoughts and opinions at you? Follow your heart of course and don't hold back any secrets from your relationship.
If God intends for it to work out then it will like Bishop Issac says;

" We drive ourselves into confusing places when we try to take the reins into our lives. It is Gott's job to guide us in whatever direction He deems best."
"Ours is to follow willingly, even when the path lie along a road we ourselves wouldn't choose."

The best advice in the whole wide world but as humans we sometimes tend to forget that.
The wisdom of the bishop is my most favorite thing about this book as it can be for us readers to think about and use as a guideline in our own lives long after this story is over.
The author has done a fine job by adding all the ingredients of a wonderful Amish fiction book that I very much enjoyed. I didn't want the book to end.
I will make a point that I haven't read her other books before but I'm going to look them up. 
I like her style of writing by bringing out the best in her Amish characters. This book so wonderful y'all!
I highly recommend.
My thanks to Berkeley publications for a copy of this book. I was NOT disappointed in this story at all!
All opinions stated are my own.
Five stars!


Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes captivating romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart. She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals. Connect with her at 



  1. Oh, what a wonderful review! Thank you--you've made my day! So glad you enjoyed Shelter in the Storm!

  2. This sounds like a great book .Ive got to get it.She is a new author to me

  3. I’m adding this to my wish list. Thank you for sharing.


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