About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Courage in the Storm (Johns Mill Amish Romance, #3) by Laurel Blount

Courage in the Storm (Johns Mill Amish Romance #3)

In this powerful Amish romance, an isolated woman and a compassionate man learn that love can build a bridge between their two worlds.

Since witnessing the murder of her beloved parents, Miriam Hochstedler suffers from paralyzing anxiety and a deep-seated fear of the Englisch . Unwilling to venture beyond her family’s Tennessee farm, she forms a close bond with a badly injured gelding. Like Miriam herself, the traumatized animal seems unlikely to recover—until skilled horse whisperer Reuben Brenneman arrives.
A survivor of an abusive childhood, Reuben understands fear better than most. He’ll do whatever it takes to help a terrified animal, but his compassion doesn’t extend to the church that turned a blind eye to his family’s suffering. Once he finishes this job, he’ll return to the Englisch world, putting his Amish heritage behind him forever.

As Miriam works alongside Reuben, battling the horse’s fear—and her own—an unexpected friendship blooms and deepens into romance. But the Amish faith that sustains her inspires only distrust in Reuben, and the Englisch world he’s chosen has already broken her heart once.
Falling in love was easy. But staying together will take all the courage they have.



There are many wonderful characters in this book but there are three that burrowed their way into my heart: Miriam Hochstedler, Reuben Brenneman, and a gelding named Breeze. All three have experienced terror due to the acts of others and all three are in need of love and healing. Courage in the Storm relates their journey of turning fear into peace and loss into gain. It is an emotional story and it's easily one of the best stories that I've read this year!

This is the third book in the Johns Mill Amish Romance series and members of the Hochstedler family still continue their recovery from the tragedy of having their peaceful Amish existence destroyed by a murderer. Miriam's trauma is especially overwhelming, and I was deeply touched by her inability to leave their farm. I know that this often happens but author Laurel Blount paints a powerful picture of Mirry's dilemma. Gifted horse trainer Reuben had grown up living in fear and "fear, he'd found, was at the root of most horse issues. People issues, too." Will the compassion and understanding of this horse whisperer start Mirry on a path to healing? Can she lead him back to the faith of his youth?

This book is a must-read for anyone who craves a lovely story of hope, faith, and romance. Courage in the Storm is fantastic Amish fiction!!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Carol 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 www.laurelblountbooks.com

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