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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Strength in the Storm Author: Laurel Blount On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Strength in the Storm

Author: Laurel Blount

Genre: Amish Romance

Release date: February 22, 2022

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.


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About the Author

Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes inspirational 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.

A enthusiastic multi-tasker, Laurel writes for both Berkley/Penguin Random House and Love Inspired/Harlequin. She’s the recipient of ACFW’s Carol Award, The New England Reader’s Choice Award and GRW’s Maggie Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.

Strength in the Storm is Laurel’s seventh book—and four more stories are in the works! Stay tuned!


More from Laurel

A word from Laurel:

Oh, I can’t wait for you to meet Emma and Sam—they’re one of my all-time favorite story couples! And what an intriguing combination they are: a gentle man known far and wide for his physical strength…and a heartbroken woman—his boyhood sweetheart—who’s his one and only weakness.

Don’t you just love a good second chance romance? I know I do! There’s something so satisfying about seeing a broken love story beautifully mended. Of course, it won’t be easy.  Emma and Sam’s story is mixture of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears—lots and lots of bumps on the road for these two. But they’re about to discover that love and faith shine their brightest in life’s darkest moments—and that trouble only makes a hard-won “happily ever after” even sweeter!

My Thoughts

Strength in the Storm is book two in the John Mills Amish Romance Series. I have read book one - and feel that they can be read as stand alones - but the series is so wonderful you will want to read them all. The series is written by  Laurel Blount. 

Emma Hochstedler returns to the small community of Johns Mill after her parents are murdered. This tragic event in their lives is currently being made into a movie. Emma and her family is trying to heal, but the movie production is opening wounds. Her entire family dynamic has changed and she is just trying to return to normalcy. Her brother is now living in the house that her parents raised them in, with his new bride. Emma feels like she is a guest in her parents home. Her brother has left the church in order to try and find the murderer. 

Sam has always loved Emma. However some misunderstandings during childhood led them apart. However, he has always cared for her. He offers to hire Emma to care for his aunt. Emma accepts. There is a lot that this family deals with. I don't want to give any spoilers, but Sam and Emma have a lot of "storms" that will have them leaning on each other and healing wounds. 

I have been enjoying this series. The author draws you in within the first few pages. Her writing style will have you picturing the scene vividly. Her characters are real, they are raw, they have troubles, they have heartaches. The storyline is intriguing and will take you on a lot of twists and turns. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Lighthouse Academy Blog, April 5 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 7

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deb’s Book Review, April 8

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 10

Mary Hake, April 10

Books I’ve Read, April 11

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For Him and My Family, April 12

Maureen’s Musings, April 12

Connie’s History Classroom, April 13

Pause for Tales, April 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14


To celebrate her tour, Laurel is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I do want to read Strength in the Storm. It sounds like a unique Amish romance, especially with the movie being made about the murder of Emma's Amish parents.

  2. The cover looks nice, this sounds very good

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Strength in the Storm, this sounds like an excellent book and series, a must read for me

  4. Thank you for your review on "Strength in the Storm" by Laurel Blount and fob being part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour.

    I, too, love this author's book and this series! You just can't go wrong with one of her books. Great cover and wonderful story.
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  5. Good book for Spring reading.
    Thanks for the contest.