He marries her out of need. She marries him to escape. What does love have to do with it?
When her father falsely accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to a man she’s never met. Not exactly what Bethel has dreamed of, but since she spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, the good guys were all taken and she’s considered an old maid at twenty-five. The alternative to marrying an unknown man is a steady barrage of older widowers, and none of them appeal to her. This marriage, while unappealing, might be the perfect escape.
When newly-called Preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he’s been accused of a dishonorable act toward an Amish woman, he is horrified and the community is thrown into a tizzy. A young widower whose wife died in childbirth, Gideon is practical enough to realize the necessity of another woman in his life. While he lives with his parents, his mother suffers from multiple sclerosis, and he has an infant. With Bethel to manage the household and care for their family, Gideon and his father would be able to run the Amish grocery store and deliver messages of hope to the Amish in the small district still reeling from a catastrophic fire. But marry a woman he’s never met? One he doesn’t love? The very thought strikes him as being unfaithful to his late wife. Still, he needs her, and does the honorable thing—agrees to marry her.
When Bethel exchanges the parade of unwelcome proposals for a position as a glorified nurse-maid and Gideon agrees to demands based on a lie, how can they possibly make a marriage work? When the truth behind the accusations is revealed, will it destroy everything? When love is as hidden as the ground buried under the snow, will they discover lasting treasure?
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with thirty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs. Her most recent series is set in Mackinac County, Michigan, and includes Firestorm, The Amish Candymaker, and Married to a Stranger (July 2019).
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Where to find Laura
visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/