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The Amish Candy Maker Blog Tour & Giveaway by Laura Helton

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2019 at 8:30 PM


About the Book



Title: The Amish Candy Maker

Author: Laura V. Hilton


Genre: Amish Christian Fiction


Release date: February 5, 2019


Publisher: WhitakerHouse


Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she’s not courted by young men in the area.


Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend.


Agnes may be the answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith…and each other?


Click here to purchase your copy.

MY REVIEW

Agnes Zook and Isaac Mast meet under unusual circumstances when he comes to her aide during a robbery.

Agnes, conflicted by her past, feels she will never find her true love and marry. Isaac, is carrying guilt of his own

and has no intention of becoming serious about any woman or settling down.


With Isaac's brother injured in a fire at the hospital with his wife by his side, Isaac needs to care for their

children. He is reluctant, being a bachelor, with no knowledge of how to take care of children. He's worried about being

able to continue his job as an auctioneer and enlists the help of Agnes who lives with Bishop Miah and his wife.

Agnes has been helping them care from his brother's children until he arrives.


There are lots of surprises in this story and some suspenseful moments I didn't see coming. I had a hard time

putting this one down. The main characters were well-fleshed out and humorous. I found myself grinning or laughing

at their playful banter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.


I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and willingly chose to review it.


About the Author



Laura Hilton is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the web. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash), and Promised to Another; and her second was The Amish of Webster County, comprising Healing Love, Awakened Love, and Surrendered Love. Her next series was The Amish of Jamesport, featuring The Post Card, Snow Globe, and The Birdhouse. Her latest books include The Amish Firefighter, The Amish Wanderer, and Love By the Numbers. Laura and her husband, Steve, live in Arkansas with their five children, whom Laura homeschools.

Guest Post from Laura

RECIPE FOR FUDGE À LA AGNES ZOOK

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Courtesy of Laura V. Hilton

1 bag (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips


1 bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips


2 cans sweetened condensed milk, divided


6 tablespoons butter, divided


20 to 30 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or six regular-size ones broken into four or five pieces each

For the chocolate layer: Line a greased 8-by-11.5-inch baking dish with parchment paper


In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine milk chocolate chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 4 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.


Pour into prepared baking dish and allow to cool to room temperature, then move to the refrigerator while preparing next layer.


For the peanut butter layer: In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine peanut butter chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.


Pour on to the milk chocolate fudge layer and press pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into the surface. If desired, group candy pieces in a grid-like fashion for easier cutting later.


Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight or until set. Remove from refrigerator, lift out of the pan by the edges of the parchment paper, and cut into squares, with roughly one miniature peanut butter cup or piece of a cup per square.


Store in the refrigerator.

Blog Stops

Christian Author, J. E. Grace, February 5


My Devotional Thoughts, February 5


Carla Loves To Read, February 5

 

Among the Reads, February 6

 

Girl’s In White Dresses, February 6

 

Britt Reads Fiction, February 6

 

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 7

 

The Avid Reader, February 7

 

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, February 7

 

Emily Yager, February 8


Quiet quilter, February 8

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 8

 

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 9


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 9

 

Maureen’s Musings, February 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, February 10

 

Vicky Sluiter, February 10

 

Through the Fire Blogs, February 11

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 11


Daysong Reflections, February 11


Texas Book-aholic, February 12


Janices book reviews, February 12

 

Carpe Diem, February 13

 

A Baker’s Perspective, February 13

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

 

SusanLovesBooks, February 14

 

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 14

 

Blossoms and Blessings, February 15

 

Stephanie’s Life of Perseverance, February 15

 

Inspiration Clothesline, February 15

 

Inklings and Notions, February 16

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 16

 

Pause for Tales, February 16


Have A Wonderful Day, February 17

 

For the Love of Books, February 17

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 17

 

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, February 18

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 18

 

Bigreadersite, February 18


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away a grand prize of a large and small spatula set and a $10 Starbucks gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d9a6/the-amish-candy-maker-celebration-tour-giveaway

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4 Comments

Reply Laura V. Hilton
11:59 AM on February 5, 2019 
thank you so much
Reply Penny Knowlton
9:31 PM on February 6, 2019 
Thanks for the chance to win.
Reply Julie Waldron
3:19 PM on February 18, 2019 
This is a wonderful prize! I like that the book takes place in the Mackinac area, we are three hours from there & visit every summer.
Reply Sara Tarver
10:13 PM on February 19, 2019 
Looks like an interesting book