Title: Faithful to Laura * * *
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2012
Kindle edition – includes Glossary and Study Guide
Laura Stutzman and Mark King had courted in Kentucky and planned to marry; he had worked in her parents’ bakery, as well. But after he left Laura, taking her parents’ life savings with him, she was determined to get some answers from him. As the story opens, she has followed him to Middlefield, OH, where the unthinkable happens.
She survives, badly scarred, both inside and out. Her worst wounds, of course, are inside, as yet unhealed. Added to the answers she wants, she now seeks revenge on King, and also wants to repay the 30 years of savings that King had stolen from her parents. She cannot accept the Amish way of forgiveness, and much as she misses her parents, she refuses to join them in Tennessee until she has accomplished her goals.
Sawyer Thompson, a young Yankee man who was orphaned as a teenager, spent some time in foster homes after his parents’ deaths. Ultimately adopted by a childless Amish couple, Sawyer has lived with one foot in both worlds—Amish and Englisch (non-Amish). He has moved into young adulthood, but still flounders, trying to decide which life he wants to live. Then, in a dramatic twist, he is faced with information about his family that ultimately leads him to the clarity he has lacked with regard to his future, but not without the anger that comes from feeling betrayed.
But before his world is rocked, again, Sawyer befriends Laura, though she initially rebuffs his attempts. He persists, because he understands her loneliness and her anger. Then, when Laura hears him tell a friend about a job opening, she jumps at a chance to work for his adoptive father and uncle (and himself) in a carpentry shop, to begin earning some money to repay her parents. But what will Sawyer’s new information mean for their budding relationship?
I found the sequence of events prior to the story’s opening a bit confusing, but I was still interested enough to follow the story to its conclusion. Frankly, I am torn between three and four stars, but I think I have “talked” myself down to three.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. TN did not require me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.