Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Strength In The Storm By Laurel Blount + GIVEAWAY

Strength in the Storm JustListen Blog Tour

Welcome to the Audiobook Blog Tour for Strength in the Storm by Laurel Blount, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I received the audiobook for this review tour.


Strength in the Storm audiobook
Title: Strength in the Storm audiobook 
Series: Johns Mill Amish Romance #2 
Author: Laurel Blount 
Narrator: Stina Nielsen 
Publisher: Books On Tape (audiobook) 
Release Date: February 22, 2022 (audiobook) 
Genre: Amish Romance / Christian 

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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My Review:

This is the first book I've read by this author. I do wish I would've read book one because the aftermath from that one spills over to book two so I would suggest not reading them out of order. That being said, the author gave just enough of the back story naturally in book two that I knew what got Emma to where we start in the story.

I really like Emma. That poor girl had been dealt a rough hand. I have to admit, that I struggled a bit with her sister-in-law (although she has a very small part in this story). Something just rubbed me wrong and I'm guessing if I'd read book one I would probably like her more. lol

Speaking of being rubbed wrong, when Emma goes to live with Ruth... holy smokes, I don't know when I've read a more rude character. I'm surprised the bishop hadn't taken her to task years ago. If anyone every needed to apologize publicly to their community, it would be Ruth. How anyone could abide being near her for more than a half minute is beyond me. And she has a big part in this story!

Then there was Samuel. I really enjoyed him. I don't actually know any Amish men personally, but he seemed like he'd be one of the typical guys - always looking out for his family and loved ones, happy with physical labor, and trying his best to be a good example & leader.

I enjoyed the flow of the story and the tension with the pushy movie guy, the murderer who hasn't been captured, and an accident. This audiobook was one I didn't want to turn off!

There is a scene at the end that seemed to tie up a bit too tidy for me and a bit unrealistic so I'm hoping if there's a book three that maybe that will be answered. I also want to know what happens with the movie - does it get made? If so, what are the repercussions on this Amish community?

As for the narrator, I think she did a terrific job. I would definitely listen to more of her stories.


Laurel Blount

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

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Strength in the Storm JustListen Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 21, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on March 28, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Rita Wray said...

I liked the review. Sounds like a good book.

Shelly Peterson said...

This sounds like a good read.

Meghan said...

Another great one to add to my reading list!

LAMusing said...

Stories set in the Amish world are fascinating

slehan said...

Looks like a book I would enjoy.
Thanks for the contest.

marisela zuniga said...

The book cover looks very nice

Bea LaRocca said...

A beautiful cover and I liked the synopsis, this sounds like a must read book and series for me. Thank you so much for posting

megana said...

I cant wait to read this! Thanks for sharing!

Stormy Vixen said...

Strength in the Storm sounds like a wonderful book for me to read and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Woven by Words, for sharing your review! Have a terrific TGIF!

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