The third book in the sweet and charming Hidden Springs series from award-winning author Laura V. Hilton.
As a columnist for the The Budget, with a secret byline of GHB, Hallie Brunstettler writes about community news, and sometimes alludes to her overwhelming loneliness. Her columns portray a woman who goes from day to day showing a brave face to the world while longing to know how it would feel if one person truly cared about her….
Hezekiah “Kiah” Esh cares. He’s been reading her articles for months. Nursing his own broken heart, he writes to GHB on a whim and is thrilled to receive a response. Soon, the two become pen pals, but his new friend never signs her real name–just her initials. Wanting to meet her in real life, Kiah travels to Hidden Springs, where the newspaper is based. On the way, he meets Hallie, a waitress at the Amish-owned diner, who serves Kiah’s pie along with some much-needed companionship. She also discourages him from looking into GHB’s identity.
Over the next week, Kiah and Hallie spend more and more time together. Kiah is conflicted… Should he abide by Hallie’s advice to forget about his pen pal’s identity? But soon Kiah does find GHB, a woman who is as beautiful and kind as he imagined she would be. The only problem? She is Hallie. Why did she keep this secret? And will she ever be willing to share her true feelings?
The Amish Secret Wish by Laura V. Hilton was amazing! This particular book felt more like a romance novel than the typical Amish fiction novel. However, I love it! It is completely character driven. The scenes have plenty of action, and they do happen quickly. From the start you know where this story is going. But getting to that moment was the best ride of my life. I enjoy all the tensions, drama, laughter, and tears along the way. Jealousy, romance, faith, and friendship are in this tale. I do not know how Laura V. Hilton manages it, but she creates the best journey of all. These characters are unforgettable. I am satisfied with the ending. I still wanted more to read about their journey. Sadly, I cannot discuss what I want to read next involving these characters without giving too much away. All in all, I have never laughed nor rooted for two characters as badly as I did for these. Hallie and Kiah took my heart and soul. This novel is heartfelt from the start. I cannot recommend it enough. Clean read with plenty of humor and swoon worthy moments.