27 May 2021

Shelter in the Storm | Excerpt + Giveaway

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In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.

Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler’s General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media’s spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend.

Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love?

As the media’s obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who’ve already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.

Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May 25, 2021


“Would you like to go for a drive with me, Naomi?”

She didn’t understand what was happening for a couple more seconds, and when the truth finally dawned, she was too astonished to answer right away. She’d seen the bravest boys asking the prettiest girls similar questions at the singings she’d attended, all with the same, hopeful, shamefaced expressions. Can I drive you home, then?

But nobody had ever asked Naomi such a question, not until this minute.

The prickly worries of the day slipped away, replaced with a grateful, glowing joy. Maybe she didn’t know what her future held, but right now, in this moment, she was happier than she’d thought she’d ever be.

Joseph Hochstedler had come courting, and she meant to enjoy every second of it.

Ja,” she answered shyly. “I think a drive in the snow with you would be wonderful fun, Joseph.”

His slow answering smile warmed her all the way to her chilly fingertips. “That’s what I hoped you’d say.”

Carol 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 www.laurelblountbooks.com.


(1) winner will receive an Amish Meets Amazon prize package including a silver Shelter in the Storm bookmark, a hand-knitted dishcloth, a package of Amish church mints, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 24, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2021. 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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  1. This sounds like a really good read. Beautiful cover!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I love this cover, too! They did such a great job!

  2. Aww--that excerpt is one of my favorites! Thanks so much, Hallie, for featuring Shelter in the Storm on your beautiful blog!

  3. Thanks, Rita! I hope you'll give it a try--and that it makes you smile!

  4. excerpt's nice

  5. Anonymous27/5/21 16:40

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Despite a horrific tragedy, it sounds this couple will have a sweet romance.

  7. Sounds like a really good read.

  8. I love the cover and the blurb! Thanks for the book rec!

  9. I also really love the cover.


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