22 March 2022

Strength in the Storm | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


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.

Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Publisher: Books on Tape (audiobook)
Release Date: February 22, 2022 (audiobook)



Back in their schooldays, Sam had goaded Emma on purpose more than once, just to see her snap at him, her eyes spitting blue sparks. That was a sight to behold.

Now that same girl was crying against his chest—he could feel the warm wet of her tears seeping through his shirt.

“It’s all right,” he repeated desperately.

“It’s not all right.” She shook her head against him, her voice tight with tears and frustration. Everything has gone wrong, and I want to fix it but Ich kann naett!”

Oh, ja, he understood that—the desire to help, to make things right—and the frustration when, instead of helping, all you did was muddle things up more. How many times had people looked at him with exasperation? Mind yourself, Sam, they’d say. You don’t know your own strength.

He patted her back awkwardly. “Ich helf dich,” he assured her. He closed his fingers around her forearms, mindful to be gentle, and pulled her a little away so he could look into her face. “I will help you, Emma,” he repeated.


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 a $50 Amazon gift card!

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  1. Sounds like a great book. Nice cover.

  2. Fantastic excerpt, Strength in the Storm sounds like a great book for me to read and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an exceptional day!

  3. Books set in the world of the Amish are fascinating

  4. Anonymous22/3/22 17:13

    Sounds like my kid of read.

  5. I love the cover and synopsis, this is a must read book and series for me. Thank you for posting

  6. Sounds like a great book, very nice cover

  7. I cant wait to read it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I like how the excerpt gives a glimpse into the past and how Sam is treating Emma now.

  9. I would like to read this book.
    Thanks for the contest.