“Surrendered Love” by Laura V. Hilton / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Surrendered Love by Laura V. Hilton

This is a love affair.  Yes, we do have an occasional trist at Killer Nashville.  In fact, several couples and one marriage have been the result of meetings that have taken place at Killer Nashville so, even though the murderous spirit prevails, there is a softer side to most of our attendees.  And some of you enjoy reading about love.

I’ve always had an interest in the Amish since many years ago seeing the movie “Witness” starring Harrison Ford.  “Surrendered Love” by Laura V. Hilton does not have the bathroom murder, but it does have mystery and the outside cop (though he originally came from Amish Land), the wayward child, and the reluctant, developing relationship between the two main characters.  I find this to be more than a love story, though.  Hilton has great characterizations and character arcs going for her and she’s obviously done her research.  It’s an examination of the old and the new, of stagnancy and growth.  There is also that undercurrent theme of “forgiveness,” which always gets me right in the gut.

Clay Stafford
– Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker (www.ClayStafford.com) and founder of Killer Nashville (www.killernashville.com). He reviews books daily for Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day. Publishers Weekly has named Stafford and Killer Nashville as one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.”  (PW 6/10/13)  Having over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print, Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” (www.oneofthemiracles.com) and the music CD “XO” (www.jefferdeaverxomusic.com).

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