THE PROMISE OF A HOME,
THE HEARTBREAK OF AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE
As a budding journalist with a major newspaper, Remy McCallister is eager to prove herself. While investigating an unsolved crime, Remy winds up in the tightly woven Amish community of Lancaster County, the last place she would ever expect to find herself. The story leads her to Adam King and his ten younger siblings, who are trying to sustain their warm, loving home in the wake of the murder of their parents. Although Remy tries to remain professional, she is captivated by the Kings. With her own mother gone and her father disengaged from their relationship, Remy longs for a home and a family just like that of these good, simple people.
Suddenly patriarch of his large family, Adam struggles to do the right thing for his siblings, his community, and his God. He neither wants nor needs the complications that spirited Remy brings. But as much as he tries to push her away, even as he counts all the ways this lovely outsider cannot possibly remain in his world—or in his heart—the wondrous light she shines upon his troubled soul cannot be denied. Adam can only pray for the strength and the faith to get this Englisher girl out of their lives for good.
Snowbound with the Kings, Remy experiences the wonder and the chores of a simple winter among the Plain People, as well as the friendship of their warm community. When her peaceful interlude ends, does she dare to reveal a killer in their midst, knowing that she may lose the love of this special family and this remarkable man?
Lauer debuts with a quiet and gentle contemporary romance set in the Amish communities of Pennsylvania. After Remy McCallister suffers seizures that derail college, she reluctantly returns to Philadelphia to work at her father's newspaper. She meets Amish-raised Adam King on the train and learns that the murder of his parents has drawn him home to care for his 10 younger siblings. A year later, Remy decides to exploit the friendship and advance her career by writing a feature on the unsolved double homicide. Unaware of her intent, the media-shy Kings welcome her with open arms. As she falls for the deeply religious Adam, Remy's secret threatens to tear apart their happiness. Readers looking for a chaste and cozy fireside read will enjoy the leisurely pace as Lauer delves into the placid lives and unwavering faith of the Amish.