Love by the Numbers

Love by the Numbers

After a buggy accident claims the life of her fiancé, Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store. It isn’t long before she meets the young man hired to handle the bookkeeping—Caleb Bontrager, whose handcrafted cuckoo clocks are sold in the store.       //        And it isn't long before Caleb has made up his mind about her: bright...

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Title:Love by the Numbers
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Love by the Numbers Reviews

  • Nancee

    Laura V. Hilton has been a long time favorite author of mine. In each of her series there is a wonderful connection from one novel to the next, with each novel containing its own merits. Love by the Numbers follows in this wonderful tradition. Old friends and family members are revisited while new characters are developed in their own rights.

    It amazes me how this author can whisk me into a novel and have me captivated with little effort. Descriptive, enthralling and with continuity, the plot kee

    Laura V. Hilton has been a long time favorite author of mine. In each of her series there is a wonderful connection from one novel to the next, with each novel containing its own merits. Love by the Numbers follows in this wonderful tradition. Old friends and family members are revisited while new characters are developed in their own rights.

    It amazes me how this author can whisk me into a novel and have me captivated with little effort. Descriptive, enthralling and with continuity, the plot keeps whirling along seamlessly. Family and love are the epitome of the plot. Relationships spark and sizzle, but always tasteful and pure. Once again, love is in the air with a unique and exciting flair!

    Join me in the pleasure and excitement that Laura creates in her books. You'll become a fan quickly if you aren't already!

    Disclaimer: There were no expectations for me to provide a positive review, and all expressed opinions are my own.

  • Maureen Timerman

    Laura V. Hilton has done it again, and I’m so happy to have read this amazing book. Not the ordinary Amish story, and one that will linger long after the final page has been turned.

    Can the kindness of one community over come the hurt that has been inflicted by another, or will they injustice of another area prevail over all. Will the effort of Lydia’s Aunt to help her, be enough, and can Caleb return to his roots, and let go of the guilt he has been carrying.

    Loved how even without her being the

    Laura V. Hilton has done it again, and I’m so happy to have read this amazing book. Not the ordinary Amish story, and one that will linger long after the final page has been turned.

    Can the kindness of one community over come the hurt that has been inflicted by another, or will they injustice of another area prevail over all. Will the effort of Lydia’s Aunt to help her, be enough, and can Caleb return to his roots, and let go of the guilt he has been carrying.

    Loved how even without her being there Lydia’s Aunt is helping in matchmaking, and so is the fellow in questioned mother, really so sweet, but as we get caught up in the story you have to wonder if it will all be in vain.

    You will be scratching your head at what has happened to Lydia at her home, and found myself walking in her shoes, and had the feeling that I could have gotten caught in the same trap.

    The author really has you thinking about forgiveness, easy to say, but hard to do. This is one book you really don’t want to miss, and I am sure glad to have had the chance.

    I received this book through the Publisher, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Julia Wilson

    Love By The Numbers by Laura V Hilton is a charming Amish romance. It is a light-hearted read but has themes grounded in God.

    The reader is enthralled by the two leading characters who are delightful. Both are running from their pasts. "What if the future Gott has planned for you is hiding behind your worst failure... or greatest fear?" We need to face our pasts, failures and fears. Whatever we have done, the blood of Jesus covers it all.

    Grace is available for all. "Why expect Gott to help her wh

    Love By The Numbers by Laura V Hilton is a charming Amish romance. It is a light-hearted read but has themes grounded in God.

    The reader is enthralled by the two leading characters who are delightful. Both are running from their pasts. "What if the future Gott has planned for you is hiding behind your worst failure... or greatest fear?" We need to face our pasts, failures and fears. Whatever we have done, the blood of Jesus covers it all.

    Grace is available for all. "Why expect Gott to help her when she didn't meet with His approval?" We need to stop projecting our thoughts and feelings onto God. He says we are loved and we need to believe it and live loved.

    Sometimes we have the wrong belief about how to be saved. We try to work out our salvation. Salvation is a gift. We can never earn it. "We aren't saved by being 'gutt enough'... only by grace."

    Worry for tomorrow can mar today. We need to cast our cares onto Jesus and live for today as He is taking care of tomorrow. "Cling to Gott for today, and let Him worry about tomorrow." The reader is reminded of the farmer who built bigger barns, only to lose his life that night. We do not need to be concerned about tomorrow as the future is already in the hands of God.

    The Amish are a wonderful, warm people who help where they can. They are community minded and bond over food. The reader's appetite is whetted with wonderful descriptions.

    A fabulous, light-hearted, feel-good novel with Godly themes.

    I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  • Karla

    I must admit that the Amish genre is one of my favorites in which to immerse myself and forget reality for a while! Laura V. Hilton is quickly becoming one of my "go to" authors, for this very purpose. This new book is one that was not one of the typical Amish tale...girl meets guy, fall in love, get married, type of story. It was unique in its overall theme as well as in leaving some soul searching long after the book was finished.

    The underlying theme of second chances, overcoming one's hurts

    I must admit that the Amish genre is one of my favorites in which to immerse myself and forget reality for a while! Laura V. Hilton is quickly becoming one of my "go to" authors, for this very purpose. This new book is one that was not one of the typical Amish tale...girl meets guy, fall in love, get married, type of story. It was unique in its overall theme as well as in leaving some soul searching long after the book was finished.

    The underlying theme of second chances, overcoming one's hurts and injustices , are dealt with in a such a fashion , that the reader is left thinking of his/her own life. Just how difficult is it to forgive and forget ??? Overcoming the past is not an easy thing to do, as this book shows us. The importance of forgiveness in order to walk in God's path is exhibited throughout this story.

    The characters are so vividly and well described that I was quickly immersed in their lives. Their hurts became mine as both Lydia and Caleb became my very good friends. I do love a book that allows me to identify with the characters and this book certainly met that qualification.

    The plot was well developed and I was caught up in the story after having read the first chapter. There was unexpected conflict galore as each of the main characters had secrets in their pasts that had to be addressed and dealt with. Until conflicts are resolved, healing cannot begin. God's grace gives us the power to have second chances.

    This was one book that I hated to put down. I just had to know the final outcome of these dear people. This is a five star book!! I am eagerly waiting for Laura's next new creation!

    This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. A positive review was not required.

  • Deana Dick

    What I liked the most about this book was the details of a shunning. I have often wondered exactly how it works and if everyone is in agreement with it. I loved Lydia and her humbleness. After a tragedy at her hometown , she finds comfort in a new place. Her aunt has graciously asked her to come run her gift shop while she is away. I would be running as fast as I could to get away from all the rumors stirring around me back home.

    The question arose for me when I started reading the story, how som

    What I liked the most about this book was the details of a shunning. I have often wondered exactly how it works and if everyone is in agreement with it. I loved Lydia and her humbleness. After a tragedy at her hometown , she finds comfort in a new place. Her aunt has graciously asked her to come run her gift shop while she is away. I would be running as fast as I could to get away from all the rumors stirring around me back home.

    The question arose for me when I started reading the story, how someone can be shunned without actual proof of what they did? The author does an amazing job of delving into that question with grace and wisdom.I appreciate how griping and honest the story was. I loved that Lydia was welcomed at her new place with warmth and love. There is one person that just got on my nerves. I won’t name who it is because I want you to discover for yourself who it is. I will say this person is vindictive and has a jealous streak that causes a lot of hurt feelings and misguided accusations. I am sure we have all encountered a person like this.

    Of course I can’t forget to mention the dashing Caleb. What’s not to like about him? He’s handsome, smart, caring and did I mention handsome. He sure got my attention and believe me I rooted for him the entire story. I understand his hesitation with Lydia, but the author does such a beautiful job of developing their relationship that I wanted to shout from the rooftop. I’m a bit partial to characters who are hurt by gossip and love a knight in shining armor. The details of making a clock was so fascinating I looked up more information on the Internet after I finished the book.

    The story is emotional at times and I love how Lydia was willing to help others even when they don’t show grace towards her. This has been one of the best stories I have read about shunning and how God reveals the truth. I asked myself if I have been guilty of blaming someone without giving them a chance? The ending is powerful and I loved how Lydia took comfort knowing that there were people surrounding her that were willing to stand up for her. Don’t miss this story that reminds us that,

    "He will never leave you nor forsake you."

    I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit for free. The review is my own opinion.

  • Amy

    Love by the Numbers just might be my favorite Laura Hilton book. The theme of this story is what really spoke to me. Caleb and Lydia are two people who both have some skeletons in their closet, one due to outside influences and the other due to personal sin. Neither believes that they should have the desires of their hearts met; both feel they must settle for less.

    I liked how both Lydia and Caleb learned to rely on God’s grace and not on man’s opinion. There seemed to be more of a focus on the

    Love by the Numbers just might be my favorite Laura Hilton book. The theme of this story is what really spoke to me. Caleb and Lydia are two people who both have some skeletons in their closet, one due to outside influences and the other due to personal sin. Neither believes that they should have the desires of their hearts met; both feel they must settle for less.

    I liked how both Lydia and Caleb learned to rely on God’s grace and not on man’s opinion. There seemed to be more of a focus on the physical side of a relationship for Caleb. It was certainly the thing he was most tempted with, especially when it comes to his feelings concerning Lydia. There is a profound statement in the book that Caleb’s father said to him. It went along the lines that God is the one who gives us our passions (the desires of our hearts), but we have a responsibility to honor Him in obedience and waiting for the right time and permission as in this case of a physical relationship with Caleb and Lydia, marriage first.

    The lesson of forgiveness is also strong in this story. Especially in forgiving oneself and moving on from the past to embrace the gifts and blessings of the present and future. I look forward to more by author Hilton.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

  • Dali Castillo

    Beautiful Story!

    Love by the Numbers is a beautiful story of romance with what I consider a little bit of mystery. The mystery part is where the author gives little bits and pieces of each of the main character’s story that keeps the reader guessing. There was also intrigue woven in through some twists and turns throughout the story. As the story continued to develop and the pieces started coming together, I realized that Lisa and Caleb were each carrying guilt over their past. The characters try

    Beautiful Story!

    Love by the Numbers is a beautiful story of romance with what I consider a little bit of mystery. The mystery part is where the author gives little bits and pieces of each of the main character’s story that keeps the reader guessing. There was also intrigue woven in through some twists and turns throughout the story. As the story continued to develop and the pieces started coming together, I realized that Lisa and Caleb were each carrying guilt over their past. The characters try their best to stay in the “friend zone” but needless to say, that doesn’t work out very well, making the characters all the more endearing. The story flows well with a mix romance, intrigue and forgiveness. It drew me in from the very first page all the way to the last page. I felt the struggle, pain, and joy of each character, as well as the blessing of God’s amazing forgiveness.

    Love by the Numbers will hook you from the very first page. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve read all the way to the very last word. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Susan

    Love by the Numbers

    Laura V Hilton

    Received from CelebrateLit for review

    While reading LOVE BY THE NUMBERS I became emotionally invested in all of the characters. They are all flawed, real and lovable! Once I started reading, I was instantly hooked. I devoured every page and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This not so typical Amish story is filled with jealousy, temptation, lies, rumors, but also love, family, and second chances.

    I quickly flew through LOVE BY THE NUMBERS and whe

    Love by the Numbers

    Laura V Hilton

    Received from CelebrateLit for review

    While reading LOVE BY THE NUMBERS I became emotionally invested in all of the characters. They are all flawed, real and lovable! Once I started reading, I was instantly hooked. I devoured every page and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This not so typical Amish story is filled with jealousy, temptation, lies, rumors, but also love, family, and second chances.

    I quickly flew through LOVE BY THE NUMBERS and when I finished I found myself wanting more. I loved all of the characters and found myself wanting to travel to Jamesport, Missouri. The tender moments in the story really pull at the readers heart strings. Caleb Bontrager knew he loved Lydia Hershberger from the minute he saw her. It's been five months since he saw her last at a wedding and he has never forgotten her. So imagine his surprise when he walks into the gift store in Jamesport where he is going to be the temporary accountant only to find Lydia behind the counter. He proceeds to act like a complete jerk and Lydia has no idea that they have met before. I will never be able to see vampire teeth without thinking of Caleb!

    In LOVE BY THE NUMBERS I loved Lydia and Caleb, the primary characters, but also fell in love with all of the secondary characters as well. Every one of them has an important part to play in this heart warming story and even though I wanted to reach in and smack one or two of them every now and then, they all weaseled their way into my heart. My emotions were all over the place and I was even reaching for the tissues quite a few times. Caleb and Lydia are both hiding painful pasts and are afraid of being exposed at any moment. Will they learn to forgive themselves and begin to live again?

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    “What if the life you want, and the future God has for you, is hiding in your biggest problem, your worst failure, your greatest fear?”

    First things first … WOWZA. I realize you probably don’t associate ‘steamy kisses’ with Amish fiction but that’s because you haven’t read one of Laura Hilton’s books yet.

    Caleb and Lydia have instant sizzling chemistry, Caleb having intended to marry Lydia since he first met her five months ago. Never mind that she doesn’t remember him at all. She’s certainly capt

    “What if the life you want, and the future God has for you, is hiding in your biggest problem, your worst failure, your greatest fear?”

    First things first … WOWZA. I realize you probably don’t associate ‘steamy kisses’ with Amish fiction but that’s because you haven’t read one of Laura Hilton’s books yet.

    Caleb and Lydia have instant sizzling chemistry, Caleb having intended to marry Lydia since he first met her five months ago. Never mind that she doesn’t remember him at all. She’s certainly captivated now by his milk-chocolate-brown-eyes. This instant physical connection between them may seem to lack emotional depth at first – because it does lol. But as they spend more time together, their hearts also connect and that heated attraction only burns hotter.

    It’s not all swoons and kisses though. There are destructive storms – within and without. Besides the frightening tornado that leaves havoc in its wake, both Caleb and Lydia struggle with temptation and guilt. Lydia in particular must constantly battle the damaging and hurtful words she endured back home when their less-than-useless bishop believed a spurned (married) sexual harasser’s accusations that Lydia had tried to seduce him. As her shunning murmurs through the community of Jamesport, where she hoped to escape the painful whispers of home, her misplaced shame overwhelms her. Caleb too is wrestling with past sins and his body’s pull toward Lydia.

    Enter Caleb’s dear Daed, Preacher Zeke. He’s about the polar opposite of Lydia’s bishop back home … because he knows Jesus and His grace. I loved so much his wise and tender conversations with both Caleb and Lydia. And his reminders that “We aren’t saved by being ‘gut enough’…Nor by joining the church. Only by grace.” It’s this grace that resonates in his family – and wraps around Caleb’s sins and Lydia’s shame. And that, more than the smokin’ hot kisses, is my favorite part of any story.

    Bottom Line: Love by the Numbers is a beautifully done quilt of humor, grace, and passion. Laura V. Hilton creates characters you want as friends and boy can she write a kissing scene! The Julie Lessman or Pepper Basham of Amish fiction, I’m telling you. But she can also just as skillfully write a tender scene of God’s wisdom that soothes raw wounds in seeking hearts.

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

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