Monday, February 17, 2014

A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid *Review

About the book: Book One in the Amish Wonders series.

How far can God's mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah's special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

My Thoughts:
What a beautiful story! Such redemption and forgiveness portrayed. Lindie starts as such a broken soul, pregnant and unwed in an Amish community. Her beau forsaking her, and she has no choice to but to move on. The arrangement at first is strange for everyone, but in time they soon learn to love one another. So glad that the book goes that route. Josiah is a gentle, kind man and epitomizes a great husband and forgiver.
I really loved this book. It felt like it had some different elements to it than some of the more recent Amish fiction books I have read. A different series of themes and events kept my interest and reading till the end. This is the first book I have read by Ruth Reid. I am going to be checking out her other Amish series for my To Be Read pile. I really enjoyed her work!

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About the author: Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

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