Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders #1) by Ruth Reid

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?

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 lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

My Review:

This book reminds me of a mail order bride story, only with an Amish twist. I can't even imagine, being a mail order wife, but having my brother arrange my future, and away from everyone. This is what happened to Lindie Wyse, she has no choice, she is expecting another man's baby.
Josiah had moved to Michigan and was working in his father-in-laws mill. His wife was killed a few years ago, and he is now alone with his eight year old daughter. He has had a hard time raising her, and working. His daughter, Hannah, is deaf, and a hand full.
I enjoyed the interaction that goes on in this very small community. Most seem to welcome Lindie with open arms, although she is, unknown to them, a wife in name only. Yes, Josiah still is in love with his deceased wife, and knows he can never love another??
There are some hard times coming for these young people. Can they over come their differences, and become a whole family?
This is a very heartwarming story, and among tragedy, there is some wonderful happenings.

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

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