Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance it s going to take a miracle.

Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own inthe timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.

Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his "daed" s patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp and he s neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.

But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity.Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father s wishes . . . and Ben s.

Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way intothe district. It isn t long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Benin a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love."


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

An Amish story that starts with two young gentlemen in a Florida settlement getting in trouble and being sent to cold Michigan, a rather unusual punishment, but awakening.
We have boy arriving, girl at station picking up her Aunt, girl making rash judgment of disliking boy, thinking he is a fence jumper. Loved the rather hard time she gives him, and he seems to be confirming her suspicions without even trying to.
The story goes on like this with boy interested in girl, and girl having a medical problem, and insecure, and liking boy, but not sure. When all of a sudden, there is a major change in the peace and security of the Amish community. We are now in a life or death struggle, and with all of the hurts and violence, we wonder if or who will survive.
Ben Eichner is a rebel in some ways, and has displeased his father many times, being in legal trouble was the straw that broke the dam, and that is how Ben and Toby have appeared in the frozen north. What a new environment they are in, one day no coat to bundles of clothing, and warm ocean, to frozen creek water.
You will love some of the decisions, and wonder about others, but soon realize that God is in charge here. Such a display of faith, and following of our Father’s wishes, and compassion for our fellow man, whether they are Amish or English.
I really enjoyed this story, and hope there is more to come, I did love that the epilogue filled in a lot of unanswered questions, but I do want more.

I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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