Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Miracle Of Hope By Ruth Reid Book Review

/ / A Miracle Of Hope / /

/ / An Amish Wonders Novel / /

{Review By Madi}
Title: A Miracle of Hope
Author: Ruth Reid
Source: The Litfuse Publicity Group
Number Of Pages: 340
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8829-5
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Year Of Publication: 2013
My Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars

/ / Book Description / /

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?

/ / Book Review / /

 Ever since I read The Promise Of An Angel (the first book in the Heaven On Earth series), I have been a Ruth Reid fan. She has a way of taking an ordinary story and making it extraordinary. She doesn't just write your regular Amish fiction, she writes stories that restore your faith and make you believe in miracles. I now own all of Ruth Reid's books, and I can't wait for her to write more! If you haven't read anything by this author, then I highly encourage you to do so pretty soon. I couldn't put this book down, and I didn't want to. I got so caught up in the story that I forgot everything going on around me. It was so suspenseful that I didn't want to miss a single thing. In order to help you understand a little bit about this book, I'll tell you a little about it, (don't worry, I'll try to stay clear of including spoilers).
Lindie Wyse is an Amish woman in a tight spot. She is pregnant out of wedlock, and she needs to secure her future and make sure that her child is well cared for. At her brother Eli's insistence, she moves to a new state to marry Eli's best friend - a man that is a complete stranger to her. Though Josiah is a kind and generous man, at first things are rocky, to say the least. She has a trouble communicating with his deaf daughter who has a bad habit of running off without giving them notice, her husband's father-in-law (the father of Josiah's deceased wife) is constantly giving her a hard time, and she doesn't know if she was ever really meant to be a wife and mother.
Josiah Plank is a hardworking man that needs someone to care for his daughter while he works during the day. His shop is no place for an eight year old girl. He trusts that his friend Eli's sister is a suitable young lady, but he knows that he can never love her. Not the way that he loved his first wife. But he's determined to treat her right, even if he can't give her his heart.
This book was a great way for me to start off 2014!  I loved all the characters, and I felt like I could reach through the book and touch them. There was a plot twist at the turn of every page, and every single chapter held a certain excitement. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, so to speak. A Miracle Of Hope was the perfect mixture of love, trial, joy, danger, excitement, faith and mystery. I can't recommend this book or it's author enough. Just read it.
~Madi For The Literary Maidens
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion and I was not further compensated for this review. All thoughts expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

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