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.
Find out more about Ruth at:http://ruthreid.com
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?
I am always blessed when I discover a new author, but consider myself doubly blessed to come across an author whose work I'm reading for the first time in a genre that isn't particularly my favorite who ABSOLUTELY blows me away with her story. Ruth Reid has done exactly that with A Miracle of Hope. I actually just finished this book last night...or should I say this morning at about 1 a.m.! I couldn't put this one down.
Lindie and Josiah's story is told beautifully by Reid, whose characterization is rich and detailed. Reid peppers detail all along the way and draws you into the story from the very beginning with a bit of mystery and suspense. She captures Amish life is such a vivid manner that I felt at times a part of the story rather than just reading a book. At times I could picture the scenes so clearly and could almost feel the emotions being experienced by the characters.
I would describe Reid's writing as honest and believable. I loved Josiah! Found in a very difficult situation with an arranged marriage and a hurting daughter, he can almost be seen as a "type of Christ" figure...laying down his life for another. His relationship with Lindie was a delight to watch develop as I read the book.
Reid eloquently portrays the hope that can be found in Christ and what trust in Him looks like in the midst of what appears to be hopeless situations. I will be keeping an eye out for Reid's next book in this series!
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