“A Miracle of Hope” 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?

 We don’t generally think of the Amish in terms of injustice, crime, danger, or arranged marriages, but A Miracle of Hope has all of the above.  The story starts with a dramatic mystery and ends as a sweet story of hope and love.

Lindie is mysteriously quiet in the early chapters of this book.  Not knowing exactly what has happened to her or why she’s been disgraced certainly adds to the suspense of the story, but you’ll soon learn that there’s even more than you expected – which only makes it better.

Josiah has issues that are unforeseen, as well, and they don’t all stem from the seemingly textbook sources.  His problems and past baggage pop up throughout the book with frustrating regularity, which will make you turn pages even faster in the hopes of figuring out his story.  

Hannah’s the one who will really surprise you, though, because not only does she have issues that Josiah takes several chapters to explain, but she has gifts that most faithful English, nevertheless Amish, rarely discuss.  After getting a glimpse of Hannah’s story you can’t help but want to cheer her on and find out more.

So don’t start A Miracle of Hope in the carpool line or just before bedtime or while you wait for the doctor.  You just won’t have enough time.  Settle in with some hot chocolate and your favorite snack, because you’re going to be there a while.  Once you crease the cover, you’ll be turning the pages until you reach ‘The End’ at the back.

 
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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

I received a free copy of A Miracle of Hope from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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