A Miracle of HopeRuth Reid
She’s heard about forgiveness all her life, but how far does God’s mercy truly reach? In A Miracle of Hope the third book in Ruth Reid's Amish Wonders Series Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn chil... Read More
In A Miracle of Hope the third book in Ruth Reid's Amish Wonders Series Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn child. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his deaf 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. After a short time, Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes the child’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building—and the love that is growing between them.
Will their marriage survive their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?
Page Count: 352
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Dec 31, 2013
- UPC: 9781401688295
- Height: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 340
- Publish Date: Jan 7, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 1401688292
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- The BEST of Amish Fiction! by Wanda Barefoot on 2/2/2014
I love Amish fiction. There is always such a strong message of faith and hope that comes through in each story. The characters usually have such a strong bond with God but now and then you meet a character that is struggling with their faith. Although Lindie Wyse loves God she can't understand why some things have happened in her life. Getting pregnant by unconventional means, feeling she has no choice but to marry someone she doesn't love, leaving her home to live in a strange community. Lindie questions God a lot in the beginning but as she comes to love her husband and things begin to unfold she realizes that each event was part of God's great plan all along. You literally watch her faith go from mediocre to strong. It was so great to read about her interaction with Josiah's eight year-old deaf daughter, Hannah, as well. Once Lindie realized Hannah's hidden talents their bond strengthened and their relationship as mother and daughter flourished.
Josiah Plank was my favorite character. Even though his wife had passed away three years earlier he knew he needed a mother for Hannah and he also wanted to help Lindie who had nowhere to turn. What impressed me about Josiah from the beginning was his gentleness. He knew Lindie was pregnant out of wedlock and Lindie felt so ashamed, so imperfect, and one of the things he said to her very early into their marriage that sticks in my mind was when Lindie thought her brother had paid Josiah to marry her and she asked him how much he had charged her brother for a marred fraa.
~Josiah crouched beside her and tilted his head so that their eyes met. "You're nett marred in mei eyes."~
One simple sentence that said so much about Josiah's character. He was a forgiving man and, despite his own promise, grew to love Lindie with a fierceness. Hannah was deaf and hadn't spoken since her mother had died. Her emotions were very closed off and she completely ignored Lindie most of the time until Lindie began to see her hidden talents. Then a mother daughter bond began to form slowly. I loved the part below where Hanah gave Lindie her Christmas gift.
~Hannah returned to her spot on the floor, stroking her baby doll. Then she set the doll down, picked up a brown paper bag, and handed it to Lindie.
"Ach, what's this?" She opened the bag and pulled out the framed picture. "It's beautiful." She held it up for Josiah to see. "Look, it's a picture of hands. All different sizes. Lindie studied the picture closer. The hands all rested on a pregnant belly.
Josiah pointed to the wall. "I thought we could hand it over the desk."
"I'd like that." Lindie pointed to the largest set of hands in the drawing. "Who is this?" she signed.
Hannah signed and Josiah a answered, "God."~
I also loved the way Simon, Hannah's grandfather, completely humbled himself and admitted he had treated Lindie terribly. It was great to watch all of these things unfold. I have only read two books in this series, The Promise of an Angel and A Miracle of Hope. There is a strong thread of hope, faith and God's capabilities running throughout this series. In book one God worked through and angel. In this book God performed his healing powers through an eight year-old little girl. This was such an enjoyable story. I love the characters and, although I can't reveal any details, trust me when I say the plot was amazing. It was about loss, healing, faithfulness, hope, joy, loyalty and love. You WILL need tissues. Trust me. This is one of the BEST Amish stories I have ever read. You will fall in love with it. If you like Amish fiction I very highly recommend this book!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's because I truly enjoyed it. I received no monetary compensation.
- Compelling Amish Fiction! by Nancee on 1/27/2014
Young, unwed and pregnant, Lindie was scorned in her community, and her brother arranged for her marriage of convenience to his best friend. Josiah's first wife had died suddenly, leaving him to raise his young daughter alone. Born deaf, Josiah's daughter needed someone to look after her, and Josiah needed a helpmate to run the household. Lindie's brother escorted her by bus from Ohio to the North Woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. After her initial meeting with Josiah he announced his feelings regarding the marriage. "I'm nett capable of falling in love again. Your bruder is mistaken if he's told you otherwise. Even in time, I won't." Isolated and far from home and family, loneliness and a sick stomach were Lindie's constant companions throughout the days. A life of despair lurked as she worked through the details of her life.
Ruth Reid is a new author to me. I must say that she has a new fan! This is a book that I couldn't put down, even when I should have been asleep. The hours flew by as I read the story of Lindie, Josiah and Hannah, a withdrawn and shy 8-year-old. The obstacles and complications that stemmed from previous events evident in their relationship made for a compelling story. The author's expression "cabin fever" when relating to Michigan winters is authentic. Those of us who are lifelong residents of the state can attest to that fact. The isolation and weather conditions described in the North Woods are factual, and when applied to Lindie's circumstances imparted her sense of desertion. The author has a gift for creating characterizations with a depth of feeling throughout their development. Hope, faith and forgiveness are deeply ingrained in this story. I highly recommend this author of Amish fiction. A Miracle of Hope was beautifully scripted!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.