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When tragedy strikes in Ohio’s idyllic Amish community, Ruth Hostettler’s faith is put to the test. Will she find the strength to rise above the ashes of her dreams? Can she find hope in the eyes of a motherless child that will rescue her embittered heart?
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One woman’s shattered dream. . .

One man’s second chance. . .

And the faith that can heal broken hearts. 

 

Ruth is the second oldest sister in the Hostettler family and has one burning desire—to marry and fill her Amish household with children. Life seems to be falling into place when Martin Gingerich starts to court her and when she becomes a friend to a motherless child.

 

But her dreams are suddenly shattered in one horrific moment, putting Ruth’s faith to the test. Finding herself spiritually adrift, Ruth’s only real prayer becomes a desperate “Why, God?”

 

Will Ruth find the faith and strength to rise above the ashes?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.; d edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597892726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597892728
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
A Sister's Test by Wanda Brunstetter is the second book in the Sisters of Holmes County series. Ruth Hostettler, the younger sister of Grace from A Sister's Secret, the first book, has recently broken up with troubled Luke and seeks the kind of loving marriage that Grace has found with Cleon. When Martin Gingerich starts courting her, they both feel the need to marry immediately, as though something is warning them. The attacks on the Hostettler family farm have continued and ratcheted up in intensity. Someone has it out for this Amish family, and they aren't afraid to take extreme measures. Is it Grace's English ex-boyfriend or Luke, Ruth's ex-boyfriend who is still going through rumspringa? I don't normally read the many Amish Christian fiction books on the market, but this series truly stands out from the rest. There is suspense and mystery along with deep faith and family. It's a real page turner that's impossible to put down. Each member of the family has their own way of dealing with the siege of terror, from the father's quiet acceptance, to youngest sister Martha's detective work. Every character pops off of the page and breathes life into the story. I don't know how I'm going to hold out until July to read the final book in the series, A Sister's Hope, to find out who the attacker is!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lauzon on July 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't get it. I read the first and second book and was again left with no ending. The whole book focussus on the vandalisms and threats, as did the first book and still, no conclusion to that. Also, reading this book is like watching a soap opera. You can skip a page and read a page and not miss a beat. If you were to delete all of the repeating the same things over and over again, you'd probably be left with 100 pages rather than the nearly 300 that there is. I have many books by W. Brunstetter and other Amish others but must say that this series is a terrible bore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Russo on February 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love how the book is a continuation of the first book, but still has its own plotline. Just when I think I can figure out who is doing all the bad things to the Hostetlers, I'm turned another way and think it's someone else. The ONLY thing I recommend is that you don't read the front cover to see what it's about. I could figure out what was going to happen to Ruth by reading that, and yet it still took me in different turns once it got there. I love the simplicity, the wholesomeness, the suspense, and the emotions involved throughout the book. Can't wait for number 3!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
* Note I marked this as three stars, but Amazon is showing five and it will not edit*

I'm really struggling with reading this series. This is the first (meaning this series) of Wanda Brunstetter for me to read and I'm just not sure what I think. I have read various authors of Amish Christian Fiction over the years, as well as many history books of the Amish dealing with my quilting addiction. I have never heard before of the Amish so often going to a Dentist, or Chiropractor, sure I've heard of them seeing a Doctor or go...more I'm really struggling with reading this series. This is the first (meaning this series) of Wanda Brunstetter for me to read and I'm just not sure what I think. I have read various authors of Amish Christian Fiction over the years, as well as many history books of the Amish dealing with my quilting addiction. I have never heard before of the Amish so often going to a Dentist, or Chiropractor, sure I've heard of them seeing a Doctor or going to the hospital under extreme circumstances, but it is very strange to hear of various Amish persons continually seeing a Chiropractor.

This book picks up just a few weeks after the first one ends, and I really would like to say that there are more smiles and rose blossoms in reading the book of Job than there is in this book. I just do not understand how so much strife can continue one thing after another. I'm ready for some happiness! Geez, these books are depressing me. But, I refuse to just quit the author or the series, because surely as much strife is shown to be as possible there must be such happiness to compare. Because I know that as much as the Lord is one for taking, He also giveth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ahh it gets better and better. Although there are a lot of unhappy things happening to our favorite beloved family, and we still don't know who could be doing these horrific things, the family still puts their trust in God.

Could it be Luke, who Roman fired? Could it be Gary Walker whom Grace broke up and he said he would get even? Could it be someone like the English neighbors who wanted to buy the property?

So many things happen in life, and this story reminds us we need to trust in him.

Beautiful, just a beautiful wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Dotterweich on February 3, 2008
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As usual Wanda Brunstetter keeps us in suspense. This is a well written book continuing the trials of the Hostettler family. Read to see how Grace and Cleon are doing and how Ruth handles the trials of her life.
I can hardly wait for Book #3 to see how everything turns out.
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And so the story goes:
* Ruth is kind and caring.
* Ruth falls in love with Martin, who reciprocates her love for him.
* They live in an environment of constant threats and vandalism.
* Abe, father of six children, recently lost his wife Alma to a lightning stroke (act of nature).
* Ruth and Martin get married.
* Martin gets killed in an 'orchestrated' buggy accident.
* Ruth survives, but her uterus is surgically removed.
* Ruth works for Abe because, a) she loves to care for children, b) Abe has no one to help him with his family, and c) she wants/needs to overcome her grief after losing Martin to a mysterious buggy accident on Christmas eve.
* Ruth and Abe fall in love and get married."

Happy ending? Not really.

There is no resolution or revelation as to who was behind the threats and vandalism (e.g., damaged mail boxes, stink bomb, buggy ramming, etc). Was it Luke Friesen, who got fired by his boss Roman (father of Ruth, Grace and Martha), the mysterious reporter Gary Walker (who drifts in and out of Holmes county), or the sneaky neighbor Ray Larson, who covets their home(s) for acquiring more real estate, or perhaps even sheriff Osborne, whose detective skills and passion for apprehending the perpetrator seem rather shallow and limited? The readers of book#2 shall never know. In the end, it doesn't matter. Only Brunstetter knows. And she seems to relish keeping those secrets to herself. Unless, of course, we run to Barnes and Noble in the plaza and order book#3! A clever author has ways to have you come back for more. It's a tough job when you make a living from writing.

Ordering book#3 may be all right where you are living in the USA.
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