- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Amish Wonders edition (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401688705
- ISBN-13: 978-1401688707
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Amish Miracle: Three Amish Novellas Paperback – December 10, 2013
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About the Author
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at ruthreid.com Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid
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Top Customer Reviews
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 The hours flew by as I read the story of Lindie, Josiah and Hannah, a withdrawn and shy 8-year-old.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.
However, Becky’s best friend, Elam, is stunned about how much she’s changed. Why is she seeing Matt – after all Becky and Elam have always been best friends, and their friendship could easily turn into something more.
Out of the three stories in this collection, I enjoyed this one the most. I think it’s because it dealt with an overweight main character – I seldom see this in Christian fiction.
The second novella, Always His Providence, is about Rosa – a barren Amish widow woman. She’s desperately trying to make more money to pay the back taxes on her land – her deceased husband did not keep up with the tax payments and now Rosa could lose her farm. Adam, her next door neighbor and her husband’s best friend, vowed that he’d take care of Rosa after her husband died. Rosa’s husband, Uriah, saved Adam’s life and Adam feels indebted to Uriah’s widow, Rosa.
I enjoyed this story because I loved reading about the attraction between Adam and Rosa. Adam is scarred by the fire that took Uriah’s life. I also loved reading about Rosa’s chickens! Rosa sells eggs and the chickens’ egg-laying habits provide a unique twist to the story.
The first story, Always in My Heart, is about Hope. She’s blessed with several daughters, however, she wonders if her traumatic past is causing her to be son-less. Hope and her husband are almost desperate to have a male offspring, but, Hope keeps giving birth to girls. She thinks about that dark, traumatic night, and the decision she was forced to make afterwards. She’s never shared her experience with her husband, and she struggles, wondering what her husband would say if he knew. She also wonders if there’s anything she can do to ensure she has a male child in the future.
This story takes on an interesting twist as Hope receives a totally unexpected answer to her prayer. I liked this story, for the most part. Hope and her husband receive a totally unexpected interesting visitor which provides the story with a unique and interesting twist.
The storyline was interesting - if not also rather unrealistic. Spoiler alert - it includes a mother being crushed by a tree that sends her deaf daughter into a coma and makes her almost autistic when she awakes; a husband who has cancer; miscarriages; rape; a pregnancy from that rape, a girl who lays hands on a dead deer and heals it, and on and on. There's so much death that is used to create drama, when a good writer can create drama from much less overly dramatic situations. What's more - none of these crazy dramatic situations is even fully developed. Josiah never really processes losing his wife, he just one day decides that he actually did fall in love again despite his vow not to. Lyndie never processes being raped (which is super traumatic). Hannah goes back and forth entered normal deaf girl and almost insane. And again, the list of underdeveloped storylines goes on and on.
I also felt like all of the medical talk was very inaccurate. I had a friend who went through treatment for lymphoma, and let's just say her treatment process was different in pretty much every way. In this book, the doctor treating the cancer in his office with a daily dose of chemo (and monitoring the chemo's effectiveness with daily blood draws...) is the same doctor who is acting as OB/gyn for the main character, oh, and all in exchange for some nice Amish furniture. Believable? Not so much.
I think the author could redevelop and rewrite this storyline to make it work, but as the book is, don't bother.