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?
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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.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As I have written about in many past reviews, I am an Amish fiction fan. I have become much more discriminating in my tastes concerning this genre, and authors with whom I am not familiar don’t generally get and easy 5-star rating. And as I began reading this book, I wasn’t too taken with Ruth Reid’s writing style. It was hard to follow, and I thought that the story may not be all the intriguing. But I continued to read with an open mind.
Once I realized the difficult issues both Josiah and Lindie had to face, I found my interest growing immeasurably. Rape and cancer are hot topics even in today’s post-modern society, but when placed within the Amish framework, it is even more intense. Throw in a deaf/mute child and arranged marriage without love and you have a recipe for potential disaster. But all the reader needs to do is read the title to get an inkling of how the book ends. I actually shed a few tears on the last pages because I wasn’t sure if the book ended as I felt it should have. I was quite relieved to read the last page!
As to the Christian message, it is strong and real. Both Josiah and Lindie learn to trust God in everything, and I believe that is why the book concluded as it did. The gospel message is not there in so many words, but the reader can find true inspiration and reliance on God encouraged and rewarded.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.