I love Christian fiction but I am a bit picky. I don’t really like the typical romance, sappy, happy ending kind of fiction where you know what is going to happen about 3 chapters in. So when I received this book to read and review I was not super excited. An Amish Christian fiction….umm not my usual speed. However I was totally surprised because I really, really enjoyed the book. I loved the characters and found the descriptions of Amish life and insight into their beliefs fascinating. The story is not predictable, at least not completely and it does deal with tough life issues.
I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to tracking down some more books by Cindy Woodsmall. It was a nice, nice surprise. It is an easy read too but good writing. I hope this will be a series because I am interested to see what happens next. I want to know how things turn out for these characters I fell in love with. You can pick up the book at your local bookseller or find it here. I have included below a summary of the book and some info on the author.
Book: The Hope of Refuge
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.
Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose–or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything–including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.