An Amish Miracle
Absorbing Into The Amish Community
I never wanted this book to end. I wanted to stay right here and keep absorbing their lives. There are three separate stories here, and each blends into the next author's story.
We begin with Always in My Heart by Mary Ellis. A story of tragedy brought full circle. Book Blurb: Hope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. SheÃ¢ÂÂs hidden this secret from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son. Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends her isnÃ¢ÂÂt a new baby but the fifteen-year-old boy she gave up years ago.
I can just imagine how Hope felt, the missing piece of her life. Will she ever be able to tell her husband?? Will she be able to forgive her Dad? Strong feelings of emotion on all of the people in this story.
The next story is Always His Providence by Ruth Reid and the blurb about this book: Widow Rosa Hostetler has one month to pay her delinquent taxes before the county auctions her farm. SheÃ¢ÂÂs prepared to sell whatever is necessary to pay the lien, but she isnÃ¢ÂÂt willing to request money from the communityÃ¢ÂÂs widow fund. SheÃ¢ÂÂs embarrassed and refuses to admit she needs help. Rosa depends on income from selling eggs, but when that income is threatened, only a miracle can help Rosa accept the kindness of a neighbor.
We find Rosa is such a proud woman, and she is still protecting the reputation of her late husband, and she is doing this to the point of possibly loosing her farm. There are so many surprises and lots of action in this read. There is even a bit of romance. Again we are with people who we met in the first book, and continue with their story.
The third and last story is Always Beautiful by Beth Wiseman: Becky Byler is eighteen and overweight. She is overwhelmed by the embarrassment she feels when comparing herself to other girls her age. Having lost all hope, she considers taking her own life. As she stands before rushing water, unable to swim, Becky begs God for a miracle. In just several months, Becky sees her prayers answered as food and temptation lose their hold over her. SheÃ¢ÂÂs finally pleased with how she looks, but does she like the person she has become? And has the man she has dreamed of been right beside her all along, loving her exactly as she is?
We met Becky in the first story, and now we are going to focus on her. A novelette of not seeing really what is in front of you. Having your prayers answered by God, but not really seeing his answer, because one is focused on what we want.
These are really get reads all by them selves, but especially great as they are a continuation into the lives of these beloved people, that will feel like family, by the time you finish!
I received this book through NetGalley, and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
December 4, 2013
An Amish Miracle
AN AMISH MIRACLE is a collection of romantic novellas set in PennsylvaniaÃ¢ÂÂs Amish country. Three Amish women are going through difficulties, each of a different sort. Ms. EllisÃ¢ÂÂ story has Hope who is still mourning the loss of her son to adoption. Ms. ReidÃ¢ÂÂs story has Rosa who is facing losing her home due to delinquent taxes, and sheÃ¢ÂÂs unwilling to accept help from others. In Ms. WisemanÃ¢ÂÂs tale, Becky is an outsider in her community due to her weight issues.
This collection by three very talented Amish authors is different that while the stories all have Christmas themes, they are not toted at Christmas stories. That is secondary. Also, the hardships the characters face are all overwhelming I felt the charactersÃ¢ÂÂ depressionÃ¢ÂÂwhich is a sign of good writing.
If you are looking for an Amish novella collection for yourself or a loved one or friend then AN AMISH MIRACLE is a book to consider. Three stories in one book. And if you like this book, youÃ¢ÂÂll want to check out Mary EllisÃ¢ÂÂ, Ruth ReidÃ¢ÂÂs, and Beth WisemanÃ¢ÂÂs other books. Includes Reading Group Guide and Old-Order Amish Recipes.
November 27, 2013
3 wonderful personal stories
Three novella's all taking place in the same community by three different authors, all are among my list of favorite authors. Two of the main characters are good friends, Hope Bowman and Rosa Hostetler and Becky Byler is a younger person in the community. All three stories deal with modern day circumstances and tell how the ladies deal with them. I could associate with one of the stories more than the others but they were all very touching and I really enjoyed this book. These women each show their strength and their strong faith.
I would recommend this book to those who like stories that deal with personal feelings and trying to overcome those feelings, no matter what the outcome may be. "An Amish Miracale" goes on sale December 3, 2013.
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November 26, 2013
An Amish Miracle
An Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid and Mary Ellis is a collection of 3 novellas, each one written by one of these women. They each highlight a different woman in the same Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania. These women are all good friends and each one is about to experience a miracle from God. Hope Bowman believes that God is punishing her by giving her only girls for children because when was a very young teenage girl she was raped and her father made her give up the boy child for adoption. Hope has 4 beautiful loving daughters whom she loves dearly but so wants a son not only for her husband but also for herself. She prays for a miracle then the day after she admits to her husband, Stephen, of her shame she awakens to a knock on her door and finds her 15 year old son, James, standing there with quite a story to tell the family of his adoption then life in foster care.
The next story continues to tell of Bowman family but the story centers on HopeÃ¢ÂÂs good friend Rosa Hostetler who is about to lose the farm to back taxes after the untimely death of her husband. Rosa hates depending on anyone for anything but her pride is getting her further and further into debt and then when the English neighborÃ¢ÂÂs dog start killing her chickens that is the last straw. Those chickenÃ¢ÂÂs eggs are her only means of supporting herself. Not only are her chickens being depleted but since they are now scared the ones that are left have quit laying. One day that she lost her temper and shot the dog leaving it wounded and limping back to its master. Her neighbor brought her the vet bill. It took all the money she had been saving to pay for it. She gave up. She couldnÃ¢ÂÂt sleep, she couldnÃ¢ÂÂt pay her bills, she would have to go live with her aunt and she didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to. That night she prayed for a miracle.
The last of the novellas continues these 2 womenÃ¢ÂÂs stories to a minor degree and Becky Byler is the lead character. Becky had been discussed in the two prior stories as a lovely though overweight teenage girl. Everyone loves Becky but Becky has no confidence in herself or believing that her neighbors especially the boys would like her just for herselfÃ¢ÂÂeven her overweight self. Becky learns to love herself and trust that people would love her also even if she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt look like what the world seeÃ¢ÂÂs as beautiful.
I liked this collection of stories. I especially liked that though these stories could all stand alone that they all are also connected. These 3 writers have done a fabulous job of intertwining the stories to make this book. I would recommend this as good reading for any woman or girl of most any age.
This book was provided by Booksneeze for this review.
November 25, 2013