Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid (Amish Fiction from Thomas Nelson Publishing) [Review & Giveaway]

About the book: Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son's mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won't rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo's worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible---not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo's dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

Reid2My thoughts: Prepare to have your heart bleed or break at the events and tragedies that beset this young Amish mother and widow as her life is embroiled in the fall out from rules set down by a society that she is not part of but which are in place to protect. These rules threaten to destroy the very life and existence she holds dear to her tender heart.

As one whose job it is to see that the rules that protect the tenderest of society are complied with, Bo Lambright confronts Mattie Diener and nearly destroys her in the process. But her gentle ways weaken Bo's resolve and he investigates further.

This is not your typical sweet and gentle Amish story of a people who shun modern conveniences and lifestyles. It is about misinterpretation, misunderstanding, and being misguided. It is a story worth the telling and worth the reading. And it is a story that would and should encourage all elements of society to think deeply before acting.

A highly recommended read and a well-written story by Ruth Reid.
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Meet the Author: 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.


  1. I was able to see my new grandbaby today

  2. Just a beautiful day spending time with my hubby

  3. Sounds like a thought-provoking read! Your posts are always welcome at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup!

  4. I haven't read much Amish fiction in the last couple of years... just got too predictable for me... but then again they were always good ;) Thanks for sharing with #TheCozyReadingSpot

  5. This book sounds truly heart-wrenching! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

  6. Going to the library today has brought me joy today.

  7. My daughter is away at college and she surprised us and came home today.


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