Yep, another Amish fiction book review! You should know by now that I can’t resist, especially when it by a new-to-me author!
Publisher’s Book Summary
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?
I definitely found this novel hard to put down. As a matter of fact, I read it all in one night. It’s a very good story with characters that draw you in.
I did find it to have a different feel than most Amish novels. The best I can describe it is that it felt less Amish I suppose? I have never known any Amish people myself, but it seemed possibly less authentic to the Amish lifestyle. But that might just be me. Either way, I enjoyed it.
The story follows Lindie, a young Amish girl, whose brother sets up an arranged marriage for her in another state when he finds out she is pregnant out of wedlock. Josiah needs a mother figure for his daughter. They never imagine they’d fall in love but almost as soon as they acknowledge their feelings for each other, they must face medical struggles that threaten to break the new family apart.
The characters were very well written. I loved Lindie’s determination and strength, Josiah’s dedication, and Hannah’s spunk and loving heart.
In my opinion, A Miracle of Hope would be most appropriate for adults, possibly mature teens. It does deal with a sexual abuse, which could be troubling to read about, even though the details are not too graphic. It could also be disturbing for someone who has experienced sexual abuse. I know I might be spoiling part of the story by saying this, but I feel it important to disclose lest someone ends up reading it when they might otherwise avoid it for that reason.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I think that most fans of Amish fiction will as well. Happy reading!
*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through the Book Sneeze blogger program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. Affiliate links included in this post.