Reviewed by Amanda Farmer
A Miracle of Hope was my first book by Ruth Reid and it will definitely not be the last; Reid did such an excellent job writing this book. The reader will find themselves immersed in Lindie, Josiah, and Hannah’s lives. I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens to everyone. This was a very engaging book that had everything from love and friendships, to relationships with daughters and a marriage of convenience.
In A Miracle of Hope, Lindie finds herself in a pickle. Her Amish community has started to feel awkward and she no longer feels welcome. To make matters worse, her fiance has left her, and she blames herself for what happened one night after singing. Lindie finds her brother, Eli, arranging a marriage for her to a childhood friend of his, Josiah, who needs a mother for his eight year old daughter, Hannah, and will give her his name in marriage only not love. Josiah is also willing to not question why Lindie needs an arranged marriage.
Although Lindie and Josiah try to avoid it, they find themselves falling in love with one another. Hannah – who is deaf and is grieving the loss of her mother – finds it hard to accept Lindie at first but once Lindie learns sign language, they start to form a bond. Lindie’s life has been thrown upside down and she quickly finds herself a wife, a mother, and pregnant. She works to find herself and not disappoint anyone, especially her new family. Josiah has a secret of his own: an illness he once thought was gone has come back and he must learn to accept Lindie’s help if they are to keep their marriage going. Throughout the story, we learn of what happened to Lindie, and we are able to see her grow and accept everything in stride.
This story was so compelling that I felt myself pulling for Lindie and Josiah to beat the odds and form a family with one another and Hannah. I felt like I was there in the story with them, sharing their experiences and heartaches. This story was not as strict as some are with the Amish communities and traditions, which I loved.
I would definitely recommend this story to everyone that loves a good Amish story, you won’t be disappointed.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.