I like my Amish fiction and I love this latest read…
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.
My Review: I'm never sure what to expect with the Amish Wonder Series. When I saw the first title in the series with the word miracles in the name I expected something otherworldly and was a bit skittish about reading the book. But not so. Each novel so far has been refreshingly true to life with a hint of what ‘could' happen with a miracle.
Ruth Reid weaves a tale that begins in heartache and ends with healing. I like to think that's how miracles work. For those who trust in Him God works things so thoroughly, as if mending a tear, that you may not see it at first but when you look back it can only be said that it was a miracle.
A Dream of Miracles started out slowly but surely. I had no idea where it was going except I knew that Bo and Mattie would make a connection. I felt for Mattie immediately. Her struggle at single motherhood put tears in my eyes. I had no idea how, in such a closed Amish community but I trusted that Ruth would work it out. And she did.
I'm going to touch on a little bit more of the book with some of the group questions from the back. Not to worry. I won't reveal any spoilers although this may give you a hint a little further into the book.
- Bo felt God God's direction through his dreams. Have you ever felt like God provided you with a solution to a problem by way of your dreams? Can you think of three instances when dreams play a critical role in the Bible? Definitely. My daughter recently had two dreams where the Lord showed her ways to work out some math problems. It was pretty astounding and totally worked. My dreams usually show me things to come. That's always a wowzer. In the Bible I specifically think of Daniel's dreams, Jacob's dreams, and
- Mattie occasionally would still nurse three-year-old Nathan. Did this surprise you? Did it make you question her parenting? I think for a non-Amish woman I wouldn't have been surprised but Mattie's community was so tightly knit and seemed to watch everything everyone did so that was surprising. It made me think that she was very close to her children.
- Do you believe Doctor Wellington was out of line to suspect Mattie of child abuse? I think the doctor kind of rushed to judgment. Although I know the evidence was damning she wouldn't listen to Mattie and really jumped on her before gathering more facts or even the child's file.
- When the bruising on Nathan showed up, did you have any idea what may be causing his illness? Where there points in the novel when you questioned Mattie's innocence? I didn't know what may be causing his illness but the bruising immediately made me think this was something serious and more than child abuse. I just had no idea how it would be solved. I never thought Mattie was guilty but for a second I wondered if someone else had come along and done this without her knowledge.
Exciting huh? Obviously dreams, in this book, are the miracles. And I've had those and even had them solve a problem.
So pick up a copy and find out what happens to Mattie, Bo, and her very sick son.
Buy the Book: A Dream of Miracles
About 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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”