Friday, April 15, 2016

Dream of Miracles Book Review

I got a new book and I was excited.  A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series) by Ruth Reid was the first book that I have read by the author so I was excited to try out a new author.  I had a few ahead of it before I could actually get to reading it but I got to carry it around for a few days before being able to start it but when I did, I didn't want to put it down.  I took a Sunday to read most of it and enjoy the wonderful story.

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?

I thought it was wonderful!!  I really enjoyed the characters and wonderful writing.  Although there were lots of questions about Mattie, I was pulling for her and her children.  They have a lot of medical problems after the death of their father 18 months previous in a mill accident.  Her daughter was born prematurely during the husband's funeral because of the stress.  With two young children, Mattie is doing her best to raise them on her own with very little help.  My heart went out to the single mom struggling to do the best for her children in every way that she could through selling herbs and honey to providing emotional support.  Mattie's worry often brought them to the doctors office which quickly brought in Child Protective Services to make sure that the children were not at risk from their loving Amish mother.  The events are heart breaking and I know that any mother will be feeling the sadness when reading this book and have the same trouble putting it down that I did.  I hope that you check out this book because I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did.  Let me know what you think!!  It certainly made me want to search out other books by the same author although there are currently none at the library.  I can't wait to read my next book by this wonderful author!!!

**I got a copy of this book for my review and honest opinion.  All opinions here are my own.

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