A Miracle of Hope is the first book in The Amish Wonders series by Ruth Reid. The two main characters were complex, realistic, and extremely likable. Even though I haven't been through what they have, the author portrayed their emotions so well I could feel their angst as they tried to keep looking to God amidst their pain.
Feeling unloved and unwanted, Lindie Wyse, agrees to her brother's proposal to marry a widower in far away Michigan. What will her betrothed think when he finds out she is three months pregnant?
The only reason Josiah Plank agreed to Eli Wyse's arrangement was for the sake of his deaf, eight year old daughter, Hannah. Determined to make Lindie understand that she will be forever trapped in a loveless marriage, Josiah makes it clear that their marriage will be in name only. When Lindie still agrees to marry him, they get married that day.
Lindie begins to feel overwhelmed with all the challenges of being newly wed. Learning sign language, dealing with a disgruntled child, morning sickness, running the house, and becoming adjusted to a new community are only some of the myriad problems she has to face. Meanwhile, Josiah has his own issues to deal with one of which is a persistent cough. As they navigate their many problems, they come to rely on each other more than they ever thought they could. How can Josiah possibly love Lindie when even her fiance couldn't?
I could not put this book down and read it in a couple of days. It was just sooo good! I was pulled in right from the get go so be prepared for a reading frenzy. haha I think Lindie was the best part of the book. She seemed so normal with how she was dealing with her pregnancy and marriage, and I loved the focus of this book on trusting in God no matter the circumstances. What a great story of how God can redeem anything!
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