16 December 2014

A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

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Grace feels like she can't measure up to those around her, and Ben could use a good dose of humility.

In their small northern Michigan district, where women outnumber men three to one, Grace doesn't believe she will ever attract a husband, especially with her limp. Tired of struggling both emotionally and physically, Grace is ready to see the specialist in Ohio, even if it means going against everything she's heard about God's grace being sufficient.

Ben Eicher is a young man from Pinecraft, Florida, whose carefree ways have caused him to lose his father's respect – again. According to Ben, though, life shouldn't be so serious that it suffocates all the fun. When he is sent to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to get his life back on track, he never thought it would mean working alongside a woman – especially a hardworking one like Grace. The last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her.

Meanwhile, the Amish community becomes entangled with two potentially dangerous men on the run. When Ben discovers Grace has been kidnapped, he sets out to find the woman who has captured his heart and risks his own life when he attempts to lure the captors away.

Grace must learn that God's love is sufficient, and Ben is left to ponder whether he belongs back in Florida, or in the northern woods – with Grace.

Ruth Reid provided me with yet another unique perspective on Amish culture - in locations, jobs, etc. - within the communities she represents in A Woodland Miracle. The differences between the Florida and Michigan communities enhance the differences between Grace Wadler and Ben Eicher when they initially meet and add to the witty banter that passes between these two. I loved watching their developing relationship, seeing how they interacted and changed. Both Grace and Ben have their own particular challenges to deal with, and as they do, they begin to see and accept God’s work in their lives. It’s a great read - and Reid really kept me on the edge of my seat until the end, waiting to see how the relationship between Grace and Ben would play out. I look forward to reading more from Ruth Reid in the future, and I think fans of Amish fiction will enjoy this newest novel from her.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of A Woodland Miracle and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all 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.”)

About the Author
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

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