Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Dream of Miracles Book Review

An Amish Wonders Novel
Book Three

SUMMARY:  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?

REVIEW:  The concept of this book was one I haven't seen before.  It is Old Order Amish meets the modern legal system and all the complications that go with it.  Mattie is trying to take care of her sick child.  Trouble begins when her regular physician is out on vacation. The young doctor replacing him is not familiar in the ways of the Amish community and comes in making wrong assumptions that has Mattie under suspicion of child abuse.  When events start spiraling out of control, Mattie doesn't know what to do.
     My favorite character is Bo.  I love how he tries to keep up with the kids who have been under his care as a social services investigator.  Bo is genuinely concerned about them and does what he can to keep them on the right path.  While he investigates Mattie's child abuse allegations, he gets involved with her two children and comes to love them like his own.  When the truth about Nathan's condition is finally realized, I love how Bo is quick to get the correct information to his superiors and acquit Mattie.
     There were times I wished Mattie would speak up for herself and not let people run over her and make false assumptions.  It seems like a lot of speculation and worry could have been avoided if she would have just asserted herself.
     This was a good book with a pleasant ending.  Even though it is the third book in the series, I did not feel like I was missing anything by not reading the others.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, Fiction Guild 
and Thomas Nelson Publishers for review without compensation.

Ruth Reid is a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children.  When attending the Ferris State University College 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 live.  Visit Ruth online at, on Facebook at Author Ruth Reid and on Twitter at @authorruthreid

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