Monday, May 2, 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid (Review)

  • Series: The Amish Wonders Series
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 12, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401688318

  • 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?

    My Review:

    This is book three in the Amish Wonders Series. It can stand alone. I have mixed feelings about it. I did not like Mattie's character but I loved Bo. The book held my attention from beginning to end even though I got frustrated with Mattie a lot. Even though she is Amish there is no way she could have been that ignorant of the English world and how it works. I wanted to shake her many times. She is a widow with two young children. Her son is sickly from birth and her daughter was a preemie. Her son gets sick enough that she takes him to the doctor. The regular doctor is out on vacation and the doctor filling in for him does not know the ways of the Amish. She suspects child abuse and after it takes Mattie three hours to get her son to the hospital, she reports it to CPS. Bo is an investigator for CPS and he draws the case. He thinks it is an open and shut. He knows the Amish ways and can tell Mattie is not an abuser. Unfortunately the case is reopened by his office and one of his coworkers who does not understand the Amish goes after Mattie ruthlessly. Bo has his own storyline. He is adopted and is having some weird dreams. His adopted mother is a big time retired judge and wants him to marry well. He also has a teenager that he has taken under his wing. It was interesting to see his plot concluded at the end of the book. I enjoyed reading his story the most. The overall ending was satisfying and fit the book.

    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. Visit Ruth online at Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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