Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Promise of An Angel by Ruth Reid

Book Description:  In Mescota County, Michigan, an angelic visitor's words inspire Judith to a future she never imagined.

After a barn raising accident, Judith Fischer's convinced she's met an angel. However, her attempts to convince others end up frustrating her Old-Order Amish community. Only Andrew Lapp believes her, but the rest, including Levi Plank, the man's she's waited to marry, demand she forget the nonsense. Meanwhile, her younger sister Martha has taken a fancy to Levi and sees her sister's controversy as a perfect distraction for turning Levi's head.
In a dream, the angel tells Judith she must choose her path. As her faith continues to grow, so do her feelings for Andrew. Will she continue to place her hope in the angel's message, even if it means losing all she knows and loves?

My Review:  Ruth Reid brings a new perspective to the Amish world.  In her debut novel, The Promise of An Angel, we meet Judith Fischer who is from an Old-Order Amish group.  
Judith has longed to be married and have children all her life....she just wants to join the church and "be normal."
During a barn raising her younger brother fell off of the high barn roof.  When Judith went over to check on him there stood an Englisher....but not just any Englisher...An Angel!
Of course, angels are in the Bible but no one believes Judith.  In fact, the people discouraged her from talking about her "incident."  Then her bishop forbade her to talk about the "incident" at all!
Poor Judith!  She feels that she is in a quandary!  Will she follow through on her dreams?  Will her family stand with her? 
This is all rather disturbing to Judith.  She has been reared Old-Order Amish so she even begins to "wonder" about the appearance of the angel.  But yet, she knows in her heart what is true.  
Ruth brings a fresh, new look at our Amish neighbors.  This is a quite a believable story and at times one wonders if "this" could have truly taken place?  The characters will grab at your heart strings!  A wonderful 5 star read with a "new twist" to Amish fiction! 

*This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson/BookSneeze*
Book may be purchased HERE!

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