What a delightful story! The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall is a beautiful and poignant story of love and family, lost and found. It shows the power of distrust and forgiveness. The characters are interesting, flawed and realistic. Woodsmall did a fine job of portraying a clash of cultures and personalities between the reality of a big city and an Amish community. It clearly shows the power of love and the importance of being true to yourself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story and recommend it to anyone who simply wants to sit back and enjoy a nice, well-told story. It is touching and hopeful, and will take you on the same emotional journey her characters are on.
The Hope of Refuge
An Ada’s House Novel
By Cindy Woodsmall
Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.
Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose–or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything–including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.
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