Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A Dream Of Miracles By: Ruth Reid
Another Amish fiction book...that I love! Ruth Reid is so talented and has done it again with her newest Amish book.
A Dream Of Miracles kept me on the edge of my seat. It is a beautiful story of romance, reclamation, and trust. Mattie Diener is a widowed mother of two small children. She lives in an Amish community in Northern Michigan. She has had a very rough time adjusting to a life without her husband. When one of her children becomes gravely ill, her family doctor is out of town and the replacement calls CPS suspecting child abuse.
Mattie is devastated as her son struggles to stay alive and no one believes her that he is truly ill and she did not harm her child. When the CPS representative, Bo Lambright, arrives at the hospital, he questions Mattie but feels compelled to believe her. It goes against everything he learned in his training but something makes him feel close to her.
As time goes by, Mattie's son becomes critical and another CPS agent takes it upon herself to use Mattie as an example. She takes away Mattie's rights to her children and places her daughter in foster care and takes away any visitation with her dying son. Bo steps up and helps Mattie in every possible way. As he is going through the motions of helping Mattie get her children back, he starts to remember his own past and where he came from.
As Mattie and Bo begin to know one another there is comfort and healing found in each other. But, Bo is an Englischer (meaning, not Amish). It goes against everything Mattie believes in to have any sort of feelings for Bo and he realizes she would never leave her community.
As time goes on, Bo continues to be there for Mattie. But, he starts having dreams about his past and his future. No matter how hard he tries to run, he can't escape his roots and where he belongs. Mattie finds the courage to protect her children and fight for them. Bo finds where his heart belongs and knows what decision must be made.
I truly loved this book. A Dream Of Miracles made me really feel what the characters were feeling. Ruth Reid is an extraordinary writer and I plan to read more of her books.
*I was given this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*