Today I am reviewing A Woodland Miracle, the second book in the Amish Wonders Series by Ruth Reid.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance–it’s going to take a miracle.
Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body–and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.
Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his “daed”‘s patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp–and he’s neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.
But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father’s wishes . . . and Ben’s.
Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn’t long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.
Ruth Reid is so much more than just amazing… she’s awe-inspiring!
I was absolutely astounded by the degree of pain that Grace had to endure in this story – yet that makes the story what it is… an amazing account of not one, but two lives that have had more than their share of pain, sorrow, fear and turmoil. Without these experiences, the happiness, joy and love wouldn’t be felt as strongly.
Although I wanted to shake some sense into Grace a time or two, she couldn’t deny her feelings, even the ones she had for Gordon. And she was much stronger than she ever suspected, when push came to shove (ha – a play on words, but pushing and shoving is exactly what she did have to endure for a while).
I’ve been unable to let go of the story – from the time I began reading during my lunch break today – until tonight when I finally reached the end of it.
It’s a very powerful story, with characters so convincing I felt as if I knew them. I have to say, I am very thankful I don’t know some of them. How does Ruth write such negative, violent scenes without the harsh cursing and unrealistic actions that so many authors add to their stories?
Well, that’s no secret – she’s just supremely talented!
If you enjoy reading Amish novels, read A Woodland Miracle… you’ll be as amazed as I was!
This book has the perfect title — a woodland miracle is just what Grace receives!
You can find more about Ruth on her website… HERE
I received a copy of this book from the author.
God bless you!
©Donna J. Mynatt 2014