Today I’m reviewing Abigail’s New Hope, the first book in the Wayne County series by the amazing Mary Ellis.
Here is a brief synopsis:
As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices.
Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies–but the baby is saved.
When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields.
Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.
While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.
An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.
Can Abigail find forgiveness after a new mother in her care dies? – Tweet this!
Mercy! I was shocked when Abigail was arrested!
What would an Amish woman do, when she tries to convince a woman about to give birth — and obviously having troubles — to go to the hospital… and she refuses!
What would you do in the same situation?
Yes — she goes to the house and tries to do all she can to help. After all, she had no idea she’d land in jail and face charges of manslaughter! Oh boy, what a mess it turns into, when all she was doing was trying to help someone in distress.
I’d love to tease Mary Ellis… just how does she knows so much about the working of the jail and the courtroom proceedings? Ach, I know she works meticulously to research everything she needs to write an informative, thrilling story for her readers, so maybe I won’t tease her about it.
In the meantime, Catherine, Abigail’s sister, comes to help out while she’s away — and meets a man who helps her brother-in-law on the farm. She learns that he lives in a cabin nearby, but is thought to be simple-minded. Daniel warns her to leave the man alone, aside from fixing his meals and leaving them outside for him to pick up.
But as days go by, Catherine gets curious about Isaiah… and discovers that he’s deaf, but not in the least simple-minded. Matter of fact, Catherine finds her heart racing a bit faster whenever Isaiah is around. Will she find love with Isaiah?
Does it all work out? Well, you know I won’t tell you (at least not much — usually no more than what’s found on the back of the book). I hope I have convinced you to pick up a copy of this book… if you enjoy Amish fiction, I know you’ll love Abigail’s New Hope!
Now it’s time to revisit Wayne County…
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An inspirational story of love and forgiveness. – Tweet this!
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God bless you!
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