Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Woodland Miracle ~ Ruth Reid

 January 6, 2015

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 Benin a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.

My take on this book:
Grace Wagler figures that she will just remain single, after all she lives in a community where there aren't many Amish men to choose from, and not only that she struggles with self esteem issues and thinks no one would choose her after all she his limitations. When a young man moves to her community and shows an interest in her she can only imagine that he pities her and doesn't want anyone elses sympathy. Can Grace ever find happiness?

A Woodland Miracle was an interesting story that piqued my interest from  the beginning pages. I found it easy to empathize with the character of Grace, and really wanted everything to work out for her.It was nice to see her come into her own.  The author also provides a small town feel with the story which is a setting I always enjoy. There are a few unexpected twists which kept the plot moving along and while I knew how the ending would turn out it was nice to spend a few hours in the lives of the characters. Even though A Woodland Miracle is the second book in the Amish Wonders series I feel like it can be read as a stand alone work. Fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy this story, but anyone who struggles with self esteem might enjoy reading it as well. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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