|The Amish, a group of people whose separation from modern society with its conveniences and troubles, are fascinating to many. Perhaps it is the hectic pace in which we lead our lives that makes the old-fashioned, slower pace so appealing to explore.
It is so appealing in fact, that there are several authors, who are writing fictional stories involving Amish characters. Cindy Woodsmall, the New York Times Best-Selling Author of When the Soul Mends was recently interviewed on ABC Nightline. Her romance novels are all set among the Amish.
I received a copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s latest novel, The Hope of Refuge from Random House to review. In the book, Cara Moore, a single mom from New York, is being pursued by a stalker. A secret clue hidden by her long dead mother in Cara’s diary leads Cara and her daughter to an Amish community in Pennsylvania. There she is met with suspicion by everyone until she is befriended by Ephraim Mast. But Ephraim is faced with a tough decision when the church disapproves of his aiding Cara.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Hope of Refuge. The storyline was entertaining with realistic characters. I empathized with their hurt, anger, and confusion, as well as rejoiced in their happiness. Though somewhat predictable in places, there were several unexpected plot twists that kept me wondering how the book would end. I definitely recommend reading it.
The good news is I also have an extra copy to GIVE AWAY! If you would like a free copy of The Hope of Refuge, please leave a comment on this review. (U.S. residents only please.) Be sure to include an e-mail or blog address where I can contact you. Entries will be received through August 11, with a winner being randomly selected on the 12th.
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