Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review: "A Dream of Miracles," by Ruth Reid

About the book:
Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again ... until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son's mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won't rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo's worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible -- not only of healing, but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo's dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future ... or will she simply run away?

My thoughts:
Have you ever felt like certain people are cursed, experiencing one tragedy after another? That's how I felt with Mattie Diener in A Dream of Miracles. Her husband died while she was pregnant with her second child. That child was born prematurely due to Mattie's emotional distress. Then Mattie experienced postpartum depression, and her oldest child came down with a mysterious illness. When she took him to the hospital, she was arrested for child abuse! The boy's condition continued to deteriorate, and another child in Mattie's care had to be taken to the hospital for a different cause. Even the pet lamb was sick! What more could go wrong for this poor young woman? I had a tough time getting through all of the tragedy, but ultimately the book ended on a satisfying note. I'm hoping that Mattie's future will be much brighter than her past!

About the author:
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if a purchase is made through my link.

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