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Looking for a Miracle (Brides of Lancaster County #2)

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As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed. Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Barbour Books (first published January 20th 2001)
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Nov 06, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
This is better than the first book. I loved Rebekah's spiritual growth from the beginning to the end. The book teaches a strong lesson to people because the main character didn't let her disability get in the way. I was surprised by the ending. Highly recommended for anyone who's loking for a relatively quick read that they can learn something from.
Jan 21, 2013 Emma-Jean rated it it was amazing
‘Looking For A Miracle’ by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the second novel in the series ‘Brides of Lancaster County.’ Although this book is not as interesting as the first book, ‘A Merry Heart,’ it still grabbed my attention.
Rebekah Stoltzfus is a handicapped Amish young adult, who has been confined to a wheelchair since a young child. When she was little, she excepted it for how it was, but as she grew older she began to feel self-conscious. Rebekah often felt as is she was a burden to her family a
Jul 27, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, modern
I picked up this book due to the cover. Being Amish and in a wheelchair? That's two concepts I had never thought about together.

What I didn't expect was that it would be written at an children's or early middle school level (despite having a YA or adult length).

The author explains every thought, action, or emotion at a very elementary level. For example, you'll never read that a man laughed at a joke. Instead, Brunstetter tells you that he laughed at a joke because he found the joke funny.(You k
Jun 04, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Better than the first book. 3.5

It is a story of a not 'plain and simple' young woman, Rebekah Stoltzfus, a 'New Order Amish' girl who is confined, for the most part, to a wheelchair due to a childhood accident. She wants a miracle so that she can support herself and become somewhat independent of her family. She e
Fredell Boston
Oct 09, 2015 Fredell Boston rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book - part 2 of the Brides of Lancaster County anthology.
It is a story of a not 'plain and simple' young woman, Rebekah Stoltzfus, a 'New Order Amish' girl who is confined, for the most part, to a wheelchair due to a childhood accident. She wants a miracle so that she can support herself and become somewhat independent of her family. She eventually opens a greenhouse, Grandma's House, because of her love of flowers and her Grandmother's legacy. She also discovers that she c
Mar 29, 2016 Heatherhh rated it did not like it
Most of the way through this book, I was expecting to rate it 3 stars. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The writing is a bit simplistic. The characterization could be deeper. Also there were the coincidences thrown in to accomplish what the author wanted, though not quite enough to drive me crazy as in some of her other books. Then with about 40 pages to go, things were apparently going too smoothly, so the main character totally throws a wrench in things in a way that wasn't convincing to me, ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Dyllen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 40-book
Can you imagine suffering an accident that would forever change your life. Well Rebekah Stolitzfus was injured in the storm when a huge branch fell on top of her buggy when she was just little. Rebekah was paralyzed. She feels as if she's failing her family and the rest of her Amish community. In this book it tells you about how Rebekah struggles when she can't get up and run like every other normal person age, and how she gets in the pain of losing her dear grandmother. Also she's having since ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Gabrielle rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fiction, amish
Rebekah already feels as if she cant do anything and is helpless, but the feeling only intensifies when she goes to check on her grandmother and she finds her dead in her room holding the bible against her chest. After a freak accident Rebekah is paralyzed and feels as if she will never be the same. That is until she meets Daniel, Daniel makes her feel like she always wanted to feel like nothing was wrong with her and she could be a wife and a mother. Rebekah still isn't sure if Daniel really ...more
Karen & Gerard
Looking For A Miracle by Wanda E. Brunstetter is about Rebekah, an Amish young woman who had an accident as a girl and was confined to a wheelchair.  It is a slow moving story about how Rebekah struggles with trusting God for her future and is somewhat bitter because of her handicap.  I liked how she found a way to become more self-supporting and finally found romance and love.  It gives some insight into the Amish community which I found to be interesting and includes a recipe for home-made ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok
I didn't think I would read this book but when I couldn't find anything that was "IN" at the library, I decided to pick it up. It was ok. I mean, it had a pretty good story and I LOVE the fact that it is clean. BUT the conversations were almost painful to read. WAY too formal for me. I've met Amish people before and none of them were *that* formal in their conversations with each other OR with me. I couldn't stand being in a relationship with someone and talking that way. ANYWAY, I won't be ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I appreciated the reminder that we need to be in constant contact with God . . . always seeking His will for our lives . . . and we need to have His help so we do not miss His miracles for us.

That said, there were times in the book I just wanted to shake Rebekah and call her “dummkoppe” (loosely translated as a dunce, but used in a teasing reference). Daniel was no better at points. I guess having characters that make you want to shake some sense into them, yet while still w
Feb 27, 2015 Colette rated it liked it
Shelves: amish

This is book 2 of a series and continues a few years after the 1st book leaves off. Miriam and Amos are now happily married Rebekah has now reached courting age but she is depressed with her wheelchair and disability and feels that no man could ever want her. She decides she needs to become self-sufficient and her father and the neighbors build her a greenhouse where she sells plants and seedlings. Shy Daniel Beachy has eyes for her and helps her with her greenhouse and finally admits his feelin
Janet Crandell
Nov 27, 2013 Janet Crandell rated it liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
Rachel Stolzfus suffers a freak accident as a child. She is permanently disabled and confined in wheelchair. As a young adult, she yearns for what every young woman wants to be loved and have a family herself. What is worse is she is in love Daniel Beachy, who she thinks is in love with her best friend Mary Ellen Hitely. But who would ever consider a girl in a wheelchair???

This story is the second in the series of Brides of Lancaster County.
Jun 10, 2011 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A young adult book -- very simple. But, I lived in Lancaster County (subtitle: Brides of Lancaster County) and enjoyed being around the Amish. So, I will read it, but probably not read any more of them. There are two series -- Brides of Lancaster County, and Daughters of Lancaster County. If a young person has no experience with the Amish, this is a good introduction. After I've finished it -- not worth the time unless you're a 14 year old girl.
Dec 24, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
This one had different pacing than the other one I read by this author. This story took place in a much shorter period of time and the scenes followed each other fairly rapidly. Here again the woman was much better drawn than the guy. We never even knew how old he was. Just that he was young. You didn't get much feel for him. It was enjoyable though.
Mar 08, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: religious, romance
2nd in the series. This one is about the girl from the first novel who lost the use of her legs. Now she is grown up and is concerned that she must be able to take care of herself and no one will love her because of her handicap. Liked the Amish courting story. But again the writer really could use a thesaurus because she uses the same phrasing over and over. Predictable, but sweet.
Jun 29, 2014 Dragondreamsjen rated it liked it
A vast improvement on the first book, this second in the series follows a child character from the first novel now grown to a woman. Dealing with handicaps in the Amish culture provided some interesting insights as the story developed and the characters were both ones you could get attached to.
Mar 11, 2012 Pam rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I listened to this unabridged audiobook on a recent trip. It's not a type of book I would normally read, but I was looking for something light and easy to follow while I was driving. It met those expectations. It was very predictable and maybe a little boring.
Cat Bennett
Mar 10, 2015 Cat Bennett rated it it was amazing
Looking for a Miracle by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a lovely story about a paralyzed girl browning up into a woman, who doubts she will ever find true love because of her disability. Through twists and turns she is finally happy.
Jun 04, 2011 Jodie rated it liked it
I am enjoying this series. Not the best Amish series that I have ever read, but I enjoyed it. Wanda Brunstetter tends to put a bit more religion into her stories that I enjoy, even though it is about the Amish and I expect there to be some.
Christian Singer
Feb 20, 2014 Christian Singer rated it liked it
Have you ever prayed for a miracle, and things worked out better than you hoped? With all the disappointments and heartaches in life, sometimes we stop hoping for our hearts' desires. As you read this book, be open to praying about your heart's desires.
Jun 14, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-romance
A different kind of romance novel. It combines the interesting history and customs of the Amish with a cute love story, but there's no steamy, sexual romance you would typically see in todays romance books. It's perfect for light reading and a different kind of love story.
Oct 13, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish, christian
This is the 2nd of these I've read, and it's unfortunate that I don't like them better because I really do love so many of the Amish series. It just seems like there's more whining and self-center-self-pity than I can deal with. Not really planning on trying any more of these.
Jan 17, 2011 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now started the 2nd book in the Brides of Lancaster Co and know I am going to enjoy the story of Rebekah...
great story I have read all the books in this series quickly as they were so good did not want to wait to see what would happen next.
Feb 08, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book today. At first I didn't think I was going to like it but it turned out to be a very good book. I am glad that I finished it.I would recommened it to others.
Corri Johnson
Jul 10, 2009 Corri Johnson rated it it was amazing
Again, while predictable, I really enjoy Brunstetter's books. I liked seeing how the author dealt with her characters trial.
Patricia Marvin Hilfiker
Jan 22, 2016 Patricia Marvin Hilfiker rated it it was amazing
Another great book of Amish fiction. Can't wait to start the third book. Once I started reading the book I didn't want to put it down.
Bryn S
Oct 18, 2007 Bryn S rated it liked it
i liked it, but it could have been better. was a good story idea, but a little on the boring side at times. after a while i was just like, "get over it, anna! you're in a wheelchair! so what?"
Aug 25, 2014 Mom rated it really liked it
Pretty predictable book. I like reading Amish themed books because they rely so heavily on God that it makes me ponder my own faith.
Dec 17, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianfiction
As a young lady comes to grips with her disability, she learns to trust God and rely on Him to guide her.
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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“I believe miracles are to be prayed for, not wished for.” 1 likes
“You see, one day God showed me something very important. He let me know that my bitterness and blaming myself for so many things was of my own doing. He showed me that I could shed all my doubts and hurts from the past, God can do that for you too. He wants you to be happy, and if you'll only trust Him, He can work a miracle in your life, just as He did mine.” 0 likes
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