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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 whil
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Published April 1st 2011 by Harvest House Publishers (first published March 1st 2011)
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Abigail's New Hope book #1 in series "Wayne County" by Mary Ellis

Abigail Graber loves her job as midwife to her community and works with Dr Weller. There is no greater pleasure then holding a newborn and helping the mother trough this rough time. Abigail has a supportive husband and two little children.

Most amish stories are sweet reads and you just fly through the pages enjoying all the love and kindness these people have for one another.
BUT...this story has turmoil that will make your eyes tea
This was my first time reading a book by Mary Ellis. I'm in love with her writing as I have fallen in love with the other Amish authors. I really enjoyed reading this book. For as I know this is the first time that an author has written about jail, inside jail and what happens, how jail and the court system works.

I love the Graber children and Isaiah Graber. As most children do they make the story more entertaining, as did the two Graber children did. Isaiah helped around out the story line, but
Maureen Timerman
Synopsis..Amish midwife Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some of the hardest choices she has ever had to make. Despite all her efforts, the young mother dies-but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail, her younger sister, Catherine, comes to care for the home while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel's reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who's deaf and thought
Once upon a time, not too long ago, I did not like reading fiction. But, there was a Christian novel that just sounded too go to pass up, so I read it, and loved it. That got me looking at other Christian novels, and before long, I was hooked. There was one genre that I tried to get into, but I just didn’t like - Amish fiction. But, I kept hearing about all these wonderful Amish stories, so I forced myself to read them. Most, I didn’t like, but some I did. The ones I did like kept me reading mor ...more
Sandra Stiles

Abigail loved helping deliver babies. Since she could only go so far in school she was an unlicensed midwife who worked with the local doctor. Unfortunately the one night the doctor is needed most, he is unable to help. Abigail goes to help a young mother deliver her baby. She tries to get the mother to go to the hospital, but she refuses. Abigail delivers the baby, but loses the mother.

When the authorities find out that Abigail was not licensed, she is arrested for practicing medicine without
N.L. Riviezzo
Very different type of story line for Amish lit. It is good overall but the pacing was odd for me. The story line and the timeline for it jumped around too much for my liking which is why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4.

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 t
An Amish woman in jail?? Unheard of, but that is exactly where Abigail Graber has found herself. What a mess, just doing what she loves to do, bringing babies into this world, as an Amish midwife, she is not licensed. Which means she is not supposed to deliver babies by herself, but an emergency call where a young Amish woman is hemorrhaging leads to Abagail being arrested and put in jail. She will be going on trial for involuntary manslaughter, for practicing medicine without a license and seve ...more
Author: Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3009-3
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction/Amish
Reviewed by: Laura Hilton

Abigail Grabber is an unlicensed midwife. She loves assisting in births, but due to educational laws in her Amish community she is unable to become licensed. She works with a doctor who is willing to make house-calls, sitting with the mother while she’s in labor, and staying after the birth to help out. But then the unth
Abby and Daniel Graber are a happy Amish family. They have two beautiful children: six-year-old Laura and four-year-old Jake. Abby is a midwife but isn’t allowed to totally birth babies on her own and can only assist Dr. Weller.

One evening Abby receives a phone call from a man named Nathan Fisher. He and his wife, Ruth, had recently rented the old Levi Yoder place after Mr. Yoder passed away. Nathan requested that Abby come to see his wife as she was in active labour and about to birth their bab
Vera Godley
Abigail's New Hope is book 1 in the Wayne County Series of stories of the Amish. Mary Ellis's writing surprised me in that it differs somewhat from that which I have come to expect in novels depicting the Amish. While it conveys the simple, spirit lead life style of the Amish, it also shows their innate humanity, their faults, their fears, their failings, and their solutions to situations with which they come face to face.

A well-written story line features it's lead character, Abigail, who is a
Feb 07, 2013 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Abby has given her life to help other Amish women in delivering their babies and doing what means possible to save both mother and child until one day she finds herself in jail for doing everything in her power trying to save an Amish mother during childbirth, only to have her lose her live anyway. She know what she did was wrong but she also knew that what she did was the only possible thing that could have saved the mother at the time.

I can't imagine having to be in a situation like that. It's
This is a good book. Its the first book I have read by Mary Ellis and I wasn't disappointed. Abigail is an Amish midwife who helps in a difficult birth which ends up with the baby dying. We learn early in this book that in Ohio Amish Midwives are not recognised by the judicial system which is where Abigails problems start. She ends up in jail and her sister Catherine comes to help out with her children. Also add to the mix a deaf cousin Isaiah who is also reclusive but Catherine feels she can he ...more
Diane U
Abigail is a midwife in Wayne County. One night she gets a phone call that will change her life. She did everything she could to save Ruth Fischer but to no avail. Nathan Fischer is now left to raise little Abraham on his own without a mother for his son. But the local sherriff believed that Abby was responsible and ends up in jail for several months.

During her time in jail, Abby's sister Catherine moves in to help Daniel with the children and the household chores. Although Catherine is not Abby
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Abigail Graber is an Amish midwife who loves bringing babies into the world. Abby has some very hard choices to make when a delivery goes wrong and the woman dies.

Abigail fines herself committed to the county jail for her mistakes. Her schweschder Catherine comes to care for her family. 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 an
Amish fiction is what I read when I'm sad and want to forget my troubles. These books are sweet, gentle stories about relationships and romance. They are like Mills and Boon, really, with a glimpse into another world very different to the one most of us live in.

This story, about a midwife being jailed, was a little more hard hitting and original that many I've read, which is good. Too much Amish fiction is like eating too many cakes - too much sugar and no substance. Let down by a rather unreali
This was definitely not your typical Amish romance. I liked that it dealt with difficult subjects (being in jail, being Deaf, and unable to truly communicate with anyone), and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Abigail’s New Hope is the first book in Mary Ellis’s new series called, The Wayne County Series.
Here you will meet Abigail Graber who is a wonderful midwife, wife, and mother. As this story begins she helps Dr. Weller as a midwife. When she is called by a man saying his wife is in labor and has never seen a doctor she willingly goes to help. When she gets there things suddenly makes a turn for the worse. Will the profession that she fills is a God given profession led her to trouble? During h
Denise Harrell
I enjoy reading Amish Christian books and this one doesn't disappoint. It's the first book in the Wayne County Series.
loved it! Want to know what happens with Isaiah & Catherine! Does he finish the work study program in Kentucky?
"Abigail's New Hope" by Mary Ellis is an interesting story. I found the story both touching and heartbreaking with the not understanding why everything was happening. Of course finishing the book I understand why everything happened but as I was reading things just seemed unfair.

There are five main characters in the story and each one of them are facing something different. A few of them are facing the same dilemma but from different angles. I found it so interesting to see how each person handl
Rachel Brand
I enjoyed this a lot more than I initially expected. It took me a while to get into the book, especially as the beginning is so tragic - but I think it was my PMS that caused me to find it so sad! I enjoyed Catherine and Isaiah's storyline a lot more than Abigail's or Nathan's, especially as Daniel's mood-swings really irritated me. But as the story developed I ended up really enjoying this book, especially towards the end. I can't wait to read about Meghan in the next book! I'm giving it 9/10 b ...more
Maggie Shanley
A very good story of an Amish midwife, her decision to use an anti-hemorrhaging drug and the impact that had on her life and her family.
I enjoyed reading Mary Ellis for the first time. This book has many storylines happening and all of which were entertaining and exciting. Catherine's budding romance with Issiah was my favorite. I had hope at the ending that Nathan would end up with someone. Love, loss. Forgiveness are imbued throuout is novel. Although the storyline shifts between characters. Ellis still keeps the reader engaged and satisfied. Ellis had a great attention to detail and humor. I can't wait to read the next book i ...more
I very much enjoyed this book about an Amish lay midwife who is arrested following the death of a mother giving birth. The mother was not her client and had not sought prenatal care, and had bled significantly before Abby was called for assistance.

While I do not share the faith of the Amish, I very much enjoy reading even fictional reports of their culture and chosen lifestyle. I also have a strong interest in midwifery as both of my children were delivered by midwives even while I was employed
A unique premise, but still very believable. There are two main story lines, and unlike in many books, I actually really enjoyed both of them. Nicely written story.
Courage Knight
I loved this book - I read it twice and will probably read it again. Mary Ellis is my favorite writer of Amish Fiction. She does great plots, great characters, and I think she must know some Amish personally, because her books aren't filled with the errors and misconceptions so prevalent in much of the Amish fiction today. You will love this book, if you like Amish romance at all! Mark Mary Ellis, and anything she writes is a winner! Also - her books are well edited, so reading is a joy, not a c ...more
Nat Kidder
Subtle and complex characterization, plus a nice side plot keep make this a nice read -- just don't expect a Matlock-like courtroom drama.
May 30, 2012 Lindy added it
Very well written and difficult to put down! This book was very easy to relate to--from the harsh realities of English life and the many laws to being placed/pressured into difficult situations.

There are many surprises along the way as well. The relationship that the inquisitive Catherine enters into is an emotional roller coaster with a very touching ending.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Amish fiction.
I give very few 5 star ratings because I save them for books that I know I'll read again. This is one of them. Not just another "sweet" Amish story, this story deals with some tough issues. What can land an Amish midwife in jail? How will her church district react? What will she find in God's Word for answers? In the background of these heavy issues lurks a touching love story. No spoilers here, but a book I highly recommend!
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Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, Midnight on the Mississippi, first of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, is set in New Orleans. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefi ...more
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