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The Hope of Refuge (Ada's House #1)

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Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the sur ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 352 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by WaterBrook Press
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Jul 19, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, in which a young widowed single mother who had been raised in foster care, ran to Amish country following a clue left in her mother's diary, trying to escape a stalker. Surprisingly enough, when this stranger enters their community dressed in immodest clothes and camps out in a barn, she isn't welcomed with open arms by all. However Ephraim remembers a young girl who visited their community years ago, and yes, Cara is that girl, and yes, he is still carrying a torch for her. I rather ...more
Cindy Woodsmall is one amazing author that leaves you thinking about the characters in her stories days after you finish the books. The Hope of Refuge was wonderful!! A young widow named Cara who has no family besides her daughter Lori is being harassed by a stalker and when things get dangerously scary she takes her daughter and makes a run for it. They end up at a bus or train station trying to decide where to hide from stalker Mike when she discovers an old address in her mother's journal. It ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 31, 2009 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Cindy Woodsmall has the unique ability to quickly grab your attention, emotions, and curiosity to whisk you into a wondrous world of her making. This is not your typical Amish story. Her main character Cara is a hard working waitress, a single mom who addicted to cigarettes and always looking over her shoulder to flee from a violent stalker. Cara does her best to survive in New York and care for her young daughter Lori, who is her world.

What I love about Cindy’s books is the fact that she talks
Aug 07, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hope of Refuge by Author Cindy Woodsmall is an endearing story of hope, redemption and renewal and fans of Woodsmall will not be disappointed. I myself had recently given up on reading anymore books that were Amish related, because they seem to all have the same storyline (Amish girl meets sinful Englisher, who steals her heart, is shunned yada, yada, yada), but not so with The Hope of Refuge.

The main character of Cara Moore is a widowed single parent, raised in foster care and trying to esc
The author is definitely a skilled writer, as seen in dialogue, characterization, etc. However, I had some significant problems with what she chose to do with the storyline. Cara is a single mom who wants nothing to do with God and thinks nothing of stealing to provide for herself and her daughter. There never seems to be any remorse for this, and it's justified by her need. The main male character seems to overlook entirely too much in her behavior and the fact that she wants nothing to do with ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Mayda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
Half buried memories from childhood surface as a panicked single mother flees to find a safe place for herself and her young child. And what secrets will finally be uncovered by her journey into the past in a Amish community? Will those who help her be forgiven or shunned and can she redeem her long-dead mother’s reputation? In the first novel in the “Ada’s House” series, author Cindy Woodsmall begins a fascinating tale of love and desire and of wrong-doing and forgiveness.
Aug 09, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good Amish novel the way I enjoy Wodehouse stories-- a welcome diversion at the end of a complicated day. When it comes to Amish fiction, no one compares to Beverly Lewis. But Cindy Woodsmall writes a good story. The characters are authentic, the situations are real. This is the first in a series entitled "Ada's House". I want to read the rest of them.
Jan 22, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Amish fiction
Shelves: 2010
This was actually much better than I had expected it to be and I enjoyed it. Of course any book that can make me cry is right up there and while there were some minor little issues (for me) overall this was a very emotional, thought provoking book. For a Christian reader, it really makes you stop and think.
I'm sorry but I just can't do it.

There were more single mother and Amish stereotypes in the first 50 pages than I've encountered in all the books I've read this year. Combine that with cheesy foreshadowing and awful writing, and, well, I just gave up.

This is the first book I've won in a giveaway that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Bummer.
Oct 10, 2013 Sunnymyres rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My mother in law gave me this book to read. I felt pressure to read it. It's another amish book.
Not my favorite. I didn't care for the main character. Her personality bugged me
throughout the entire book.
Janet Cline
Oct 19, 2016 Janet Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first of three in this series.
Apr 19, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cindy-woodsmall
MY thoughts-enjoyed very much even tho you know how it will end


My synopsis: Cara felt like she had been on the run with her daughter forever. But now that Mike had found her again, and this time knew her daughter's name and school - she needed to really get lost. Unfortunately Cara had been "lost" her whole life.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
My synopsis: Cara felt like she had been on the run with her daughter forever. But now that Mike had found her again, and this time knew her daughter's name and school - she needed to really get lost. Unfortunately Cara had been "lost" her whole life. Her mother died when she was 8 and her father left her at a bus stop and told her to wait for someone named Emma Riehl who was going to come and get her. Emma never showed up and Cara ended up in foster care. It was while she was here that she met ...more
Michelle Robinson
I read this book a while ago. I had read something else by this author and wanted to read more.

I was so disgusted with the main character, Cara, that I could not really analyze the book as a whole.

I am still incredibly bothered by Cara. She had issues that I could identify with and sympathize with however, she broke into people's home and stole things from them. Her viewpoint was that they were "rich" and she was poor, so they should not really mind her behavior. It troubles me that even after h
Aug 15, 2009 Wrighty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cara Moore has been raised in the foster care system of New York and is still struggling as an adult. Widowed and poor, she is alone with her young daughter Lori. When a stalker finds them again, fear makes her desperate and she is forced to flee. Vague memories bring her back to an Amish community in Dry Lake, PA where there are secrets from her past and the possibility of a new beginning in her future. But answers don't come easy when you're an outsider and unwelcome.

One man, Ephraim Mast, dar
I enjoyed this book greatly! Some people might feel that it is predictable and the story drug out. However, the pace of the book made me feel as though I was observing the characters' lives. Another interesting part of the story was the way the subplots were intertwined: there was just enough space between them. Also, not all elements of the book were predictable. Many events occurred that did not have to.

One beef I have with this book, though, was that some of presented material would not have
Betty Jean
Sep 13, 2016 Betty Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and engrossing story. My only complaints -- and, boy, are they minor: 1) Cara and Lori wait a couple of moments, not minutes; 2) Cara and Ephraim sit in the middle of a fallen tree trunk, not on; 3) Ephraim removes "the dusting of sawdust"; and 4) "tapped" is annoyingly overused (including four times in connection with the social worker).

I'm not much of one for bonnet romances, but these characters are sensitively portrayed, the story absolutely believable. There is complexity and l
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
While it took me a bit to like Cara, and I thought Ephraim a little too good to be true, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The premise is a bit different than other Amish fiction, but the story is good. We see a human side of the Amish that is most refreshing. Cara was a very prickly character, but given her life experiences you can understand it. She was raised in foster care and believes that she was abandoned by her father. Her foster care experience was about as stereotypically wrong as you c ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cara Moore had a rough upbringing in the foster care system and life didn't treat her well after she ran away at age 15. Now on the run from an abusive stalker, Cara finds herself grasping for one small hint to her past which she found hidden in her mother's journal. When she arrives in Dry Lake, PA, homeless and exhausted, the Amish community doesn't quite know what to think about her. It turns out they know a lot more about where Cara came from than she knows herself! Yet only one steps up to ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Aug 15, 2011 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patricia Kemp by: Litfuse Publicity
Shelves: favorites
This is book one of three from the Ada's House Series about an Amish community.

Cara was abandoned as a child after the death of her mother and ended up in foster care. She never stopped searching for answers to her past. She blamed God as so many people do when her prayers are not answered according to their wishes. God has a plan and it is sometimes hard to reason with the path He chooses for us. When Cara was a little girl she decided there must not be a God because He didn't seem to here her
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hope of Refuge
An Ada's House Novel
Cindy Woodsmall
Waterbrook Press

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Cara Atwater Moore was on the run, again. Crazy Mike had found her again, and he had really scared her this time, and she had to disappear for good this time. Flashes of childhood memories and her mother's diary guide her toward Amish country.

Ephraim Mast, worked hard in his father's cabinet business. Keeping it going, to support his father and his family, after his father became
Jennifer Defoy
It took me a little while to get all the characters straight with this one. There were so many being introduced in the beginning that I started to get a little confused. Once I got a few chapters in things all started to fall into place and I was able to keep track of who was who.

The dialogue in this book was very easy to follow (for some reason I get lost easily in dialogue). I didn't have to keep going back and re-reading to try and figure out who was saying what. I REALLY liked that.

The sto
Aug 02, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just received this book as a 'first reads winner!'
Started reading it last night and am already intrigued.
Thanks 'Goodreads" for this introduction to an author I've not read before.

Finished the book tonight and I love a happy ending even when it’s predictable. This was an enjoyable read about endurance, faith and love. It’s always interesting to read about another culture (Amish) and in today’s world where neighbors barely know neighbors, it’s like entering another dimension to imagine living in
I thought this book was ok. Not one of her better books. Cara is a widow who has lost her mother as a child,was abandoned by her father,grew up in foster care. Cara has been stalked for years by Mike Snell. Her daughter Lori's father died before she turned 2 years old. Melinda is Cara's mother and Trevor is Cara's alcoholic father. Levina is Melinda's grandmother. Ephraim is a single amish man who works as a cabinetmaker and helps manage his ailing father's business and care for his large family ...more
May 19, 2013 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Cindy Woodsmall when I read the Sisters of the Quilt series. I have always been fascinated by the Amish, but got tired of reading information from those who were disenchanted with the faith. Although Woodsmall is not Amish, she is close friends with people in a nearby Amish community. Her books are kind towards the Amish and show the complexity of their religion, complete with the joys and the heartaches.

In "The Hope of Refuge," Woodsmall follows a young woman who has been ra
Christy Lockstein
Jul 16, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book in the Ada's House series about the Amish community of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania. Cara Moore is on the run with her daughter Lori from New York City and the stalker who has haunted her life for years. With fragments of a memory from her childhood and an address in her mother's diary, she makes her way to an Amish community hoping that she will find safety and a chance to start over with her little girl. Instead she stumbles into secrets and wo ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, 2010-reads, fiction
It’s been quite sometime since I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading a novel; maybe even since I last read a book by Woodsmall. I was easily wrapped up in the tale of Cara and Ephraim because not only are the characters believable, but the dialogue and descriptions are fantastic. Adorable little Lori was endearing, but didn’t feel like she was needed to force the plot lines like I was afraid she would be. And I thought the focus on the impact of foster care on a person and pover ...more
Shannon McGee
Oct 25, 2009 Shannon McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Cara Moore and her daughter Lori have been running from a dangerous ex-boyfriend for most of Cara's adult life. They're running out of places to hide. Their last chance could be an Amish community that Cara remembers her mother taking her to when she was young. Not knowing anyone there, Cara and Lori hide in a barn and steal clothes and food from a nearby Amish family's house. What happens next could change their lives forever.

I couldn't get into the first chapter. The girl-runs-away-from-proble
Aug 17, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 06, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors and I was thrilled to be able to read the complete Ada's House trilogy. This is the first book of the trilogy. I really felt how terrible life had been for Cara Moore and her little daughter, Lori. But Ephraim, or 'From, as Lori calls him, is the best thing to ever happen to Cara in my opinion. As Cara runs from the past literally, memories of days spent in a strange world where the women wear bonnets and plain dresses and life is ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more
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