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A Miracle of Hope

(The Amish Wonders #1)

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How far can God's mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 31st 2013)
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Virginia
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The best Amish fiction I've read yet this year!

This was such a wonderful story!! I think it has to be the best Amish fiction that I've read this year so far! :)
I was really captivated by Lindie's story from the first page! I was impressed by this book I can tell y'all right now! lol. The story does have drama and very interesting situations which made it all the more desirable to read by the moment. This is the first book by Ruth Reid that I've read and I was very intrigued by how well she wrote
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Brittany
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Miracle of Hope was fantastic from start to finish. I loved the two main characters, Lindie and Josiah. Lindie was just so obviously lost and overwhelmed with her situation, but she still tried to be the best wife in name only she could be to Josiah. And Lindie struggled so much with his daughter, Hannah, but she was determined to do the best by her that she could.

Josiah caught my heart from the beginning. He was dealing with so much from the past few years. The death of his wife, the death of
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Renee
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a contemporary romance with an old-fashioned feel, then these days Amish fiction is the way to go. Lately stories in the genre have evolved into more than just stories of the simple life, in peaceful little communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania to Florida and the western reaches of the United States. Not only have the settings changed, but I've found that they've become even more romantic! Authors like Shelley Shepard Gray, Kelly Long, and now Ruth Reid have really amped up ...more
Nancee
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net
Young, unwed and pregnant, Lindie was scorned in her community, and her brother arranged for her marriage of convenience to his best friend. Josiah's first wife had died suddenly, leaving him to raise his young daughter alone. Born deaf, Josiah's daughter needed someone to look after her, and Josiah needed a helpmate to run the household. Lindie's brother escorted her by bus from Ohio to the North Woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. After her initial meeting with Josiah he announced his ...more
Ruth Hill
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I have written about in many past reviews, I am an Amish fiction fan. I have become much more discriminating in my tastes concerning this genre, and authors with whom I am not familiar don't generally get and easy 5-star rating. And as I began reading this book, I wasn't too taken with Ruth Reid's writing style. It was hard to follow, and I thought that the story may not be all the intriguing. But I continued to read with an open mind.

Once I realized the difficult issues both Josiah and
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Maureen Timerman
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book reminds me of a mail order bride story, only with an Amish twist. I can't even imagine, being a mail order wife, but having my brother arrange my future, and away from everyone. This is what happened to Lindie Wyse, she has no choice, she is expecting another man's baby.
Josiah had moved to Michigan and was working in his father-in-laws mill. His wife was killed a few years ago, and he is now alone with his eight year old daughter. He has had a hard time raising her, and working. His
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Kathy
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Recommended Read.

A Miracle of Hope, the first novel in Ruth Reid's The Amish Wonders series, is a delightful story of faith and unexpected love. This incredibly heartwarming romance is beautifully written with a compelling storyline but it is the extraordinary cast of characters that completely stole my heart.

Unmarried and pregnant, Lindie Wyse is out of options when she agrees to an arranged marriage with her brother's friend, Josiah Plank. Starting over in a new community with an older
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Jalynn Patterson
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he'll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah's special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues
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Wendy
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Josiah Plank, a widower friend of Eli Wyse, has agreed to marry Eil's sister, Lindie. He has promised to give Lindie his name but not his heart. Eli takes Lindie to Michigan where Josiah lives, when they get off the bus Josiah asks to talk to Lindie privately. He has the money for her return ticket if she doesn't want to marry him, what he doesn't know is that Lindie feels like she has no choice. Lindie will not only be Eli's wife but she will care for his eight year old deaf daughter, Hannah.

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Heather
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
This is a book where you can easily step into the story. You feel like you know the characters. With Lindie, sensing her unease, desire to start over, and more (can't tell you!). I understood Josiah's need to fill a hole in his family, without considering the whole of his heart. Speaking of hearts, mine ached for little Hannah. I felt Simon's struggle with the loss of his daughter and this new woman stepping into her life.

Lindie is lost, Josiah is broken. What happens when these two
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Donna
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An arranged marriage, an unborn child, a deaf child, and two adults who have lost hope for love. are elements in this new novel by Ruth Reid. Can Lindie and Josiah put aside their differences and fear, and work together to raise two precious children while building a home?

Lindie is not married, but she is pregnant, and that means shunning by her Amish community. She had no idea what she would do to support herself and her unborn child until her brother, Eli, had the idea of an arranged marriage.
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Cindy
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just like facebook asks what are you thinking, I am asking myself what my thoughts are about this book. Here goes. I think this is probably the best book that Ruth has written, I have enjoyed all her books that I have read to this point, but this book was the best of them all. Don't get me wrong the other books were good, but this one just stood out for me. I enjoyed the storyline, I thought her writing was crisp and clear, and she told the story wonderfully. A great book, with a great ending. ...more
Christy
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
I think it takes a masterpiece to receive 5 stars; I don't pass them out that often; but this truly was a remarkable book. One I will surely keep to re-read in the future.
Lisa Johnson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Miracle of Hope (An Amish Wonders Novel #1)
Author: Ruth Reid
Pages: 352
Year: 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 stars.
One of the best aspects of the series is there is a riveting story in each novel filled with suspense, romance, faith, heart break and redemption. In this first book, a young woman has a marriage arranged by her brother who doesn’t know what happened one night when his sister didn’t come right home after the singing gathering. When Lindie turned up pregnant, her
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Carole Jarvis
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With this commitment, penned by Josiah in a letter to Lindie, Ruth Reid begins the story of two people - strangers brought together by necessity, with a past that attempts to define their present - and shows the healing and redemptive nature of God through her prose. A Miracle of Hope is a wonderfully well-written, entertaining and unusual Amish story, with plot and characterization so strong that it should go beyond Amish fiction fans and appeal to all readers.

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Tammy Bernadt
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This a great BOOK. I could not put this book down.
Christina
Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock — a precarious situation to be given that Lindie is Amish — and thinks a marriage arranged by her bother is the only way to preserve her future. Despite her kneeling confession, her community has scorned her and the man she planned to marry wants nothing to do with her.

Living in a smaller community in Michigan, Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again after the death of his beloved wife, Caroline, but he needs someone to care for his deaf,
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Sarah
Having never read Ruth Reid’s other books I wasn’t sure what I was in for when I began, A Miracle of Hope, as when I read a new to me author I get a little nervous since I’m not used to them but I know I will be seeking out her other books and can’t wait for more in this series! Poor Lindie – forced into an arranged marriage in a completely different state, also means a completely district and leaving behind everything to become instant step-mom to Josiah’s deaf 8 year old daughter. Talk about a ...more
Gayle Pace
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW
Can an arranged marriage work? Eli Wyse has arranged for his sister, Lindie to marry Josiah Plank who is a widower. He made a promise to give Lindie his name but not his heart. He has an eight year old daughter, Hannah, who is deaf and doesn't speak anymore. When Eli gets Lindie to Michigan to marry Josiah, he speaks to her privately asking her if she would like to go back. Lindie feels that she can't go back. The terrible secret she carries has left her tainted, or so she thinks.
Lindie
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Maria
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Miracle of Hope is the first book in The Amish Wonders series by Ruth Reid. The two main characters were complex, realistic, and extremely likable. Even though I haven't been through what they have, the author portrayed their emotions so well I could feel their angst as they tried to keep looking to God amidst their pain.

Feeling unloved and unwanted, Lindie Wyse, agrees to her brother's proposal to marry a widower in far away Michigan. What will her betrothed think when he finds out she is
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Liz
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I saw that this new-to-me author was endorsed by several writers I've enjoyed, I knew I had to grab one of her books when I saw it on ebay. It won't be the last!

My interest was piqued partly because this book takes place in Michigan, where I live, and I hadn't realized there were any Amish settlements in the Upper Peninsula. It also didn't seem to follow the usual pattern of Amish fiction (this book centers around a marriage of convenience). But as I read, I noticed parallels to another
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Lis K
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a first in the Amish Wonders series and my first read of Ruth Reid's work. I did not know what to expect since I'm not an Amish fiction expert and have never read a book by this author previously. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I love marriage-of-convenience storylines but this plotline is hard to find in contemporary books. However, the author did an excellent job setting this plotline in a contemporary Amish setting. Lindie and Josiah were realistic and admirable characters. Lindie's ...more
Deborah
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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She’s heard about forgiveness all her life, but how far does God’s mercy truly reach?

Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn child. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his deaf eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined. After a short time, Lindie experiences a breakthrough with
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Krystal
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way, all opinions contained in this review are my own.

I offered to read this book for a friend of mine for her blog, and I figured that even though this isn't my normal genre of reading, the premise was something that I thought I would enjoy. Thankfully, A Miracle of Hope certainly delivered on that.

Right off the bat, I was intrigued by each and every one of these characters. I
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Laura
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: A MIRACLE OF HOPE
Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
December 2013
ISBN: 978-1401688295
Genre: Amish

She’s heard about forgiveness all her life, but how far does God’s mercy truly reach?

Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn child. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his deaf eight-year-old daughter, Hannah.

The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize
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Tammi
A Beautiful Story of Grace, Hope, and Love

A Miracle of Grace by Ruth Reid is the first installment of An Amish Wonders series. This was the first book by Ruth Reid that I have read. I loved how her writing drew me into the story before I had finished the first chapter.

Lindie Wyse is a young Amish woman who was assaulted, but decided to conceal that information from her Amish community. When her brother, Eli, discovered that she was expecting he wanted to protect her. He did this by arranging a
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Brenda
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Due to circumstances beyond her control Lindie Wyse finds herself unwed and pregnant, and her boyfriend wants no part of it. Her brother decides the answer is an arranged marriage to his friend Josiah, but she will have to leave her home in Ohio and go to Michigan. Josiah Plank isn't looking for or even expecting love, but he knows his eight year old daughter Hannah needs a mother. Can an arranged marriage between this Amish couple develop into something more? Read Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid ...more
Abbie
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lindie is single and pregnant. Her brother has found a friend in Northern Michigan who has agreed to marry her in name only as long as she will keep house and look after his blind daughter. Josiah can't believe he has agreed to marry Lindie what had he been thinking? As Lindie settles into his home he finds himself caring for her yet serious health issues threaten to undo everything.

This is book one in a new series by Ruth Reid. This book deals with unwed pregnancy and cancer yet still keeps a
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ASC Book Reviews
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Ruth is a great writer that has come up with an excellent plot and a great set up. This is the first book from her that I've read and I'm hooked! If I didn't want to read her other books before (which I did LOL!) I sure do now!!! From the beginning this book had me hooked! I didn't want to put it down. The whole concept is great. The secrets that come out are shocking and the whole journey is amazing. It is a story with Faith, hope, love, fear, ...more
Cecelia
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alone, pregnant, and practically shunned from her community, Lindie Wyse must make a fresh start in a new Amish community. Her brother, Eli, has arranged for his widowed friend, Josiah Plank, to marry Lindie. Josiah promises to care for Lindie and her unborn child, however, he says that he can never love Lindie as he loved his deceased wife.

Lindie has trouble settling into Josiah’s home. His deceased wife, Caroline,’s, presence still hovers in the air. Caroline’s belongings and her way of
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Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

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