Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid: An Amish Wonders Novel; Thomas Nelson ISBN 9781401688318

On the surface, it does not seem likely that the lives of a young Amish widow with two young children and a social services investigator would intersect. In A Dream of Miracles, a novel by Ruth Reid, their paths do cross and they enter into a complex relationship.
Mattie Diener is doing all she can for her children since her husband died. When her young son is hospitalized with suspicious symptoms, Bo Lambright is sent to investigate a physician’s allegations. Even though he feels Mattie has not harmed her child, things spiral downhill very quickly. Bo’s attempts to clear Mattie of any wrongdoing are heroic, but will they be enough? At the same time, Bo struggles with his personal history and the world he now lives in.
This well told story follows the characters through their challenges. Even though Mattie and Bo live in different worlds, a bond between them grows. They are both courageous and vulnerable. Will it take a miracle for them to forge a future together?

I found this to be an engrossing and compelling story. It is easy to read and thought provoking, as well. Highly recommended.

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Sister Dear by Laura McNeill; Thomas Nelson ISBN 9780718030926

After serving ten years in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit, Allie Marshall has now been released on parole. She was a single mother of a five year old and headed for medical school when she was convicted of murder. She desperately wants to clear her name and to reconnect with her daughter. Sister Dear, a novel by Laura McNeill, is a fast moving psychological thriller. Risking her freedom, Allie doesn’t give up trying to find out the truth about what happened on that life changing night ten years ago. What she finally does learn is shocking.
The complex characters in this engrossing story are well drawn. Tension builds slowly, keeping the reader on edge until the end. I found this to be a well written novel. Highly recommended.

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Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Burning Embers, a novel by Hannah Fielding, is a stunning and epic love story set in Kenya. Twenty-five year old Coral Sinclair was born in Kenya, but after her parents divorce she lived in England. The story opens in 1970 and Coral is returning to Kenya to claim her inheritance of a plantation. She has experienced two losses: her father died and she ended her engagement. During her trip an encounter with Rafe, a mysterious and attractive older man, changes her life. The attraction between them is instantaneous and intense. Once in Kenya, Coral learns that Rafe has the reputation of being a womanizer. There are those who consider him to be the devil. He shrouds his past for reasons of his own. She may be naive, but she recognizes the effect he has on her and what ensues is a complex and frustrating relationship with an uncertain future.
The author paints a beautiful and vivid picture with her mesmerizing descriptions of Kenya’s landscape. She brings the colors and the scents alive. Even though it is a place not without danger, it is magical and the perfect setting for this romantic story. Fate may have brought Coral and Rafe together, but is it enough?
I found Burning Embers to be a beautifully told story with well developed and memorable characters in an exotic setting. This book is well worth reading.
Highly recommended.

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