Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Very Different Amish Novel

Another Amish Book Reviewed- but this one is VERY different!!
The Promise of an Angel             The Promise of an Angel (A Heaven On Earth Novel)
By Ruth Reid
Ruth's first book in a series, entitled, "Heaven on Earth Series"  is an extremely different  novel about the Amish. I must admit, I was sceptical when I first started to read- it is not a subject that is normally addressed- you don't usually read about Amish folks seeing angels, so to me that was very far fetched, however I quickly became engrossed in this story. Ruth writes with passion and a very unique style.
The setting is in Mescota County, Michigan in the home of a group of Old Order Amish.
A barn raising for the family of Judith Fischer is the focus at the beginning of the story.  As the building proceeds, there is a tragic accident, in which Judith's young brother is severely injured.and may not walk again.
This is where the excitement begins- Judith sees an angel who reassures her about the accident . This causes all kinds of challenges, as her intended, insists this cannot be true! Angels cannot be seen by humans. The angel continues to appear to Judith and give her advice. Andrew, another friend, seems to be the only one to believe her .Two young men, with two very different views. Who would Judith be happy with? Should she listen to the angel?
I enjoyed the depth that Ruth put into all of the characters. You feel their pain and their confusion.
Ruth is to be commended on her quick pace in the story. You have no time to be bored. There is constant action to think about.
A great book for those who appreciate something different in Amish fiction!
This book was supplied by Booksneeze in exchange for a review.

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