Monday, August 3, 2009
BOOK REVIEW: The Hope Of Refuge
If you’re a lover of Amish/Old Order fiction like I am, The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall will not disappoint you!
From the first page of the prologue to the last sentence of the book, I found myself caught up in the story of Cara Moore, a woman fearlessly trying to protect her young daughter as she flees her long time stalker. Widowed and single, Cara finds herself waitressing in a bar out of desperation to keep the bills paid and her daughter fed. When her stalker shows up at work, Cara has one last chance to break his hold over her and get her daughter to safety.
Finding herself at the bus terminal with nothing more than the clothes on her back, her daughter, and the diary her mother left her – Cara is miraculously directed to her past roots in Dry Lake, Pennsylvania and there begins her riveting story of hope, forgiveness and second chances.
After arriving and getting off to a rocky start with the local Amish residents, Cara meets Ephraim Mast, an Amish man who is struggling with his attraction to the English world and ways of living. At the risk of being excommunicated from the Amish faith, Ephraim befriends Cara and helps her uncover her past which includes Amish relatives.
While Ephraim is conflicted between the desires of his heart and the ways of the Old Order lifestyle, Cara surprisingly finds herself getting closer and closer to joining the faith that Ephraim is considering leaving. One choice has the potential to forever change their future and their friendship, as they both fight to do the right thing.
I found evidence of Cindy Woodsmall’s research and hard work all throughout this story as the authenticity of The Hope of Refuge shone through in every chapter. Personally, I found this book hard to put down! A glossary in the back of the book offers translations for the Pennsylvania Dutch used in this story, which I found helpful and interesting.
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Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.