à Read Ú A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders #3) by Ruth Reid à A Dream For Miracles by Ruth Reid is book three in the Amish Wonders series but can be read as a stand alone.
There is a season for everything but sometimes only when looking back does life make sense Ruth Reid shows how important it is to listen to God and to obey His leadings Whatever hardship one is going through, God walks alongside us.
The novel demonstrates the power of dreams Sometimes God speaks to us in our dreams and it is vital that we recognise His voice The dreams may only make sense when viewed backwards This reminds the reader that God spoke to Joseph in his dreams, as told in Genesis.
Young widow of eighteen months Mattie has been trying to pretend that everything is ok to her Amish community In her grief, Mattie has lost sight of God and constantly asks if He is there God has never left Mattie but her immersion in her grief has hidden Him.
Faith in God is a huge theme within the novel Mattie has faith in God even though she is struggling However she is under the misapprehension that faith in God should prevent the bad things from happening Mattie thinks that her faith must be too small if bad stuff is happening, but that is just life As the Bible says one only needs faith the size of a mustard seed in order to tell a mountain to move.
Within the novel there is the motif of a little lamb failing to thrive, who is lovingly cared for by Mattie The lamb is hand reared and even bought into the kitchen to be looked after This reminds the reader of how God looks after us He has His eye on each and every one of us, and He nourishes us with His love We are His flock of sheep and He will notice any of us who are failing to thrive.
Bo who works for Children s Services believes in God and the power of prayer His path crosses Mattie s and he helps her to see that where two or three are gathered in prayer, the Lord is there too Prayer is powerful God hears our prayers and He always answers, just not always in the way we want.
The novel deals with the tough subject of separating a mother from her children It explores the foster system It shows the frustration of the innocent battling against a system that believes the worst of them.
There is a huge chasm between the Amish and Englischer way of life The Englischer s do not always understand or respect the Amish and are viewed with suspicion.
The novel explores the bond between a mother and her children The reader sees it with Mattie and her two young children, and also with Bo and his mother A mother s bond of love is seen to be very powerful.
Ruth Reid drew some absolutely delightful characters Mattie was easy to empathise with as she loved her children unconditionally Bo, with his heart for the lost and hurting was a worthy main male character The small children bought out the mothering instinct in me and I could empathise when one of the character s was diagnosed with ITP, as I had been there when our son was diagnosed with that The characters were all very likeable.
I absolutely loved A Dream For Miracles It is the first book that I have read by Ruth Reid but I shall be hunting outI greedily devoured the book in just two sessions Give yourself a treat and escape to a world where the Amish and Englisch worlds collide.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.
Amish Widow Mattie Vows Never To Love Again Until A Suspicious Outsider With A Shadowy Past Comes Crashing Into Her Fragile World Mattie Diener Can Barely Keep It Together A Young Amish Widow And Mother Of Two Young Children, She Faces The Lingering Heartbreak Of Lost Love, Her Son S Mysterious Illness, And A Torrent Of Accusations That Threaten To Undo HerBo Lambright Is A Fast Rising Social Services Investigator Whose High Society Mother Won T Rest Until She Finds His Mrs Right Despite Bo S Worldly Success, The Raw Ache Of A Shadowy Past And A Series Of Unsettling Dreams Have Left Him ReelingWhen Mattie And Bo Cross Paths, All Signs Point To Disaster Yet As They Face A Crucible Of Trials And Tragedies Together, Longings Begin To Stir That Seem Destined Only To End In Heartbreak Is A Miracle Possible Not Only Of Healing But Of Forbidden Love What Secrets Lie In Bo S Dreams And Will Mattie Find The Courage To Face Her Uncertain Future Or Will She Simply Run Away Ruth Reid in her new book, A Dream Of Miracles Book Three in the Amish Wonders series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Mattie Diener.
From the back cover Amish widow Mattie vows never to love againuntil a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast rising social services investigator whose high society mother won t rest until she finds his Mrs Right Despite Bo s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end inheartbreak Is a miracle possible not only of healing but of forbidden love What secrets lie in Bo s dreams And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain futureor will she simply run away I think Ms Reid has given us a highly complicated story plot Mattie Diener is, definitely, having a tough life from both sides of the fence She is holding it together but it is certainly not easy I was quite impressed with the way Mattie and Bo meet each other and then have to work out their differences to work together Mattie Diener is a fascinating character and Bo Lambright is right up there alongside her The other characters are exceptionally well written and they will get you involved with them as you read along This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and involving in their lives.
Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book for free from LitFuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
A Dream of Miracles was another enjoyable addition to the Amish Wonders series I have really enjoyed this series However, if you have not read books one and two, don t worry, A Dream of Miracles stands alone very nicely.
In some ways, this was a tough book to read I didn t want to set it down because I was so invested in the trials that Mattie Diener was experiencing, yet it was hard to see her being so unfairly treated This one really pulled on my heartstrings.
The author did a good job of showing the disparity between the Amish and the Englisch, particularly with the Englisch doctors, nurses, and social workers who did not understand many of Mattie s beliefs.
Bo Lambright was a great character I really loved watching him discern what was right and what was not Then, there were moments of self doubt that he had to deal with That made him very human I liked the way he trusted in God s guidance in the face of opposition.
I thought that this was a creative and different Amish story and recommend it to Amish fiction fans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You can read this review on my blog at A Dream For Miracles by Ruth Reid is book three in the Amish Wonders series but can be read as a stand alone.
There is a season for everything but sometimes only when looking back does life make sense Ruth Reid shows how important it is to listen to God and to obey His leadings Whatever hardship one is going through, God walks alongside us.
The novel demonstrates the power of dreams Sometimes God speaks to us in our dreams and it is vital that we recognise His voice The dreams may only make sense when viewed backwards This reminds the reader that God spoke to Joseph in his dreams, as told in Genesis.
Young widow of eighteen months Mattie has been trying to pretend that everything is ok to her Amish community In her grief, Mattie has lost sight of God and constantly asks if He is there God has never left Mattie but her immersion in her grief has hidden Him.
Faith in God is a huge theme within the novel Mattie has faith in God even though she is struggling However she is under the misapprehension that faith in God should prevent the bad things from happening Mattie thinks that her faith must be too small if bad stuff is happening, but that is just life As the Bible says one only needs faith the size of a mustard seed in order to tell a mountain to move.
Within the novel there is the motif of a little lamb failing to thrive, who is lovingly cared for by Mattie The lamb is hand reared and even bought into the kitchen to be looked after This reminds the reader of how God looks after us He has His eye on each and every one of us, and He nourishes us with His love We are His flock of sheep and He will notice any of us who are failing to thrive.
Bo who works for Children s Services believes in God and the power of prayer His path crosses Mattie s and he helps her to see that where two or three are gathered in prayer, the Lord is there too Prayer is powerful God hears our prayers and He always answers, just not always in the way we want.
The novel deals with the tough subject of separating a mother from her children It explores the foster system It shows the frustration of the innocent battling against a system that believes the worst of them.
There is a huge chasm between the Amish and Englischer way of life The Englischer s do not always understand or respect the Amish and are viewed with suspicion.
The novel explores the bond between a mother and her children The reader sees it with Mattie and her two young children, and also with Bo and his mother A mother s bond of love is seen to be very powerful.
Ruth Reid drew some absolutely delightful characters Mattie was easy to empathise with as she loved her children unconditionally Bo, with his heart for the lost and hurting was a worthy main male character The small children bought out the mothering instinct in me and I could empathise when one of the character s was diagnosed with ITP, as I had been there when our son was diagnosed with that The characters were all very likeable.
I absolutely loved A Dream For Miracles It is the first book that I have read by Ruth Reid but I shall be hunting outI greedily devoured the book in just two sessions Give yourself a treat and escape to a world where the Amish and Englisch worlds collide.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.
Reviewed at The Power of Words t go by the cover and assume that this is a typical, traditional Amish story because let me tell you, there s nothing typical or traditional about it A Dream of Miracles ranks among the best books I ve read, Amish or otherwise There s a different element to Ruth Reid s writing, and A Dream of Miracles breaks the boundaries of Amish fiction wide open, capturing me from page one with its emotional pull and character depth Ruth writes with knowledge and authority when it comes to the Amish and healthcare, drawing from her wealth of experience in this industry Most people are referring to suspense when they say that they couldn t put a book down, but that s exactly how I felt about this story, for the emotional suspense of relationship drama is what hooks me every time.
The Badger Creek community of Michigan s Upper Peninsula area provides a wonderful backdrop for this story and Ruth conveys its beauty vividly I had to search for a picture of the lighthouse Bo saw while out in his boat on Lake Superior, the Grand Island Lighthouse Beautiful And wooden how unique.
Englisch and Amish worlds harshly collide as Mattie becomes the target of a Child and Family Services investigation, and the chasm between these two worlds becomes glaringly apparent We see a lack of knowledge about the Amish, judgmental attitudes, and no desire to learnThemes explore the bond between mother and child not only Mattie and her children, but Bo and his mother as well foster care, removing children from the home, and clinging to faith when life makes no sense.
As a mother, connecting with Mattie and her struggles was immediate And Bo is such an appealing character, with his heart for those who are hurting and his drive to do the right thing rather than merely follow procedure One secondary theme that I found especially touching was Mattie s caregiving of a little lamb that wasn t thriving What beautiful imagery of the Good Shepherd who watches over and protects us I love this quote because it captures the spiritual essence of A Dream of Miracles so perfectly and is something I never want to forget Be strong Be still Be faithful God is in control Ruth expressed her goal for readers in a Litfuse interview and this is exactly how I felt throughout the story My goal is that readers will feel the presence of God His love, His grace, His mercy, and the miraculous ways He guides us in our daily lives Ruth Reid is a not to be missed author for me and A Dream of Miracles goes on my favorites list Highly recommended to all readers.
Click on the title, A Miracle of Hope, to see my review of the first book in this series.
Reviewed at The Power of Words t go by the cover and assume that this is a typical, traditional Amish story because let me tell you, there s nothing typical or traditional about it A Dream of Miracles ranks among the best books I ve read, Amish or otherwise There s a different element to Ruth Reid s writing, and A Dream of Miracles breaks the boundaries of Amish fiction wide open, capturing me from page one with its emotional pull and character depth Ruth writes with knowledge and authority when it comes to the Amish and healthcare, drawing from her wealth of experience in this industry Most people are referring to suspense when they say that they couldn t put a book down, but that s exactly how I felt about this story, for the emotional suspense of relationship drama is what hooks me every time.
The Badger Creek community of Michigan s Upper Peninsula area provides a wonderful backdrop for this story and Ruth conveys its beauty vividly I had to search for a picture of the lighthouse Bo saw while out in his boat on Lake Superior, the Grand Island Lighthouse Beautiful And wooden how unique.
Englisch and Amish worlds harshly collide as Mattie becomes the target of a Child and Family Services investigation, and the chasm between these two worlds becomes glaringly apparent We see a lack of knowledge about the Amish, judgmental attitudes, and no desire to learnThemes explore the bond between mother and child not only Mattie and her children, but Bo and his mother as well foster care, removing children from the home, and clinging to faith when life makes no sense.
As a mother, connecting with Mattie and her struggles was immediate And Bo is such an appealing character, with his heart for those who are hurting and his drive to do the right thing rather than merely follow procedure One secondary theme that I found especially touching was Mattie s caregiving of a little lamb that wasn t thriving What beautiful imagery of the Good Shepherd who watches over and protects us I love this quote because it captures the spiritual essence of A Dream of Miracles so perfectly and is something I never want to forget Be strong Be still Be faithful God is in control Ruth expressed her goal for readers in a Litfuse interview and this is exactly how I felt throughout the story My goal is that readers will feel the presence of God His love, His grace, His mercy, and the miraculous ways He guides us in our daily lives Ruth Reid is a not to be missed author for me and A Dream of Miracles goes on my favorites list Highly recommended to all readers.
Click on the title, A Miracle of Hope, to see my review of the first book in this series.
Right from the beginning I could tell this was going to be a bit different type of Amish story Mattie is a widow raising her two small children as best she can Her character is almost innocent like She has deep love for her children and her faith When her son becomes sick , she takes him to the doctor and that is when her nightmare begins She is seen by another doctor instead of the doctor that always looks after her children when they are ill The doctor is not very friendly and seems almost abrupt at times I didn t care for her at all It seems like she had her mind made up within minutes that the boy was being abused The boy is admitted to the hospital with severe injuries Almost immediately CPS is called in and Mattie begins to get scared She knows she hasn t done anything wrong Her emotions were so deep, I could feel her heart breaking The story is well written and I found myself not being able to put the book down Will she lose both her children to the system Mattie will meet a man called Boaz Lambright who has been assigned to investigate Mattie and her children Can Bo get Mattie to trust him Why can Bo understand Pennsylvania Dutch so well Is there a secret in his past that could explain why he feels comfortable around the Amish I loved his character so much The author wrote him with such compassion and not giving up He is determined to find out the truth and believes Mattie is innocent Will Nathan, Mattie s son survive Where did the bruises come from on his little body Mattie is a devoted mom and her unconditional love for them is well written in the story I at times wanted to sit by her and gently hold her hand and reassure her that God has this under control The story is riveting and her neighbors join together to try to help Mattie get her children back Bo is drawn to Mattie and even though his job is in jeopardy , he believe she needs his help I loved the author showing Bo and God talking That was such an intimate time and I loved how she wrote it with pureness and grace This is one story that will stay with you long after the last page is written The story captures trust, unconditional love, forgiveness , and faith in a beautiful inspiring story I highly recommend this book to fans of Amish books and anyone looking for a book that shows that God is always there in our darkest moment holding our hand This book has shown me not to ever give up He is always there and He will guide you in the right direction He is our justifier and makes miracles happen everyday Never cease praying for a miracle I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.
Have you ever been judged by a stranger How about being judged by an authority person, someone from from the public service department I think we all have been judged a handful of times by someone, maybe not a stranger, but at least someone.
Have you or a loved one been misdiagnosed of a health issue or illness Was the appearance of the illness or health issue judged as abuse Meet Mattie Diener, an Amish widow, raising her two young children on her own Her son is sick she takes him to his doctor to find out that his normal family doctor is not in town, but there is a doctor filling in for the family doctor From this point, Mattie and her two children s lives take on an all new scary experience They ve been through so much already and now this.
Bo Lambright is a social services investigator whose high class society mother is playing matchmaker Bo has his own past life experience that s needing his attention While fighting to keep his true identity hidden, he s fighting to keep an Amish mother with her children Will Mattie lose her children Is Bo s job at risk Will Bo comes to terms with his past Does Mattie learn to trust her faith and a stranger Ruth Reid wrote about a tough topic among the Amish that we don t hear too much about, but it has happened over the years Thank God the numbers are very few among the Amish and we know what the numbers are like in our world with this same topic.
I was on the edge of my seat reading A Dream of Miracles My socks were blown off of my feet, that s how powerful this story is I was feeling for Mattie Diener and her two children and the experiences they were going through I love when an author can draw my mind into their story that they ve written A Dream of Miracles has got to be my all time favorite book written by Ruth Reid I have read all of her Amish genre books so far I look forward to readingof her books in the future.
I received a free copy from NetGalley with the only request to write an honest review about the book No money was exchanged This is my review written in my own words.
I absolutely loved this book I enjoyed every part of this book and would love to read the rest in the series I am enjoying reading everything that I have read written by Ruth I enjoyed the characters and the setting I received this book from the fiction guild for free A positive review was not required All opinions are my own.
Title A Dream of Miracles An Amish Wonders Novel 3 Author Ruth ReidPages 352Year 2016Publisher Thomas NelsonMy rating is 5 stars.
Mattie is a young widowed woman with two young children to raise without her husband who died of an illness Now Mattie is having a rough time even with all the help the community is offering along with working on her herb and honey business When her oldest son, who is three, gets severely sick the case baffles the doctors so much their original diagnosis calls in CPS workers In a short amount of time, Mattie loses her kids to the system and she is arrested.
While that is happening, Bo, the case worker, is trying to help her through the hoops and closing out the case because aviable diagnosis comes to the doctor s attention Just as she starts to get her life back to normal literally her whole world collapses again and this time it is a grave matter.
What comes to light about Bo s past, I cannot share because it would spoil the enjoyment for readers to know All I can say is WOW The strength of Mattie s character is under the microscope of strangers, and her faith is wobbly as is her health Bo is not the enemy she thinks he is at first In fact, he becomesentangled with Mattie s life including their hearts.
Ruth Reid writes novels that are clean, suspense filled and realistic in what some of the Amish like Englishers have to deal with in the world The author makes them seem like real people and doesn t elevate them to unrealistic status nor do her stories make their life seem better than someone else s I appreciate that quality in Amish books as sometimes the Amish or Mennonite people are lifted up to be looked upon as almost godlike status instead of the flesh and blood that they are.
I hope you read all three novels in the series A Miracle of Hope, A Woodland Miracle and finally A Dream of Miracles Each will grab your attention from start to finish along with tugging on your heart strngs Disclosure of Material Connection I received one orof the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
What began with a doctor s visit for Mattie s son Nathan, unravels into a horrifying experience that will threaten Mattie s motherhood, friendships, livelihood, and heart Mattie is a widow who is trying to keep all the threads of life weaving forward along this journey as a single mother She is strong in faith She might not know the ways of the world, but she knows what she must do when the authorities are threatening to take her children away No matter what people think, Mattie is a wonderful mother She has done no wrong, and her strength will be found in trusting God, her faith in His word, and maybe just maybe the compassion and guidance from Bo.
Doctor Wellington is filling in for Doctor Roswell Not only will Doctor Wellington misdiagnose Nathan s symptoms, but she will open the door for an investigation into Mattie s ability to care for her children.
Bo Lambright is the CPS investigator called to Community Memorial He is a man whose observations are accurate and who has compassion for all of those involved in his cases He understands and knows the ways of the Amish and isn t convinced that Mattie has done anything to endanger her children This investigation will lead Bo beyond his typical involvement and he will need to call in some assistance from Judge Nettleton Will his bending of the rules cost him his career Will his determination to help Mattie lead to a trial Erica Davis is on her first field assignment and thinks she is as qualified as Bo She is determined to climb the ladder and unfortunately has a wealth of high profile connections What she doesn t have is the background information about the Amish, nor the experience as a skilled observer Her involvement will place Mattie in the mode to flee with her children.
Judge Nettleton is Bo s mother Even with a political career in the making, she will be led to make a decision to trust Bo s observations When evidence is given that a financial contribution was given to her platform, the Judge will need to decide what is important in life The anxiety in which Mattie must remain strong is at times unbearable, of course that is what makes a perfect read This Amish story will twist and turn, there are many threads expertly woven Before the reader realizes the direction in which Mattie s life is unfolding, the characters will experience changes that can only be made while walking in faith.
Experience Mattie s faith journey,MrsK I couldn t believe what I was reading A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid is very different than other Amish fiction I ve read in the past Even if the storyline combines Amish and Englisch cultures and how they differ and how they coexist in society, this one speaks to one s compassion and righteousnessthan I ve imagined I couldn t believe the ignorance that Englischers, especially those in the medical and government services, have towards Amish s way of life A medical practice that have administered to the Amish community should have some inkling as to their beliefs and practices and not jumped to the conclusion that our main lead, Mattie have something to hide As to the government services, when the Children Protection Services were called, some were plain rude, but granted, they did have ulterior motives As you can already tell, I was very engrossed in this novel The injustice of it all, had me riled up and hoping that things will get better.
Many of my highlighted quotes have potential spoilers, and some were beautiful prayers to the Lord The time Boaz Bo and Mattie spent together was turbulent to say the least with the accusations and threat to take Mattie s kids from her care, yet the many sweet moments they share together gives readers a great comfort, just as it does Mattie Mattie s face heated A handsome man hadn t winked at her in years and an Englisch man at that Bo Lambright had not only charmed her daughter, he d charmed her 243 With Mattie, her struggles includes the environmental aspect happening with CPS and the health of her children With Bo, his development hasto do with past hurts and the need to find peace with it I love the message of time, a reason for everything and how God plants people and situations in your path for a specific reason A captivating story to behold, and one that I wish there was , at least a little epilogue Either way, I m looking forward to going back and reading Ruth s other works, specifically those from earlier in the series.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review All opinions expressed are my own For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Ruth Reid in her new book, A Dream Of Miracles Book Three in the Amish Wonders series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Mattie Diener.
From the back cover Amish widow Mattie vows never to love againuntil a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast rising social services investigator whose high society mother won t rest until she finds his Mrs Right Despite Bo s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end inheartbreak Is a miracle possible not only of healing but of forbidden love What secrets lie in Bo s dreams And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain futureor will she simply run away I think Ms Reid has given us a highly complicated story plot Mattie Diener is, definitely, having a tough life from both sides of the fence She is holding it together but it is certainly not easy I was quite impressed with the way Mattie and Bo meet each other and then have to work out their differences to work together Mattie Diener is a fascinating character and Bo Lambright is right up there alongside her The other characters are exceptionally well written and they will get you involved with them as you read along This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and involving in their lives.
Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book for free from LitFuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.