Monday, May 2, 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid Book Review

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 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 in more 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?

My Thoughts:

Ruth Reid pulled me in again with this touching story. The story was extremely heartfelt and realistic. I had a hard time putting the story down.

The characters had a lot of depth to them. Mattie and Bo seem so different and yet Bo knows more about the Amish culture than he is ready to admit to. The very reason he is an investigator is because of his past in the Amish world. Mattie tugs at his heart and he feels pulled in to protect her from this system that is judging her so harshly. Yet, at the same time things keep coming up that make her look guilty of abusing her children. His gut tells them that something isn’t as it seems.

Having a child with special needs I could relate to the unknown of going to a new doctor and the questions that fly at you from all directions. It’s scary having a child with a rare medical condition and for many years we didn’t even know what she had. Mattie had no idea what was causing her child to always be so sick. She was thrown in the unknown world of having your life exposed in an unknown system. She felt alone with her husband’s passing 18 months earlier.

I have to say that this has been one of my favorite books by Ruth Reid. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.
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Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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