The Hope of Refuge: Book 1 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series by Cindy Woodsmall

The Hope of Refuge: Book 1 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series

byCindy Woodsmall

Kobo ebook | August 11, 2009

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The first book in the Ada's House series, The Hope of Refuge is a moving story of love, hope, and new beginnings from New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall.

The widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore is struggling against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When her stalker ransacks her home, Cara and her daughter, Lori, flee New York City for an Amish community, eager for a fresh start. But she discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. One Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God--“Be me to her”--despite how it threatens his way of life. While Ephraim tries to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything--including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?

A complete opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose--or will it push Mahlon away forever?

Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author of Amish fiction. She was a homeschool mother of her three boys. As they grew older, her desire to write became stronger. Woodsmall's first novel, When the Heart Cries, published in 2006, was a Christian Book Association bestseller. She was also a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist. Woodsma...
Title:The Hope of Refuge: Book 1 in the Ada's House Amish Romance SeriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307458342

ISBN - 13:9780307458346


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding Refuge in an Amish Community Somehow I am attracted to Amish novels. Don’t ask me why though. I wouldn’t be able to tell you the reasons. But I like them and every time I discover a new author writing about Amish life I am always pleased. This time again, I discover another author who writes Amish stories and I am quite enjoying the story. The main character is an “Englisher” who is trying to get away from a stalker. Bits and pieces of memory bring her in an Amish community who unfortunately she is mistaken for a druken woman with a child in tow. Fortunately for her, someone on her path offers help – at his own risk of being rejected by the community. Many mysteries surround Cara and slowly she uncovers the truth. Her daughter enjoys the Amish life and eventually Cara realizes that she will be happy with this life as well. I won’t give you all the details of the events surrounding her ordeal and her realization that she needs to adapt herself to live with these people but I can tell you one thing – the story is worth reading. From the beginning until the end of the book you will be hooked with the characters and the story. You will not want to put the book down a minute. And when you will arrive to the end, the author makes you wanting for more. I sense that there will be other books in the Ada’s House series. I would particularly know what is in store for Cara and her daughter Lori (even though I know some events that will occurs in the future for them). Will the stalker follow her to Dry Lake? How about her dad – is he still alive somewhere? And Deborah – will she find love eventually? Will Ada’s business continue to expand? Will she remarry? Where did Mahlon go? As you can see, lots of questions remain unanswered. I look forward to see if Cindy will continue to write about these characters.
Date published: 2009-08-03