Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Promise of An Angel by Ruth Reid

This book is the first novel in the Heaven on Earth series. The setting takes place in an Amish (old-order) settlement in Michigan. The main character, Judith, is a nineteen year old Amish girl, strong in her beliefs, who is anxiously waiting to fulfill her destiny as an Amish woman by marrying and having children. She already has her hopes set on a man named Levi, and is completely enamored with him. The story begins with a barn raising event that ends in tragedy when Judith's younger brother has an accident which causes bodily harm. Judith is first on the scene, and witnesses a stranger over her brother who speaks a prophetic message to Judith. The man quickly disappears, and Judith is left with a story that no believes, including the man of her dreams, Levi. Tension begins building in the community and with Levi as Judith clings to her story, fueled by multiple encounters with the stranger, whom Judith quickly realizes is an Angel sent from God. During this time, Judith is be-friended by the community Bishop's son, who although warned by his father not to see Judith, intercedes for her and begins to woo her with his companionship and and his belief in her story. Judith struggles with losing everything as she holds fast to her faith in the promises from the Angel, while battling the rejection of her people. This book interweaves relationship and community tensions and struggles with forgiveness and standing strong in faith when everyone is against you. This book was a great read, and although I am not usually a fiction book reader, I look forward to the next book in this series!

I received this e-book from the publisher. 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."

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