The Hope of Refuge

The Hope of Refuge
An Ada's House Novel
Cindy Woodsmall
Waterbrook Press

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Cara Atwater Moore was on the run, again. Crazy Mike had found her again, and he had really scared her this time, and she had to disappear for good this time. Flashes of childhood memories and her mother's diary guide her toward Amish country.
Ephraim Mast, worked hard in his father's cabinet business. Keeping it going, to support his father and his family, after his father became ill with a heart problem. His sister Deborah is planning her wedding to a local boy who works with Ephraim in the cabinet shop. Life is going smoothly. Their community is finally healing and going forward, after a horrible crash that took the life of Ephraim's mother and many others in their small Amish community.
When a strange English woman and her daughter show up hiding on his property, he knows he does not need this headache. However, he has memories of a small girl who came to visit years ago, with her mother. He is sure this woman is that same girl. More than that he is certain the Lord is speaking to him, to show her the Way, and to show her, her family that she does not even know she has.
The Hope of Refuge is a book that will grab your attention and keep you there till you have read the last page. Wonderfully written, with a underlying message of redemption, this book is truly a book that you will not want to put down. Cindy Woodsmall has brought us a five star book with The Hope of Refuge. 341 pages $13.99 US

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Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. 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. But 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.

Completely 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 push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying 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?

Author Bio:

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.

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