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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Hope Of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall

Title: The Hope of Refuge
Series: An Ada's House Novel
Author(s): Cindy Woodsmall
Genre: Religious Fiction, Amish Fiction
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Finished: November 2009
Pages: 352
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: Cara Moore and her daughter Lori have been running from a dangerous ex-boyfriend for most of Cara's adult life. They're running out of places to hide. Their last chance could be an Amish community that Cara remembers her mother taking her to when she was young. Not knowing anyone there, Cara and Lori hide in a barn and steal clothes and food from a nearby Amish family's house. What happens next could change their lives forever.

I couldn't get into the first chapter. The girl-runs-away-from-problems-and-joins-the-Amish story has been told often (like "Sanctuary," by Beverly and David Lewis). But as I got past the first chapter there were differences, and I became more drawn into the story and the details of the community they were touching. For example, if an unmarried male Amish man lets an outsider woman live in his house or barn, he could be shunned by the community. I did not know that kind of contact with outsiders was forbidden.

I have always found the Amish to be an interesting community. And even if Amish fiction romanticizes the culture, they are still fun to read.

About the Author: Cindy Woodsmall has written numerous novels and some of her books have hit The New York Times Bestsellers list. Visit her website,

1 comment:

Kristi said...

I liked this book also and learned a lot about the Amish community.