Raised in foster care and now a widower and single parent, Cara Moore battles against the harsh torrents of life and a stalker who wants to make life difficult for her and her daughter Lori, but the pain and struggles brought her to Dry Lake Pennsylvania and there is where she may find solace…or a fight of a different kind.
When the handsome Ephraim Mast finds Cara Moore in his barn, he does not like her sassiness and the New York way of life permeates from her so much that he and his family wishes Cara would just go away- until he hears a message from God which will rock him to his soul and he must follow the Lord’s call. But following what God wants seems to go against the Ordnung(order) of the Amish. Would Ephraim dare to help this woman and her daughter and risk being shunned?
Cindy Woodsmall has captured the essence of how a community would react to the past, to tragedy, and the sequence of events in the book reminded me of how my old used to be. People caring for one another and when one person hurts, everyone hurts with them. Ephraim and Cara’s character were tender and real. Cara was rough around the edges because of what she’s been through, Ephraim was tough, stubborn, but wanted to be led by God. The tough decisions that had to be made by each character is what will stick with the reader.
In the end there is a blossoming of romance, yet, this is an Amish work where chastity and love go hand in hand- not lust. The main point of the story that will resonate is summed up when Ephraim tells Cara: “[That] fight doesn’t discount the truth seen in that flash of time. Love is real, and its worth the battle”( Woodsmall, 2009, The Hope of Refuge, pg. 269).
This book was unforgettable and receives 5 stars!
For more about Cindy Woodsmall and her Amish books and travels please go to: www.cindywoodsmall.com!
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*Book provided for review by WaterBrook Press for an unbiased review.