This is a book where you can easily step into the story. You feel like you know the characters. With Lindie, sensing her unease, desire to start over, and more (can't tell you!). I understood Josiah's need to fill a hole in his family, without considering the whole of his heart. Speaking of hearts, mine ached for little Hannah. I felt Simon's struggle with the loss of his daughter and this new woman stepping into her life.
Lindie is lost, Josiah is broken. What happens when these two come together in an arranged marriage? Is the love growing between them enough? Or will their ever after need A Miracle of Hope.
While it could have easily fallen into traditional plot lines and become uninteresting, it didn't. I guessed a few things early on but it didn't detract from the story in anyway.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I sat down to read this book one night, and before I knew it I was half done. I spend the next day counting down the hours until I could get home and finish it. Which I did. It's a great book for fans of Amish fiction, stories of arranged marriages in modern times, finding hope and more.
A few favorite short passages:
"Your marriage isn't too hard for God, but it does require you taking your place of authority as head of the haus."
"… I placed mei hope in the Lord and then He made mei joy complete."
My Rating: 4/5 stars.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.)
From the Publisher: She’s heard about forgiveness all her life, but how far does God’s mercy truly reach?
Lindie Wyse thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve a future for herself and her unborn child. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his deaf eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined. After a short time, Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes the child’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building—and the love that is growing between them.
Will their marriage survive their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?