26 April 2011

CFBA Tour Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Abigail's New Hope
Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)
by
Mary Ellis




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



A word from the author:I grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. My husband and I now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. We love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life.



This is my first series of novels set in the Amish community.



I would love to hear from readers of Christian novels. Please leave me a post at my blogsite.



ABOUT THE BOOK



As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.



While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.



An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Abigail's New Hope, go HERE.



Watch the book trailer:

My Review:
This is a good book. Its the first book I have read by Mary Ellis and I wasn't disappointed. Abigail is an Amish midwife who helps in a difficult birth which ends up with the baby dying. We learn early in this book that in Ohio Amish Midwives are not recognised by the judicial system which is where Abigails problems start.  She ends up in jail and her sister Catherine comes to help out with her children. Also add to the mix a deaf cousin Isaiah who is also reclusive but Catherine feels she can help him. I enjoyed the different stories happening at the same time seeing how Abigail deals with prison life and how she is treated there, Daniel her husband struggling without her and resisting having Catherine helping out and then Catherine reaching out to Isaiah. Abigail has a few issues she is working out from protecting another person to obeying her husband and what God would want her to do. I learnt new things about the Amish in this book like the fact in Ohio and Pennsylvania the midwives are not recognised by the state. If you enjoy amish fiction I am sure this book won't disappoint you.

1 comment:

Anne Payne said...

great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one. I haven't read any books by Mary Ellis before either and I am a big Amish fiction reader.

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