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Published by Thomas Nelson on April 12th 2016
Source: BookLook Bloggers
Genres: Amish & Mennonite
Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?
A Dream of Miracles is book #3 in The Amish Wonders series and though it is part of a series it is able to be read as a standalone novel without any confusion whatsoever. This book really touched my heart because I’m the mother of a special needs child. My own child’s diagnosis is a rare medical diagnosis that is a mystery to many. My heart skipped beats while reading this because when my child started having health issues I was so scared of someone misunderstanding my family and my heart just broke for Mattie.
The characters in this story are so well written and developed. I connected with them on a personal level and I really couldn’t put this book down! I devoured this during one of my daughter’s therapy sessions and sat with huge tears rolling down my face and hoping no one else walked into the waiting room. I am sure the therapists were giving me some weird glances when they brought my kids back because they asked me if I was alright. I must have been a sight!
I think this book is a book that any special needs mom can relate to on some level even if it did cause me a little anxiety. I was so happy with the outcome though because at one point I really didn’t understand how it was all going to come together and the author pulled it together so beautifully. I didn’t think this author could get any better (because I adore her books) but she sure has. This series has been a hit right after the other but this one was my favorite!
I have had the pleasure of reading this author since the release of her debut novel and she’s grown by leaps and bounds as a published author. Each book is better than the last and I honestly cannot wait to see what she does next. Ruth Reid is definitely someone you should have your eye on if you’re a fan of Amish fiction!