amish fiction

Abiding Mercy Review

About the  Book
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Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

My Perspective

What an interesting storyline this had! First, I liked the two main perspectives the author followed. It was not always from Faith, but also Roslyn, the woman who lost her daughter years ago. My heart went out to her. Fifteen years go by and she has not lost hope that she will find her daughter. That is determination right there. In reality I bet a lot of mother’s would be in the same position as her, and I think I connected with her more than I did anyone.

I do have to be honest and say that I did not always like Faith’s character. It wasn’t the author’s writing, it was just her as a person I think. The way she pined over her sister’s boyfriend – I get it, but why not try to see what other boys are around? And it made me upset that she almost seemed timid in the way she dealt with her sister. I wanted her to be a little bit stronger.

When tragedy strikes Faith’s family she questions everything she knows and believes, which I think is a natural reaction. But I think she handled it a little bit better then I would have, and it was during this time I kind of came around to liking her character. And the ending pretty much sealed the deal for me, but I won’t get into details there.

If you’re looking for a different kind of Amish story with a bit of mystery, then this is the book for you! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ruth Reid

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at www.RuthReid.com, Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid, Twitter: @AuthorRuthReid.

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