The main character, Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead. When Katie Bender’s fiancé died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn’t know how she will provide for herself. Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can’t afford to have feelings for Katie. Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent—and ultimate—battle for their hearts rages unseen. Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined to have.
About The Author: Ruth Reid is 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.
About The Book: The story begins after Katie Bender loses her fiance in a tragic accident. She found peace in teaching. But when the school is destroyed by a tornado and the community doesn't want to rebuild, her future looks grim. She must either find another occupation or move away from her family and friends. Fortunately, she has an angel by her side. When I first began reading the book I thought the story was a little hokey. At first it reminded me of the television series, "Touched By An Angel." As a fan of the series, even though it is a bit farfetched I found myself caught up in the lives of the characters. The battles that incurred between Elias and Razzen added a new dimention to the Amish novel as it usually is. The ending was predictable but the story was sweet and an enjoyable read. I can't wait to read the first two books in the series now.
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