Friday, June 3, 2011

The Promise of an Angel

Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-788-0
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Judith Fischer has loved Levi Plank forever. And now that she’s nineteen, she’s waiting anxiously for Levi to want to court her. But tragedy strikes Judith’s household when she’s supposed to be watching her young brother, Samuel. Unsupervised, Samuel climbs up on the roof of the barn and falls off, leaving him paralyzed.

Seeing an English man kneeling beside Samuel, Judith goes to talk to him. This “man” turns out to be an angel, and he ministers to Judith saying Samuel will be alright. Judith tells everyone she seen an angel and that Samuel will be fine, but no one believes her. They all think she’s gone crazy from her brother’s accident.

When even Levi begins to push Judith away in favor of her younger sister, Judith begins to wonder what exactly this angel meant by alright. Nothing was right. Will Ruth continue to trust in the angel’s message even if it means losing everything—including the support of family?

I enjoyed getting to know Judith and some of the other characters. I had to admire Judith’s faith, even when it wavered; she still struggled to stand strong. Some of the secondary characters had me wanting to crawl into the pages of the book and strangle them.

THE PROMISE OF AN ANGEL is Ruth Reid’s debut novel, and the first in her three book A Heaven on Earth series. Incorporating the popular Amish fiction in with spirituality, the reader has the best of both worlds, Angels and Amish in one page turning novel. This is a great beginning to a new series. $14.99. 304 pages.

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