Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blog Tour: The Hope of Refuge

This is the newest blog tour book that I had the privilege of reviewing. I loved this book. Seriously. It was a fast read but the underlying theme was wonderful & something I think everyone can benefit from.

I read my first Cindy Woodsmall book after winning it from a blog tour last year. It was the second in her first series so I promptly went & got books two & three & read them all. I enjoyed it so I was hoping this book would be as good. It was better.

Here is the summary sent to me which says it much better than I:

Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.

Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose–or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything–including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?

I am eagerly waiting for book two to come out now! Interested in buying a copy? Then check out the Random House website.

If you are interested in seeing an interview that ABC did with the author, Cindy Woodsmall, then click on HERE.

Author Bio:

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.

Sorry, I forgot to request a giveaway copy. I give this book two thumbs up. If you enjoy Amish fiction, then I truly feel you'd enjoy this book.


  1. Sounds fabulous, Lisa! I'll have to add it to the list of books that I want to read. :)

  2. Lisa, nice blog. I found you through the TOS Crew board. I'm a former Mainer (grew up there). My family is still there. I look forward to continuing to read your blog and who knows maybe I will someday meet you when I visit my family in Maine.


  3. Cindy Woodsmall has quickly become one of my favorite authors!


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