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The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall August 3, 2009

Filed under: Book Review,Giveaways — pattyleblanc @ 9:41 pm

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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?

Here is a link to an interview that Cindy did on abc Nightline about the Amish:

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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. 

My Review:

This is the first book I have read by Cindy Woodsmall, and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to do so. I have always been intrigued by the Amish community, as I’m sure many people have and that is why it is so popular. Cara is a single mom who fears for the life of herself and her daughter as she struggles to work and keep her daughter safe. She begins to have some flashbacks of her childhood and then finds a key to those flashbacks in notes her mom left for her. This leads her to an Amish community where she finds herself quite the outsider, yet taken in by one of their own, Ephraim. He does this at the risk of his own faith because he feels God telling him to “Be me to her”. How will Cara handle what she learns while she is there and what will happen to Ephraim for taking a chance on following what he feels God calling him to do against his better judgment? I would highly recommend reading this book so you will have the opportunity to find out the answers to these questions and many more. At the end of the book Cindy Woodsmall had me wanting for more. What a great start to what I hope will be more heartfelt stories about the Amish life.

Here is a link to the Random House website. Here you will see all of the different options where you can purchase the book online:

New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall is on tour, and she may be coming to a city near you! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Cindy and have her sign her newest title The Hope of Refuge at one of the following events.

Tuesday, August 11   7 – 8:30pm

Barnes & Noble

5141 Peachtree Parkway, The Forum
Norcross, Georgia 30092
(770) 209-4244

 Wednesday, August 12   7 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble Opry Mills

515 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 514-5000

Thursday, August 13   6 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble

2540 Futura Pkwy. #135
Plainfield, Indiana 46168
(317) 838-7941

 Friday, August 14   6 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble

1550 West 75th
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516
(630) 663-0181

 Saturday, August 15   1 – 3pm

Baker Books

2768 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546-6139
(616) 957-3110

Sunday, August 16   2 – 4pm

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville, Michigan 49418
(616) 531-1825

 Monday, August 17   7 – 8:00pm

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

1739 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 298-9516

Tuesday, August 18   7– 8:30pm

Joseph Beth Booksellers

2705 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
(412) 381-3600

 Wednesday, August 19   6 – 8pm

Hackman’s Bible Book Store

1341 Mickley Road
Whitehall, Pennsylvania 18052-4610
(610) 264-8600

Thursday, August 20   1 – 3pm

Rachel’s Country Store (Amish dry goods store)

6352 McClays Mill Road
Newburg, Pennsylvania 17240
(717) 530-9452

 Can’t make the tour? You can still follow Cindy’s adventures on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. See you there!

I also have a copy of “The Hope of Refuge” to give away. If you would like to win a copy please post a message in code such as name[at]charter[dot]net so as to avoid spam. I will have the drawing on August 11th. Be sure and tell all your friends about this giveaway and send them to my blog to be entered. Tell them to mention your name and you will get another entry into the drawing.




15 Responses to “The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall”

  1. I generally dislike most of the Amish fiction there is, but have Cindy’s books to be different and more accurate to the way of life that I grew up around. I believe alot like Mennonites so this is my life and in some ways it frustrates me to see it exploited in fiction and other ways makes me want to read it to see why people think we are so different than every other person simply because we are dressed different! = )
    Anyhow, I had enjoyed reading the interview on nightline in the past and appreciated it! So, it is high praise for a book of this genre that I enjoyed them! I would love to win a copy to read! = )

  2. Jo Legat Says:

    Me, Me, I would love a copy of this book. Please enter me in the drawing.


  3. Linda Says:

    I would love to win The Hope of Refuge by Cindy. Got to hear her on Nightline via the one of the blogs, and to know she has first-hand knowledge really makes me want to read her books. Haven’t read her books to date, but are on my TBR list. Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  4. Jody Says:

    I absolutely love Cindy’s books. My local library doesn’t carry many Christian fiction books so winning this would really be wonderful.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway.

    rodgerandjody at hotmail dot com

  5. Cherie J Says:

    I would love to be entered in the drawing for this book. It sounds so good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


  6. Carole Jarvis Says:

    I am a fan of Amish fiction for many reasons – simple lifestyle, commitment to and love for family, respect for authority, etc. Cindy is an excellent author and I appreciate the chance to win a copy of The Hope of Refuge.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  7. I’ll put my name in the hat. I’ve read all of Cindy’s books so far so why not try her new series? 🙂

  8. Wow, The Hope of Refuge sounds really good. I’m glad I still have a chance to enter the drawing.

    Please add my name.

    christianromancewriter [at] gmail [dot] com

    Debra Ullrick, author of The Bride Wore Coveralls

  9. Janna Ryan Says:

    I have read some of Cindy’s books and I love her style (my mother-in-law adores her books!) I would love to be entered!


  10. Deborah Malone Says:

    I’ve heard about so many books lately involving the Amish community. I would like to learn more about these. Please enter me in your contest.
    Deborah M.

  11. I really would love to win this book from you.

  12. Kyndra Watkins Says:

    Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks and God Bless!

  13. pattyleblanc Says:

    Congratulations to Martha who won a copy of The Hope of Refuge.

  14. Hi Patty…I was just wondering as I never got my copy of this….if it was still coming! I was looking forward to it! Thanks!

  15. I’d love to win this novel! Put my name in the drawing! cdnovelist (at) aol (dot) com

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