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Review and Giveaway: A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid May 26, 2016

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Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I haven’t had the chance to read anything by Ruth but I have heard good things about her work. I can tell you it’s all true.

She has crafted a story that will grab you from the opening page and then she keeps upping the tension with each page turn.

Mattie is a hurting widow trying to do the best she can raising her children but she is overwhelmed and the odds seem stacked against her. Nothing is going right for her.

Bo is looking for something more and with his mother pulling him in one direction and his heart in another which way will he turn? I was very anxious to see how God would work in his life and ultimately pull these two unlikely people together.

A very good read, whether you like Amish fiction or not.

Visit Ruth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by June 2nd for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. address only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me through BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. 


Write to the Point with Ruth Reid April 25, 2012

Congratulations to Alyce who won last week’s giveaway!

Today we will get write to the point with Ruth Reid. Ruth Reid is a full-time pharmacist who lives in Dade City, Florida with her husband and three children. Her fascination for the Amish began twenty-years ago when she skipped college classes to watch a barn raising. Today, she’s still captivated by the simple ways of the Amish lifestyle. Brush of Angel’s Wings is her second book in the Heaven on Earth series. When Ruth is not writing, she enjoys photography and quilting.

Read to the end because Ruth is doing a giveaway.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m a wife and mother of three children and we live in Dade City, Florida. What sparked my interest in writing was when a grade school teacher suggested I enter a young author’s writing contest. From that moment, I knew I wanted to write a novel. But life has a way of sidetracking your dreams.

Years later, I ended up in pharmacy school with a growing list of all the creative writing classes I wanted to take once I graduated. I never did go back and take those classes, but the smoldering embers of one day writing a novel never died out.

Then several years later, my newborn son was diagnosed with liver failure, and a burning quest to seek God’s will redirected me to writing. During the months Danny waited on the transplant list, I searched, without success, for devotionals that spoke to me. Then I discovered how therapeutic it was to write my own—not to sell—not to work on a writing craft, only to draw closer to God. From there He gave me the desire He’d planted in my heart all those years ago. Twelve years later, my first novel was published.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I accepted Jesus as my Savior at a young age; however, my backsliding life wasn’t a reflection of someone who lived for Jesus. Until my son was born in liver failure and that very dark time in my life allowed me to see His light still shined for the path He wanted me to follow. I rededicated my life and asked him to be my Savior.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

                In Brush of an Angel’s Wings, A buggy racer, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel does not fit her Amish community’s standards for an eligible bride. Jordan spends a short time on the Amish farm as a hired hand and concludes the strict lifestyle is not for him. She’s determined to run him off while he’s trying to earn enough money to leave.  But there isn’t just human interaction at play. Nathaniel, an angel of God, sees the potential in Jordan and Rachel’s hearts from heaven’s perspective. His goal is to shepherd them toward the path of healing and love – if only they listen.  

Through the characters’ uncontrolled stubbornness and pride, I wanted to create a story that not only depicted God’s unconditional love, but how sin ignites a battle in the ethereal realm, once the enemy has gained a foothold.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I have to admit, I’ve struggled with technical issues trying to set up my blog. I’m still having problems posting and responding to comments, so I haven’t started blogging yet. I’m hoping to move that off my list of goals shortly.   

 Genesis 50:20 is the focus of this blog. Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

I believe the enemy intended to harm me when my child was born in liver failure. He certainly fed me a mountain of lies about the developmental milestones my child was missing as his disease worsened and it looked like he may not receive a transplant in time. But what the enemy wanted to steal, God intended it for good.

Nine months later, Danny was transplanted. Today, he’s thirteen and thriving. One milestone the enemy had taunted me with, Danny’s stunted growth, God has given triumph over. Research had shown that children on immunosuppressant medications had poor growth rates. According to the literature, many children never reached five foot tall. But not Danny, he’s over five-ten and still growing. He still amazes the doctors when he goes for his annual appointment.

But I believe the most significant part of this experience, is how close I drew to God as a result. I thank God for the trial because through it, I found him in the storm.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

How great are Your works, Oh LORD, how profound Your thoughts! Psalm 92:5

Where can we find you on the web?

My website:



Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

I’ve enjoyed our chat. Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet your readers!

Ruth, thank you so much for your time and letting my readers get to know you.

Readers, Ruth is giving away paperback  copy of her book Brush of an Angel’s Wings. Just leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing. The deadline to enter is May 1 at 5:00 PM. Thanks!