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Ben Eicher is a young man from Pinecraft, Florida, whose carefree ways have caused him to lose his father's respect-again. According to Ben, though, life shouldn't be so serious that it suffocates all the fun. When he is sent to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to get his life back on track, he never thought it would mean working alongside a woman-especially a hardworking one like Grace. The last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Amish Wonders
The First Christmas Carol - A Miser, a Manger, a MiracleMarianne JordanLighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / 2013 / Trade Paperback$12.56 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chanceits going to take a miracle.
Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken bodyand her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.
Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his daeds patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber campand hes neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.
But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her fathers wishes . . . and Bens.
Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isnt long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5woodland reviewFebruary 22, 2015beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female"A Woodland Miracle" by Ruth Reid is an Amish Wonders Novel. This is the second in the series and doesn't need to be read in order. In Woodland, Grace has the early signs of muscular dystrophy and is making a go of it in Michigan at a lumber camp. Ben, is an Amish rebel from Florida, upon committing a little trespassing, following some questionable behavior with an Amish girl, Ben is sent to Michigan for some time to reflect. Grace and Ben meet and begin a love/irritate romance.
I really like Reid's Amish books. I usually don't even get through Amish books, but I really like hers. In the new series, the characters have their trials and are aided through God and His miracles. In this book, Grace has been kidnapped and must be saved. God is there to help Ben do it. In Woodland, the locations of the characters is not your usual Amish scene. Florida is sort of an Amish Vegas and Michigan is a secluded area with little interaction. Therefore, it was an interesting take on the Amish usual. If you like Amish fiction but are getting a little bored with the same old same old, than I recommend this novel. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from www.booklookbloggers.com.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God's Grace Is Sufficient for All!February 9, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can't even describe how fantastic this book was! Ruth Reid has a knack for pulling you in to a story and not letting you go until the very end. The plot was engaging, thrilling, and so good! The trouble that comes to the small community at Badger Creek is completely unexpected. Even though the action starts at the halfway point, the plot is still engaging up to that point. It gives you a better hint into the lives of the main characters.
Speaking of the characters... I LOVED Ben! I think that's how the author intended him to be. He was funny, kind, caring, and completely human. His view of himself, especially after all the mischief he'd made, was natural. His attraction to Grace didn't feel forced. Grace is hardworking, caring, and terrified of her future. Her view of herself, because of her limp, is disheartening. I think Ben is exactly the type of guy she needed to pull her out of her insecurities.
The message of the story, as stated on the back cover, is learning that God's love is sufficient. The verse used over and over in the story drives this point home: "And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV). Anyone who has ever experienced any kind of weak moment or illness or disease can understand and cling to this verse. As my preacher said on Sunday, God doesn't always choose the strongest, most handsome person to use for His glory because He can see what's on the inside, not outward appearances that man sees. How comforting!
Overall, I loved this story and I certainly look forward to more from this amazing author.
**Thank you, BookLook, for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very Good Story!February 1, 2015Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was fun to return to the small Amish community of Badger Creek. This is an interesting setting, because things are done a little differently here. It is a very small community. Roads arent well cared for, residents are tucked away back in the woods, and it is bitterly cold in the winter. A Woodland Miracle is book two in The Amish Wonders Series, but there is no doubt in my mind that you can read this as a stand alone novel. Nothing in book two is dependent on book ones story.
I really liked these two characters, who seem to be opposites when we first meet them. Grace Wagler is reserved, hard-working, and dealing with a physical malady that worries her every day. She is in a lot of pain, but pushes through it to do the everyday chores that others can handle with ease. She is also nursing a wounded heart. Grace is such a special character. She has burdens both physical and emotional and is simply trying to understand why God has allowed these things into her life.
Ben Eicher, on the other hand, has just been wandering through life. He has made quite a few bad choices. When his father ships him from his community in Pinecraft, Florida to the Badger Creek District in Michigan, Ben is in for some culture shock. I enjoyed watching Bens growth from the beginning of the novel to the end. It took a bit of time, but Ben did take a look at his life and began to see where changes needed to be made. I found him to be an honorable young man, who simply needed to find Gods path for his life.
The attraction between these two characters was very convincing, as was their individual reactions to this attraction. There is some mystery and adventure in the book, as well. Overall, this was a story that kept my interest and that I enjoyed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
LeAnneGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Woodland Miracle by Ruth ReidJanuary 27, 2015LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Grace Wagler has had a hard time from the beginning. She was born with one leg shorter than the other and she has muscle weakness. But she never lets any of that stop her. She still works just as hard, if not harder, than any of the women in their small northern Michigan district. But in a place where the women out number the men 3 to 1 it is unlikely she will ever get married. But after dealing all these years with the physical hardships, and now a broken heart too, she wants to go with her Aunt to see a specialist in Ohio.
Ben Eicher enjoyed living in Pinecraft Florida near the ocean. But after getting caught in some trouble once again his father sends him to work in the lumber camp in Michigan. Ben is not proud of his past behavior, but he is not happy about being sent to live in Michigan either
In the beginning of the book I did not really like Grace. I had a hard time understanding way she was acting the way she was. And I started losing hope in it being a good book. But did it ever surprise me! As the book went on the story got better and better! Plus the settings were very well described. I really enjoyed the book, and I was surprised how the turn of events in the story happened! This turned out to be a great book, although you might want to start with the first book in the series before beginning this one.
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5compelling storyJanuary 19, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Can you imagine having a body that betrays you with muscle weakness and one leg shorter than the other? and living in a rugged timber camp among the Amish? Hard work is part of every day life for the Amish but things are bound to be more difficult for Grace Wagler. Her mother had the same problem and it turned out to be muscular dystrophy. Grace wants to go to Ohio to see the specialist to determine if she also has muscular dystrophy but her father does not want her to go. Her childhood sweetheart has broken her heart by telling her that he plans to marry another girl, Becky, when he returns from the timber camp.
But Ben's arrival from Florida has shaken the entire community up a bit. Sparks have been flying between Grace and Ben since they first spied each other at the bus station the day Ben arrived. They begin to care a great deal about each other but can Grace overcome her fears about her physical condition to let Ben in to love her? They may not get the chance to find out at all when two dangerous mental patients who escaped a local hospital are found to be wandering through their timber camp. Danger is the word of the day. Read this book to find out what happens and how God can use miracles even today to help His children. You definitely will want to experience A WOODLAND MIRACLE along with Ben and Grace! 5 stars for this compelling book and high recommendations!
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.