5 Stars Out Of 5
Very Poignant Read
March 15, 2011
If you have read Amish fiction before you are certain to enjoy Abigail's New Hope and if not, this would be a good novel to start with! We have all heard the scripture "God sends rain on the just and the unjust." In the wake of the tragedies that have recently befallen this lovely group of people, we can certainly see how this scripture is so true. This book not only centers around Abigail, a lovely, innocent young Amish mother and wife, through her "dark night of the soul"; but also two other characters as well. Isaiah, who is a recluse, not by choice, but is misunderstood because of his inability to hear, and Nathan who tragically loses his wife to childbirth.
I especially liked the way the author intertwines all these characters and shows how each person handles the storm that has surrounded them differently. Abby uses her time in imprisonment to draw closer to God, whereas Nathan runs from God, and Isaiah simply hides from everyone.
This story is the embodiment of love; love for those of other religions and beliefs, love for those who may be different than us, and love for the "untouchables" in our society, those that are imprisoned or in deep bondage.
I also saw how just one person's love can make a difference and help someone's whole life to change! I want to be one of those people.
Don't let the innocent little cover on this book through you off, Mary Ellis has writen a power packed novel! Thumbs up!