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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)|
Series: Amish Wonders
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.
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. Shes a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at RuthReid.com, Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid, Twitter: @AuthorRuthReid.
'When I read her first book in her Amish Wonders series, A Miracle of Hope, I was hooked. Needless to say, when the second novel [in] this series, A Woodland Miracle, arrived I was elated. But could it measure up to the first? Oh yes, indeed it could!... The story was well-written and the subplots intertwined nicely throughout. A Woodland Miracle can easily be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this excellent read. If you have not yet read any of Reids works, A Woodland Miracle will be the one to enchant you!
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Woodland MiracleApril 30, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whew! This one really had me on the edge of my seat with every page I turnedwow! I thought I couldnt read fast enough as the suspense and danger in the book kept climbing! Grace is the oldest child who has had to shoulder the care for the house and her younger siblings. What has made it more difficult is Graces disability and at times fear.
Ben and Toby were sent to Michigan by their fathers to stay and hopefully mature while working for an uncle. However, when they arrive, the uncle isnt expected to return for weeks because he has gone timbering. Oh, but there is danger lurking as a man said to be dangerous by police may be in the area while Ben at first toys with Graces feelings.
The suspense and twists with turns in the plot kept me up most of the night reading as I couldnt close the book. The tension is set on high throughout the book and readers never foresee where the author is going to take the story. I love reading novels that tell a good story and keep me engrossed while also entertaining me. I wasnt disappointed!
I hope you read all three books in the series as they are worth the time to enjoy and share with friends and family. Now, I must move on to the third book titled, A Dream of Miracles. I hope to hear about your reading, sharing and thoughts about the books soon.
Maria4 Stars Out Of 5Good portrayal of a disabilityApril 5, 2015MariaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid is the second book in The Amish Wonders Series. I loved the first story A Miracle of Hope so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it! Needless to say, I was not disappointed. :-)
Ben Eicher and his friend, Toby, are forced to leave Pinecraft, Florida and go to Badger Creek, Michigan where Toby's uncle lives. Weighted down with grief and his many sins, Toby just wants to be back at home, but he knows his father won't welcome him.
Grace Wagler is afraid she has muscular dystrophy like her mother who died a few years ago, but her father doesn't want her to go to the doctors in Ohio to find out. Grace needs to know the truth. It's better than the fear that engulfs her at the thought of dying young and in pain like her mother. Her aunt stays with them 6 months out of the year, and Grace is hoping to go home with her to Ohio for a few months to see some specialists and find out the truth about her health.
Grace has no time for fun or so she thinks until Ben Eicher comes to town. Ben is full of life and fun compared to Grace's dogged determination and serious outlook on life. Grace really does long for a home and family of her own, but would anyone ever look past her disabilities to see all she can offer?
I enjoyed this story especially since there was a disability involved. The author did a good job of portraying the fears and pain involved in having any sort of health problem. Some parts of the story seemed far fetched and unrealistic, but for the most part it was pretty good. The two main characters were written well, but I found myself irritated with a lot of the secondary characters. Trusting in God was weaved into the story seamlessly, and how the main characters felt and acted was done very well. Overall, I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a good story. :-)
I was given this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5EnjoyableMarch 31, 2015weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3What I liked: Both Ben and Grace are dealing with things in their life that people can relate to on some level. Ben fights the battle of following the rules and dealing with the consequences when he gets caught. Grace is dealing with some serious health issues which leaves her fearing she will never have a normal life. Grace wants nothing to do with Ben at first and Ben cant help but find himself drawn to her. Both characters had to learn to have faith in God and each other. I also thought the ending was unique and had a more realistic feel.
What I didnt like: I liked the overall plot but this story was somewhat slow at times. There was some good suspense and action in this book yet it lacked the excitement you would expect. I also thought the chemistry between Ben and Grace was not that great.
I enjoyed this book but it just did not keep me as enticed as the first book of the series. Not a bad read overall. This book can easily be read as a stand alone.
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.**