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Faith is sixteen years old and works at The Amish Table, her parents restaurant, in Posen, Michigan. She is content in her world until it gets turned upside down. The local newspaper runs a story about a girl kidnapped by her nanny fifteen years ago. The facts point to Faith and she begins to question her identity.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Amish Mercies
Faith faces an impossible situation: Should she do the right thing and bring heartache to nearly everyone she knows or deny her true self and always wonder . . . what if?
Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish communityand the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.
When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.
But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.
Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?
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.
'Reid (Brush of Angels Wings) is in a class by herself with this tender love story with an unusual twist. Fans of Amish fiction and readers seeking a satisfying and heartwarming inspirational novel with a touch of romance will savor this series launch.'
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Cultures clash in this intriguing Amish novel.February 5, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Cultures clash in this intriguing Amish novel. It's been awhile since I've read a book by Ruth Reid but Abiding Mercy reminds me of why I need to read more by this author. A taut, tense plot that keeps a reader glued to the page. Memorable characters that reflect all the complications of real life. A mysterious stranger who is so much more than he seems. And some heart-wrenching plot twists that turn everything upside down.
Loved Faith and the way she lives up to her name during the most trying of times. She's not perfect by any means, but she clings to the hope in God's promises and in her own sweet way makes the world a brighter place for those around her. If anything, she is too eager to please at times. The exact opposite of her self-centered sister, Olivia. That difficult sibling relationship catapults the entire family into an unimaginable journey that tests them all.
A riveting sweet romance that is just a little bit different from the other Amish stories out there. Definitely a treat of a read. Perfect for fans of Amish fiction but also a great introduction to the genre for those who aren't quite sure if Amish is their thing. Awesomesauce all around!
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5an amish mercies novelNovember 19, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Abiding Mercy" by Ruth Reid is An Amish Mercies Novel. Ruth Reid has written a novel centering on Faith, an Amish girl in northern Michigan; Roslyn, a mother whose toddler has been kidnapped by the nanny and desperately searches for 15 years to find her daughter; and a red-haired angel that keeps popping up to help with God's work.
A common storyline in Amish Fiction is the "lost a baby, found a baby" saga. This novel falls into this category. Though that storyline has been done to death, Reid gives it a new twist. In this novel, the lost/found child doesn't want to leave the Amish to follow her 'blood' family. Faith is quiet content to stay with her found family and her beliefs and upbringing. She also tells of Faith and her sister Olivia as they scorn and rat each other out in true sisterly fashion. I really liked this book and stayed up most of the night reading it. I highly recommend it. I received this novel through www.booklookbloggers".
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Abiding Mercy by Ruth ReidNovember 7, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Abiding Mercy #1 Amish Mercies by Ruth Reid
Abiding Mercy opens 15 years ago in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with the tragic abduction of Adriana, the eighteen-month old daughter of Roslyn and Brandon Colepepper. I like that we get a glimpse into their lives before, during and after the kidnapping of little Adriana and fifteen years later when things...don't want to say what things and give anything away. I cannot imagine the heartache they went through and fifteen years of continual searching. My heart goes out to them. The author does a great job of developing both parallel storylines.
Fast forward to present day with Faith Pinkham and her sister Olivia who work in their parents' busy restaurant in Posen. These sisters are so very different in their temperament, outlook and the choices they make. They are frequently at odds with each other, as sisters can be at times, which makes their characters all the more realistic. I really did not like Olivia much at all. She was too self-centered, spoiled and hateful at times, especially to her sister and rather rebellious. Could she be jealous of Faith? Faith is completely opposite, very giving and caring to those around her...putting others before herself, works hard in the restaurant...or any task she undertakes, happy in her community and actually "lives" her faith. I often forgot she is only 16-years-old, for she seems much more mature. I can't imagine the shock she has when she learns of things that shatter her heart. My heart went out to her Amish parents and the events that follow.
I like their friend Gideon. He often helps Faith's father around the farm and even makes time to stop by the restaurant and helps Faith, which is an admirable trait. I like his work ethic, patience, has a generous nature and caring heart. I was hoping he would open his eyes and really see Faith for the godly woman she is, of course, I think he knew that all along. He too is in for a shock as things unfold, my heart went out to him...all of them.
Abiding Mercy is a heartwarming, touching and emotional story dealing with tragedy, forgiveness, secrets and betrayal, joy and heartaches, grace and mercy, love and faith. I especially enjoyed the spiritual aspects woven within the storyline with the scripture references. One theme that continues throughout the story is about entertaining angels unaware, which is from Hebrews 13:2 KJV..."Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares"...there is one character that could fit this description very well.
~I received an e-book copy from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Abiding MercyOctober 2, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am still trying to absorb the emotional rollercoaster I have been on while reading this book. I am overwhelmed by the well crafted storyline and the characters I have come to love. The author has written a treasure filled with raw emotions that seep deep into your soul. If you havent read this book yet, you need to grab a copy right now. It will be a journey of secrets, tragedy, and forgiveness. Between the pages you find mercy and grace that fills the hearts of the characters.
Faith is a wonderful young woman who works hard at her familys restaurant . I loved reading about the delicious bread and other menu items that the restaurant served. Her sister Olivia is a bit rebellious and has a little jealous streak going on. Her disobedience was heartbreaking to read and I wanted to ground her until she stopped acting like a spoiled child. When their parents are severely injured in a buggy accident Faith must step up and run the restaurant with little help from her sister. I loved the differences the sisters had in how to help their parents. It shows readers how siblings argue, become jealous and do mean things.
Gideon was a character I wasnt sure of at first. He liked Olivia but didnt like the way she was swaying toward the English way of life. Maybe that is why Faith captured his attention or perhaps Gideon had always liked her. I loved how he stepped up and helped Faiths father with his chores around the farm. With all Gideon had on his shoulders, he also found time to help Faith at the restaurant as well.
What really intrigued me the most was the story of a baby that was kidnapped many years ago. The author does a great job of developing that storyline parallel to Faith. Is it possible that Faith was kidnapped long ago and raised Amish? Were her parents part of the kidnapping?
I will have to say that the story hooked me right away and I couldnt put it down. I had to find out about the mysterious kidnapping and also about a stranger that appears throughout the book. He has Godly words to give to several people that will shake them to their core. Dont miss this story that not only shares about family but shows you what mercy is about.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Complex and emotional!September 28, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them."
A story that that tells much more than a story in Ruth Reid's newest release, Abiding Mercy, the first book in the Amish Mercies series. Abiding Mercy is superb in the writing as well as blending two cultures, Amish and Englisch through an "English baby raised Amish" scenario.
Faith is hardworking and generous, but her world is thrown in a spin when it was revealed that she was the kidnapped victim from the Englisch world when she was a young child. She thought her only problem is falling for the man only have eyes for her pretty sister, the same sister that seems to hate her, but there's much more than she thought. The author did a terrific job in crafting a fictional story that feels so real that it's relatable to readers on many fronts, even if we're not Amish. The emotional turmoil, guilt and uncertainty that arise allows readers to embrace the complexity of the situation and ultimately see the message of mercy and grace. In all, Abiding Mercy will be a highlight in your reading repertoire.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.