This book has a story line that tested my patience! How could a good Amish mid-wife end up in jail and for the length of time that she spent there? I was on her side the whole time rooting for her! It didn't help! Would she end up spending 2 1/2 to 3 years in jail? Guess you'll just have to buy this book and find out. This story isn't just about Abigail and Daniel Graber. It is also about Catherine, Isaiah, Nathan, Abraham, Aunt Iris and a host of other characters. This book captures your interest from the very beginning and you can't put it down once you begin reading it. I love that Mary Ellis also made sure that God, faith, and morals came in to play. The ending leaves you feeling good and wanting more. You did it again Mary!
Once upon a time, not too long ago, I did not like reading fiction. But, there was a Christian novel that just sounded too go to pass up, so I read it, and loved it. That got me looking at other Christian novels, and before long, I was hooked. There was one genre that I tried to get into, but I just didn't like - Amish fiction. But, I kept hearing about all these wonderful Amish stories, so I forced myself to read them. Most, I didn't like, but some I did. The ones I did like kept me reading more of them. I have gotten to the point where I am becoming more and more fond of Amish fiction. I don't like all of it, but there is more I like these day than I don't like. I am very thankful that I didn't give up on Amish books because I would have missed out on a lot of great books. I certainly would have missed out on Abigail's New Hope, and that would have been quite sad indeed.
Abigail's New Hope started in a way that I loved, and I knew this would be a book I was going to enjoy. The peace and beauty of an Amish farm is one of the things that draws readers to this particular genre and Mary gave a beautiful description of Abigail's and Daniel's farm as the sun began to set. I could feel the tranquility in the words and I could hear the sounds as if I was standing right there. When a book stirs my senses like that on the first couple of pages, I know I am going to have a wonderful reading experience.
From the strong start to the satisfying ending, Abigail's New Hope did not disappoint me at all. Every aspect of this book was perfect in my eyes. I loved the characters, the story, the setting, and above all, the writing. Mary Ellis is an author who I have never read before, but I will never hesitate to pick up one her books in the future. I am so glad that I have been letting go of my aversion to Amish fiction because I would not have wanted to miss this book. I highly recommend this wonderful story that is going on my favorites list.