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Hope Crossing, The Complete Ada's House Trilogy, by Cindy Woodsmall
The Hope of Refuge, is found in an Old Order community after Cars is harassed by a stalker.
The Bridge of Peace, teacher Lena deals with a rebellious student.
The Harvest of Grace, Sylvia Fisher and prodigal son Aaron Blank are at odds over selling his Daed's farm.
Number of Pages: 1040
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Ada's House
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The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiancé, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Adas House help them realize their hearts desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?
The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffmans work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Grabers family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lenas friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.
The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvias unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picturea path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?
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GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I love reading all three books in one volume. I love all Cindy Woodsmall's books.October 4, 2017GazpachoClare, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This is the trilogy, Ada's House, that includes three full-length novels: The Hope of Refuge, The Bridge of Peace, and The Harvest of Grace. I have already written reviews of each book separately, so this book review is only about a few things about the bound trilogy.
When it comes to binding three full length books into one volume, I feel a little ambivilant. On one hand, it's convenient to have all three books in one volume. No searching, no hunting for a missing book. I like the convenience. On the other hand, it makes for a large, heavy book to hold up to read. Since I have carpel tunnel in one hand, it was uncomfortable if sitting up in a comfortable chair. It was not a problem sitting at a table. What I was given was a soft bound book, but it was still heavy. However, eventually, the spine broke and the book split in half. My given preference would be to have three separate volumes.
For an overview: The story begins with someone living outside the Amish communities that eventually come into focus for these books. We follow Cara's story all throughout the three books. In a great twist of events, she discovers she was supposed to grow up in the Amish community of Dry Lake with her relatives. But instead, she ended up in foster care. She falls in love with Ephraim, makes friends in the community, and over the course of the three books struggles with personal issues to join the Old Order Amish community whole-heartedly to marry him.
All the books are beautifully written, filled with people I came to care for, and full of great dynamic characterization. I cared for the people in these stories. I disliked the villains, felt fear with the ones in pain, triumphant with overcomers, and rejoiced with the marriages of friends. It was nearly like taking a journey with close companions. I would heartily recommend this trilogy. Just choose buying the three books separately and forgo the huge book of all three bound together.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing). I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
PJ Martin5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Trilogy of Books!November 27, 2016PJ MartinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I usually enjoy Cindy Woodsmall's books and this collection of three did not disappoint me at all. Each one was captivating, keeping me reading and in my own little world of the Amish until I completed the story. A sure sign of a good writer is when you pick up the book and are immediately in a world not your own totally. That's the way Cindy Woodsmall writes. The three books included in this trilogy are Hope of Refuge, The Harvest of Grace and The Bridge of Peace. I love the way she develops the characters! Some you love and some you wish would just leave everyone else alone! I like the style of her writing as well, very descriptive and with lots of conversation. These are wholesome yet exciting books...yes, a book can be both!!! If you have an interest in the Amish culture, this will be a book you enjoy!
Janet AlbertsonJohnstown, COAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amish trilogy worth the readFebruary 20, 2015Janet AlbertsonJohnstown, COAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had reviewed Book Three in the Ada's House Series by Cindy Woodsmall in 2011, so I was glad for the opportunity to read "the rest of the story" in Hope's Crossing: the complete Ada's House trilogy, containing The Hope of Refuge, The Bridge of Peace, and The Harvest of Grace.
Book One was an introduction to the characters in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. All of the characters have some connection to Ada, a widow who mentors young women and starts a bakery business. Ada's only son has left the community suddenly, leaving his fiance, Deborah, without answers. Deborah's brother, Ephraim Mast befriends and rescues an outsider who has family roots in this community. Due to lies told about her mother, Cara Moore did not get to grow up Amish. When her young mother died and her father abandoned her, Cara was abused by the foster care system in New York. She ran away from that abuse and ended up being stalked by a "brother" from one of the foster homes. When her husband and protector died, she and her child had to keep running from the dangerous stalker. Through God's mercy, she found her way to Dry Lake where her mother's family still lived. Because she was a worldly outsider, everyone but Ephraim treated her with suspicion and distrust. Ephraim's befriending her led to his being shunned. He felt God directing him to show Christ to Cara, no matter what consequences he suffered.
Book Two continues Cara and Ephraim's story, but also focuses on the local Amish school teacher, Lena, who suffers from low self-esteem because of a prominent birthmark on her face. She cares deeply about her students, but sometimes bends the Amish rules to get help for them. She is on probation with the school board when a young man in the community decides she needs to be removed from her position. He plots, harasses, and escalates into sabotage to cause harm and even death, for which Lena gets blamed and loses her job. Lena goes through much pain, but continues to reach out and help others, while learning to accept the disfiguring birthmark without allowing it to define her.
The themes of forgiveness and restoration are prominent in Book Three. Sylvia Fisher has violated her own code of conduct. She feels no forgiveness from God, so she runs away to have a new life in another community. Keeping her guilt a secret, she buries herself in hard work. She comes into conflict with a man who has found forgiveness from God, but is trying desperately to receive forgiveness and restoration with his parents.
At the same time, Cara Moore, who has found safety and love among the Amish community, finds it difficult to "measure up" to the Amish requirements of learning Pennsylvania Dutch and being a submissive, quiet-spirited woman so she can marry Ephraim Mast. One requirement is that she forgives and has a relationship with her father who abandoned her when she was a child.
Cindy Woodsmall is an excellent writer. There are so many characters to meet in these books, and it really helped to read the trilogy through to be able to get to know all their connections and keep them straight. Along the way, I learned more about how the Amish community functions. Woodsmall has Amish advisers for each book, so that gives me confidence that she knows what she is writing.
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book for my Kindle free from the publisher through the Blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CRF, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Series!February 20, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Hope of Refuge - I loved this story, until the end. Now, don't get me wrong. The end is exactly what I had hoped for. However, I found it to be very anti-climatic. I won't say why, because I don't want to give away the plot. The characters are truly amazing and well-written. I loved watching Cara learn to accept God in her life and the strength and faith of Ephriam when a long way in helping her. Deborah's heartache and feelings of abandonment tore me up, but I loved how the community rallied around her and Ada. As for the Amish community, this is the first time I've ever encountered an Amish district that I didn't immediately love. As the story progressed, I began to understand why they were the way they were, and I loved watching them change. Overall, this was a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The Bridge of Peace - As I began this story, I was hoping to see more of Deborah, Cara, and Ada. I wasn't disappointed! It really made up for my earlier disappointment. As with the first book in the series, the characters and plot are amazingly written and well-developed. Lena is a true role model for women. Even with her blemishes, she acts with grace, compassion, and quickly extends forgiveness and accepts corrections with grace. Grey is a godly man struggling with grief and acceptance. The adversary of the story made for an interesting take and really showed how a negative influence can taint a whole community. It was great watching the community "bridge" the peace they crave in God's time.
The Harvest of Grace -This was such a heartwarming and satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series. I loved Aaron and Sylvia's characters. Each character was dealing with some form of addiction and working to overcome it. That being said, the author does an excellent job of getting inside the mind of a former alcoholic and showcasing this terrible disease. I loved both of their determinations to find what God had for them, even when they struggled to embrace it. The author also provides satisfying conclusions to every story line started, and that I appreciate! The Amish community in Dry Lake came together in a heartwarming way to support their members and really endeared themselves to me. I really enjoyed this entire series, but I think this story was my favorite.
Join Ada and her friends at Ada's House as they journey to find a hope of refuge, a bridge of peace, and an abundant harvest of grace!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.*
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great to Read Three in OneJanuary 22, 2015JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Im so glad I waited, well, unintentionally, to read the complete Adas House Trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall compiled into one book. Hope Crossing contains The Hope of Refuge, The Bridge of Peace, and The Harvest of Gracethree separate but connected stories. They build on each other in a unique and just-right way.
In The Hope of Refuge, readers meet Cara and Deborah and Ada. Their stories, especially Caras begin to unfold. The book ends on a satisfying note, but the story picks up again in The Bridge of Peace. In this book, however, we get to know Lena. Her story joins with the others; the community grows. In The Harvest of Grace, we meet Sylvia and read her story as the stories of the first four women continue to a perfect ending for all.
As in all of Woodsmalls books, her characters experience some seriously intense moments which can cause high anxiety in the reader. Yet Woodsmall has a gift for gently turning each situation around, unexpectedly and at just the right time. Characters in this trilogy must deal with grief, addiction, homelessness, abandonment, abuse, stalkers, infidelity, birth defects, low self-esteem, and more. They must learn who they are, how to overcome their circumstances, trust in God, and how to forgive. Woodsmall also puts a strong emphasis on equality and teamwork among men and women. All of her characters are (or become) independent and strong, yet faithful contributors to their community.
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of Hope Crossing in exchange for this honest review. I enjoyed reading the trilogy and recommend it to Amish fiction fans.