THE HOPE OF REFUGE
Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God—“Be me to her”— despite how it threatens his way of life.
Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has promised to marry begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose—or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything—including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?
This first novel in the Ada’s House series is certain to endear fans of the Sisters of the Quilt novels, as well as lovers of other popular Amish fiction. Rich, thorough details of the Amish life invite readers into The Hope of Refuge, where they can find the emotional resonance and true-to-life characters that have made Cindy Woodsmall’s novels best-sellers.
Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author who has garnered strong praise for the three novels in the Sisters of the Quilt Series, which explore the Amish way of life. When the Heart Cries was a finalist for the ECPA Novel of the Year in 2007 and When the Morning Comes was named among the Best Books of 2007 for Crossings Book Club and nominated for a 2008 Rita Award for Best Inspirational Romance. When the Soul Mends debuted at #13 on The New York Times trade fiction list in October 2008 and remained on the list for four weeks. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years and the youngest of their three sons.