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A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

Monday, May 2, 2016

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world. 

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

Goodreads Summary

Mattie has a difficult life.  She doesn't have a husband to lean on and she worries constantly about her son's medication problem. Bo is a social services investigator.  Mattie may have trouble from social services.  Bo's mom likes to play matchmaker.  Wouldn't it be fun (or horrible) to have a parent try to pair you up with "interesting" strangers.  I can't imagine having social services bent on tearing my family apart and a malicious doctor doing the exact opposite of what he has sworn to do.

Mattie's character was resilient, strong, and kind.  She really cared for her children and only wanted the best for them.  I appreciated that she kept trying consistently despite all of the obstacles thrown in her path.  I liked how Bo's heart was in the right place.  The truth behind his dreams is both fascinating and surprising.  This book was really well-written and fast-paced.  There is a little bit of mystery, romance, intrigue, and suspense all thrown in.  This book is recommended to readers who enjoy the Amish lifestyle or looking to try a new genre.

4 Stars

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