The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid blends Amish characters and angels into an engaging story of love and faith.
Judith Fischer wants to live the typical Amish life, marrying a man of common faith and raising a house full of children. She has loved Levi Plank for years and anxiously awaits her nineteenth birthday when her parents will allow her to be courted. Things change for Judith after her younger brother Samuel suffers a serious injury at a barn raising. She believes she has been visited by an angel, but her family, friends, and church officials fear that she is either being deceived or is willfully sinning and should confess her wrongs. Only Andrew Lapp, the bishop’s son, believes Judith’s story, and that puts him into a difficult spot with his father. Eventually Judith’s parents have to make a difficult decision to keep Judith from having to suffer the discipline of the church.
Ruth Reid’s first story is a good one, and I look forward to reading more from her. The quality of her work is comparable to many of the works by other writers of Amish stories. Her characters draw you in as they deal with their struggles and joys of life.
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