Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Hope of Refuge

Another book I got to read and post a blog about. Let me tell you, I was soooo excited to get to read this one! I love Cindy Woodsmall! Curt got me her first 2 books, When the Soul Mends and When the Morning Comes. She also has a 3rd one of that series, I have yet to read. It's called When the Soul Mends.

I love reading books based on Amish characters. This book, Hope of Refuge has 2 pages in the back where they have the Pennsylvania Dutch words, then has the English word for it. I've read so many Amish books, I didn't need to reference back! ;o)

I love it when books grab you right after the 1st page, and this one did for me! I couldn't put it down...

Cara was raised in Foster Care after her mother died. Her dad was a drunk... When she was just a child, her mother took her to Dry Lake, PA to visit some "friends". Cara doesn't really remember going there...

Cara has a little girl, Lori. She is a struggling single mom who is trying to make ends meet, and to top it off, she has a stalker. When her stalkers finds her this last time, he goes through her house and reads her diary. He calls her at her place of employment and tell her he found out about Lori and what she likes and everything! Cara decides to go get Lori from school and leave right then and there. With only the clothes on their backs, and very little money, she heads to the bus station. She is unsure where to go... Lori starts looking at her mom's diary, flipping pages. There is one spot that has a box around it, and it is blank. Lori asks her mom why, Cara didn't remember. So Lori asks if she could write her name in it and her mom agrees. Lori starts writing her name and Cara sees something... (you have to read the book to see what it is and how they figure out where to go... I have one to give away... ;o))

An Amish man named Ephraim decides to help Cara and Lori out. He ends up getting shunned because they are living in his house. His father has major health issues and Ephraim is running the cabinet shop for him. Since Ephraim got shunned, he is no longer allowed to work at the shop. His dad has another bad episode and so Ephraim is forced to have Cara and Lori move out so he can go see his dad and take over the shop yet again.

Ephraim is torn between requirements of his community and doing what he believe is the right thing. He risks losing everything! Including the friendship he developed with Cara and Lori. What will he choose to do???

Please write a comment (or e-mail or FaceBook me) to have your name put in the drawing for a chance to win this book!!

You can go to RandomHouse.com for more info... also Family Christian Stores carries all her books.

Cindy Woodsmall is on tour, and she may be coming to a city near you! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Cindy and have her sign her newest title The Hope of Refuge at one of the following events.

Tuesday, August 11 7 – 8:30pm

Barnes & Noble

5141 Peachtree Parkway, The Forum
Norcross, Georgia 30092
(770) 209-4244

Wednesday, August 12 7 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble Opry Mills

515 Opry Mills Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 514-5000

Thursday, August 13 6 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble

2540 Futura Pkwy. #135
Plainfield, Indiana 46168
(317) 838-7941

Friday, August 14 6 – 8pm

Barnes & Noble

1550 West 75th
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516
(630) 663-0181

Saturday, August 15 1 – 3pm

Baker Books

2768 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546-6139
(616) 957-3110

Sunday, August 16 2 – 4pm

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058
Grandville, Michigan 49418
(616) 531-1825

Monday, August 17 7 – 8:00pm

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

1739 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 298-9516

Tuesday, August 18 7– 8:30pm

Joseph Beth Booksellers

2705 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
(412) 381-3600

Wednesday, August 19 6 – 8pm

Hackman’s Bible Book Store

1341 Mickley Road
Whitehall, Pennsylvania 18052-4610
(610) 264-8600

Thursday, August 20 1 – 3pm

Rachel’s Country Store (Amish dry goods store)

6352 McClays Mill Road
Newburg, Pennsylvania 17240
(717) 530-9452

Can’t make the tour? You can still follow Cindy’s adventures on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. See you there!


Jen Mumm said...

Hey Mandy~I have never read this author, so I will have to check her books out. I am glad to hear that your dad had a better day...could you email me your address when you get a chance? No rush.

Praying for you all! Jen

TOMA said...

Thanks a lot Mandy, now I have to harass the library to get another book! I do love her books though. Like you, I've read the first two in series. Is third in series out yet? I overutilize my library's interlibrary loan service. I think I still hold the record with 82 requested & loaned books in one calendar month. That's when reading replaces sleeping! Marcia (aka julismom) Carter