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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: Hope Crossing by Cindy Woodsmall

About This Book

 "Hope Crossing…where Ada’s House stands as a haven for weary souls looking for kindness, faith, and second chances.

 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 Ada’s 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 Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s 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 Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?"

I am very glad that Cindy Woodsmall almost always writes more than one book in a series, because one book is never enough!  Once you get started reading one of her books, you always want to know more.  I like it even better when they take those books and put them in a volume altogether.  It is more cost effective and you can read them all at once instead of having to wait until the next one comes out.  When Hope Crossing arrived at my house, I opened the box, looked at my children and said, "Now that's a book!"  Each one of the books in the series focuses on a different set of characters, but the underlying story surrounding Cara Moore is threaded throughout all three books.  Cara had a difficult childhood, loosing her mother at a young age and her drunken father abandoning her in a bus station.  She grew up in foster care, lost her husband to a brain tumor, and had to find a way to care for her daughter on her own with a crazy stalker following her.  She has strange vague recollections of a place that is is not sure of when a message in her mother's journal leads her to a place that she must learn many truths about her family and herself.  The path she chooses is not an easy one and not without it struggles but along the way she learns a lot about life, love, friendship, and forgiveness.  She is not the only one who is struggling.  Every other character has some kind of trial going on in their lives but as the book states , "The ability to grow closer while navigating those heartaches had caused their love to become stronger.  Love was so odd.  It could fight the fiercest battle and cradle the most delicate creatures.  It never failed to beckon or give hope to the hopeless."

Hope Crossing is a wonderful book that will bless everyone who reads it.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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