Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CFBA: Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis

Song Stuck on the Brain: Lamb of God by Twila Paris

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Abigail's New Hope

Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)


Mary Ellis


Mary Ellis presents a unique story with this first book in the Wayne County Series. Abby is placed in a position that any of us would dread - risk breaking the law and possibly save a life or stand by and do nothing. Abby's choice to use a drug she's not licensed to administer was brave, and in my mind the same choice I would have made. Was it right? What if she had never asked to be given the drug in the first place? Tough questions. And they're made harder when she must come to terms with them while in jail facing prison time.

Prison would scare most anyone, but the contrast of an Amish woman being placed in such a foreign situation, made the issue much stronger. I think the author did an admirable job of addressing some difficult issues; like grief, forgiveness, guilt, faith and obedience. And to balance it out, she wove in 3 beautiful love stories. Each in a different phase. Cat and Isaiah and their blossoming romance, Abby and Daniel a young family being tested, and Nathan and Ruth Fisher in the memory of what once was.

Humor, romance and Faith woven in fine fashion. Great read.


As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.

While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.

An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Abigail's New Hope, go HERE.

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A word from the author:I grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. My husband and I now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. We love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life.

This is my first series of novels set in the Amish community.

I would love to hear from readers of Christian novels. Please leave me a post at my blogsite.

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