Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Dream of Miracles

Happy Tuesday!  I had to run a few errands today (grocery store, Jo-Ann, drug store).  They just wear me out.  Some interesting historical facts for you . . . the Union Jack unites the flags of Scotland and Great Britain by combining English St. George's Cross and Scotland's St. Andrew's Cross into one design.  This was done by the royal decree of King James I in 1606.  In 1961 the Soviets had the first manned space flight (beating the United States). The polio vaccine was declared safe and effective in 1955! 

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid is the third book in The Amish Wonders series (but you do not need to read the previous books to enjoy this one).  Mattie Diener's son, Nathan is ill.  He has been plagued by illness since his birth.  She takes him to the doctor, but the regular doctor (Dr. Roswell) is on vacation.  Dr. Wellington is filling in, but she knows nothing about the Amish (like how long it takes in a buggy to get to the hospital).  Nathan has blisters in his mouth and the doctor suspects foul play.  She has Mattie take him to the hospital and calls Child Protective Services (since it took her three hours to get to the hospital).  Bo Lampbright is the caseworker assigned to the Diener case.  Bo is attracted to Mattie from the moment they meet.  The hospital, though, does not seem to understand the Amish (their culture).  This is just the beginning of trouble for Mattie.  Mattie does not understand how the system works (with the police and Child Protective Services) and is overwhelmed.  It is hard enough that her husband passed away eighteen months ago and Mattie has two young children.  Things go from bad to worse.  Bo believes in Mattie and will do anything he can to help her (including risking his career).  Join us in A Dream of Miracles to see how Mattie handles her crisis of faith and the system!

A Dream of Miracles is well-written (and easy to read), but I had a hard time liking the main character, Mattie.  It is hard to believe in this day and age that anyone her age (she is twenty-eight) can be that ignorant (of the government and its processes as well as life in general).  Ignorance is not bliss especially in this case.  I just found the book upsetting (about Mattie, the system, and the secrets) instead of enjoyable.  A Dream of Miracles does show how people will put their own agenda ahead of the welfare of others as well as how ignorant people can be of other cultures and their beliefs. You have to have extreme faith and belief in God in order to overcome (if you find yourself in these type of situations).  I give A Dream of Miracles 3.75 out of 5 stars.   I look forward to the next book by Ruth Reid.

The other book in The Amish Wonders series are A Miracle of Hope and A Woodland Miracle.  I received a complimentary copy of A Dream of Miracles from NetGalley and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.

I apologize if there are any mistakes in my posting today. My mother is in an extremely chatty mood, and I was working on this while she talked (I kept trying to escape).  I am currently reading Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer.  I thank all of you for visiting my blog. I really do appreciate it!  Have a delightful evening.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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