Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Hope by Patricia Davids

The Hope (The Amish of Cedar Grove #2)
Welcome!  USA Today bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers.  After college, Patricia began her career as a nurse.  As an avid reader, she longed to write a book.  However, Patricia had to put that dream on hold while she worked in a NICU and raised her family.  It was not until 1996 that she began to take her writing seriously.  Patricia Davids enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.  You can find out more about the author and discover what books Patricia Davids has written by visiting her website.  Readers can follow the author on Amazon to get updates on her latest book releases.
Paying at the pump, the Amish of Oakland drive big tractors into town.
Amish travel via tractors in The Hope
The Hope by Patricia Davids has Ruth Mast upset when she learns what Ernest Mast and her son, Faron have conspired behind her back.  Ruth’s eldest daughter, Ella recently married and is preparing to depart Cedar Grove, Kansas on her wedding trip in which Ernest will be escorting them.  With the upcoming lambing season, Ruth needs Faron to take on Ernest’s chores.  Unbeknownst to Ruth, Faron has decided to go along on the trip and Ernest has written to Owen Mast to request his assistance.  The last person Ruth wants helping her out is Owen because he has proven himself to be unreliable.  Owen’s first night at Ernest’s home has him finding a lost little girl on the porch cuddled up with Meeka, the dog.  Owen has never explained to Ruth why he was not there for her and he wants to make amends.  The little girl, Grace needs both Owen and Ruth to help her through this troubling time while the community searches for her missing mother.  As Ruth and Owen work together on the farm and take care of Grace, they grow closer.  Is it possible for them to overcome the past so they can have a fulfilling future together? 
The Mighty Icelandic Sheep jumping
Icelandic Sheep--the type Ruth had on her farm
The Hope by Patricia Davids is the second novel in The Amish of Cedar Grove series.  The Hope is a sweet story about second chances, hope, love and unexpected surprises.  I thought The Hope was well-written and it moved along at a nice steady pace.  There was a good flow between Owen and Ruth’s sections. I like that we get to see the situation from a woman and a man’s point-of-view.  Ruth Mast is a strong woman who is a widow with two children.  Her eldest, Ella has been married two months and is departing on her wedding trip.  The couple will then move to Jamesport, Missouri.  That leaves Ruth’s seventeen year old son, Faron at home who has wanderlust in his eyes.  Owen’s stories about traveling around the country have inspired Faron to make a trip of his own, but he has yet to tell Ruth.  Owen Mast became an orphan from a buggy accident as a child.  Only himself and his three year old sister, Rebecca survived the accident.  They were sent to live with two different relatives.  Owen promised Rebecca they would get back together and he has been trying to find her since he became an adult.  The Hope is a multifaceted novel.  Owen finds little Grace and she clings to him.  The child gives odd answers and has evidently had a rough life though it is obvious she had a loving mother.  Owen and Ruth take care of Grace while the search for the child’s mother as well as answers.  Grace is an endearing little girl who stole the show.  I especially loved the scene with Grace and Polkadot, the sheep.  It was interesting to learn about Icelandic sheep which Ruth raised on her farm (I am now going to seek out some of their wool).  I was surprised that the sheep were not washed prior to shearing them.  The story has romance and mystery mixed in with mending broken fences.  There are wonderful messages in The Hope.  The Hope can be read as a standalone if you have not had the time to read The Wish.  I started The Hope and kept reading until I finished it.   The ending was just delightful.  My favorite line from the story is “…home is where your heart is happy.” The Hope is a captivating story that will tug at your heart.  
Amish little girl. She's so cute!  .......Amish Life
I hope you enjoy The Hope as much as I did.  The Hope and The Wish are available through Amazon* (Amazon UK) as well as Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks. Thank you for joining me today.  I plan on featuring A Mystery Before Christmas by Adriana Licio.  It is the third An Italian Village Mystery.  I hope that you have a sunny day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader
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