Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mary Ellis's Abigail's New Hope ~ Reviewed

Abigail's New Hope, Wayne County Series #1
By: Mary Ellis
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 0736930094


Amish midwife Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some of the hardest choices she has ever had to make. Despite all her efforts, the young mother dies-but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail, her younger sister, Catherine, comes to care for the home 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 teaches him how to communicates with his fellow man, and in so doing, discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents. Catherine makes a difference in all their lives and in return, finds love, while Isaiah discovers God, who cares not for our handicaps or limitations.


Abigail’s New Hope is about an Amish Midwife named Abigail. She gets called to deliver the baby of Nathan and Ruth Fisher, but tragically, Ruth dies. Abigail ends up in jail because she administered a drug to stop Ruth’s bleeding, and she wasn’t licensed to give it. In the meantime, Abigail’s sister, Catherine, moves in to take care of Abigail’s children, and meets and falls in love with a man named Isaiah.

As always, I enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle. This book really showed how much they value their family and community, and how they are willing to stick together through thick and thin.

Reviewed by: Laura Porter

Bonus Review: 

Abigail’s New Hope is about an Amish woman named Abigail who is a midwife in her community.  When she is called one night to help in the delivery of a baby who’s family is new to the area, her life is changed forever.  The family refuses to call an ambulance, and Abigail is forced to deliver the baby without a doctor present.  When the mother’s life is lost, Abigail is face with difficult choices and charges aimed against her.  In the meantime, her sister, Catherine, comes to stay, and begins to fall in love with Abigail’s brother-in-law, Isaiah, who is deaf and has kept to himself most of his life.

I really enjoyed this book.  Abigail’s story and journey is encouraging, especially watching how she draws her hope and strength in the Word.  And Catherine’s journey is fun to watch as well.  Little did she suspect that she would find love when coming to help care for her niece and nephew.  I’m looking forward to following the family’s story in the next book.

Reviewed by: Sarah Porter

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