Book Review: Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid, book 1 of Amish Mercies

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them." 

Title:  Abiding Mercy
Series: Amish Mercies, Book #1
Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction
Release Date:  July 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Amish Fiction

Faith faces an impossible situation: Should she do the right thing and bring heartache to nearly everyone she knows or deny her true self and always wonder . . . what if?

Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

A story that that tells much more than a story in Ruth Reid's newest release, Abiding Mercy, the first book in the Amish Mercies series.  Abiding Mercy is superb in the writing as well as blending two cultures, Amish and Englisch through an "English baby raised Amish" scenario.

Faith is hardworking and generous, but her world is thrown in a spin when it was revealed that she was the kidnapped victim from the Englisch world when she was a young child. She thought her only problem is falling for the man only have eyes for her pretty sister, the same sister that seems to hate her, but there's much more than she thought. The author did a terrific job in crafting a fictional story that feels so real that it's relatable to readers on many fronts, even if we're not Amish. The emotional turmoil, guilt and uncertainty that arise allows readers to embrace the complexity of the situation and ultimately see the message of mercy and grace. In all, Abiding Mercy will be a highlight in your reading repertoire. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

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