Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and its no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God Be me to her despite how it threatens his way of life.
Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraims sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life?
The Hope of Refuge, the first novel in the Adas House series, is full of rich, thorough details of the Amish life, emotional resonance and true-to-life characters.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best selling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series, including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families.
The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall was published by Waterbrook Multnomah in August 2009 and is our 27791st best seller. The ISBN for The Hope of Refuge is 9781400073962.