Review & Giveaway: Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall


Summary(from the Publisher):

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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 it’s 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, Ephraim’s 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?

Author Bio(from Publisher):

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller 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. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.

To see a video of Cindy on ABC Nightline, click here:

You can purchase this book online at Random House.

My Review/Thoughts:

I have always been curious about Amish culture so I was excited about reading this book. I really enjoyed this story! The characters are very dynamic and complex. Cara comes from a very different background, having had to fend for herself on the streets of New York after being raised in foster care. Ephraim comes from a very tight-knit community of Amish who have rules that cannot be broken without strict consequences. Cara brings her daughter to the Amish community in desperation with the hope that she will find some clues to her family, and the two develop an unlikely friendship that leads to Ephraim having to make a very difficult decision: help this woman and face shunning, or turn his back on a person in need.

The Amish culture is woven throughout this story, including Amish phrases. You will have to look at the back of the book and refer to the list of German words to translate, but it is not very distracting. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy reading about the Amish!


Thanks to Multnomah and Random House, I have been given an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post (along with an email address) telling me why you would like to read this book. You may enter until Sunday night at 12pm EST. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be announced Monday August 10th.

20 comments on "Review & Giveaway: Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall"
  1. Hi Shelly,

    I watched that interview a couple weeks ago and she really seems to know all about the Amish. Have you read any other Amish stories? I actually like anything Amish. :)
    Have a great day! Hope you have lots of people comment!


  2. i would like to have a copy as i have nenver read anything of amish culture before..

    it would be fun to read something new

  3. Peeking inside other cultures and ways of life is incredibly fascinating to me. I would just love to read it.

  4. This sounds like a lovely story and something I would enjoy reading.

  5. Hey,
    I love Cindy's books, and i can't wait for The Hope of Refuge! I've read her previous series like three times. Ugh, they were amazing!!

    Can't wait!

  6. Hi, I'm always looking for new and fresh authors. I would like to read this book.

  7. Hi Shelly,

    I just watched that little video clip; very interesting! I've always wanted to read an Amish story; thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway! : )

    Have a great day,

    scraphappy71 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  8. I've read a couple of her other books and really enjoyed them! Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. I've visited in Amish communities a lot in PA and upstate NY. I'd love to read more about this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  10. I am fascinated by the Amish and would love to read this book!

  11. I would like to read this book; it sounds very interesting.

    Denise @ prettywheels at web tv dot net

  12. Not an entry, just a note that I've posted about this at Winning Readings:


  13. Sounds like a great book. I've heard lots of good about it and look forward to reading it!
    derekannette at gmail dot com

  14. I love Amish stories but have never read one by Cindy Woodsmall. I would love to win this copy.

  15. How cool. I always love finding new great reads... and I'm with you, learning about new cultures is always an interest. Thanks for sharing!


  16. I also love stories about the Amish. This looks like an interesting read.


  17. Cindy Woodsmall is a great author. Love her books- would love to read this one


  18. I have not yet read any of Cindy Woodsmall's books, but am very interested. Gotta start somewhere. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

  19. Count me in! jaime.huff1@gmail.com

    I would love to read this. This author is new to me but the Mennonite and Amish culture is not new to me. I grew up attending a Mennonite church in Kansas and I would love to read this author's take and this story sounds wonderful


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