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Hope Of Refuge (Adas House V1) [Paperback]

By Cindy Woodsmall (Author)
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Struggling against poverty and a relentless stalker, Cara Moore, a widowed mother, is led out of New York City toward an Amish community in Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, where she quickly discovers long-held secrets about her family.

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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?

Citations And Professional Reviews
Hope Of Refuge (Adas House V1) by Cindy Woodsmall has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 08/01/2009 page 45
  • Romantic Times - 08/01/2009 page 60
  • Christian Retailing - 08/10/2009 page 14


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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   341
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 11, 2009
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
Series  Adas House  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1400073960  
ISBN13  9781400073962  


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Publishers description for Hope Of Refuge (Adas House V1)...


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?


More About Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible. Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin. Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list of the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four. Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list. Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s also written a nonfiction work with an Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. The book is titled Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and caped dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US. As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Cindy, her husband, their three sons and two daughters-in-law reside in Georgia.

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It was OK  Mar 24, 2010
While it was a quick read and really gave a great perspective of modern Amish life, I thought the story itself left a lot to be desired. I had a hard time connecting to the main characters. It had the potential to be a great love story and completely missed the mark. There was very little depth to the relationship between Ephraim/Cara and in Cara's spiritual journey. I was also left wondering why Mahlon's story was so compelling, yet not expounded on - it seemed somewhat pointless. In contrast, I know the author is capable of having her readers connect as with Hannah Lapp in the Sisters of the Quilt sage, but if Ada's House becomes a series, I doubt I'd read another one.
 
Got Better After the First Chapter  Jan 6, 2010
Cara Moore and her daughter Lori have been running from a dangerous ex-boyfriend for most of Cara's adult life. They're running out of places to hide. Their last chance could be an Amish community that Cara remembers her mother taking her to when she was young. Not knowing anyone there, Cara and Lori hide in a barn and steal clothes and food from a nearby Amish family's house. What happens next could change their lives forever.

I couldn't get into the first chapter. The girl-runs-away-from-problems-and-joins-the-Amish story has been told often (like "Sanctuary," by Beverly and David Lewis). But as I got past the first chapter there were differences, and I became more drawn into the story and the details of the community they were touching. For example, if an unmarried male Amish man lets an outsider woman live in his house or barn, he could be shunned by the community. I did not know that kind of contact with outsiders was forbidden.

I have always found the Amish to be an interesting community. And even if Amish fiction romanticizes the culture, they are still fun to read.
 
Average on the scale of novels based on the plain people  Jan 3, 2010
The summaries are done quite well in other reviews. This is very fast read with a great deal of redundant storylines in chapter after chapter. I continued to wait for something to develop aside from the inevitable ending. There are few side stories of interest. You never really get to know Deborah and Mahlon well enough to care about how their story results. Modern issues facing the Amish population are touched on, but not expanded. What happens to the stalker? I can only hope that Ms. Woodsmalll answers these questions in the sequel to this, as it appears to be the first in an Ada's House Series. I can say I have enjoyed her previous stories much more than The Hope of Refuge. It seems to be a shell of a story waiting for more.
 
Could not put it down!  Nov 18, 2009
I decided to get this book because I had read Cindy Woodsmall's Sister of the Quilt books and I love them. The book arrived in the mail this afternoon, and no exageration, I read it all evening and have finished it. I could not put it down! Cindy Woodsmall has such a way of bringing you into her stories and completely capturing your need to know what happens next! I look forward to reading many more of Woodsmall's stories so I hope she will continue.
 
This is a beautiful story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness  Oct 14, 2009
Cara Moore was raised in foster care. Her mother was dead and her father dropped her left her at a station. She ran away when the son of her foster parent would not leave her alone. She found a job, married and had a daughter. Now Cara and her daughter are on the run again.

While reading her mother's journal Cara discovers an address. She and daughter, Lori go to the Amish country of Pennsylvania. She hoped to find peace and safety. There was a sense of familiarity about the place but Cara has did not know why.

Ephraim Mast knew her true identity and offered her a place to stay. He faces the disapproval of the elders in the church.

I have nothing but high praise for Cindy Woodsmall's books. She grabbed my attention and held it through the very last page. Her characters have away of wrapping their selves around your heart and taking you on an emotional journey with them. This is a beautiful story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness.
 

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