06 April 2011

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis


“Very Poignant Read”

If you have read Amish fiction before you are certain to enjoy Abigail's New Hope and if not, this would be a good novel to start with! We have all heard the scripture "God sends rain on the just and the unjust." In the wake of the tragedies that have recently befallen this lovely group of people, we can certainly see how this scripture is so true.

This book not only centers around Abigail, a lovely, innocent young Amish mother and wife, through her "dark night of the soul", but also around two other characters as well. Isaiah, who is a recluse, not by choice, is misunderstood because of his inability to hear, and Nathan who tragically loses his wife to childbirth. I especially liked the way the author intertwines all these characters and showed how each person handles the storm that has surrounded them differently. Abby uses her time in imprisonment to draw closer to God, whereas Nathan runs from God, and Isaiah simply hides from everyone. This story is the embodiment of love; love for those of other religions and beliefs, love for those who may be different than us, and love for the "untouchables" in our society, those that are imprisoned or in deep bondage. I also saw how just one person's love can make a difference and help someone's whole life to change! I want to be one of those people.

Don't let the innocent little cover on this book throw you off, Mary Ellis has written a power-packed novel! Thumbs up!

Review By Diana Flowers

Bio: Diana lives in South Carolina with her husband of thirty-eight years.  An avid reader of Christian historical fiction, Diana posts reviews regularly on this blog as well as on CBD and Amazon. 




Contest/Giveway: Diana is giving away a gently used copy of this book.  Leave your email address for a chance to win a copy of Abigail's New Hope!

25 comments:

  1. Thank you, Carrie, for having me on your blog again and for posting my review!

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  2. Thanks for being here, Diana. I love to have you here with me! Amish is one of my guilty pleasures in reading. Does not fit my time frame, but since I have a German 18th century character, and that is about the time they came over, it is fun to read. My Kindle is getting fatter, some on the diet of your recommended books!

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  3. At least it's your Kindle that is getting fatter, from my diet of recommended books, and not your body, from my diet of recommended recipes! lol Love the way you put the book cover on here! So pretty!

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  4. Hi Diana, you always write such lovely reviews on the books you read. I enjoy Amish stories very much and the cover of this book is unbelievable. So pretty. Thank you for notifying me about this giveaway, and the chance to win it. I'd really like to win this one.

    Sharing His Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  5. Barbara, thank you. You are such a lovely lady. Carrie did an unbelievable job of posting that cover on here. I agree with you! Good luck to you!

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  6. Great review Diana, I would love to win and read this book. Thanks for telling me about this site!

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  7. I just love reading the Christian books written in the Amish settings/ Just so relaxing to sit and read and just let your mind be taken into another way of life

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  8. Thanks, Carrie, for posting Diana's review of my latest book, Abigail's New Hope. And thank you, Diana, for such a lovely review. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my latest "baby". Without readers, writers like me would have no reason for sitting down in front of their laptops. Blessings on both of you, and your readers.

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  9. You're so welcome, Mary. I'm so thankful for all the hours of reading pleasure you hard working writers have given all of us. Where would we be without good books to take us away from it all? I shudder to think...

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  10. I can always use a new book...espcially Amish fiction! I love them!! ncmom@att.net

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  11. I just read my first Amish series ever. It was Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall. Loved it!! I would love to read another Amish fiction! This book sounds great, thanks for a chance to win it!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

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  12. I am not a real big fan of Amish books but I have found a couple I really like:) Would love to try this new for me author and see how her books are. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  13. Charity, I believe you will really like this one, a little different than some (though I tend to like most of the Amish books):) and very realistic. Thank you for coming over and good luck to you!

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  14. Diana
    Thanks for the great review. You always paint such an intriguing picture with words. Can't wait to read this book, it would be even more WONDERFUL to win it!

    tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win the book, great review!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  16. Thank you, Teresa and Pegg. Good luck to the both of you!

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  17. The random.org number generator for the winner will be done on Monday morning for responses received through this weekend. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading the lovely Diana's review!

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  18. I love Amish fiction and this one sounds great!

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  19. I love Amish books.I also love your page.Please enter me,I would love to read this book.Thanks...Jackie Tessnair

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  20. Jackie and Anne, if Diana says it is good, it is. Best wishes everyone!

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  21. Carrie, thanks for posting. The review was compelling. desk@aristotle.net

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  22. Sorry I forgot to put my email on my above comment...it is;jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com....thanks again.

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  23. Congratulations Peg Thomas on winning a copy of Abigail's New Hope, by Mary Ellis and reviewed by Diana Flowers. Blessings!

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  24. Congrats, Pegg! Thank you all for coming over and for your thoughtful comments. We will be having another giveaway soon, so next time could be your time to win! Make sure you visit again...persistency pays off!
    Thank you again, Carrie, for posting my review. I always have such a wonderful time visiting your blog!

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