Abiding Mercy: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Abiding Mercy – A Serious Page-Turner!

When I saw the cover for Ruth Reid’s latest release, Abiding Mercy, I was giddy. Reid knows how to tell a story and I could not wait to see where she was taking her readers with her new Amish Mercies series.

Abiding Mercy follows the life of Faith Pinkham. Faith is a dutiful 16-year-old maedel. She wants nothing more than to be baptized and be a full member of her Amish community. She works hard at her family’s restaurant – even though she and her sister Olivia are less than bosom buddies. And she adores her friend Gideon – who is taken with Olivia. But when a newspaper runs an article about a missing child – kidnapped 15 years earlier – Faith’s world becomes less than predictable.

I was given Abiding Mercy in exchange for my honest review. It was terrific and I couldn’t flip through the pages fast enough. I was thoroughly invested in every character Reid brought to the pages. The ending was a bit rushed, but the novel is a serious page-turner. Grab your copy today!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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His Amish Teacher: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

His Amish Teacher

His Amish Teacher – Sensational, but not Salacious

Patricia Davids has been writing in the Amish genre for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to read one of her novels. When I first saw the title, I had my doubts, but His Amish Teacher (third in her Amish Bachelor series) was absolutely fantastic! What took me so long to discover this author?

His Amish Teacher tells the story of lifelong friends, Lillian Keim and Timothy Bowman. Lillian is the community’s school teacher and Timothy is her faithful-‘til-the-end friend. But when their feelings start to grow to more than a casual friendship, Lillian turns away – she harbors a secret that only a few know of.

Timothy has his hands full helping with the family business and being a volunteer firefighter. When arson is suspected in their community, people are on alert – and trust no one.

I was given His Amish Teacher in exchange for my honest review. I found it to be a fantastic read. I love the fact that Davids has done her homework regarding the Amish and their way of life. If you are not familiar with the ins and outs of the Amish, this novel is spot-on. I also sincerely appreciated the way she approached the topic of little people – very well done! Be sure to grab your copy of His Amish Teacher; you won’t be disappointed. And now that I’m sold on Patricia Davids, I’ve got to catch up on some reading!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Naomi’s Hope: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Naomis-Hope

Naomi’s Hope ~ New Drexler Fan Found!

I’m a bit leery of many authors in the Amish genre these days. It seems that several are in it just to make a buck or two off of a novella. To be honest, I was curious about a novel titled Naomi’s Hope, but I wasn’t sold – not ‘til I read an interview and endorsement by Suzanne Woods Fisher, one of my faves in the Amish genre. So I received my copy of Naomi’s Hope (third in Drexler’s Journey of Pleasant Prairie series.) How did I like it? I LOVED IT – and am now a solid Drexler fan!

Naomi’s Hope is set in the mid-1840s, deep in Lagrange County, Indiana. Naomi is a single mom to Davey, and active seven-year-old. When Davey forces a meeting between Naomi and a newcomer named Cap Stolzfus, drama ensues. There are dangers all around them – how can Naomi conceivably keep Davey safe?

I was given Naomi’s Hope in exchange for my honest review. It was superb– and I lost more than a couple hours of sleep! The characters were intriguing, affable, and even cunning. Sometimes the story jumped around a bit, but overall it’s a tremendous achievement. Naomi’s Hope can be read as a stand-alone, but storylines from the other two novels in this series continually come up, so my recommendation is to read them in chronological order. Needless to say, I now have two more titles added to my TBR pile. If the others are half as good as Naomi’s Hope, I’m in for a treat!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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