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November 19, 2014

HOPE CROSSING by Cindy Woodsmall

The Complete Ada's House Trilogy
Cindy Woodsmall



Hope Crossing…where Ada’s House stands as a haven for weary souls looking for kindness, faith, and second chances.
The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiance, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Ada’s House help them realize their hearts’ desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?

The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.

The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?

This three-in-one collection includes the entirety of the best-selling Ada’s House trilogy, now at a new low price!
  • Series: An Ada's House Novel
  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601427670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427670
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

She's 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.

She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

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 cape 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. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.


 In the first book of the trio, THE HOPE OF REFUGE, two women are who are very different are pulled in different directions by their strong desires.  Deborah Mast wants to marry her fiance, so she joined the church, but her fiance is changing.A life that isn't meant to be yours is hard to look at, but Cara Moore can't help it.  What will Ada's House do for them?  Will it help them with their desires or will they realize to accept what has happened to each of them?

Lena Kauffman's teaching is suddenly put on hold due to some accidents aimed at her and her students.  This is how THE BRIDGE OF PEACE begins.  Tragedy hits a dear friend, Grey Graber's family while on the school's property.   This is when the school board starts to blame her for all the trouble.As all this trouble begins to be a struggle with Grey and Lena, they begin to look at a reality that might give them peace and love that each of them long for.

Sylvia Fisher is dedicating herself to bring the faltering Blank farm back on its feet.  When Aaron, the prodigal son comes back, he is amazed by this farmhand who has different ideas about the farm.
In THE HARVEST OF GRACE, will Aaron and Sylvia's struggles and hard work toward opposite futures bring them together or pull them apart?  Will they see the larger picture?  A path to forgiveness, grace and the promise of love?
If you love Amish books, this is wonderful.  Three books in one.  Anyone that reads Amish books can't help but recognize the author, Cindy Woodsmall.  She never fails to draw the reader into the story.  She paces the stories just right, not too fast nor not too slow.  The pace gives you a chance to think about the story instead of just reading the words. Ms. Woodsmall almost always adds a little lesson or two to her books which is always a plus.

I was given a complimentary copy of HOPE CROSSING from the author, Cindy Woodsmall and Blogging for Books for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place

I would give the book 5 SOLID STARS.



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