In The Promise of an Angel, Ruth Reid puts an unusual twist on the typical Amish novel. The story opens with Judith Fischer watching over her younger brother and sister at a barn raising for her family. When her brother is seriously injured, Judith rushes to him only to find an angel by his side. Because the angel leaves before the others arrive, no one believes her story.
Subsequently, the angel visits Judith several times, helping her through the heartache of having both family and friends, not to mention the man she hoped to marry, accuse her of making up the whole story. Nevertheless, Judith is true to her convictions and insists that her brother will walk again, even though the doctors have indicated otherwise.
The story also becomes entwined with subplots as Judith begins to spend more and more time with Andrew Lapp, who believes her story, and as her relationship with her sister, Martha, becomes more and more strained.
This is a magnificent book! It is one of the most interesting Amish novels I have read. It not only holds the reader’s attention, it keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat. You won’t want to put it down.
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