Monday, January 28, 2013

Review of An Angel by Her Side

by Ruth Reid

Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead.

A Heaven on Earth Novel, #3

When Katie Bender's fiance died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn't know how she will provide for herself.

Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can't afford to have feelings for Katie.

Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent--and ultimate--battle for their hearts rages unseen.

Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined for.
My Review:
 Ruth Reid drew me into Katie and Seth's world in the quiet Amish community on the very first page.   Her book truly caused me to question some of my own beliefs about angels and demons.  Elias appeared to Seth and Katie as a old man.   He was safe, in their minds.  He walked with a limp and yet, he walked for     miles and camped outside by the river, the very river that had claimed the life of Katie's fiance.  
     It made me wonder if perhaps, God has sent angels to me at times in my life, and I did not recognize them as such.   Razzen, the demonic spirit, whispered negative, discouraging thoughts to Amos and several other characters. When I struggle with negative thoughts, were they planted there in the same way?  Did God perhaps send angels to protect me or my loved ones?   I like to think so!   Read this book and discover your own connections and truths.   
Ruth Reid is a pharmacist and author of these amazing books.  She currently lives in Florida, but they once lived very close to an Amish community in Michigan.  Watching the kind, gentle Amish living such a peaceful life led to Ruth's writing about them and their lives in her works of fiction.  

I received a free copy of the book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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