A Dream of Miracles

A Dream of Miracles

A Dream of Miracles (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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  • This book was an interesting read. Through the love of God and this willing man listening to God, this story has a dramatic ended. I would recommend this book for those who love Amish fiction.

  • I could not stop reading this until I got to the end of the book. This is a book that has love, family, faith and hope. I really love this author’s novels.

  • A Dream of Miracle by Ruth Reid is book three in The Amish Wonders Series. This was such an amazing book. I was hooked right from the start.

  • Ruth Reid’s book was well-written and easy to read just like all of her other books. She is one of my favorite authors. I know that the Amish world is very sheltered compared to the English world but I did find it difficult to believe that anyone in this day and age could be so uniformed about the government and life in general. Mattie really has a hard time with the English system of law and Child Protective Services. As always, I look forward to the next book by Ruth Reid. Even with the lack of knowledge of the system that Mattie possesses I still could not stop reading until I got to the end of the book.

  • This was the most different Amish book I have ever read. That being said I never put the book down until the very last page. I can’t wait for the next book by Ruth Reid to hit the shelves.

  • A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid was an excellent book. I am a total sucker for Amish fiction and non-fiction books so because of that I figured that I would, at least, enjoy this book. I read one other book in this series and I loved it just like I did this one. I really have enjoyed reading both books by this author . . .

  • Ruth Reid is one of my favorite authors, and I am never disappointed when I read her novels! You do NOT want to miss this story. Ruth Reid writes about miracles in a wonderous way! Don’t wait another minute. Get your copy today… you’re gonna love it!!!

  • This novel addresses some of the issues that most if not all of those religions and communities that are set apart and separate from their neighbors have. Namely, abuse. I loved Ruth’s gentle approach, but I also loved how she brought out the difficulties that those outside of these communities face in dealing with the children.

  • I thought it was wonderful!! I really enjoyed the characters and wonderful writing. Follow this roller coaster in this wonderful book!!

  • The cover of this book is pretty enough to hang on the wall, isn’t it? The wonder-filled gaze of Mattie, the story’s main character, belies a simple Amish romance. A Dream of Miracles is anything but simple! Author Ruth Reid masterfully developed this story to stand out from the crowd. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

  • With so many Amish fiction writers on the market, the genre can become a little stale, but I’m glad that isn’t the case with A Dream of Miracles as the author is no stranger to writing a good romance. The plot for this story is a believable, emotional drama that involves a young woman whom happens to the Amish. All the characters are wonderfully written and the great descriptions kept me turning the pages. Overall, I enjoyed reading A Dream of Miracles and I recommend it other readers.

  • This is actually book three in her Amish Wonders series, but I easily read it as a standalone novel. Now that I have read it, though, I would LOVE to read the first two books in the series!

  • My socks were blown off of my feet, that’s how powerful this story is. I was feeling for Mattie Diener and her two children and the experiences they were going through. I love when an author can draw my mind into their story that they’ve written.

    “A Dream of Miracles” has got to be my all time favorite book written by Ruth Reid. I have read all of her Amish genre books so far. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

  • A lot of Amish fiction is sweet or filled with drama, but this one was an excellent blend of well developed characters and an interesting plot. I thought it was interesting to explore the idea of an Amish family being under inspection by social workers, since I can imagine that a lot of their way of life would be strange and totally different from what they are used to dealing with. I also enjoyed some of the twists to the story!

  • “A Dream of Miracles” by Ruth Reid was a beautifully written work of Amish fiction. I thought the characters were well developed and true to their place in the story. I thought that the author did a great job of illustrating what can happen when false child abuse charges are brought on parents. I found this novel quite entertaining.

  • A Dream of Miracles if full of raw emotions, love, fear, forgiveness and pain. Both of our main characters, Bo and Mattie, must learn to open their hearts to forgiveness and healing to move forward. Two individuals, whom from outward appearances seem very different, have very much in common in their past.

  • An intriguing plot with a subtle weaving of God’s miraculous plan throughout a rather intense story. Ruth is a masterful storyteller – truly blessed – and I enjoy every story of hers that I pick up.

  • I really LOVED the premise in this novel and it felt like an Amish episode of the television series, House. It was that great! Just when you think Mattie will be cleared, another issue comes up and she is faced with making the decision to take her child in to the doctors and face losing him, or does she try and find a cure herself and spare having her children taken from her. Well worth every single 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Ruth Reid is a favorite author of mine. A Dream of Miracles is by far my favorite book of hers. Although it is the third book in the Amish Wonders series, it can definitely be read by itself. The concept of an Amish family being investigated by social services is one I have not read before in an Amish fiction novel.

  • This is the third book in this series and I thought that author did a great job in continuing on with the seires. This story deals with some real issues of the world. I felt so bad for Mattie here she has an ill child then Child Protective Services was called. I can not imagine all she was going through and you add this nightmare to also being a widow. You just want to reach out and help Mattie with all of this and be there for her. I thought the author did a good job of conveying this whole story line. With this you want to read faster and can’t wait to see what is going to happen next as you just want all the turmoil to end.

  • This book reminds me of a star crossed lovers type romance. But with it’s simplicity and clean lines it is a great novel with the best scenes and writings. Ruth Reid has a winner!

  • A DREAM OF MIRACLES is the latest book by Ms. Reid. As a pharmacist, wow, she really out did herself in this book with her medical knowledge. This book is about every mother’s worst nightmare, a horror story of social workers stepping in and a doctor intent on destroying a woman’s life.

  • Ruth Reid’s newest book will restore your faith in miracles. A fantastic story of faith and restoration, I enjoyed the way the many plot twists made it possible for big fanfare finish – in a simple Amish way, of course.

  • It was a cute little story that I definitely don’t regret reading, and the ending was sweet and happy. I wasn’t really bored through the whole thing; there were a decent number of twists and turns I didn’t exactly see coming, I just didn’t love this story. I’m not really sure what it is about it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to really get into it. I wish that I liked it more, especially considering how much I loved the first novel, but I just didn’t love this book that much.

  • I love the message of time, a reason for everything and how God plants people and situations in your path for a specific reason. A captivating story to behold, and one that I wish there was more, at least a little epilogue. Either way, I’m looking forward to going back and reading Ruth’s other works, specifically those from earlier in the series.

  • “A Dream of Miracles” differs greatly from many of the Amish novels I have read with a plot full of twists and surprises. Although expected, the romance was not typical of many novels in this genre.

    Characters are well-rounded and gained my sympathy and support from the beginning. Situations within the plot were realistic with disturbing insight into what can happen to innocent people when their rights are sacrificed to meet another’s selfish agenda.

  • Ruth Reid weaves a tale that begins in heartache and ends with healing. I like to think that’s how miracles work. For those who trust in Him God works things so thoroughly, as if mending a tear, that you may not see it at first but when you look back it can only be said that it was a miracle.

  • Much better than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I kind of had this idea this was book was going to be a typical sweet little Amish love story. This genre isn’t really my favorite and I went into reading this book with a preconceived idea.
    I was totally wrong! I couldn’t put it down! I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed. I didn’t work the next day so I finished very quickly . . .

  • Ruth Reid did a job of developing characters that became real to the reader, and whose unfolding stories and revelations of their past made the reader want only the best for them. I found myself staying up later than planned to read just one more chapter and dealing with being a little tired so that I could.

  • Moments says:

    Right away I was sucked into the story as it begins with Mattie dealing with her son’s fever and rash, and a new doctor who she has not had treat her son before. Bo has a trying job, but he has had lots of success, but that doesn’t mean he’s living a happy life. I found myself completely drawn into this story and the characters’ lives, as I work with as a social worker, and work closes with child protective services.

  • In some ways, this was a tough book to read. I didn’t want to set it down because I was so invested in the trials that Mattie Diener was experiencing, yet it was hard to see her being so unfairly treated. This one really pulled on my heartstrings.

  • A Dream of Miracles isn’t your typical “isn’t this sweet” Amish romance. It’s raw and honest and heartwrenching. But it’s also full of sweet moments and friendship and blossoming romance and some great kisses. Threaded through each of the above elements is a tender ribbon of faith & the reminder that God has a plan that is beyond anything we could ever imagine – even when life isn’t making much sense. Ruth Reid rounds out the mix with compelling characters, unique events, and an engaging writing voice. A Dream of Miracles is a book you won’t be able to put down until you’ve finished the very last word, and even then you will be craving more time with this story.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    Mattie’s character was so easy to empathize with, the author made me feel like I was actually reading about a real person, it was easy to envision her heartaches and hurts, while I couldn’t imagine being in her shoes but the author allowed me to feel as if I had stepped into them for the length of this story. It was interesting to see the differences between Amish and Englishers ideals and how that affected the way that many looked at Mattie. It was heart wrenching to see how Mattie was treated and it kept me hoping that all would work out in the end.

  • The story line in A Dream of Miracles was particularly easy to be drawn into due to my background as a Social Worker. I enjoyed hearing the story from the voices of both Mattie and Bo. Reid’s characters are richly developed and her writing is such that it’s easy for the reader to become deeply involved and invested early in the story and committed to the very last page.

  • From start to finish, I could NOT put this book down. This book is definitely different from the other Amish Fiction I have read. The characters in this book are great. They are real people with messy lives, trying to find their way in the world.

  • Ruth Reid pulled me in again with this touching story. The story was extremely heartfelt and realistic. I had a hard time putting the story down.

  • The concept of this book was one I haven’t seen before. It is Old Order Amish meets the modern legal system and all the complications that go with it. This was a good book with a pleasant ending. Even though it is the third book in the series, I did not feel like I was missing anything by not reading the others.

  • Like all of Rith Reid’s works, A Dream of Miracles is well written with lively and believable characters full of depth and personality. This isn’t your average Amish love story. Not even close!

  • If you were cooking up an Amish love story, and someone dumped in a heaping cup of medical thriller when your back was turned, you’d get A Dream of Miracles. It’s an interesting combination, like maple bacon donuts. But it works. (The story works; the jury is still out on the donuts.)

    Author Ruth Reid does a good job of throwing out all sorts of teasers to get you thinking, “Maybe it’s this, maybe it’s that,” which creates a suspenseful story that kept me up long after I should have turned the light out.

  • A compelling and compulsive read.

  • Prepare to have your heart bleed or break at the events and tragedies that beset this young Amish mother and widow as her life is embroiled in the fall out from rules set down by a society that she is not part of but which are in place to protect. These rules threaten to destroy the very life and existence she holds dear to her tender heart.

  • This book was really well-written and fast-paced. There is a little bit of mystery, romance, intrigue, and suspense all thrown in. This book is recommended to readers who enjoy the Amish lifestyle or looking to try a new genre.

  • Ruth Reid writes novels that are clean, suspense filled and realistic in what some of the Amish like Englishers have to deal with in the world. The author makes them seem like real people and doesn’t elevate them to unrealistic status nor do her stories make their life seem better than someone else’s. I appreciate that quality in Amish books as sometimes the Amish or Mennonite people are lifted up to be looked upon as almost godlike status instead of the flesh and blood that they are.

  • With strong characterization and a unique story line, A Dream of Miracles engaged me from beginning to end! I really enjoyed this novel and recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and medical dramas.

  • Wow. This was a hard one. So. Much. FEELING. Literally, all the feelings. Mattie experiences so many trials in this book. One right after the other, and it just doesn’t seem to stop. Her strong character and love for her kids endeared her to me from the start. Everything she felt, I felt, which is why this book was so emotionally impacting. It wasn’t one of those “what a sweet amish novel, they’re so cute” books. It was real and heart wrenching, and I cried. I cried, and laughed, and smiled, and cried, and sighed. To me, the best kind of novel is the kind that can make you feel emotion after emotion all within 300-400 pages. Ruth Reid has acheived that and more. Well worth the time and money spent!

  • Don’t go by the cover and assume that this is a typical, traditional Amish story – because there’s nothing “typical” or “traditional” about it! A Dream of Miracles ranks among the best books I’ve read, Amish or otherwise.

  • A Book Lover says:

    This is book three in the Amish Wonders Series. It can stand alone. I have mixed feelings about it. I did not like Mattie’s character but I loved Bo. The book held my attention from beginning to end even though I got frustrated with Mattie a lot. The overall ending was satisfying and fit the book.

  • Real. Honest. Life. That’s how I would sum up this book in three words. Ruth Reid didn’t write a cozy, comfy book that takes you to one emotion and leaves you. There were smiles and tears as I read this story. It was real and raw.

  • When I discovered (as I was reading) what was going to take place in this book, Mattie being investigated by Child Protective Services, I thought I was going to suffer great emotions. Fortunately, I didn’t! You see, I’ve been there, over a decade ago.

    It was a hard book to put down, once I began reading. I read breathlessly, eager to find out how everything turned out.

    Read. Enjoy.

  • This was an easy book to get settled into with a bit of love and politics. The chapters are short and easy to read. A great book to read during this season of politics. I recommend this book to adults only because some of the issues could be unsettling. I also recommend it to Social Services employees because it deals with child abuse and Protective Services.

  • Overall the book was a lot better than I expected, I still have a hard time with how they make Bo’s job seem a lot more glamorous than working in Social Service really is, trust me, I did it for awhile and it was the hardest, poorest paying job. I did enjoy how the author developed the characters and I loved the honest, raw emotions. One cannot help but feel for the characters, especially Mattie.I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • With fun characters that readers will fall in love with from page one, and a sweet story of love, pain, loss, and hope, this book is a fantastic third edition to the Amish Wonders Series by Ruth Reid.

  • What happens when over zealous authority figures get invovled in your life? That is what this book is about when Mattie Takes her son to an different doctor and he wants to accuse of something that is not true. Good Book Recommend.

  • A young widow who’s name is Mattie Diener has 2 children to raise and she is on her own. She is just dealing with day to day living when she has to deal with a much bigger problem.. .

  • Book by Book says:

    A Dream of Miracles tugged on all my heartstrings with its emotional story. It frustrated me (on behalf of its characters) yet still made me smile, and I just loved it. From beginning to end, it is an encouraging and enjoyable read. Fans of Amish fiction will not want to miss this addition to the genre – I recommend it.

  • I think Ms. Reid has given us a highly complicated story plot. This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and involving in their lives.

  • This is an easy to read book. Ruth Reid is an amazing story teller.

  • I enjoyed the book and thought that the story was well written. I felt myself being uncomfortable about the social services investigation and found myself tensing up and getting angry. I always think that if a book gets me to feel then the author is doing a good job at developing the story and the characters.

  • I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story from the beginning. I can relate to Mattie’s feeling of being overwhelmed, it seems to me as if I have one problem right after another until everything finally falls into place and I just know it was God that got me through.

  • My heart went out to Mattie, what a terrible thing this Dr. put her through. But the problem was the effects on her son’s illness and the reactions he was having. When Bo started investigating, something was different about Mattie than most people he had to deal with. Even though his job was to make sure the children were safe, he didn’t thing Mattie abused her kids. Tension was sure running wild throughout this book.

  • Who would have ever thought that a Child worker grew up Amish? Or that illnesses might present themselves in very unique ways on a rare percent of the population?

    As a parent I am very glad that Mattie had someone to stand up for her and help her through something so traumatic. To be accused of child abuse! To be jailed! Especially when that woman is Amish and probably had never seen the inside of a jail before! And all because someone had an ulterior motive. I’ll let you find out the rest for yourself, but really this is a great read and I’d love to find out what happens next to these characters!

  • This book was not what I was expecting – but in a good way. The beginning was hard for me to get into, and I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. However as the mysterious illness of Maddie’s son develops, and more character backstory is introduced, I found myself more and more invested in what would happen next and who would reveal something. I was not expecting the ending, and I was a little disappointed that it didn’t have a more satisfying conclusion. But for Amish lovers, this book is a great read!

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