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Abigail's New Hope

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    This is a strong refreshing inspirational tale

    In Wayne County, Ohio new resident Nathan Fisher calls midwife Abigail Graber to help his wife Ruth. Abigail asks who the physician is, but an angry defensive Nathan tells her to not lecture him for not having her see a doctor. Abigail calls Dr. Weller who is not there as she heads over to help Ruth. However, the pregnant woman hemorrhaged; while Abigail tries to stop the bleeding. Ruth dies but her new born son lives. The Sherriff's Department arrests Abigail for involuntary manslaughter due to practicing medicine without a license.

    Judge O'Neil sets bail at 500K, which means Abigail will linger in jail for a month awaiting her trial while her lawyer is state appointed. Still though confused, she knows she did the right thing as this was an emergency. Her sister Catherine arrives at the Graber farm to take care of the children. Working on the Graber farm is Isaiah, considered simple minded by everyone. However, Catherine, who is attracted to him, realizes Isaiah is intelligent but deaf.

    This is a strong refreshing inspirational tale that has all the key players changing during the exciting story line. Although the manslaughter charge subplot is not new (see The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould), readers will appreciate this fine tale of an unlicensed Amish midwife in legal trouble with the Englisher jurisprudence system.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Loved it!

    An Amish woman in jail?? Unheard of, but that is exactly where Abigail Graber has found herself. What a mess, just doing what she loves to do, bringing babies into this world, as an Amish midwife, she is not licensed. Which means she is not supposed to deliver babies by herself, but an emergency call where a young Amish woman is hemorrhaging leads to Abagail being arrested and put in jail. She will be going on trial for involuntary manslaughter, for practicing medicine without a license and several other charges. How does an Amish woman find herself in this position?

    Catherine, Abigail's sister has come to the Graber farm to help our her sister and brother in law by taking care of the children and the house, and cooking. What Catherine hasn't expected however is the young man who lives on the Graber farm. Isaiah, thought to be simple minded by the community, Catherine quickly discovers that he is deaf, not simple minded. She also discovers that she is very attracted to Isaiah.

    This book was a delight to read, I zipped through it in a few hours, flipped back through and re-read parts of it, that I had enjoyed so much!! A story you would never expect to hear centered around an Amish family, which makes it even more enjoyable. I really enjoyed Mary Ellis' book, and cannot wait to read more of this series! 283 pages Discussion questions included. $US 13.99 4 stars.

    This book was provided by Harvest House Publishers for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review

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