Abigail's New Hope

Abigail's New Hope

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by Mary Ellis
     
 

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As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care

Overview

As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel’s reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who’s deaf and thought to be simple minded by his community. She endeavors to teach him to communicate and discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents.

While Abigail searches for forgiveness, Catherine changes lives and, in return, finds love, something long elusive in her life. And Isaiah discovers God, who cares nothing about our handicaps or limitations in His sustaining love.

An inspirational tale of overcoming grief, maintaining faith, and finding hope in an ever-changing world.

About This Series: Fans of superb Amish fiction will welcome the rich and moving stories of The Wayne County series by the bestselling author of A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“I started reading it and could not put it down. I really enjoyed it...Keep up the good work Mary.”
April Barnett

“This is a beautiful story of enduring love, devotion, and faith. It was the kind of story that you couldn’t wait for the ending. And then, you find yourself hoping that the story doesn’t end! Mary Ellis is a gifted story teller and is now my favorite author.”
Donna Taylor

“Our Amish neighbors agree...Abigail's New Hope is a great book! Mary's books just keep getting better and better! This story brings home issues and blessings of these women's lives. Here in Ohio's Amish Country, we love Mary's books!”
Carol Lee & Owen Shevlin, innkeepers at Simple Pleasures Bed and Breakfast

Abigail's New Hope provides a fascinating look at the life of an Amish midwife. As always, Mary's writing is easy to read. It's a perfect lazy summer day read. I highly recommend this both enlightening and sweet romantic story.”
Marie Lawrie

“This is a very well written story. I simply could not put the book down. Mary Ellis has a wonderful way of describing the setting, the characters, the food, and the way people think. You will not be disappointed in this wonderful book and I am looking forward to the sequel.”
—Nancy Soos

“I love reading these books. I am typically not a reader, but I have read all of Mary's books and I love reading them. I recently moved from Ohio to Texas, and I enjoy reading about places I know and have visited.”
Launa Petruccio

Library Journal
Amish midwife Abigail Graber conducts a difficult delivery in which the mother dies and the child is saved. Accused of a crime, Abigail is sentenced to jail time, with no hope of raising the $1 million bail. Her husband, Daniel, must tend their farm and is unable to watch over their children. Abigail's sister, Catherine, arrives to care for them and meets Daniel's deaf cousin, Isaiah. VERDICT Ellis's ("Miller Family" series) new Amish series launch is a gripping tale of choices made and faith tested. Recommend this one to fans of Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth and Chris Bohjalian's Midwives, as well as those who enjoy their Amish fiction with a touch of suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736940627
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
The Wayne County Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
193,372
File size:
353 KB

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Meet the Author

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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Abigail's New Hope 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
looved the characters. Were completely relate-able and easily lovable.
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Wonderful book, but you must read the first in this series to really enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend thus book! It was a great read that gives you hope and leaves you feeling good inside.
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MarieAL More than 1 year ago
Mary Ellis has done it again! Her writing flows beautifully, the story is brilliant and different from any other Amish book I have read. It has that perfect romantic undertow between both Abigail and her husband Daniel as well as Abigail's sister, Catherine and a deaf relative of Daniel's named Isaiah. It is a great read anytime, but an awesome summer take-along for your vacation or just a lazy day sitting outside. A great addition to your collection! I hope Mary's next story will include Catherine and Daniel. I hope to see what life brings to them. 5 Star in my book. Thanks Mary! Keep up the great work!
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
One thing that Abigail Graber never expected in all her years as an Amish midwife was to find police cars at her home. Thinking the worst when she arrived home, she was relived that it wasn't about her two children. Yet when the Sheriff explained that he was here to arrest Abigail for the recent death of Ruth Fisher who died in childbirth, while Abigail was delivering her baby. To say she was more than shocked would be an understatement. Learning that the charges against her involve two felonies, she isn't sure what she will do. She writes a letter to her sister Catherine explaining the situation and asking if she can come to assist her husband, Daniel and care for the children. Not sure how long that she will have to stay until Abigail goes to court, Catherine takes on the difficult responsibilities of caring for her niece and nephew as well as Daniel who is handling the situation with his wife as well as he can. What Catherine doesn't expect is to discover Daniel's reclusive cousin, Isaiah who is deaf. When she begins to reach out to him through discovering his world, she begins to see things through God's eyes and she changes in the process and finds love. I received the book Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I love this book in the ways it shares so many storied in one book. There is the persecution of Abigail and the walk of her faith in all areas of her life while being in jail. She ministers to those around her and even though her husband begins to question his own faith, Abigail's love for God comes shining through. This is the story of how much our own faith can be called in question and shows how God's presence will endure no matter what the cost. This book is part of the Wayne County Series and I look forward to reading them all. This book was a breath of fresh air and taught me that our walk of faith may not be easy but is well worth it. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.
MaryKJ More than 1 year ago
Abigail's New Hope, Mary Ellis's recent Amish offering, goes well beyond the traditional romance to the kind of contemporary, ethically challenging novel that a reader just can't put down. Abigail makes a questionable decision for all the right reasons in this story, and the implications are profound for her, for her immediate family, and for the community in which she lives. While Abigail deals with incarceration, her younger sister meets a neighbor with problems of his own--and a smile she can't quite resist. There is a romance in this book--in fact, there are a couple of them. But this is not just a romance. It's a warm, creative look at a family with a big problem, the struggles that problem causes, and the unexpected results that emerge from the struggle. I loved this book and I look forward to more in this style from a wonderful, creative author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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
Lois51 More than 1 year ago
"Abigail's New Hope" is Fantastic, I had a hard time putting it down once I started it, you will be hooked on the very first page, I have read all of Mary Ellis's book and they are all great, I love all of the Prayers and the BIble quotes. Abigail goes through a pretty tough time but she is so strong and she has a great influence on all of the people around her, I think everyone will love this book.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable and a very quick read! It showed that we all have to live with our decisions. I thought that Abigail did the right thing, but in the eyes of the law she was wrong! Just like a sin is a sin! I loved the way Catherine is able to communicate with Issiah. What a fun time she and the children have together, including Issiah! My heart went out to Nathan who loses his young wife, and now has little Abraham to take care of. You can see God's hand in helping his people! Abagail's presence in the Jail also has an effect on those around her. I also loved those who nagged at Nathan to return to his Lord, and deal with his grief. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy a good story and life in the Amish community. I purchased this book and the opinions expressed are my own.