A Woodland Miracle

A Woodland Miracle

by Ruth Reid


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For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance—it’s going to take a miracle.

Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body—and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.

Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his daed’s patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp—and he’s neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.

But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father’s wishes . . . and Ben’s.

Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn’t long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718097806
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Series: The Amish Wonders Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 239,169
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at RuthReid.com; Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid; Twitter: @AuthorRuthReid.

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A Woodland Miracle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SweetPeanutsMom More than 1 year ago
If you like Amish fiction A Woodland Miracle is worth looking into. Ruth writes of an idyllic Amish setting that seems far removed from the cares of today. While this particular Amish community seemed drenched with rain and cold the entire time it still came across like a sweet community far away from the cares of the world. That is until the drama happened…
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Woodland Miracle, By: Ruth Reid This story grabbed my attention from the very start. I was on the edge of my seat almost the whole book through. There is just the right amount of compassion, spunk, love, and suspense all the way through. Never a dull moment!  Very well written!!  So looking forward to any other books in the series. Get your copy today! Bravo, job well done!  5 sta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see what happens next!
wfnren More than 1 year ago
An emotional story It has been so long since I read the first book in this series, I had to go back and read my own review! This one is just as good as I said that one was. Ruth does a great job of telling a story and this one deals with physical problems as well as emotional. I don't think anyone that has had to deal with a disability of some kind, yourself , a family member or close friend. This was an enjoyable book and I am looking forward to the third book in the series, "A Dream of Miracles".
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
What I liked: Both Ben and Grace are dealing with things in their life that people can relate to on some level. Ben fights the battle of following the rules and dealing with the consequences when he gets caught. Grace is dealing with some serious health issues which leaves her fearing she will never have a normal life. Grace wants nothing to do with Ben at first and Ben can’t help but find himself drawn to her. Both characters had to learn to have faith in God and each other. I also thought the ending was unique and had a more realistic feel. What I didn’t like: I liked the overall plot but this story was somewhat slow at times. There was some good suspense and action in this book yet it lacked the excitement you would expect. I also thought the chemistry between Ben and Grace was not that great.      I enjoyed this book but it just did not keep me as enticed as the first book of the series. Not a bad read overall. This book can easily be read as a stand alone.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I can't even describe how fantastic this book was! Ruth Reid has a knack for pulling you in to a story and not letting you go until the very end. The plot was engaging, thrilling, and so good! The trouble that comes to the small community at Badger Creek is completely unexpected. Even though the action starts at the halfway point, the plot is still engaging up to that point. It gives you a better hint into the lives of the main characters. Speaking of the characters... I LOVED Ben! I think that's how the author intended him to be. He was funny, kind, caring, and completely human. His view of himself, especially after all the mischief he'd made, was natural. His attraction to Grace didn't feel forced. Grace is hardworking, caring, and terrified of her future. Her view of herself, because of her limp, is disheartening. I think Ben is exactly the type of guy she needed to pull her out of her insecurities. The message of the story, as stated on the back cover, is learning that God's love is sufficient. The verse used over and over in the story drives this point home: "And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV). Anyone who has ever experienced any kind of weak moment or illness or disease can understand and cling to this verse. As my preacher said on Sunday, God doesn't always choose the strongest, most handsome person to use for His glory because He can see what's on the inside, not outward appearances that man sees. How comforting! Overall, I loved this story and I certainly look forward to more from this amazing author. **Thank you, BookLook, for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
It was fun to return to the small Amish community of Badger Creek. This is an interesting setting, because things are done a little differently here. It is a very small community. Roads aren’t well cared for, residents are tucked away back in the woods, and it is bitterly cold in the winter. A Woodland Miracle is book two in The Amish Wonders Series, but there is no doubt in my mind that you can read this as a stand alone novel. Nothing in book two is dependent on book one’s story. I really liked these two characters, who seem to be opposites when we first meet them. Grace Wagler is reserved, hard-working, and dealing with a physical malady that worries her every day. She is in a lot of pain, but pushes through it to do the everyday chores that others can handle with ease. She is also nursing a wounded heart. Grace is such a special character. She has burdens both physical and emotional and is simply trying to understand why God has allowed these things into her life. Ben Eicher, on the other hand, has just been wandering through life. He has made quite a few bad choices. When his father ships him from his community in Pinecraft, Florida to the Badger Creek District in Michigan, Ben is in for some culture shock. I enjoyed watching Ben’s growth from the beginning of the novel to the end. It took a bit of time, but Ben did take a look at his life and began to see where changes needed to be made. I found him to be an honorable young man, who simply needed to find God’s path for his life. The attraction between these two characters was very convincing, as was their individual reactions to this attraction. There is some mystery and adventure in the book, as well. Overall, this was a story that kept my interest and that I enjoyed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a fair amount of Amish fiction over the years, and I was looking forward to reading "A Woodland Miracle" because it takes place briefly in Florida and mostly in Michigan—not typical settings for such stories. While the change in scenery, so to speak, was appreciated, I was a bit disappointed by this novel. The story focuses on Ben and Grace. Ben lives in Florida but has a bit of history. When he and his friend Toby get arrested for trespassing in the local motel's swimming pool, Ben's father, who's had enough of his son's antics, sends Ben to Michigan. Toby goes as well and the two boys are supposed to stay with Toby's uncle. When the boys reach Michigan, they find that the men in Grace's community already have left to go logging, so the pair stays with the bishop and his wife. Ben becomes more and more intrigued by Grace, a strong-willed young woman dealing with muscular dystrophy, which ultimately killed her mother. Grace eventually is kidnapped by Jack and Gordon, the later clearly having some mental health concerns, and Ben must help to find her. Ultimately, this book could have been shorter, as I felt the story dragged on after awhile. Also, for Grace having so much trouble with her legs, she was constantly walking and running both before, during, and after her kidnapping. The reader also knows that Ben and Grace are going to end up together, but it takes forever (or so it seems) for them to stop tripping over their own foibles to get there. "A Woodland Miracle" isn't a waste of time to read, but there are definitely better options out there. Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 Can you imagine having a body that betrays you with muscle weakness and one leg shorter than the other? and living in a rugged timber camp among the Amish?  Hard work is part of every day life for the Amish but things are bound to be more difficult for Grace Wagler.  Her mother had the same problem and it turned out to be muscular dystrophy.   Grace wants to go to Ohio to see the specialist to determine if she also has muscular dystrophy but her father does not want her to go.   Her childhood sweetheart has broken her heart by telling her that he plans to marry another girl, Becky, when he returns from the timber camp.     But Ben's arrival from Florida has shaken the entire community up a bit.  Sparks have been flying between Grace and Ben since they first spied each other at the bus station the day Ben arrived.   They begin to care a great deal about each other but can Grace overcome her fears about her physical condition to let Ben in to love her?  They may not get the chance to find out at all when two dangerous mental patients who escaped a local hospital are found to be wandering through their timber camp.  Danger is the word of the day.  Read this book to find out what happens and how God can use miracles even today to help  His children.    You definitely will want to experience A WOODLAND MIRACLE along with Ben and Grace!   5 stars for this compelling book and high recommendations!    I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
An Amish story that starts with two young gentlemen in a Florida settlement getting in trouble and being sent to cold Michigan, a rather unusual punishment, but awakening. We have boy arriving, girl at station picking up her Aunt, girl making rash judgment of disliking boy, thinking he is a fence jumper. Loved the rather hard time she gives him, and he seems to be confirming her suspicions without even trying to. The story goes on like this with boy interested in girl, and girl having a medical problem, and insecure, and liking boy, but not sure. When all of a sudden, there is a major change in the peace and security of the Amish community. We are now in a life or death struggle, and with all of the hurts and violence, we wonder if or who will survive. Ben Eichner is a rebel in some ways, and has displeased his father many times, being in legal trouble was the straw that broke the dam, and that is how Ben and Toby have appeared in the frozen north. What a new environment they are in, one day no coat to bundles of clothing, and warm ocean, to frozen creek water. You will love some of the decisions, and wonder about others, but soon realize that God is in charge here. Such a display of faith, and following of our Father’s wishes, and compassion for our fellow man, whether they are Amish or English. I really enjoyed this story, and hope there is more to come, I did love that the epilogue filled in a lot of unanswered questions, but I do want more. I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Oh my... where do I start? Recently I read Ruth Reid's novella in An Amish Second Christmas and it was so very different from what I was expecting – it was actually a shock... a good one! I should also say here that I really really really hope that Ruth decides at some point to expand on the characters introduced in Her Christmas Pen Pal. I would LOVE to read more about Joy and Noah and the bakery – oh stop me! When I begun reading A Woodland Miracle, I was surprised again! I had expected it to follow along a similar path as the first book in the series – A Miracle of Hope. It didn't... at... all.  It forged it's own path and every word was a surprise. The characters didn't do what I was expecting them to do and the story didn't go anywhere near where I expected it to. WOW! What an amazingly original story!  Far too often, I think we get in a little rut when reading a particular author's books. We begin to think we know precisely what's coming.  Not so with Ruth Reid! Each book or novella of hers I have read has been unique and intriguing and a nonstop adventure – or misadventure if you prefer.  It makes me excited to see what's next! Good thing I finally tracked down book 1 of her earlier series. Now I can read those while I'm waiting for her next release!