The Hope of Refuge

The Hope of Refuge Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl Cara Moore struggles against poverty fear and a relentless stalker When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York Cit

  • Title: The Hope of Refuge
  • Author: Cindy Woodsmall Cassandra Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780307577221
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start She discovers that long held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surRaised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start She discovers that long held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it s no place for an outsider But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God Be me to her despite how it threatens his way of life Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus Can the run down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose or push Mahlon away forever While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. This book, in which a young widowed single mother who had been raised in foster care, ran to Amish country following a clue left in her mother's diary, trying to escape a stalker. Surprisingly enough, when this stranger enters their community dressed in immodest clothes and camps out in a barn, she isn't welcomed with open arms by all. However Ephraim remembers a young girl who visited their community years ago, and yes, Cara is that girl, and yes, he is still carrying a torch for her. I rather [...]

    2. Cindy Woodsmall is one amazing author that leaves you thinking about the characters in her stories days after you finish the books. The Hope of Refuge was wonderful!! A young widow named Cara who has no family besides her daughter Lori is being harassed by a stalker and when things get dangerously scary she takes her daughter and makes a run for it. They end up at a bus or train station trying to decide where to hide from stalker Mike when she discovers an old address in her mother's journal. It [...]

    3. Cindy Woodsmall has the unique ability to quickly grab your attention, emotions, and curiosity to whisk you into a wondrous world of her making. This is not your typical Amish story. Her main character Cara is a hard working waitress, a single mom who addicted to cigarettes and always looking over her shoulder to flee from a violent stalker. Cara does her best to survive in New York and care for her young daughter Lori, who is her world.What I love about Cindy’s books is the fact that she talk [...]

    4. The Hope of Refuge by Author Cindy Woodsmall is an endearing story of hope, redemption and renewal and fans of Woodsmall will not be disappointed. I myself had recently given up on reading anymore books that were Amish related, because they seem to all have the same storyline (Amish girl meets sinful Englisher, who steals her heart, is shunned yada, yada, yada), but not so with The Hope of Refuge.The main character of Cara Moore is a widowed single parent, raised in foster care and trying to esc [...]

    5. The author is definitely a skilled writer, as seen in dialogue, characterization, etc. However, I had some significant problems with what she chose to do with the storyline. Cara is a single mom who wants nothing to do with God and thinks nothing of stealing to provide for herself and her daughter. There never seems to be any remorse for this, and it's justified by her need. The main male character seems to overlook entirely too much in her behavior and the fact that she wants nothing to do with [...]

    6. Half buried memories from childhood surface as a panicked single mother flees to find a safe place for herself and her young child. And what secrets will finally be uncovered by her journey into the past in a Amish community? Will those who help her be forgiven or shunned and can she redeem her long-dead mother’s reputation? In the first novel in the “Ada’s House” series, author Cindy Woodsmall begins a fascinating tale of love and desire and of wrong-doing and forgiveness.

    7. I enjoy a good Amish novel the way I enjoy Wodehouse stories-- a welcome diversion at the end of a complicated day. When it comes to Amish fiction, no one compares to Beverly Lewis. But Cindy Woodsmall writes a good story. The characters are authentic, the situations are real. This is the first in a series entitled "Ada's House". I want to read the rest of them.

    8. This was actually much better than I had expected it to be and I enjoyed it. Of course any book that can make me cry is right up there and while there were some minor little issues (for me) overall this was a very emotional, thought provoking book. For a Christian reader, it really makes you stop and think.

    9. I'm sorry but I just can't do it.There were more single mother and Amish stereotypes in the first 50 pages than I've encountered in all the books I've read this year. Combine that with cheesy foreshadowing and awful writing, and, well, I just gave up.This is the first book I've won in a giveaway that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Bummer.

    10. My mother in law gave me this book to read. I felt pressure to read it. It's another amish book.Not my favorite. I didn't care for the main character. Her personality bugged methroughout the entire book.

    11. The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book of a three book series: Ada's House. This trilogy reminded me how much I enjoy books by this author. Ms. Woodsmall creates tales with emotional dynamics that pulls me in, keeps me reading intently without wanting to put down the book, and connect with the well-developed characters so that I feel I have a vested interest in the outcome. Two of the main characters are Cara and Ephraim. Cara had been running since she was 15. She found respite [...]

    12. I picked this book up at the library thinking it was part of the series I had just read but it was a book all by itself. I really liked it better than the series I think. It was about a girl raised in foster care in New York. She is a single parent, widowed who struggles with poverty and fears from the past. She runs with her daughter toward an Amish community.Many events occur when she enters this community. Good story!

    13. A little bit.ery, a little bit romance and a decent amount of information on the Old Order Amish. Cindy Woodsmall does a good job with development of character and place. I deducted 1* for the constant POV changes at every chapter break. While the writing was good, it wasn’t great thus the story read a bit “jerky” to me. I’d still recommend the book. It was engaging, informative and not the same old thing. Horray!

    14. I read this expecting to hate it, but curious because my wife loves these books. I was actually surprised by how engaging I found the characters and how invested I was in them by the end. I don't think this genre is one I would return to in general, but I will probably wrap up this trilogy, or at least venture into the second book.

    15. This was not an ordinary Amish story. The characters were fun to keep track of. We were led in many different directions. The outcome was what I expected and just took a long time to reach. I enjoy Cindy Woodsmall's books. I am anxious to read another.

    16. One of the first books I've read by Cindy Woodsmall. Definitely have expanded my to read list with more of her books! The story was inspirational. The characters real, not perfect. A journey of faith and learning God's plan.

    17. This was a very good story, serious but also quite funny. I enjoyed it very much.Good story, well written. Quite serious with humor thrown in at the right times. I really enjoyed the story and highly recommend it

    18. This book was written very differently than most of the Amish books I have read. I wasn’t sure I would like it. I was pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to read the next in this series.

    19. Great bookThis book kept my attention. There is of course romance but not inappropriate. There is mystery and action. Love all the God references.

    20. MY thoughts-enjoyed very much even tho you know how it will endTHIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLYMy synopsis: Cara felt like she had been on the run with her daughter forever. But now that Mike had found her again, and this time knew her daughter's name and school - she needed to really get lost. Unfortunately Cara had been "lost" her whole life. [...]

    21. My synopsis: Cara felt like she had been on the run with her daughter forever. But now that Mike had found her again, and this time knew her daughter's name and school - she needed to really get lost. Unfortunately Cara had been "lost" her whole life. Her mother died when she was 8 and her father left her at a bus stop and told her to wait for someone named Emma Riehl who was going to come and get her. Emma never showed up and Cara ended up in foster care. It was while she was here that she met [...]

    22. I read this book a while ago. I had read something else by this author and wanted to read more.I was so disgusted with the main character, Cara, that I could not really analyze the book as a whole.I am still incredibly bothered by Cara. She had issues that I could identify with and sympathize with however, she broke into people's home and stole things from them. Her viewpoint was that they were "rich" and she was poor, so they should not really mind her behavior. It troubles me that even after h [...]

    23. Cara Moore has been raised in the foster care system of New York and is still struggling as an adult. Widowed and poor, she is alone with her young daughter Lori. When a stalker finds them again, fear makes her desperate and she is forced to flee. Vague memories bring her back to an Amish community in Dry Lake, PA where there are secrets from her past and the possibility of a new beginning in her future. But answers don't come easy when you're an outsider and unwelcome.One man, Ephraim Mast, dar [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book greatly! Some people might feel that it is predictable and the story drug out. However, the pace of the book made me feel as though I was observing the characters' lives. Another interesting part of the story was the way the subplots were intertwined: there was just enough space between them. Also, not all elements of the book were predictable. Many events occurred that did not have to. One beef I have with this book, though, was that some of presented material would not have [...]

    25. Well-written and engrossing story. My only complaints -- and, boy, are they minor: 1) Cara and Lori wait a couple of moments, not minutes; 2) Cara and Ephraim sit in the middle of a fallen tree trunk, not on; 3) Ephraim removes "the dusting of sawdust"; and 4) "tapped" is annoyingly overused (including four times in connection with the social worker).I'm not much of one for bonnet romances, but these characters are sensitively portrayed, the story absolutely believable. There is complexity and l [...]

    26. While it took me a bit to like Cara, and I thought Ephraim a little too good to be true, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The premise is a bit different than other Amish fiction, but the story is good. We see a human side of the Amish that is most refreshing. Cara was a very prickly character, but given her life experiences you can understand it. She was raised in foster care and believes that she was abandoned by her father. Her foster care experience was about as stereotypically wrong as you c [...]

    27. Cara Moore had a rough upbringing in the foster care system and life didn't treat her well after she ran away at age 15. Now on the run from an abusive stalker, Cara finds herself grasping for one small hint to her past which she found hidden in her mother's journal. When she arrives in Dry Lake, PA, homeless and exhausted, the Amish community doesn't quite know what to think about her. It turns out they know a lot more about where Cara came from than she knows herself! Yet only one steps up to [...]

    28. This is book one of three from the Ada's House Series about an Amish community. Cara was abandoned as a child after the death of her mother and ended up in foster care. She never stopped searching for answers to her past. She blamed God as so many people do when her prayers are not answered according to their wishes. God has a plan and it is sometimes hard to reason with the path He chooses for us. When Cara was a little girl she decided there must not be a God because He didn't seem to here her [...]

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