The Promise of an Angel, by Ruth Reid
A Heaven on Earth Novel
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing
Release date June 11, 2011
At 19, Judith Fischer loves children, and entertains them with stories whenever she gets the chance. She hopes to join the church, marry and have lots of children of her own, hopefully with Levi Plank, a young man in the Amish community where she was raised.
When her young brother, Samuel, falls from the barn roof, Judith finds a large Englischer man hovering over him, and believes she has seen an angel. Samuel, severely injured, will never walk again, according to the doctors. Again, Judith sees and talks to the Angel, Tobias, who tells her he is sent from God, and that Samuel's steps are numbered by God.
When Judith tells about seeing an Angel, the whole community thinks she has lost it, and only Andrew Lapp, Levi's cousin and the Bishop's son, listens to her. Before long, Judith finds herself with very few friends, and about to be forced to go live with family in Ohio, for continuing to believe that Tobia is an Angel,, after being told not to talk about this subject any more.
This is Ruth Reid's first published book, and she has done an outstanding job of making the characters believable and come alive. From the first page to the very end, it is a book that will hold your attention. I hope that she continues to write more novels in this genre.
I recieved a copy of this book to read and review, no other compensation was given. I was not required to write a favorable review.