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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cindy Woodsmall, Cassandra Campbell Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ada’s House Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780307577221
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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 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—to treat her as God himself woulddespite 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 will it 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?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/20/2014

    " I liked this book. At first it took me awhile to get into it, I didn't think that I was going to like it. As I kept reading it I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 2/13/2014

    " A great story of a woman finding hope and faith from an Amish community. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " It was a quick read, and I was glad it didn't leave me hanging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maleah | 1/17/2014

    " Very nice story. The main character is quick on her feet and funny. I also love the different stories going on in this book and the hidden mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/8/2014

    " loved this book. Cindy Woodsmall's books are a great way of escaping and relaxing. I really hope she will write more books on Ada's House... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clocklin locklin | 1/7/2014

    " Oh my, what a story, I loved it. It made me laugh, cry, & really think about a lot of things. I have read all Cindy Woodsmall books, but one, have enjoyed them all. I really like the way she writes, gets right to the meat of things, from the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/6/2014

    " Cindy Woodsmall wrote another great Amish book. A book that tells of redemption and why the Old order Amish hold some at a distance. Cara's story bring together an Amish community in a way that you have never read about before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish McKenzie | 1/2/2014

    " Another Woodsmall book I couldn't put down! Excellent dialogue & realistic characters kept me reading, and there's just enough of the story left "undone" to keep me watching for the next in the series. The Hope of Refuge gives readers insight into the Amish community, and shares it's weaknesses and struggles as well as it's strengths and spirit. At the end, I had to remind myself that this was a fiction work, and that the characters are not real people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Kohagen | 12/20/2013

    " Seemed like this book could have wrapped things up MUCH better, but the story line and believability was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/18/2013

    " I really enjoy her books. They take you in with the first few pages. I have found myself researching more about the amish culture "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny Newton | 12/6/2013

    " Wowow I loved it. So much I went right out and got another one of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacia | 10/15/2013

    " After I finished the third novel in this series I decided to go back to the beginning. Lucky for me it was free for the Kindle! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacy | 8/25/2013

    " I really like this author! Can't wait to read the next book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/29/2013

    " This is my first time reading this author. I like her honest approach to life's problems and nonpreachy style. I'll definitely be reading more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin Randolph | 5/5/2013

    " Surprisedly a great book. Wonderful story of redemption and forgiveness-loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 1/9/2013

    " I wondered if it would live up to the Sisters of the Quilt series and it did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ldlimes | 8/3/2012

    " Cara finds the family she never know she hsd. She also finds a love she doesn't think she will ever have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Irvine | 7/25/2012

    " Very good, except there is no plot resolve with the stalker. I kept waiting for the stalker to show back up and he never did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 7/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! Had great elements in it, including faith, love, and trust. Readers will not be disappointed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nona | 2/13/2012

    " I liked the way the main characters love develops. However, I expected more details in why the main heroine develops a belief in God and her change of feelings toward the Amish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ldlimes | 4/20/2011

    " Cara finds the family she never know she hsd. She also finds a love she doesn't think she will ever have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " I don't know what it is about me and the Amish, but we have a thing. A good thing. Even though the cover is totally cheesy (as are most book covers in this genre), I enjoyed the book. A good, sweet, light read (with lots of straw hats and buggies). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 3/2/2011

    " what a fantastic book kept me going the whole read.. WHat a great writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clocklin | 1/2/2011

    " Oh my, what a story, I loved it. It made me laugh, cry, & really think about a lot of things. I have read all Cindy Woodsmall books, but one, have enjoyed them all. I really like the way she writes, gets right to the meat of things, from the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/3/2010

    " This is my first time reading this author. I like her honest approach to life's problems and nonpreachy style. I'll definitely be reading more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 11/7/2010

    " Read this one awhile ago and enjoyed the plot of runaway mother with child who runs from a stalker to her mother's people. She encounters few snags here and there but great ending! Could not put down her book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 7/25/2010

    " Wowow I loved it. So much I went right out and got another one of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 6/29/2010

    " Finished this while camping this past weekend, Was well written. Might try to find another one by this author unfortunately the library doesn't have anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheli | 4/3/2010

    " This was a great book! Sad and wonderful. some times i want to be Amish...but then again not at the same time! I love the family values...and having a tight knit community! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/24/2010

    " Seemed like this book could have wrapped things up MUCH better, but the story line and believability was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 3/4/2010

    " A nice story of forgiveness and redemption. I liked the characters and the community, and the way the way they all were healed. Lori was precious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/26/2010

    " Not totally realistic, but I liked the understanding of the issues of poverty and foster care. A widowed mom with ties to an Amish community lerans about her family, falls in love and joins the Amish church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/5/2010

    " Very good, except there is no plot resolve with the stalker. I kept waiting for the stalker to show back up and he never did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/31/2010

    " Good book but not as good as her other series. I will still be reading the next in this series when it comes out though. "

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About the Author
Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.