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A HAND TO HOLD
Genre: Inspirational, Mainstream
Book three in the Heart of Middlefield series tackles a number of issues that span religious barriers, such as jealousy, desire for praise and acceptance and finding your path in life. The dual main characters, Ruth and Deborah, add a different twist to the typical Amish novel.
Ruth Byler has been anticipating her first day as a teacher for years. Those plans did not include Zach Bender crashing a truck into the schoolhouse. Perceived as a troublemaker, neither Ruth nor his father believe Zach can make amends.
Deborah Coblentz and her son return home after the death of her mamm. Deborah’s sister, Naomi, cannot mask the hostility she has toward Deborah and her son. Will Ruth and Deborah be able to find the wounded souls underneath Zach and Naomi’s tough facades? (THOMAS NELSON, Oct., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Leslie L. McKee
Publisher: THOMAS NELSON
Published: October 2010