Abigail's New Hope is book 1 in the Wayne County Series of stories of the Amish. Mary Ellis's writing surprised me in that it differs somewhat from that which I have come to expect in novels depicting the Amish. While it conveys the simple, spirit lead life style of the Amish, it also shows their innate humanity, their faults, their fears, their failings, and their solutions to situations with which they come face to face.
A well-written story line features it's lead character, Abigail, who is a mother of two and wife of an Amish farmer. Woven into the story are two other characters of note, Isaiah and Catherine. Isaiah is a deaf/mute who lives on the family farm and Catherine is the sister of Abigail who comes to aid the family during their time of trial.
Abigail is a midwife serving the Amish community who is called out to a life and death situation that ends up in the sorrowful tale of death during childbirth and it further leads to disaster. But we don't want to spoil the story for you.
Abigail's New Hope is a first read for me of the writing of Mary Ellis. I hope to be able to grab more of her fine works to enjoy.
Harvest House Publishers, ISBN 9780736930093
Disclaimer: I selected this book from the local library. The review is my own and I was not solicited to give a favorable review.