I received this Arms of Mercy book by Ruth Reid in exchange for an honest review.
My first impression is based on the cover… I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by the cover but that is what always catches my eye when I’m looking at a bunch! Then if the cover looks appealing I will read what it is about. The cover of this one is quite pretty, I love the lilacs and just by looking at the cover you know it is about the Amish and that there will probably be romance in it.
This is a story about an Amish woman named Catherine. She lives with her brother, his wife, and their three children. She has been dating a man named Zach for a while and as New Year’s eve comes along she expect him to propose. Of course what she didn’t expect is her ex-boyfriend to show up. Her life starts spiraling after his arrival and she ends up taking off to Florida to help her cousin with her bakery.
Catherine and Elijah, (the ex), end up on a two day bus trip to Florida together. A horrible accident happens and the two are separated. Elijah wakes up in the hospital with no idea where Catherine is. He asks if she arrived at the same hospital, searches everywhere he can but no one has any idea where she is. All he knows is that she has to be alive. He refuses to believe otherwise.
I won’t say any more about the story because I don’t want to ruin anything. I’m used to reading books that are more advanced than this one so I found it to be an extremely easy and simple novel. The language is very basic, with a few words that the Amish speak thrown in here and there. There is a glossary at the front but most of the words are easy to determine without back checking.
I feel like the plot itself is good but this story could be so much better. There are a few things I would have changed. Maybe I’m just not used to this genre but overall the book was okay. This is part of the Amish Mercies collection but I’ve never heard of them or seen any of the others. I don’t know if this book would give anything away about the others (maybe the other stories are about other couples) but you can definitely read this as a standalone novel.
If you’re looking for a light, easy read then this could be the book for you! Go check it out to find out more.