An Ada's House Novel

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 269 ratings

The Hope of Refuge Publisher's Summary

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 - Be me to her - despite 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 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?

©2009 Cindy Woodsmall (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • The Hope of Refuge

    • An Ada's House Novel
    • By: Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cindy Woodsmall is more thoughtful than any others

    • By Kathy on 08-19-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • The Bridge of Peace

    • A Novel
    • By: Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good Cindy Woodsmall

    • By Stevon on 09-14-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • The Harvest of Grace

    • Book 3 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series
    • By: Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • these Amish stories

    • By Stevon on 03-04-12

    Regular price: $28.00