Book Review: An Angel By Her Side: A Heaven on Earth Novel by Ruth Reid

Angel By Her Side

An Angel By Her Side is unlike any other Amish fiction that I’ve ever read – in a good way. In this novel, direct angel intervention meets Amish daily living when Elias is sent by God to intervene in the lives of Katie Bender, Seth Stutzman and others in the town of Hope Falls.

In this story, Katie is the area school teacher. For seven years she has carried the burden of losing her fiancé in an accident. Seth Stutzman is beehive constructor who comes to Hope Falls to help his brother-in-law. He, too, is carrying a burden and blames himself for the death of a man caused by the collapse of a barn. Their lives collide when a tornado hits the area and through this and other events, both of them (through Elias’s intervention) learn about trust, faith and hope in God and one another.

My Comments:

An Angel By Her Side is the third book of a novel series; however, if I didn’t all ready know that, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. This novel stands very effectively on its own and I truly enjoyed this book. It is written well written with believable characters that are flawed but likeable. It also touches on subjects such as blindness and dyslexia in a sensitive and sensible way.

If I had one critique it would be this: If this was the first Amish novel that I ever read (which it isn’t) and I wasn’t a little familiar with Amish culture (I am), I would have been thrown off by some of the Pennsylvania Dutch words that are interspersed throughout the book. Some of the terms could be understood in the context of the sentence or paragraph, but many of them could not be. Thankfully, there is a dictionary of terms in the front of the book to refer back to. The problem for me is that I have an older version of the Kindle and switching between pages is difficult and cumbersome.

Pennsylvania Dutch aside, this is a sweet  novel that I would absolutely recommend to others. I give the book three (3) stars.

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