Book Review: An Angel By Her Side


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 1, 2013)

Book Description:

Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead.

A Heaven on Earth Novel, #3

When Katie Bender’s fiancé died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn’t know how she will provide for herself.

Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can’t afford to have feelings for Katie.

Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent—and ultimate—battle for their hearts rages unseen.

Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined for.

About the Author:

Ruth Reid is a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

My Review:

I enjoy reading Amish fiction and this book certainly met my expectations.  It was about a single woman who falls in love, yet struggles with issues from her past.  She has an angel that follows her and leads her in the right direction.  This is the first book I have read by this author, but I hope to read more in this series.  She has three books in the current series, each with angel in its title.  “The Promise of an Angel” and “Brush of Angel’s Wings.”  The book was very descriptive and in addition to the love story involved, there were family issues, as well as the struggle of health issues and issues of losing and finding faith.  It held my attention throughout and the characters were well developed.  The author used thorough descriptions and I felt as if I was seeing the story play in my mind.  If you enjoy reading Amish fiction then I highly recommend this book to you.  I think you will be very pleased with this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze for review.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.


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