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Wanda E. Brunstetter
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Feb. 1 2007 BRIDES OF LANCASTER COUNTY (Book 2)
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As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed. Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she believes that she is a burden and has convinced herself that love is not for her. Will Rebekah's search for a miracle come true? Or, will she miss God's gift in her battle between self-pity and the determination to be independent? Looking for a Miracle is book 2 in the Brides of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include A Merry Heart: Book 1, Plain and Fancy: Book 3, The Hope Chest: Book 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purched book that was out of print Oct. 17 2012
By Bert
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I had bought the first 2 books on sale, but couldn't find the third in the series. I was told it was out of print. I found it at Amazon so cheap that even with the postage charges, I was able to purchase it cheaper than if I would have found it on sale here in our stores. Now I can complete reading the series without wondering what I was missing! Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miracles happen Feb. 21 2007
By Barbara Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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In The Merry Heart Rebekah Stoltzfus was a young girl. Now she's grown, but feels life is passing her by. As a child she was permanently injured when hit by a fallen limb in a severe storm. Wheelchair bound, she watches as her cousin Mary Ellen has fun. She has noticed Daniel Beechy, mostly because he's always there, talking and laughing, but Rebekah is sure he's interested in her cousin. After all, what man would want want a handicapped wife.

Tired of being a burden, and convinced she will always be alone, Rebekah searches for a way to be independent. With the encouragement of her family, she opens a greenhouse. She loves plants, and this is something she can do. To her surprise her home business is a success. Mary Ellen marries Johnny, but Daniel is still coming around. Sure he can't love her, Rebekah is convinced he's trying to take over her business.

Looking For A Miracle is a gentle story of love and rejection, self-pity and strength. Sometimes when we dare to trust, there really is a miracle. This is an excellent addition to Wanda Brunstetters Brides of Lancaster series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to Trust Feb. 15 2007
By Jennifer Beck - Published on Amazon.com
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Rebekka must learn to put her trust in God. After giving up hope that she will ever be married and have a family of her own, and end up being a burden on her family for her entire life, Rebeka Stolzfus learns through her family, faith and study through her Grandma's Bible that God does have a plan for her life that includes all of her dreams despite a disabling condition which requires her to be in a wheelchair for most of her life.

Another great read by Wanda Brunstetter
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a good read if you don't read beyond page 241 Jan. 12 2013
By Charlie Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a nice read and if it had ended 45 pages before it did, it would have been a real good book. After having read the first book in this series "A Merry Heart", I was prepared for pages and pages of angst, which, considering the circumstances, might have been appropriate. Rebekah is a young Amish woman who was renndered disabled by an accident in her early childhood and, as expected, she dealt with it well as a child. Her family rallied around her, fashioned their lives around her and her disability and she adapted well. Then, again as expected, as she became a young woman and watched her friends pair off and marry, she began to realize what she might be missing out on and began a descent into self pity. She felt that, due to her disability, she would/could never marry or have children.

However, unlike A Merry Heart in which Miriam spends the whole book wallowing in self pity, Rebekah, after some self pity, rather justifiablle under her circumstances, chooses to listen to her mother and her aunt Miriam, (the woman from A Merry Heart). Both women use carefully select passages of Scripture to remind her that she is a child of God and that God loves her unconditionally. They convince her that, as such, she deserves to have good things happen to her. To her credit, she listens and believes. God works a miracle in her heart and she opens up her heart to Daniel and the love he has for her.

I especially LOVED it when the mother, Sarah, forces the whiny, bratty, self pitying, little sister to, literally, walk a mile in Rebekah's "shoes". After yet another complaint about the "favoritism" she thinks Rebekah is getting, Sarah makes her sit in Rebekah's wheelchair and imagine what her life would be if she were so confined. Great lesson given and learned!

I also like it that this is as much Daniel's story as Rebekah's. So often love stories proceed as if only the woman is involved and the man is frequently incidental. He seems to exist solely to be caught by the woman at the end of the story. To that end the story revolves around the woman's problems, the resolution of which is getting the guy to the alter. Daniel has been in love with Rebekah since they were children and this story is, refreshingly, as much about his feelings as hers and his attempts to win her.

This is a wonderful story of obstacles faced and overcome through faith and love; of a family pulling together for the benefit of all and of how God works in our lives to perform miracles every day. If it had ended on page 241 with a couple of pages for an epilogue, it would been a wonderful book.

Because Amish novels tend to be predictable, I don't think I am giving anything away by revealing that on Page 240 Daniel reveals his love and admiration for Rebekah, asks her to be his wife and she accepts. On page 241 Rebekah notes that she feels more at peace than she ever thought possible. End of story, great read - NOT!!!

For some un-Godly reason the author chooses to add 44 more pages and several months of yet another, totally unnecessary and ridiculous crisis. It seems to me that the author is either being paid by the word or has a minimum of words she must include in a book. There is just NO reasonable excuse on this earth for the additional 44 pages.

Winter gives way to spring and spring to summer; things are going well in the greenhouse, babies are born and life moves on. Rebekah is happily planting celery and planning for her wedding, right??? - WRONG!!! Rebekah is having ridiculous second thoughts and doubts and, in the most incredible bit of nonsense I have ever read, decides that Daniel only wants to marry her to get his hands on her greenhouse and cancels the wedding.. At this point I really wanted to burn the book.

And then, just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. OK, we now need another crisis to move the story to a (second) conclusion. In a sequence that defies reason and reads like something from a science fiction novel, Rebekah, in leg braces and on crutches, takes a long walk, alone, to the water's edge. Her dog chases one of the newborn kittens from the barn and, knowing that she can't swim, in an act of consummate stupidity, she risks her life by going into the water after it. Of course, she gets in over her head and along comes the knight in shining armor to save her and their marriage. The kitten, of course, extricates itself from the water unharmed. Now she is willing to marry him. WHY??? What has changed???

Now we get our wedding and our epilogue. Total nonsense!!! Since I can't give this book a mixed star rating I am giving it a 1 on the rating chart with the notation that it is a 4 if you stop reading at page 241.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb Amish romance Feb. 26 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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Waiting in her Aunt Mim's carriage for a ride home, a tree snapped leaving preadolescent Rebekah Stoltzfus wheelchair bound. While physically her legs are paralyzed, no one in her Pennsylvania Amish community understands how thirteen years later she mentally remains crippled too. Rebekah knew within one month of the accident that she will always be a burden to her loved ones and still feels that way as she will never marry and raise a family since no man wants a cripple for a wife. Still she tries to be helpful and does write a monthly column for the Lancaster County the Budget newspaper.

At a songfest Daniel Beachy admires Rebekah's courage but also sees the sadness of loneliness in her eyes; he wants to see her, but she refuses to believe a handsome man like him would court a half woman like her. When he keeps hanging around, though she falls in love with Daniel but she assumes he is either using her to attract one of her cousins probably Mary Ellen or pities the cripple. She will settle for nothing less than a shared love so she tries to drive her persistent suitor away.

This is a somewhat expanded reprint of the second Lancaster Brides' tale though this reviewer does not know how much differs from the original. The story line focuses on Rebekah whose childhood accident (occurred in A MERRY HEART) has left her thirteen years later emotionally scarred. Daniel's patience to court and win the heart of his beloved makes for a superb Amish romance.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is a really good friend! Jan. 8 2009
By myrtille - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
beautifully written book about how God works for us in the best ways, ways we don't even believe we deserve. it was like reading a book about myself.
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