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GIVE AWAY - THE HOPE OF REFUGE by CINDY WOODSMALL





AUTHOR BIO:
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.


CHECK OUT CINDY WOODSMALL'S INTERVIEW ON ABC NEWS on NIGHTLINE - They did a really amazing interview with Cindy and her books.

After a debut novel, "When the Heart Cries," Woodsmall chalked up two New York Times best-sellers: "When the Morning Comes" and "When the Soul Mends." The trilogy, known as "Sisters of the Quilt," tells the story of a conservative Amish woman as she comes of age, experiences tragedy and struggles with the demands of her world -- and her love for a young man from outside.

Woodsmall has a second Amish-based series in the works, set to launch in August with the publication of "The Hope of Refuge."

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The Hope of Refuge
By Cindy Woodsmall
Published by Water Brook
ISBN# 978-1-4000-7396-2
336 Pages


Back Cover: Raised in foster care, and now a widowed single parent, New Yorker Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and her daughter, Lori, away from the city toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers to mysteries from her past and a fresh start. She quickly discovers that Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, is 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—even though doing so threatens his way of life.

Can an Amish man help Cara find safety in a strange community with complex, unspoken ties to her family history?

REVIEW:Cindy Woodsmall has the unique ability to quickly grab your attention, emotions, and curiosity to whisk you into a wondrous world of her making. This is not your typical Amish story. Her main character Cara is a hard working waitress, a single mom who addicted to cigarettes and always looking over her shoulder to flee from a violent stalker. Cara does her best to survive in New York and care for her young daughter Lori, who is her world.

What I love about Cindy’s books is the fact that she talks about universal truths and lies some believe— things that we all struggle with from time to time—such as feeling abandoned, or a desperate need to be loved and be a part of a community so we can live our life to the fullest. Cara wants answers about her past so that she can figure out which path to take in the future.

Cindy has an uncanny way of letting you feel like you’re a fly on the wall and sensing that nothings being altered because you’re hanging around! She allows you to capture every detail of the drama unfolding in her story, up-close and personal. Ada, an Amish woman, says to Cara (who can’t figure out why anyone would want to be Amish), “We all submit to something. Athletes submit to the rules of their game. Lawyers and judges submit to the laws. The highest court in the land submits to the Constitution….The Amish choose to submit to the Ordnung in order to be strong against desires that want no boundaries.”

Cindy lifts the veil and allows you to peak into the Amish way of life. The Hope of Refuge is the beginning of an amazing tale, with believable characters you’d like to meet. I can’t wait to sit down to read Cindy’s next book, and find out where these special characters end up. The author leaves you with a satisfying ending and a desire to know what happens next. Thanks, Cindy for taking us on another exciting adventure in and out of the Amish community.

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader

**LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THE NIGHTLINE INTERVIEW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF CINDY'S NEW BOOK THE HOPE OF REFUGE- DRAWING WILL BE AUGUST 12th** http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400073962

.****DISCLAIMER: Entering the give away is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents, odds of winning depend on number of entrants****


CONGRADULATIONS CHRIS GANT-- YOU ARE THE WINNER OF CINDYS NEW BOOK THE HOPE OF REFUGE!! THANKS EVERYONE FOR STOPPING BY!!

20 comments:

  1. What a wonderful interview! And what a great testimony, too. I always watch these interviews with trepidation, you never know what angle they may take. This was positive and uplifting. Congrats to Cindy:) And thanks, Nora, for sharing the interview and the review.
    I'd love to be entered into the contest, too. klange61@hotmail.com
    Thanks and blessings!

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  2. What a lovely interview on Nightline, and your review as well.
    I live in a small rural town in OH near a large community of Amish and have Amish friends so I know how Cindy Woodsmall feels about her friendship with them. They are just as she writes, very forgiving, peaceful and strong in their faith. Really nice people. I recently attended an Amish funeral and it was the nicest funeral I've ever been too.
    I've read all of Cindy's books and would love to read "The Hope of Refuge". Please add my name to the giveaway. Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandy

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  3. Thank you for putting the Nightline interview on for us to see. I missed it when it was first on. It was very enlightening to know Cindy has first-hand knowledge of the Amish life. That makes me want to read her books even more. I enjoy the Amish books because they are a simple lifestyle, but there is a deep commitment in their lives that I love to read about. I would love to win Cindy's book, as I haven't heard of her until of late, so haven't had the opportunity to read any of them yet. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  4. Enjoyed the interview and learned much about Cindy and the Amish.

    Gail Mundy

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  5. If this book is anything like the others, I won't be able to put it down. I look forward to reading it.

    Ginger
    Suwanee

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  6. The Nightline interview was very good. I wish Sex in the City was as foreign to the outside world as it is in the Amish community. Cindy's books are wholesome and offer a great story of love and faith.

    Ginger
    Suwanee

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  7. I would love to read and win this book! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  8. Interesting comparison using Sex and the City and it's character Carrie Bradshaw when discussing Cindy and her Amish series. Enjoyed your review of her book. Would like to read it.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have read all three of Cindy Woodsmall's books so far and loved them! She is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I also wrote a review for "When the Soul Mends".
    The interview was refreshing to see. I knew some information about Cindy but it was nice to see and hear it from her. I think she did a lovely job. It's nice to know she gets her information directly from Amish friends and they read over her work. Blessings!

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  10. Loved the interview! I saw CIndy TV interview and I thought it was awesome. Sometimes they depict Christians as wierd on TV but it was done very tasteful!!

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  11. The interview was great. I was so happy to hear of this event for Cindy and so glad she had the opportunity to tell others more about the Amish way of life. Cindy's books are great and I can't wait to read this one.

    barn1451@bellsouth.net

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  12. This was such a positive interview and I appreciate you pointing it out, Nora. I'll just list some of my thoughts:

    1) I don't know the meaning behind the prayer caps, but Cindy said they meant more to the Amish than our wedding bands.

    2) The fact that Cindy has earned the trust of the Amish community and has friends who read the manuscripts before they go to print makes them seem more realistic.

    3) When Cindy talked about the school shooting where five Amish girls were killed and that the community was willing to forgive the shooter from the beginning, this quote really got to me: "They believed that God's power to redeem their tomorrow is greater than anything they could get by holding onto unforgiveness today."

    4) These were two trivia facts that I didn't know about the men: a) They wear suspenders because a belt buckle would be considered too garish, and b) they grow beards when they marry because even a wedding ring would be considered austentatious.

    I enjoyed the interview and also your review, Nora. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Hope of Refuge.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  13. I love Woodsmalls books and enjoyed seeing the interview. She is the only amish fiction that has held my attention. Enter me in the drawing spowell01(at)bellsouth.net

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  14. Love the interview! I've been reading Cindy's books for a while now and I do feel like a fly on the wall. Her descriptions are wonderful. I'd love to win a copy of her new book.

    rodgerandjody at hotmail dot com

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  15. I have a friend who LOVES Amish books. It would be great if I could win this one for her!

    Wonderful interview! Thank you.

    sugarandgrtis[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  16. The Nightline interview was great! It's cool that Cindy is friends with some of the Older Order Amish and consults with them on different aspects of her books. O yeah, I found the Target store right next to the Amish house very amusing! I would love to read The Hope of Refuge!

    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Enjoyable interview. The Hope of Refuge sounds like different twist on an Amish story. Please include me in the drawing, thanks!

    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. Hi Nora:

    I love being able to learn more about the authors through the interviews. And you know how much I enjoy Cindy's books...It would be nice if I could win a copy of this new book!

    God Bless,

    Chris

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  19. Nora, I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading her books. Tisha Cleveland

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  20. CONGRADULATIONS CHRIS GANT!! You have won a copy of Cindy Woodsmall's new book The Hope of Refuge!!

    THANKS to everyone that stopped by to read about Cindy and encourage her.

    Blessings to you all!!

    Nora :D

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