Friday, April 18, 2014

A Shining Light By Judith Miller

The kind people of Amana have been her guiding light, but her greatest trial is yet to come...
West Amana, Iowa, 1890
After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.
Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

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Judith is an award winning and best-selling author of historical fiction for Bethany House Publishers. With a love of history, a dash of romance and a touch of mystery, Judith transports her readers to another time and place. Her passion for history and love of God keep her inspired. Judith and her husband are empty-nesters who live in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Judy blogs with four other historical novelists at
This book was written in first person narrative which most of the time is very hard for me to follow, but not this book. It was very easy to follow. I really enjoyed the book, I had a hard time putting it down.
The story starts out a little bit sad and then it gets better as it goes on. Andrea has to learn to trust God so from there the story is not one you can put down.
I love Miller's way of writing an ending that you will not see coming.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend picking up a copy to enjoy.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. I love reading books from that time era. This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. Thanks Mary for the review!

  2. Great review Mary. I was interested in seeing how you would review this book. I have nothing against this author but I have tried to read several of her books and I guess they just aren't my cup of tea.

    Judy B

  3. Great review Mary, Thanks for your hard work,

  4. Love your review of this books. Sounds very good.

  5. Sounds good Mary thanks .Blessings ,DanaGirl

  6. Sounds like a book I could get into.I like your reviews and trust your judgment .

  7. This story will pluck the heart strings and I would love to read more. This one is my kind of book. Thank you for your review, Mary. Have a wonderful Easter!

  8. Sounds interesting........

  9. Thanks mary for the review. Glad you enjoyed her book. I have read some of her books and liked them. It was the first I had heard of the Amana's.That group is different from others I have read. Thanks for a chance to win. Maxie

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