The Promise of an Angel is the story of an Amish family dealing with a life altering injury to their young child and also with love and guilt. The strength of the Amish people is shown in this story and will give readers a good idea of how the Amish take care of each other and keep their faith strong. Nineteen year old Judith has waited for the last few years to marry Levi. At a barn raising, Judith notices her younger sister Martha seems to have the eye of Levi and is taking full advantage of that. This is hurtful to Judith, but she feels helpless to do anything about it. While everyone is gathered for prayer before their meal, Samuel the five year old brother of Judith gets up on the barn roof. He falls and Judith blames herself because she was preoccupied with watching Levi and Martha and not keeping an eagle eye on all of the children. How this story progresses and how the strength of believing in God and miracles is a major component of this story. There were times that I felt some anger toward the people who seemed to turn against Judith and what she had to say. Eventually the story began to shift the other way and a positive ending for everyone made this a really good story to read.
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