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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 believAs 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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ISBN : 9781597892995
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Looking for a Miracle Reviews

  • Natalie
    2018-12-03 06:32

    This is better than the first book. I loved Rebekah's spiritual growth from the beginning to the end. The book teaches a strong lesson to people because the main character didn't let her disability get in the way. I was surprised by the ending. Highly recommended for anyone who's loking for a relatively quick read that they can learn something from.

  • Dyllen
    2018-11-24 02:42

    Can you imagine suffering an accident that would forever change your life. Well Rebekah Stolitzfus was injured in the storm when a huge branch fell on top of her buggy when she was just little. Rebekah was paralyzed. She feels as if she's failing her family and the rest of her Amish community. In this book it tells you about how Rebekah struggles when she can't get up and run like every other normal person age, and how she gets in the pain of losing her dear grandmother. Also she's having since feelings about Daniel Beachy but she would never want to be a burden on his life. As the story goes along she learns about her biggest and strengths and her weaknesses. This is and truly amazing books that help me change my view on challenges and see how good I have it. Wanda E. Brunstetter has done an outstanding job on the whole series and especially on this book!

  • Jessica
    2018-12-09 07:33

    I picked up this book due to the cover. Being Amish and in a wheelchair? That's two concepts I had never thought about together.What I didn't expect was that it would be written at an children's or early middle school level (despite having a YA or adult length).The author explains every thought, action, or emotion at a very elementary level. For example, you'll never read that a man laughed at a joke. Instead, Brunstetter tells you that he laughed at a joke because he found the joke funny.(You know, just in case you couldn't make that connection.) This over-explaining of everything really distracts from the story, which is itself rather formulaic and predictable.Furthermore, any time a Pennsylvania Dutch word is used, the reader isn't expected to use context clues to define it. Brunstetter kindly has the next character repeat the sentence almost word for word using English just in case.The book does cover some more mature issues surrounding being disabled, such as being depressed that you'll always have to rely on someone, dealing with the possibility of infertility, and having younger siblings perceive you as being treated better by your parents. However, these issues are treated superficially, playing again into the sense that this book was written for a young audience.More personally, I also found the long preachy episodes and the even longer lists of each food served at every dinner also very distracting from the story. Others may not.

  • Linda Klager
    2018-12-02 03:28

    I really enjoy Wanda E. Brunstetter's books about the lives of these women in the Amish Community. I am looking forward to book number three in this series. I like the fact that Wanda includes much Scripture from the Bible in her stories.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-22 07:38

    So far this series has been light and enjoyable. I haven't read much Amish fiction by anyone other than Beverly Lewis, but based on this series, I prefer her storytelling style to Brunstetter. Still, these are nice books.

  • Emma-Jean
    2018-11-29 01:37

    ‘Looking For A Miracle’ by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the second novel in the series ‘Brides of Lancaster County.’ Although this book is not as interesting as the first book, ‘A Merry Heart,’ it still grabbed my attention. Rebekah Stoltzfus is a handicapped Amish young adult, who has been confined to a wheelchair since a young child. When she was little, she excepted it for how it was, but as she grew older she began to feel self-conscious. Rebekah often felt as is she was a burden to her family and friends. Marry Ellen Stoltzfus is Rebekah’s best friend(also her cousin) and is the total opposite of her. Mary Ellen has a fun, witty, and spunky personality, Rebekah does not. While Mary Ellen is naturally beautiful and has all the good looks, Rebekah doesn’t think she is the least bit appealing. Rebekah thinks she has no hope for marriage, but one man has his eye on Rebekah, Daniel Beachy. Rebekah, determined to show her family she isn’t a burden and can support herself financially, so she opens a green house. The green house is a big success, boosting Rebekah’s self-confidence a notch. Rebekah only believes Daniel is taking a liking to her because he likes flowers, and feels bad for Rebekah being handicapped and all. Despite the reasons she thinks is true, Rebekah falls in a trance for Daniel, but she believes there is no hope for them(at least that’s what she thinks). But Daniel really does love Rebekah, but he is afraid of what might happen if he comes clean with his feelings for her. Can Rebekah and Daniel become more than flower lovers and maybe even get married? Read ‘Looking For A Miracle’ and you will find out how Daniel and Rebekah look to God for understanding and help! ‘Looking For A Miracle’ is an exceptional novel. This realistic fiction book is one to read! This book is mainly for female teens and up. A solid four stars! If you want to read and good Christian romance novel, this book is for you!

  • Chris
    2018-12-13 05:27

    THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLYBetter than the first book. 3.5It is a story of a not 'plain and simple' young woman, Rebekah Stoltzfus, a 'New Order Amish' girl who is confined, for the most part, to a wheelchair due to a childhood accident. She wants a miracle so that she can support herself and become somewhat independent of her family. She eventually opens a greenhouse, Grandma's House, because of her love of flowers and her Grandmother's legacy. She also discovers that she can rely on the Bible and God to get her through many trials and tribulations. With the help of her friend Daniel, she becomes quite the business woman and her greenhouse flourishes. The addition of Daniel's woodwork creations and a few other amenities, she makes a tidy living for herself. But, something is missing.She envies her cousin, Mary Ellen, who marries and has a child, she feels that she will never be able to love anyone or have a family of her own. However, she does fall in love, marry and have a child. Daniel becomes not only her business partner, but her husband and they continue the tradition of the New Order in their home, praying and relying on their families and innate ingenuity to make a happy like together.

  • Fredell Boston
    2018-12-04 07:36

    Really enjoyed this book - part 2 of the Brides of Lancaster County anthology. It is a story of a not 'plain and simple' young woman, Rebekah Stoltzfus, a 'New Order Amish' girl who is confined, for the most part, to a wheelchair due to a childhood accident. She wants a miracle so that she can support herself and become somewhat independent of her family. She eventually opens a greenhouse, Grandma's House, because of her love of flowers and her Grandmother's legacy. She also discovers that she can rely on the Bible and God to get her through many trials and tribulations. With the help of her friend Daniel, she becomes quite the business woman and her greenhouse flourishes. The addition of Daniel's woodwork creations and a few other amenities, she makes a tidy living for herself. But, something is missing.She envies her cousin, Mary Ellen, who marries and has a child, she feels that she will never be able to love anyone or have a family of her own. However, she does fall in love, marry and have a child. Daniel becomes not only her business partner, but her husband and they continue the tradition of the New Order in their home, praying and relying on their families and innate ingenuity to make a happy like together.

  • Heatherhh
    2018-11-13 07:39

    Most of the way through this book, I was expecting to rate it 3 stars. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The writing is a bit simplistic. The characterization could be deeper. Also there were the coincidences thrown in to accomplish what the author wanted, though not quite enough to drive me crazy as in some of her other books. Then with about 40 pages to go, things were apparently going too smoothly, so the main character totally throws a wrench in things in a way that wasn't convincing to me, and felt like it was just to add drama. And then, she has to have a disaster so that he can perfectly swoop in to rescue her. Okay, the coincidence count finally did get high enough to seriously frustrate me. And then there was one more coincidence in the last ten minutes to try to ramp up the drama even more. The last 40 pages were ridiculous. I think I'm done even trying her books. I've really liked books by several other Amish authors: Adina Senft, Barbara Cameron, Marta Perry, and Kelly Long.

  • Gabrielle
    2018-12-07 02:48

    Rebekah already feels as if she cant do anything and is helpless, but the feeling only intensifies when she goes to check on her grandmother and she finds her dead in her room holding the bible against her chest. After a freak accident Rebekah is paralyzed and feels as if she will never be the same. That is until she meets Daniel, Daniel makes her feel like she always wanted to feel like nothing was wrong with her and she could be a wife and a mother. Rebekah still isn't sure if Daniel really wants to marry her or just feels sorry for her but as her feelings grow stronger for him she realizes God may have put him in her path after all. I liked the book but I felt that the author focused to much on Rebekah's disability. The story line was good and the characters were strong but some of it fell a little flat.

  • Karen & Gerard
    2018-12-10 02:25

    Looking For A Miracle by Wanda E. Brunstetter is about Rebekah, an Amish young woman who had an accident as a girl and was confined to a wheelchair.  It is a slow moving story about how Rebekah struggles with trusting God for her future and is somewhat bitter because of her handicap.  I liked how she found a way to become more self-supporting and finally found romance and love.  It gives some insight into the Amish community which I found to be interesting and includes a recipe for home-made root beer in the back.  I recommend this for anyone who likes to read about the Amish and enjoys a light, predictable read. This is the 2nd book in the "Brides of Lancaster" series.

  • Pam
    2018-12-11 05:39

    I didn't think I would read this book but when I couldn't find anything that was "IN" at the library, I decided to pick it up. It was ok. I mean, it had a pretty good story and I LOVE the fact that it is clean. BUT the conversations were almost painful to read. WAY too formal for me. I've met Amish people before and none of them were *that* formal in their conversations with each other OR with me. I couldn't stand being in a relationship with someone and talking that way. ANYWAY, I won't be reading the 3rd book in this series. My "to-read" list is already long enough!

  • Kate
    2018-12-10 03:42

    I enjoyed this book. I appreciated the reminder that we need to be in constant contact with God . . . always seeking His will for our lives . . . and we need to have His help so we do not miss His miracles for us.That said, there were times in the book I just wanted to shake Rebekah and call her “dummkoppe” (loosely translated as a dunce, but used in a teasing reference). Daniel was no better at points. I guess having characters that make you want to shake some sense into them, yet while still wanting the best for them makes it a good novel! :lol:

  • Colette
    2018-11-17 03:48

    This is book 2 of a series and continues a few years after the 1st book leaves off. Miriam and Amos are now happily married Rebekah has now reached courting age but she is depressed with her wheelchair and disability and feels that no man could ever want her. She decides she needs to become self-sufficient and her father and the neighbors build her a greenhouse where she sells plants and seedlings. Shy Daniel Beachy has eyes for her and helps her with her greenhouse and finally admits his feelings but Rebekah thinks he only wants a partnership in her greenhouse.

  • Janet C
    2018-12-07 06:29

    Rachel Stolzfus suffers a freak accident as a child. She is permanently disabled and confined in wheelchair. As a young adult, she yearns for what every young woman wants to be loved and have a family herself. What is worse is she is in love Daniel Beachy, who she thinks is in love with her best friend Mary Ellen Hitely. But who would ever consider a girl in a wheelchair???This story is the second in the series of Brides of Lancaster County.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-15 07:27

    A young adult book -- very simple. But, I lived in Lancaster County (subtitle: Brides of Lancaster County) and enjoyed being around the Amish. So, I will read it, but probably not read any more of them. There are two series -- Brides of Lancaster County, and Daughters of Lancaster County. If a young person has no experience with the Amish, this is a good introduction. After I've finished it -- not worth the time unless you're a 14 year old girl.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-12-05 08:44

    This one had different pacing than the other one I read by this author. This story took place in a much shorter period of time and the scenes followed each other fairly rapidly. Here again the woman was much better drawn than the guy. We never even knew how old he was. Just that he was young. You didn't get much feel for him. It was enjoyable though.

  • Gramy
    2018-12-02 07:33

    .This author has a divine way with combining a sensible plot and believable characters, and thoughful enough to include Bible verses to reflect their faith. This book did not captivate me as fully as others she has written. I still liked it.Each book is able to stand on its own and concludes with an HEA. These are important attributes for me.

  • Kaye
    2018-12-13 05:39

    2nd in the series. This one is about the girl from the first novel who lost the use of her legs. Now she is grown up and is concerned that she must be able to take care of herself and no one will love her because of her handicap. Liked the Amish courting story. But again the writer really could use a thesaurus because she uses the same phrasing over and over. Predictable, but sweet.

  • Dragondreamsjen
    2018-11-19 05:46

    A vast improvement on the first book, this second in the series follows a child character from the first novel now grown to a woman. Dealing with handicaps in the Amish culture provided some interesting insights as the story developed and the characters were both ones you could get attached to.

  • Pam
    2018-11-14 05:45

    I listened to this unabridged audiobook on a recent trip. It's not a type of book I would normally read, but I was looking for something light and easy to follow while I was driving. It met those expectations. It was very predictable and maybe a little boring.

  • Cat Bennett
    2018-11-14 05:35

    Looking for a Miracle by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a lovely story about a paralyzed girl browning up into a woman, who doubts she will ever find true love because of her disability. Through twists and turns she is finally happy.

  • Jodie
    2018-11-28 00:47

    I am enjoying this series. Not the best Amish series that I have ever read, but I enjoyed it. Wanda Brunstetter tends to put a bit more religion into her stories that I enjoy, even though it is about the Amish and I expect there to be some.

  • Christian Singer
    2018-11-12 03:29

    Have you ever prayed for a miracle, and things worked out better than you hoped? With all the disappointments and heartaches in life, sometimes we stop hoping for our hearts' desires. As you read this book, be open to praying about your heart's desires.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-06 03:28

    A different kind of romance novel. It combines the interesting history and customs of the Amish with a cute love story, but there's no steamy, sexual romance you would typically see in todays romance books. It's perfect for light reading and a different kind of love story.

  • Julie
    2018-11-17 00:46

    This is the 2nd of these I've read, and it's unfortunate that I don't like them better because I really do love so many of the Amish series. It just seems like there's more whining and self-center-self-pity than I can deal with. Not really planning on trying any more of these.

  • Paula-O
    2018-11-16 08:49

    I have now started the 2nd book in the Brides of Lancaster Co and know I am going to enjoy the story of Rebekah...great story I have read all the books in this series quickly as they were so good did not want to wait to see what would happen next.

  • Susan
    2018-11-28 05:48

    Great book!!!!

  • Mary
    2018-12-13 03:30

    A little too idealistic. Things work out a little too perfectly. Enjoyed it though.

  • AlegnaB †
    2018-12-13 03:40

    2.5 rating