Brush of Angel’s Wings


Brush of Angel’s Wings, by Ruth Reid, is billed as a combination of Amish and angel fiction.  One reviewer compares Reid to Frank Peretti, which is why I decided to try this one out.  Unfortunately, while Brush of Angel’s Wings is a cute story, it didn’t quite measure up to my expectations.

Rachel Hartzler has given up on marriage and is doing her best to fill her dead brother’s shoes.  She figures that an Amish girl who likes to race buggies and can’t cook isn’t likely to find a husband anyway.  And then Jordan shows up and begins to take her place next to her father in the farm chores.  Despite the fact that he doesn’t want to be Amish and she doesn’t want to get married, the two find themselves drawn together. Jordan is drawn to the sense of community and the simple life of the Amish, and he pretends to like Rachel’s cooking.

In addition to their different personalities, Reid attempts to paint a picture of the spiritual influences on both Jordan and Rachel as they work to deal with the issues in their lives and with each other.  It is interesting to think about how the unseen may be influencing and even guiding our lives.  However, some of the instances in the book seem a bit contrived.  I liked the story well enough, but it didn’t captivate my attention.  If you like Amish fiction and you’re looking for something new, it may be worth a try.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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