The Lesson, by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Review

Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the first two books in the Stoney Ridge Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher (The Keeper and The Haven) you are sure to enjoy the final installment The Lesson.

The first books introduced us to the Lapp family through the tales of the two older daughters, Julia and Sadie. Now the youngest daughter, Mary Kate, is growing up and facing adulthood. Unlike her stable sisters, M.K. is a flighty, mischievous girl struggling to find her own way in such a structured society.

“In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher’s desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.”

If you’ve never read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher before, I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Her personal, in-depth knowledge of the Amish community and its people shines through each and every character. Her cast is rich and full of details. I enjoyed the quirkiness of Mary Kate and her persistent efforts to solve the mystery of the sheep farmer. The characters of Chris and Jenny Yoder are a refreshing change of pace from most traditional Amish novels. Their history as foster children being raised Amish is a compelling tale that I enjoyed. A story you are sure to enjoy!

Be sure to check out the fabulous prize pack to celebrate the launch of the book and you could win an iPad!

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review. I received no other compensation, and as always… I’m free to tell you what I really think. 

So I do…

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Book Review: The Memory Jar, Tricia Goyer

A sweet tale of healing and new beginnings, The Memory Jar is the first book in Tricia Goyer’s new series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors.

Every year, 30–40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she’s met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

Once again, Tricia Goyer crafts a story filled with genuine heart and simple pleasures. Memories of her best friend and her tragic death have defined the person that Sarah has become. She wears the loss like a worn and familiar garment… a daily reminder of the hole in her heart. A reminder that she isn’t willing to let go of.

When circumstances bring Jathan Schrock, a new bachelor to town, Sarah is given an opportunity to finally let go of the past. But how?

Goyer’s writing is fun and light. Her characters are relatable… she easily brings us into an understanding of Sarah’s broken heart. Many novels written about the Amish rely too heavily on the issues and customs that separate “us” as Englishers, Goyer instead focuses on the emotions of loss and love that bind us all together.

Another reason I highly recommend books by Tricia to my friends!

Want to learn more about Tricia? Would you like to win a Kindle Fire? Be sure you are registered to win and join Tricia for the author chat on November 7th. Check out my earlier blog post for details.

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I received this novel compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Book Review: The Haven, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Picking up where The Keeper left off, The Haven brings readers back to the quiet Amish community in the second book of the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. With the eldest Lapp daughter now starting her own life away from their beloved home, the story now shifts to the shy and unsure Sadie.

Author Suzanne Woods Fisher crafts a story full of heart and joy, with each character on a journey of their own. The Lapp family has walked through a great deal of change in the previous year… each family member is still learning how to find their new normal when Sadie returns home after an extended visit with her sister. It quickly becomes apparent that Sadie will have to make some difficult choices in the days ahead.

I greatly enjoyed returning to visit with the Lapp family. Fisher does a skillful job of showing us little glimpses into an Amish life while still making the people relatable to our own everyday ‘English’ lives. I personally don’t love all Amish fiction… I love a well-crafted tale with characters that I enjoy spending time, people that I want to know more about. The Stoney Ridge Seasons series absolutely fits the bill. I know you’ll enjoy it!

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About the Book: 

When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision–one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.

Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation–and his relationship with Sadie.

College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons–courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.

The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.

Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby(!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
As always, I am free to share with you my personal opinion.