Monday, October 31, 2016

The Devoted - The Bishop's Family 3 - by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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About the book:

The Amish life is all she's ever known--but will it satisfy her soul?
Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished--especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred--and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

My review:

I really enjoyed this story that took me back to the Stolzfus family of Stoney Ridge.  I liked the different viewpoints of David, the bishop, and his daughter, Ruthie and his sister, nicknamed Dok. The story centered on Ruthie, a restless Amish girl who's not quite sure what she wants, and her aunt, a doctor who left the Amish years ago.  Her aunt takes over the local practice, hoping the Amish will see a woman doctor.  There's a possible romance as a police officer is interested in her, but she's involved with someone else and Ruthie finds herself interested in two men.  It's also sweet to see David and Birdy's relationship now that they're married.  It was amusing to see Ruthie teach Patrick to learn Pennsylvania Dutch.  I also enjoyed seeing Jesse's apprentices give him a run for his money.  He definitely had his hands full!  It was also pretty funny when Jenny, Jesse's arch-nemesis from middle school, showed up.  I loved the advice that her aunt gave Ruthie about watching and waiting for God's timing and that He has a plan for her future.  There were a lot of wonderful discussions about faith and I liked the emphasis on keeping the Sabbath as a day of rest.  There's also an interesting situation with a man who ends up dead at the local inn.  I would recommend reading this series in order in order to understand all of the relationships and their progress throughout the series.  I highly recommend this book!

I received this book free from Revell.

 The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the...

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