My favourite yet: "Mending Fences" (The Deacon's Family Book #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher
about the book....
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him. He has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, he must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm, and Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend her only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
A novel that will have you laughing one moment and dashing a tear off your cheek the next, "Mending Fences" is another delightful Amish tale from the talented pen of Suzanne Woods Fisher. For those readers who, like me, have faithfully devoured each and every one of Fisher's tales set in Stoney Ridge, they will enjoy getting reacquainted with the mischievous Luke Schrock they met in his youth. I must say that as Luke works through his list of past victims and goes to apologize and listen to how he impacted their lives, I was completely captivated by the results. I'm not joking when I mentioned the tears above, as Luke goes through a powerful transformation over the course of the story!
A large part of the changes he experiences are a result of his interactions with the guarded and wounded Izzy Miller, also residing at Windmill Farm. Many of their interactions had me smiling from ear to ear, if not outright laughing. But they also each have a very troubled past, and I loved watching them experience a touch with the divine as they are forever changed. Even though I know this is a fictional tale, I was honestly blessed by the story in a deep way. Fisher has succeeded at truly making her characters come to life, and they will find a place in your own heart as you follow them through their journey.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has long been one of my go-to authors when I'm in the mood for a contemporary Amish novel, and so it says a lot for me to state that "Mending Fences" is one of my favourite books from her yet! I'm positive you'll agree and that you will be as eager as I am to reconnect with these characters in the next book in the Deacon's Family series. I award this novel 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.