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You are in for a treat! The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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.
The wonderful, sometimes zany characters of Stoney Ridge once again captured my heart in the third book of "The Bishop's Family" series. The novel is filled with heart-warming scenes and humorous moments, and for those readers who have already grown attached to the residents of Stoney Ridge, they are going to love being swept up into their lives once again. The story starts with a bang, as Ruthie's actions unintentionally bring chaos into the community when they lead to a dead man being discovered in an Amish Inn! The pace of the plot never lets up from there, though the mystery of the man's death isn't the focus so much as the twists and turns of the character's lives. I particularly liked getting to know the Englisher, Patrick, not only because of his fascination for all things Amish, but for his determination to look at life entirely differently than most of us do. But I think I continue to be most impressed by Ruthie's father, David, who has truly grown over the course of this series. His humility and grace as he acts in the role of Bishop in the Amish church really warmed my heart, as he so aptly models the way that we should all be treating each other in the Christian community. His unique perspective is truly challenging, such as the decision that he makes about the oil rigs beginning to dot their community, or his choice to trust God's plan no matter what. I closed the final pages of this story inspired in my spiritual walk with the Lord, and sad to walk away from what has been one of my favourite series to delve into. The characters are fantastic, the plot is thought provoking, and I was left with a smile on my face as I contemplated the journey these characters have been on, with one unexpected moment after another!
Every time I pick up a Suzanne Woods Fisher book, I know I am in for a treat, and "The Devoted" is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed ever moment of this book, and am confident that you will too! I award this novel a strong rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
about the author....
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, includingAmish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post andCooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.