Series: The Bishop's Family #1
Published by Baker Publishing Group on October 6th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Romance, Contemporary
Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?
As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check.
When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?
The Imposter is the first book in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and follows the lives of the Stoltzfus family. Katrina, the eldest daughter, is the main focus of this story.
I had recently picked up, The Devoted, not realizing it was book three in the series and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to order the first two books on Amazon.
As usual, I felt that Suzanne did a wonderful job with writing authentic stories that I can relate to. She really takes her time to fully develop even the supporting characters.
In addition to excellent character building, I love that Ms. Fisher includes a fair amount of scripture and Christian wisdom in her books. I’ve said it many times but it is my opinion that this author is one of the most knowledgeable of scripture and spiritual applications.
I had only one complaint with this book and that was the following quote,
Beauty is more than perfect features, Birdy. There’s something about you that draws everyone to you, the way flowers turn toward the sun. You walk into a room and the place comes alive. You are beautiful, Birdy. All the more so because you don’t even realize it.
Maybe I’m nitpicking but that quote really struck me as cliché. It seems like the last three or four books I’ve read (all by different authors) included a heroine who was not aware of her beauty. While this may be an indication of modesty, it just feels a little overdone.
Other than the overused cliché, I really enjoyed this book. If you’re a fan of Amish fiction, I would definitely suggest this book and series.