My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Keeper was on my top 10 list for 2012 so I was very excited to return to Stoney Ridge with this new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
I really enjoy authors who return to the same community for new series of books. It makes me feel as if I’m building a lasting connection with an entire community and not just one character.
I cannot wait to read more of this series when they are released! The Calling is book too in the Inn at Eagle Hill series and is set to be released in 2014. You can keep up with information and release date as it becomes available by clicking here.
Rose is a plain woman who has lost her husband and now lives with her children and her ailing mother-in-law. She is determined to pay back the debts that her husband is responsible for and to make amends for his poor decisions.
This leads her to open a bed and breakfast in the basement of her home—much to the disdain of her mother-in-law. In fact, there isn’t much that Rose can do without incurring the wrath of Vera Schrock.
There is also a potential love interest in Galen King. Galen is a bit younger than Rose and that leads to some apprehension for both of them. I really enjoyed Galen’s character. He had an old soul feel to him and just seemed very genuine.
Unlike most Amish stories—this particular tale also had a sideline story involving Rose’s English guest to her bed and breakfast. The inclusion of an Englisher isn’t that unusual in an Amish tale except that this one didn’t show any hint of swaying some innocent Amish girl away from the faith. Rather, she had her own story and conflicts and I thought that was interesting.
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Overall, this was a 5 star book. I was interested immediately and kept reading well into the early morning hours. A mark of a good book is one that you have trouble putting down!
Suzanne has a way of enriching the lives of her characters (and her readers) with the words and wisdom found in the Bible and I appreciate the spiritual applications. If you have yet to read this author then I highly suggest her books and I’m eager to watch this particular series play out!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of 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 coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/134r55G
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