Monday, May 9, 2016
Suzanne Woods Fisher's newest book, just released May 3rd, is Book 2 of The Bishop's Family series. The Quieting is a continuation of developments that begin in The Imposter, Book 1, as well as adding in some new developments in the lives of Stony Ridge residents. I am just beginning my foray into this author's books and I must say, if what I have read so far is any indication, I will be reading everything she has published. I told her that, when I met her a week or so ago at her book signing for The Quieting. More about that later.
This book has grandmother, Tillie Yoder Stoltzfus, (Mammi) sweeping in to correct, organize and tie up with a bow, her families' lives. Her son David is widowed and has children that are nearly grown and beginning to think about what they want to do with their lives and who they want to spend them with. His family also includes several children approaching their teen years. Mammi arrives from Ohio with her granddaughter Abigail for a long stay while she works on "fixing up" the Stony Ridge Stoltzfuses affairs. Oh, and she wants to choose a husband for Abigail. That is why she brought her along for the ride! The resulting complications are a mix of serious, soul-searching and some humorous revelations while always bringing home a life lesson for the Stolzfus family members. Add to this the local church which is faced with unrepented sin and a power struggle. It is obvious that God is very much a part of daily life and his wisdom is sought by the residents of Stony Ridge.
Suzanne has a talent for developing realistic Amish characters with many of the same problems that we all have. This brings an authenticity to her writing that makes it absorbing and easy to read. I am finding out that the Plain folk share many of the same struggles that we, as Christians, are faced with daily. There are spiritual nuggets dropped in the story at just the right time for what was taking place and they added wisdom to my own spiritual understanding as well. Suzanne brings her characters alive with real life situations and complex plots that leave the reader anxious to turn the page to see how it all ends up. She has a background in the Amish community which gives insight to her writing that you may not find elsewhere.
I was able to meet Suzanne at a book signing for The Quieting and I was honored to be able to share a few moments with her. She was gracious and it was obvious to me that she loves writing and finds joy in her readers enjoying her stories. She takes pleasure in interacting with her readers and you can find her on social media frequently. Reach her at Suzanne Woods Fisher. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Her stories are realistically written which results in a "plain good" book that you will want to read. I give The Quieting five stars and highly recommend that you get your copy asap. This is one you will want to have a cup of coffee with or an iced tea on the patio. Prepare to give yourself over to the book!
Below is a picture of Suzanne and me at one of her signings at the Gospel Book Store, Berlin, Ohio. I so enjoyed meeting her and she signed both books for me, The Imposter and The Quieting! I received a complimentary copy of The Quieting from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review. These words are my opinion.
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