Anything But Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book

It’s not easy being the bishop’s daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She’s not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappoint others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse. 

Knowing Lydie is “between” jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she’s going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder–the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he’s in love with her, but she knows she’s not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan’s father reminds her frequently. 

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 40 books, including The Sweet LifeThe Moonlight School, and A Season on the Wind, as well as the Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Thoughts

Once again, we return to the picturesque Stoney Ridge with some familiar characters from past novels; however, this particular book does stand well on its own.  I really enjoyed reading about Lydie, who feels like an outcast.  Her emotions were well written and it made it easy for me to feel connected with her in the story.  I also love the research that this author pours into her work.  It is clear that she puts much effort into the details and the stories are richer and better for it.  The topic of ADHD was interesting to read about from an Amish perspective and I thought the author handled it very respectfully.  The romance was endearing and sweet, but was also deep and realistic.  Amish fiction is not a genre I typically gravitate towards, but I always pick up a book by this author because she writes so well!  I recommend this wonderful read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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