Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Amish schoolteacher Mollie Graber is passionate about making a difference in children’s lives.  So she volunteers to foster girls from a group home, envisioning a calm environment and loving attention and not realizing how much hard work it will involve.  When the girls begin to overwhelm her, she turns to Sam Schrock for help.  Sam agrees to help Mollie and soon finds that her kindness may knit together the broken pieces of his own life as well.

This author is one of my favorite writers of Amish fiction!  Once again, she pens engaging characters that draw you into the story from the start.  I like it when characters are not perfect and this story definitely has its fair share of broken people.  We get to once again read a little about Luke Schrock from the first book, but we also get to know his brother Sam a lot better.  The series does not need to be read in order, but reading the first book in the series (and actually some of her other series too!) gives you the chance the get to know the characters better.  The spiritual messages are clear throughout the story.  This is a good, clean story.  I recommend it to those who enjoy Amish fiction!

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

On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Camden Grayson is ready to “move on” and do something different.  But before her life can speed in a new direction, her father buys an island off the coast of Maine, and plans to involve his estranged daughters in its renovation.  Camden is initially skeptical of her dad’s idea, but she soon finds herself entranced by the island’s slower pace.  She also meets the gruff island schoolteacher.  Camden soon discovers that moving on may not be as difficult as she initially thought.

I typically enjoy this author’s Amish stories and was excited to try her new contemporary romance. Like her other novels, she crafts characters that are easy to connect with and relationships that are complex and realistic.  I liked the way the romance slowly built and was not rushed.  The book has themes of forgiveness and second chances that are relatable.  The story is sweet and quirky and fun to read.  I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Luke Schrock returns to Stoney Ridge after rehab, determined to apologize for his past behaviors to those in his hometown that he hurt.  He is not well received or trusted, however, causing him to be forced to face further consequences of his past actions.  He meets Izzy Miller, also boarding at Windmill Farm, and hopes to befriend her. But Izzy remains uninterested, despite Luke’s best efforts.  So in a dramatic and grand gesture, he attempts to locate her mother, only to find answers that no one was expecting.

Once again, this author pens a story that draws you into the story with its detailed descriptions and scenes.  This novel has interesting characters that are interesting, some of which (like Uncle Hank), add humor to the story.  There is a mystery that does not make the plot predictable and adds unexpected twists and turns.  It has pieces of redemption and faith intertwined among the storyline.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series and recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to discover that his grandmother has passed and left her large fortune to him and his sister Hitty, but with the stipulation that he marry a proper Quaker or the fortune is turned over their evil relatives.  Feeling like their controlling grandmother is trying to manipulate them from the grave, Henry and Hitty are determined to satisfy the will’s conditions even if it means overcoming some obstacles along the way.

Although the books in this series do not necessarily need to be read in order, readers will enjoy connecting with past characters in this third installment.  Once again the characters are set against a rich history with unique customs and interesting pasts.  The novel is well written and well researched.  This story includes romance and mystery and has unpredictable portions that make it interesting.  I recommend this novel to those who like historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Captain Reynolds Macy returns to Nantucket Island six years after sailing away to find whale oil only to discover that things are very different from the life that he left behind. And tragedy strikes soon, forcing him to accept change quicker than he would like.  Bold and spirited, Daphne Coffin does not see Ren as aloof as he wishes to appear, but instead looks beneath the surface to his lonely and aching heart.  However, she is yet promised to another, causing turmoil in her head and in her heart.

This author does a good job of transporting her readers back in time.  I enjoyed the descriptive plot that allowed me to learn more about an interesting era.  The dialogue between characters flowed well and allowed the storyline to read seamlessly. Despite the story taking place hundreds of years ago, the trials between the relationships of the characters are applicable to today.  It was also fun to read more about persons from the last book.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Phoebe Starbuck is finally moving beyond carrying out her father’s whims and his desires and doing something for herself. She sets sail on an adventure out of Nantucket with two gifts from her father, one of which is a journal of Great Grandmother Mary. But soon Phoebe’s adventure is not all that she dreamed it would be. Feeling alone and disillusioned, she finds comfort in Mary’s journal. But Phoebe discovers more than simply wisdom in the journal, and the secrets she uncovers could alter the lives around her in a drastic way.

I have enjoyed previous books by this author and was looking forward to this one. This novel is full of well-written descriptions that allow me to visualize the scenery and setting well. Even though the timeline might be centuries earlier, the struggles of the characters are relevant to today. It was also interesting to read about Phoebe’s great grandmother Mary’s own story. I personally did not feel much chemistry between the key romantic characters. However, it was an interesting read and I recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Betsy Zook feels like her life is coming together—she has a wonderful family, beautiful looks, and the attentions of the handsome and devoted Hans. But her life is suddenly changed forever when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid and removed from all she holds dear. She is stunned to meet a comfort during her captivity, a native who encourages her to seek God despite her circumstances. Tessa Bauer is jealous of Betsy’s perfect life and particularly envious of Hans’ devoted attention. When Betsy is taken captive, she is ashamed but thrilled when Hans turns to her for comfort. She overlooks Hans’ simmering anger as she grows closer to Hans during Betsy’s absence. Inspired by true events, Betsy and Tessa maneuver life in prerevolutionary Pennsylvania among the Amish and the Native Americans, growing and maturing in ways they had never imagined.

I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I particularly liked this third installment and think it is my favorite of the series. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried—often—during this novel. The author does a phenomenal job of crafting deep emotions that encourages the reader to feel the same feelings as the characters. I loved Betsy and admired her strength and ability to overcome her circumstances. Even though Tessa made mistakes and errors, her actions are not unlike shameful sins I too have performed, allowing me to connect with her as well. I also find it fascinating that many of the events in the novel are based on true events, a testament to the author’s ability to perform research of interesting history. Not everything works out perfectly in the end (although the story does have a good conclusion), which I always find to be a more honest and relatable way to write books. It is not necessary to read the first two books to understand this third one, but I do encourage readers to also give those books a try. I truly cannot recommend this novel enough, even for those who do not consider themselves fans of Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.