The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Ruthie Stoltzfus is ready to begin her life and start a career doing something that will matter. She has managed to pass her GED and is saving money to get a job and make a difference. She first meets Patrick Kelly, a Canadian who desires to learn the ways of the Amish lifestyle and asks Ruthie to teach him Penn Dutch, all within a mere thirty days. While Ruthie cannot fathom why a stranger would want to belong to their community, she is surprised when she finds herself drawn to Patrick, especially since she is not quite over her dashing, daring, and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock. As Ruthie’s heart is torn in different directions, she learns the importance of patience and hope.

This novel does a fantastic job of incorporating so many different characters that are all distinctively connected in their spiritual and emotional struggles. I loved catching up with old characters from the first two novels in the series, but the author does a great job of creating a story for Ruthie that does not require readers to read the other books first. The depth and development of the characters is truly remarkable and allows readers from all backgrounds to connect with at least one (although most likely all!) of the characters. There are great spiritual lessons and unusual Bible verses that are used to help the individuals overcome their current circumstances, which added to the uniqueness of the story. I loved David’s heart but I also adored the graciousness and joy of his dear wife, Birdy, and found myself desiring to emulate some of her positive characteristics. This novel has something for everyone, even those who are not avid Amish fiction readers, and I highly recommend it!

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

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Quieting book cover

Abigail Stoltzfus is content attempting to help her father with his genealogical research, hoping that her assistance may help lift his depressed mood. But her grandmother insists that Abigail come to Stoney Ridge so she can marry her off to the first eligible bachelor. Abigail, however, is not impressed with any of the bachelors in Stoney Ridge. Dane Glick may be eligible to her grandmother’s eyes, but he is related to minister David Stoltzfus, the bishop at odds with Abigail’s’ uncle over a church dispute. As tensions rise, Abigail fears that the situation may lead to a Quieting, a removal of the church leader, but the issue remains as to which leader is to blame. In addition, Abigail’s genealogical research leads her down a concerning path, one that may open doors she can never close again.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but I have enjoyed a multitude of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novels as she writes such deep characters with realistic problems that are applicable even to modern society. Her words flow with a quiet seriousness as she mingles in Christian concepts and issues. This particular novel was interesting in its setting and allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the Amish culture. The first book in this series had characters with which I could connect with better, but I still enjoyed this second installment. Certain portions were also a little slow for me. Although they do not have to be read in order, it is certainly helpful to understand all the characters. I recommend this novel to those who love Amish fiction or who wish to perhaps give it a try, as I did.

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

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Katrina Stoltzfus faces an uncertain future after her boyfriend leaves her life in shambles. She feels lost until her father suggests she live with a widow from their church who is hoping to begin a new business on her farm. But Katrina is annoyed to discover that there is another new hire on the farm, a young farmhand, Andy Miller, who seems to be romantically interested in her. Not wishing for history to repeat itself, Katrina does her best to avoid him, despite the fact that he seems to always be doing what is best for the farm and treats the widow like his own grandmother. Soon, however, unrest in the church creates tension in their small community and Katrina and Andy both find themselves learning something new about trust, forgiveness, and peace.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but this book drew me in with its easily flowing storyline and natural effortlessness at which the words crafted a unique plot. I immediately liked the protagonist Katrina. She faces the consequences of her actions with a solemn acceptance and maturity that is commendable, even as she realistically struggles with bitterness and grief. Although all the characters in the book have similar toils of finding acceptance and peace, I do wish the author had chosen to focus on one particular character rather than craft multiple storylines at the same time. I felt as though I did not fully get to know all the characters to the depth that I would have liked. Overall, however, I did enjoy the novel and look forward to reading more in the series.

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