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.