About the book:
A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .
Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.
What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She’s been deceived once before, and she isn’t planning on experiencing it again.
The first thing I loved about this book is that it was readable. A problem that I have with Amish fiction is that the language is stilted in an attempt to "be authentically Amish." This book was not that. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher didn't feel the need to educate me on Amish customs and language; she just told a story that flowed well.
This novel is Book One of The Bishop's Family series, which is one of many book series set in Stoney Ridge. So, there is a lot of history in this town of which I was unaware, since this is the first of Fisher's books that I have read. However, I was able to entirely enjoy this book on its own merit, and did not feel lost while reading it.
So that is what I liked about it. There were many characters to meet, and they were all in different places in their lives-age, spiritual maturity, marital status, etc. "Everyone's journey begins somewhere." The neat thing is that those characters will be there in future installments and we will continue to be able to see the growth in their lives.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
About the author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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