The Calling is the second book in The Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Wood's Fisher; the first was The Letters. Although this book can do well as a stand-alone, I suggest that you read the first book in the series first. This will help you get to know the characters, and to understand the plot better. I enjoyed reading The Letters so much that when The Calling was available for review I requested it right away. I was not disappointed.
The first book in The Inn at Eagle Hill series, The Letters, focused on newly widowed mother of five, Rose Schrock, who needing a way to support her family turned her home in Stoney Ridge into The Inn at Eagle Hill. The Calling turns the spotlight on Rose's step-daughter Bethany, who is struggling with coming to terms with the death of her father and her brother's disappearance. She is also dealing with the break-up between her and Jake Hertzler; as well as trying to figure out what to do about Jimmy Fisher!
I also enjoyed catching up with the other characters and meeting someone new to Stony Ridge. Bethany's younger sister, Mim, has secretly become the columnist "Mrs. Miracle" for the local paper. The youngest Schrock's, Luke and Sammy are still full of energy. I also enjoyed finding out more about Naomi, Galen, and especially the five elderly sisters, Sylvia, Ella, Fannie, Lena, and Ada. Geena Spence, the newest guest at the inn, is a youth pastor who is trying to figure out what God wants her to do next.
I loved how these characters interacted with each other bringing Stoney Ridge to life. I also loved the suspense and mystery surrounding the story! It kept me guessing as the story progressed.
I look forward to the next book in the series The Revealing which is due in July 2014.
**The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
It took me a little bit to get back in this story, but as I continued I was happy to be reunited with some dear friends. We are reunited with the Schrock family, among others. There is still the romance of Rose and Galen, but they are not primary this time.
We find with Bethany that some bad decisions, keep coming back to haunt her. Will she ever be free of Jake Hertzler? Some of the things that happen made me gasp...."No". We find that Jimmy Fisher is still working for Galen, but his mother wants him to take over the chicken business. Can he give up his dream of being a horse trainer. Does he have a chance with Bethany, she has sworn off men.
Then there is sweet Mem, she is still trying to be Mrs Miracle. How will that work out? These and more questions are answered in this book, but we are really left with a lot of unanswered. I can't wait for the next book, I want to know what happens.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
This sequel to The Letters from The Inn at Eagle Hill series surpassed my expectations. A guest at Eagle Hill teaches Bethany how to seek direction through patience, as she waits for a call to action in her own life. Through the help of this guest Bethany finds the answer to her mother's sudden disappearance many years ago, and she grows beyond being a heartbroken young woman into one of strength as she uses opportunities to help others bring out the best in herself.
Five elderly sisters play a key role in this story. Colorful and somewhat eccentric, their actions teach Bethany much about what is important in life. Romance is knocking at Bethany's door, but a recent painful experience has left her raw and skeptical of flirtatious young men.
The Calling moves along at a fast clip leaving no room for boredom. The author is well seasoned in creating believable characters and realistic events that make this book of Amish fiction hard to put down. Mental illness is broached in this book, which is not a common topic in Amish fiction. Ghosts from the past wreak havoc when least expected, and at times I was brought to tears.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master at creating authentic and inspiring Amish fiction. The Amish lifestyle is well defined and substantive to their way of life. I highly recommend The Calling, and can hardly wait for the sequel. This is a bit of a cliffhanger, so prepare yourselves to be begging for more! This book can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest reading the entire series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
OK_ I think these books are my new favorite series! WHAT a turnaround! Here I thought there was something about Suzanne's writing that was annoying me and I was ready to quit reading. Well I was right_ sort of. It is Suzanne's writing that was agitating me. But only because she draws a reader into the story so well that we feel the emotions that her characters are feeling. And at the beginning of "The Letters", there was some serious agitation going around.
"The Calling" is a FANTASTIC read! Suzanne Woods Fisher has managed to continue the story beautifully while introducing many new elements as well!
As I read further, Suzanne introduced more and more elements that drew me even deeper into the story - to the point that I was in tears over what I was reading. AMAZING! Suzanne crafts a story that involves each character we are introduced to in ways that we could never imagine. She is a truly blessed author and I look forward to going back and reading each and every one of her other books while I wait for the next book in this series.
What a wonderful continuation of the story. What a tremendous example of how God moves things and people in and out of our lives for our good. We almost never see God in the little everyday kind of things that happen to us. And most of the time we miss the grand plan that God has for us until it's staring us in the face_ and in some cases, not until it has already settled in for a nice long stay.
"The Letters" was very much a surprise to me. I began reading and was almost immediately irritated - to the point that I almost decided not to even finish the story. But, having a determination to finish what I start, I did. And I am so glad I did. It was an amazing story, a true blessing to my soul. And "The Calling" was even better! Now I find myself agitated again, except this time it is because there is so long to wait for the next installment.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
In The Calling, Bethany has a job of cleaning out the house of five sisters. It is long past time for these sisters to have church services at their place, but with all of the mess they have hoarded for so long, there is no room for all of the people. While spending time with the sisters, Bethany finds out interesting things they did with their time, helping her to understand why they didn't take the time to clean their house.
There is a lot going on with the family Schrock family in this book. Rose the mom is still running the Inn, and still seeing Galen King, Mim the young sister is acting as Mrs. Miracle and answering letters for the newspaper, Bethany is helping the sisters, with cleaning and their other activities. And there is the Englisch friend staying at the Inn trying to find her way in life, Jimmy Fisher who is hot on Bethany, Jake Hertzler who broke Bethany's heart and ended up being a fake, Bethany's mom in which finally Bethany and her brother found closure because they were able to see first hand at what happened to her.
Suzanne Woods Fisher does an amazing job weaving life and its good and bad times of these characters, bringing them altogether in a story And I really enjoyed this story, and was happy to revisit the Schrock family and their friends and neighbors in this Amish community in Stoney Ridge. To find out what happened to all of the characters, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Calling, and before you read this book, it would help to read The Letters, the first book in this series, first.
I received this book from the publisher Revell Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.