Even though this is the second book in the series, it seemed as if the characters were even harder to keep straight in this one than the last one. I also didn't connect as well with Bethany as I did with Rose in the previous novels. Most likely it's because I am closer in age to Rose. I thought Bethany was a very interesting and entertaining character in the first novel, and I found this to be the case again. I just wasn't as emotionally invested in her or in her relationships. However, there were some issues that were brought up in this novel that were handled very well.
The Sisters in the story were also very entertaining (why does an Amish family of four sisters have so many things?!), and Bethany's relationship with them was unique and made for some fun plot twists. To me these weren't entirely realistic, but I don't need that to be the complete focus in a fiction novel. Those types of things make the novel more fun to read.
Not only were there tons of characters in this novel, but there were many different plots as well. These varied plots seemed to step on one another at times and sometimes didn't seem to be related. It almost felt like reading disconnected observations rather than a composite story, although thins did come together closer to the end.
Although things did wrap up more at the end of this novel, there were still things that will need to be played out in the next book.
The Calling is a nice novel that deals with some complex issues with grace and hope.
THE CALLING by Suzanne Woods Fisher is another exciting inspirational Contemporary Amish Romance set in Eagle Hill, Stoney Ridge. #2 in "The Inn at Eagle Hill" series, and I must say, I believe you should read book 1 first, "The Letter" just to understand the characters, and storyline a bit better. Whose who better! With this said, "The Calling" touches on a very difficult topic mental Illness and how the Amish deals with this issue. Bethany is one of five sisters, she is searching for answers and looking for love. What she finds is a mystery, a secret that is shocking to say the least, scandal, healing and forgiveness. A must read for anyone who enjoys tender romances, twists and turns and the simple life of the Amish people. Who has the same hurts, and difficulties as the rest of the world. They just deal with things differently. "The Calling" will steal your heart, as the characters come to life. I love this phrase
" A girl must never chase after a boy"! A great read! Ms. Fisher is a wonderful storyteller, who describes today's issues with grace and wonder. Well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Coming from Revell Books January 2014*
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
This book addresses mental illness among the Amish communities and I loved this book. It was a very moving and touching look at secrets and the pain they cost, and yet there is forgiveness. Some characters will even be able to pray for their enemies. I fell in love with The Inn at Eagle Hill and wish it were a real bed and breakfast that I could go and get away from life for a respite. The Inn did indeed create a respite and healing for those who came to stay. Mim and Bethany both truly stole my heart. I also adored Jimmy Fisher, who is perceived to be a big flirt, but I can see so much tenderness and compassion in him. The next book in this series can not come too soon! I am ready to read it now!
I received a pdf version of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This fiery Amish Maidel is not falling for the charms of the girl-magnet Jimmy Fisher!
Vulnerable after her Father's suicide over his bankrupt business, abandoned long ago by her real Mother, and her Brother year long sudden absence_Bethany finds herself smiling, and then remembers to be firm.
Oh how I love Stoney Ridge! I'm so glad that just because the Stoney Ridge series is over doesn't mean that I have to say goodbye to all of my favorite characters from that series. I was excited that Uncle Hank came beck on the scene because he was always one of my favorites. His loudness and carefree personality was always funny to me. He and Fern had quite a few memorable moments back in the day!
I liked Bethany's spunk. She reminded me some of M.K. with her personality. She didn't care at all what others thought. Her and that scooter cracked me up every time that was a part of the scene. The scooter depicts her personality perfectly, I think. She blazes in and blazes out!
Jake has always scared me a little and that still rings true in this book. I'm so ready for him to be caught so he stops threatening people and scamming them. I want Allen Turner to find him and find out the truth from Tobe. I might also be hoping for some romance between him and Geena.
Jimmy Fisher has been another favorite of mine. He has grown up a lot though in this book and isn't the same annoying prankster that gets under the skin of everyone. He mature a lot.
So many questions left unanswered at the end of this book. Good thing that I only have to wait until July to read the next book in this series. I hope Stoney Ridge stays as the main setting for a few more series. It feels like home to me as I read because I see so many familiar characters. It's always nice to catch up with some old friends!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.