Suzanne is amazing at filling in gaps throughout this final story in the series.
September 16, 2014
Naomi King has had my thoughts on her for awhile what is really going on with Tobe Schrock? Her brother might want to marry Tobes stepmother, but he makes it plain that he doesnt care much for Tobe.
So what is going on between Tobe and Naomi? And how did Naomi get permission to visit him in prison every week? And what will Galen or the Bishop think if they find out?
Suzanne is amazing at filling in gaps throughout this final story in the series, The Inn at Eagle Hill, while creating a few new pitfalls for our favorite families of Lancaster. I love how Suzanne draws me into her stories, even making me feel depressed and wishing I had never begun reading but somehow I just cant put the book down and by the time its finished Im feeling better and cant seem to wait for the next one. Even this last book is filled with drama!
Just when we think it couldnt get much worse for Tobe and Naomi, is does I cant reveal much (I dont like spoilers) but suffice it to say that love does extraordinary things to people.
Book 3 of The Inn at Eagle Hill. I had not read the other two books but it seemed like it could be a stand alone story. There were a lot of different characters in the book, but Naomi and Tobe took center stage.
Tobe was serving a year in prison but Naomi slipped from her home and visited him often. She lived with her brother, Galen, who did not have a high opinion of Tobe. She would not tell him about her visits and that she was in love with Tobe.
Tobe's father, Dean, had remarried to Rose who had 3 children. Dean had died leaving Rose to manage the Inn and care for the children. Rose knew about Tobe and Naomi, but Galen always denied that the young people were in love.
Two strangers came into this Amish community. Brooke Snyder rented a room at the Inn and Rose was happy to have the additional money. While in the Bakery one day, Brooke met a guy named Jon Hoeffiner and was attracted to him. They seemed to run into each other frequently and both enjoyed each other's company.
Brooke began to wonder if she might have found love in this quiet community. Why did he not ask her out because she only saw him at the bakery. Both of them had some secrets of their own, but Brooke seemed to share more of her life than Jon shared. Why would he not talk with her because she was open with him?
Prior to Tobe's release form prison, a pregnant girl named Paisley showed up saying she was carrying Tobe's baby. Was this true? Rose felt that was something amiss in all of this. What would happen to Naomi since she was in love with Tobe? Would their love survive or was everything shattered?
Young people would really enjoy this book. It is a good, clean read. It is well written and a romance with a hint of mystery. I was given this book to review by bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
If you love stories of the Amish and like a romance with hints of mystery, buy the book?
The Revealing is Suzanne Woods Fishers exciting finale to The Inn at Eagle Hill series. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but is much more enjoyable if The Letters and The Calling are read in sequence.
The Schrock family has been in turmoil for well over a year, yet Rose has been the voice of calm in the family through many challenges. The family farm, belonging to her late husbands mother, has been remodeled to include a guest suite, turning it into The Inn at Eagle Hill. The Inn has been almost as a retreat for some of the visitors as they spent time there to rest and restructure their lives; the current guest is no different. This time, however, the quiet, troubled woman will prove to be as much of a mystery as an unwitting ally to an adversary. There is also a new baby in the household contributing to the turmoil; it has been a very long while since Rose has been up through the night with an infant.
Naomi King, portrayed as fragile in the earlier books due to the debilitating headaches she endures, is a young woman who knows what she wants. Her confidence and health are stabilizing, bringing a challenge to the older brother who has kept her in his home since the death of their parents. She manages much of the home care for her brother, and is a very loving, giving family and church member. Naomi is a talented quilter, able to design and make a quilt in an amazingly short time frame. She now has a couple huge secrets from her family and her very closest friend yet the headaches are gone and in many ways she is happier and more grounded than ever. I grew to like Naomi as much as Rose; both are slow to judge and quick to care for others and lend a hand.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has, in The Revealing, successfully filled in all the blanks from earlier books in the series, yet leaves just enough open to invite the characters to be revisited at a later time. Each character is well-developed, with enough details to see each person as the author wanted us to at any given time. Rose is a favorite throughout the series, and Naomi is shown as a wise, God-sufficient young woman. Waiting for more and more information about her to be revealed through the book contributed to its being a breathtaking ride from chapter to chapter.
More so than in the earlier books, the underlying themes of the power of love and forgiveness are demonstrated. The plot is tightly woven leaving no loose ends, and the spiritual themes are clearly shown by those who continue to grow in Gods grace and love. The author shows how Gods world is appreciated through her beautiful descriptions of the aerie, sunrise, and surrounding land. I would highly recommend The Revealing not only to those who have read earlier books in the series, but to those who appreciate novels that demonstrate faith and life as practiced by the Amish as well as family dramas with a touch of romance. The Revealing, as well as the entire Inn at Eagle Hill series, is a must for your reading list!
I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED The Revealing!! My analogy of Suzanne Woods Fisher books is; "they are like a box of fine chocolates that I want to devour at once, yet I want to savor at the same time." Suzanne digs down deep in to every characters personality which brings them to life for me. A fantastic story of faith, family, love, heart break and mystery. Another winner!!!!
How I love a book whose title can arguably fit MANY of its characters' situations. In The Revealing, book three of The Inn at Eagle Hill, I started out at a distinct disadvantage. I couldn't understand the author's need to go back and introduce Yet ANOTHER character or two every couple of pages. I was having trouble keeping them all straight. What I realized by the end of the book was that those who read the first two books probably didn't have that difficulty. For those of us who were only reading this one book, Fisher had to gather her characters and their issues like rain clouds and slowly build masses of cloud problems. These she let
gather, deepen, darken and turn into a massive figurative tornado that was ready to destroy Naomi, Tobe, Rose, Galen, Mim, and a host of others touched by their lives. Once the emotional storm began, it was a inescapable whirlwind that kept me caught in the pages of the story, until its peaceful finale.
Emerging on the other side of this "perfect emotional storm," some characters have allowed God to change them and smooth their rough edges, making them the best they can be. Others choose to go it without God and
find themselves drowning in the storm's aftermath.
So many life lessons. Forgiveness, whether one deserves it or not. "Hatred may visit your heart, but you needn't invite it to stay." The strength of love of family and community. Be an original, who God made you to be. Become your BEST self. Love does extraordinary things to people. And my last favorite takeaway? "No one can ever be another person's center. That position belongs only to God."
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.