Ohh but I couldn't wait for this book to come out. Authors and Publishers you should know that it is a torture to wait several months from book to book to see what new is happening with our favorite characters.
Jimmy's love story was long in coming, I already thought it won't happen, but finally here it is. but just as surprising is the thriller/mystery part of this book. Normally they are intense and sweet but less scary. "skeletons in the closet" - expression comes to life in this book. Sweet old sisters have quite a few bitter secrets. I loved this surprising turn of events.
Dear reader, you enjoy the residents of Stoney Ridge? You miss some Amish very complecated love lives and deep secrets? here Mrs Fisher brings it all to life with some great twists.
Read, reconnect, laugh, wonder, and enjoy to your content this story.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Publisher, through netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "The Calling" Book Two in The Inn At Eagle Hall series published by Revell introduces us to Bethany Schrock.
From the back cover: Bethany's restless heart is searching for answers-in life and in love
Bethany Schrock's love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending hot summer days wading through a lifetime of accumulation at the home of five elderly Amish sisters. She's not sure what she wants out of life, but she knows that she's not finding it in Stoney Ridge.
Then a new guest at the Inn at Eagle Hill ropes her into volunteering in a community project for down-and-outers. Reluctant at first, Bethany starts to feel a bit of joy and satisfaction again. But not so much that Jimmy Fisher, adorable and impossible, can woo her affections with his winks and tricks. Well, maybe a little.
When a figure from her past reenters her life, Bethany must decide: What does the past mean to her future?
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the quiet community of Stoney Ridge.
Welcome back to Stoney Ridge this time the focus is on Bethany. When you find yourself adrift without purpose sometimes it takes family to get you back on course again. As Bethany finds out the things she is really good at she needs to come to terms with her past otherwise she is not able to see the future. Plus there is a new romance for her to deal with. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. Ms. Fisher has a lot of characters to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Calling, book two in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, reunites us with the Schrock and King families, introducing some new characters as well. When it comes to Amish fiction, Suzanne's writing stands out because of its authenticity, flowing prose, spiritual depth, rich characterization, and multilayered storylines. Book one, The Letters, was inspired by an actual event in the Amish community, and this theme continues to cast its long shadow. Suzanne is also very effective at bringing non-Amish characters into the story, which expands this book's appeal beyond Amish fiction fans.
A major strength of The Calling is its outstanding ensemble cast, and I'm amazed at how they all connect and interact. The five elderly sisters captured my heart, for they understood what it meant to be the hands of Christ to their world and they worked tirelessly. Bethany struggles with her job of cleaning their messy house, but "the more time Bethany spent around the sisters, the more amazed she was at their quiet and purposeful lives . . . they had better things to do with their time than clean and tidy and iron and dust." One of the things I love about the Amish is the way they quickly rise to meet a need, making work fun - and this is beautifully shown in the way everyone comes together to create and sustain a community garden.
One of my favorite characters is Geena, a youth pastor who is passionate about helping teens, but was fired from her church because of her weak preaching skills. Using her stay at Rose Schrock's bed & breakfast to find another church position, God uses her passion and gifts to minister to those around her. Geena discovers an important spiritual truth that should speak to all of us: "She had been asking the wrong question: Which church should I serve in? Surely the answer was to look around and see the church was everywhere."
Galen's sister, Naomi, is another strong character that I loved - a young girl extremely talented at quilting, and with an unusual ability to see or feel strange things. Suzanne is really gifted at creating characters you'll love and a storyline that entertains, with spiritual insights a natural part of the narrative. In Naomi's words:
"Piecing a quilt top seems to be evidence of how God works in this world. . . . I take all these scraps and leftovers and odds and ends, and turn them into something beautiful. Something useful and purposeful. It just seems like that's what God is always doing, all around us. Taking our jumble of mess and transforming it into something wondrous."
Book three, The Revealing, will be released in July 2014. I highly recommend The Calling to all readers.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The Calling is another delightful Amish story from the pen of Suzanne Woods Fisher. I can always count on Suzanne to deliver a fun story, complete with some quirky characters, a little romance, and a few unexpected twists and turns.
The Inn at Eagle Hill got off to a captivating start in The Letters with a new cast of characters, as well as some familiar "faces" from a previous series. Those characters, while almost all Plain folks, definitely do not find life uncomplicated. Their simple lifestyle offers no guarantee of simple solutions to their day-to-day struggles.
Bethany Schrock, the main character of this book, has a lot of questions about her life, questions that are easily identified with as they could just as well be found in an English setting. How she deals with those uncertainties drives the story, along with lots of things going on with friends and family around her. Some of the most important lessons Bethany learns have to do with looking deep within herself and other people to try to understand the hurt that is hidden behind actions. In the midst of the difficulties, long-time fans of Suzanne's books just might be surprised to see the responsible young Amish man Jimmy Fisher is turning out to be.
As a good installment in an ongoing series, The Calling brings resolution to some of the issues in the story. However, there are plenty of loose ends left to make me anxious to read The Revealing, due out later this year. I highly recommend this series to fans of great Amish fiction.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
I realize that, as a male reader, I am likely not the intended target for the genre of "contemporary Amish romance" that Suzanne Woods Fisher's novels fit within. However, I freely admit that I am addicted to Fisher's writing, and so I simply couldn't stay away from "The Calling". I was hooked from the first couple pages, and couldn't put the book down for a moment! This time round, we get to reunite with the wonderful characters we were introduced to in "The Letters", with a focus on the gutsy Bethany Schrock and her often hilarious relationship with Jimmy Fisher (a favourite character of mine from a prior series). As with previous books from Fisher, the characters are beautifully developed, and you soon feel like you are becoming reacquainted with friends. There were many moments I chuckled to myself or laughed out loud, and as Bethany is so fond of saying, "SHOOTFIRE!" if I didn't even cry at one scene! That's not the first time Fisher's books have moved me to tears, and it probably won't be the last. Although there are many light-hearted moments sprinkled in the pages, there are also poignant scenes of forgiveness and unconditional love. I love what the youth pastor Geena has to say to Bethany midway through the book about forgiveness, where she says "Sometimes...we have to make decided efforts to let go of the past. Not so that we pretend hard things didn't happen, but so that the power of hard things is lessened". That is a message so many people need to hear!
I give this book my highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and eagerly anticipate July 2014 when Book 3 in "The Inn at Eagle Hill" series is released, entitled "The Revealing". If it is anything like the first two books in the series, it is going to be a wonderful book indeed.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.