The Letters is an Amish story, an Amish family with many complicated problems to solve, and an interesting view on their lives as God-fearing people who want to do the right thing but keep running into obstacles. Young girls (and some men) looking for love and hoping to fulfill their dreams are often thwarted in their goals and have to look at alternatives.
Rose Schrock is a widow raising four children (five actually, but the oldest ran away from home and hasn't yet returned). Rose was left with some very troubling business problems by her late husband and she has taken it upon herself to make everything right, even if it takes the rest of her life to do so. She is living with her mother-in-law who is suffering from something affecting her brain and thus, her thinking, and she has become very difficult to live with. The family is very close, very loyal to one another, and very caring about each other's burdens.
Rose decides to make their house into a bed-and-breakfast and with a neighbor's assistance, accomplishes this in a beautiful way. Her very first guest, an "Englisher" is a woman who comes to their home with a huge pack of troubles herself. The bed-and-breakfast soon becomes an oasis for this woman and she, in turn, is able to assist Rose in overcoming some of her own fears.
There are many twists and turns for this family, with each member of the family facing their problems in special ways. It is a fun story and brings smilesÃ¢â¬âand tearsÃ¢â¬âto the reader. How they eventually work out their problems with the help of God and His people is well worth reading about. Rose is told by a friend, "Things can get good again," and her realization of this truth brings much peace to her heart.
Another book Suzanne makes come to life. Her characters, the Amish farms and a lesson in disguise. I love her inspiring writing and that with God's assistance, your life will be better. Not that he always says yes but that He will always be there for us all.
Suzanne's books always have a depth to the characters. When you finish her books you feel like you are saying "good-bye" to friends. Faith, love and support of the Amish community, families, church and how they deal with the everyday problems in life. It reminds me of how my grandmother grew up in the late 1890's & first half of the 1900's. When I read about the Amish lifestyle I realize how fast our world is going. We forget to sit back and look at the beauty God created. Rose Schrock turns their home into a bed and breakfast despite her mother-in-laws objection. Rose is a widow, her mother-in-law isn't able to do things and Rose has children to raise on her own - after her husband's death. I would have read this in one setting but had to run some errands. I finished in less than 24 hours and loved every sentence.
I must admit, when I first picked up this book, I had the dreaded feeling of being "let down" - NOT because it wouldn't be a good book, but I was disappointed that The Stoney Ridge Seasons, by Suzanne, had ended and I was just POSITIVE that this new series couldn't be THAT good!!! I am delighted to say that I was WRONG!! BIG TIME WRONG! "The Letters" is another winner, the first book of a new series, "The Inn on Eagle Hill", and was every bit as wonderful as previous series!
On the back cover of the book, there is a statement , which describes the novel.
"Welcome to a place of unconditional Love and unexpected Blessings." That well describes this story, characters and setting in a perfect way.
The main character, Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast to the chagrin of her cantankerous mother-in-law, and a few others in the community. After all, should Rose be opening her home to all these Englischers?? Disapproval of the church is evident. With all of these challenges, she still continues her life, BUT one big surprise , is the way that the guests at the Inn spill their problems into her life as well as into her heart. A totally unexpected event, is the help and support Rose gets from Galen King, the quiet horse trainer who lives next door. Love can bloom, Rose finds in the most unusual circumstances.
This author continues her trend to give us not only things to think about, but also teaches us facts of- what else, according to the Series' name- eagles! I love the ability to put some information within the frame of the story, that many of us find new and intriguing. Not only did I love the plot of this book, but ending up being able to spout off my new knowledge of eagles.
The plot of "The Letters" is intriguing and spellbinding, not in a mysterious way, but in placing in the reader, a compelling desire to find out more! There are twists and turns around each corner, totally unexpected. The complications that come about in the story are in keeping with those that are realistic and in total keeping with the lifestyle of the Plain People, the Amish. Suzanne uses rich language and descriptions that make you see and befriend the characters. You not only see them, they become very real and easily befriend you. It is in fact, difficult to separate yourself from the main characters. They lived on in my mind after I had finished reading the book.
Suzanne's reputation of writing top notch Amish fiction continues to shine!! With inspiration from a true story , she invites you back to Stoney Ridge, where we continue to find simple pleasures and strong faith in a very complicated world.
Definitely a five star book!!
"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".