This is the first Amish fiction book I've read. To be honest, I was so pleasantly surprised and truly enjoyed it! The characters are very well developed, each with distinct personalities who are so easy to like. If you've never read Amish fiction and are looking for a book to try, I highly recommend this one. If you love Amish fiction, you'll love this book too! It contains both mystery and romance and the characters are of different generations for all to enjoy.
I am a huge fan of author Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book did not disappoint me at all. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. It wasn't hard to fall in love with them, even the sharp tongue Mammi Vera.
What caught my interest right from the start was the back and forth between the Amish world and the English world. Both worlds had plenty of obstacles to overcome.
We know that God allows us to go through illnesses, heart breaks, and devastation. We also know that God has promised to go through them with us.
There are choices to be made, people to love, pasts to leave behind and forgiveness to extend.
This is a book that will tug on your heartstrings and allow you to dream about a place called, The Inn at Eagle Hill.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy today. You will be glad you did!
Once I was able to get into this book it was a pleasure. There are several points of view that the narration switches between, but once I was able to keep it all straight I enjoyed the multiple perspectives. Each character is so different and their personalities, thoughts, and struggles were portrayed with such individual voices and had a depth of feeling. The plot moves along somewhat leisurely, which is why I think switching between perspectives helps rather than hinders the storytelling. It was interesting how each life was intertwined and the ending was wonderful and sweet.
"The Letters" is a MUST READ! What a wonderful story! What a tremendous blessing! What a relief to find out how wrong I was about the book.
I don't know why I had such a hard time getting into the book_especially since I had absolutely no trouble getting into "The Calling" - the second book in the series...So maybe it was just me.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has a particular talent for getting a reader attached to the characters. I was so hooked, I found myself worrying and being frightened right along with them. I could feel the confusion and determination as if it were my own.
I have been so blessed by this book and by the second book in the series (review to come in a few days) and I find myself on pins and needles, waiting for the next one!
When we begin our story, the characters are all a little scattered and a lot stressed (maybe that's why I felt so frustrated myself_I was already sucked in, I just didn't realize it yet). As we go on, we get to see things go from bad to worse before we begin to see God's plan emerge. And when it does, there are so many little things that suddenly make sense in a way that they never could have without the knowledge that God is in command and his plan will move us in the direction we need to go even when we don't see it ourselves.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has an exceptional talent for showing us all these loose threads that we could never imagine weaving together_ until we begin to see the bigger picture. Suzanne has indeed blessed her and I am exceedingly glad to be blessed myself by reading her wonderful books!
Well, Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it yet again! She is one of my favorite Amish authors, and indeed this book did not disappoint. It has everything that readers have come to know and love in great Amish fiction:
1. A look into the daily lives of the Amish
2. The Old Ways versus the New Ways
3. Great romance (that is clean)
4. A deep-seated faith in God
These elements are the things I so appreciate about this author and her writings. I love the Stoney Ridge series, and this takes that to an entirely new level. Okay, so maybe it's sappy at times, but it is also real. When the Amish deal with the struggles of the outside world, there are some difficult issues that are raised. However, God is in control, and He permeates every nook and cranny of this novel. The reader will find a recipe in the back (what is an Amish book without recipes, right?). The book is never "preachy," but it is solid. I can recommend this book to everyone, and I greatly anticipate the next installment.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.