There are a lot of Choices made in a lifetime. Some choices are based on circumstances. Some are based on what you were feeling at the time you made the choice. Some are made by other people for you. Some just seem to be Gods plan.In the novel the Choice all of these types of choices are made. The main character Carrie is part of a strict Amish family in Pennsylvania. When the story opens she is living with her father, step-mother, step- sister Emma and little brother Andy. Within only a few opening pages, Carrie has to make really tough choices. Her father dies, the man she has planned to marry leaves her behind to play baseball in the outside world, and she decides to marry someone her father believed would be good for her. Tragedy and challenges dont end there for her.As the story progresses other characters in the book as well as Carrie have to make tough choices and watch how they impact others around them. By the end of the book many of the characters have made choices you didnt foresee them making. Do you leave the Amish community? Do you really believe in God? Do you need to see things in a new perspective? Do you forgive? Do you need to repent? I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put in down once I started it. I was really pulling for Carrie to make it through all the choices and challenges in her life. She almost loses her apple crop, loses a husband, deals with criminal activity on her farm, tries to help a precocious brother grow into a man, and learns about true worship. I even came to like some of the crotchety characters that seemed unlikeable at the beginning of the book. The author Suzanne Woods Fisher weaves a complex picture of Amish life and life in general. In the end you see a final tapestry of families and communities that love and care for each other in big and small ways.
I LOVED The Choice! Suzanne broke the mold with this Amish Fiction title and had me at full attention throughout the entire book. The twisting plot kept me excited and took me in an entirely different direction than I thought the book was going. I loved that unpredictability in the storyline. The Choice is not a book where you have the ending predicted by the end of Chapter one, or even Chapter two, three, four, and so on for that matter. In the first few pages of the book Carrie (the main character) makes a choice that will change her life forever but it's not the only choice she makes throughout the book. A few of those choices surprised me. The characters were very believable, the character development was excellent, and I fell in love with each of them which drew me in even deeper into the book! Pennsylvania Dutch-speak is sprinkled throughout the text which I loved...it gave a very real feeling for the books setting. I have always wanted to visit an Amish community and in The Choice I felt as though I had personally been invited into Carries life in her Amish community and I loved my visit with her and her loved ones! I loved sitting at her kitchen table at her farmhouse as I got to know her and her family and their hearts. My very favorite line from the book is, "sometimes, the very thing we think is a problem turns out in the end to be God's protection". Oh how true that is! A VERY enjoyable read, not your typical Amish fiction, I would highly recommend The Choice to anyone! This was my first of Suzanne Woods Fisher titles to read and let me just say that she has me eager for more. I am very much looking forward to Suzannes 2nd title in this series, The Waiting, coming in October of this year!
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in her Lancaster County Secrets series and a beautifully crafted story. Carrie Weaver has her future planned out but then tragedy strikes. Grief-struck, she makes a choice that could change everything.I really enjoyed this book, I found the story well written and the characters engaging. There were some very unexpected elements in the story and some characters that are not found in the average Amish book. I loved how the characters developed and changed. I definitely give it 5 stars.
Before this winter I had never read an Amish Fiction book. Since the first one I read, it is a new genre that I really love. I was excited to get the opportunity to review a brand new Amish fiction series the "Lancaster County Secrets" by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her first book in the series is titled The Choice.You will love the main character Carrie Weaver from the beginning of the book. Many choices are made throughout the book that give you an interesting look at the Amish life. This is a great book that will tug at your heartstrings with its story of love and forgiveness. As Carrie's life is turned upside down, what life will she choose? Will she stay with the Amish community that she knows? You will have to check out the book to see what choice she makes. I am so excited to find an author that I have not read before. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Hold on to your bonnet! Suzanne Woods Fishers new book "The Choice" is riveting! Of all the Amish fiction I have read, this is by far my favorite. Once I started reading it I couldnt put it down. This talented author introduces the readers to the main character Carrie Weaver. (What a great last name because shes constantly weaving in and out of so many difficult situations.) In the second chapter, after Carries father dies and the love of her life abandons her, Ms. Fisher writes: 'Carrie didnt think it was possible that a heart could break twice, in just one week.' When I read that sentence it was a slam dunk for me. Carrie completely captured my heart. I found myself hovering over her like a smother mother wanting to help her find her way. There were so many great lessons interwoven in this book. The reader discovers God is the God of second chances. I loved the little Amish quotes and food for thought. My favorite was If you listen through the wall, youll hear others reciting your faults.The best news of the day is The Choice is a series. This is good news for me because if it wasnt I think I would plunge into deep depression and be in desperate need of Prozac. ;-) I highly recommend this book. You will enjoy it immensely!