Im super interested in the Amish culture but I thought the book was just going to be a run of the mill romance. Girl loves boy, boy messes up, girl forgives boy, and they live happily ever after.Thankfully, my curiosity won out and I signed up. Boy am I glad I did!Suzanne writes a book that is filled with LIFE!In The Choice you follow the story of Carrie Weaver as she struggles to balance picking up the pieces of her broken heart and finding her way in her Amish faith. A tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice uncovers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world-and shows that its never too late to find your way back to God.If you are looking for a sweet love story that throws a few monkey wrenches at you just when you think you have it figured out, then this is the book for you!*Warning* This is book one of a new series that Suzanne is writing. Prepare to be hooked!
I am giving this book TWO THUMBS UP! I'm a fan of Beverly Lewis' Amish fiction books. I appreciate her storylines and especially like that they all end with a cliff-hanger (did I really just say that?! the suspense between books usually drives me crazy!). Her Amish facts and references to locations, etc. are usually spot-on. The other authors just don't compare in my opinion. I live among the Amish and know some about their ways (and what I don't know I can easily find out). I live in central PA and know about the places that are often mentioned in these books (and it drives me crazy when they aren't accurate!)So, what is it about The Choice and Suzanne Woods Fisher that I like? Well, Suzanne's book isn't full of "fluff" about Amish traditions, nor does it describe locale. It simply tells a fiction story. And, it's not one of those books that you pick up, read chapter one, and know exactly how the book will end. No predictability here! With each passing chapter, I found myself saying (yes, I talk to myself on occasion) "wow, I wasn't expecting THAT!" The Choice is the first of a series of books by Suzanne Woods Fisher. (Watch for The Waiting, coming in October - I will be!) The series is called Lancaster County Secrets, and this first book was filled with them. But, in the end, truth is revealed; and I, for one, was blessed. There was one line, in particular, that really stood out to me in this book - "sometimes . . . the very thing we think is a problem turns out in the end to be God's protection". So simple, yet so profound!If you're looking for a good Christian fiction book to read and, like me, you're sick of the predictability or the typical Amish hype, then I'd definitely recommend The Choice. I'll be sharing my copy and watching for book 2 in the series!
For those whove devotedly followed Ms. Fishers flourishing writing career, this latest work will confirm your loyalty. For everyone else, what are you waiting for?!No matter your taste in fiction, this is a tale you shouldnt miss.
Since I am a member of the Old German Baptist New Conference group I was interested to see if Suzanne would accurately portray the attachment many Anabaptists have to our culture. She captured the feeling exactly. Both the straining against the 'rules' we think we can bend, and the fear of loss we feel if we would actually leave the community.Suzanne is a wonderful story teller. It is often hard for a writer to read a novel without mentally critiquing the errors we have been taught to look for. "The Choice" passed the test with fully developed characters, believable plot and by not knowing how it would all turn out she kept my interest to the end.
I totally enjoyed this new Author's approach to Amish fiction. Suzanne Woods Fisher knits her characters together in a realistic fashion, portraying that life can be a challenge whether you are English or Amish. The main emphasis is that we all must come to the Saviour. The story line keeps you interested and turning page after page. I will certainly watch for Book 2 in this new series