The Choice, Lancaster County Secrets Series #1
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Filled with gentle romance, The Choice opens the world of the Amish--their strong communities, their simple life, and their willingness to put each other first. Combined with Fisher's exceptional gift for character development, this novel, the first in a series, is a welcome reminder that it is never too late to find your way back to God.
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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5April 16, 2014alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Suzanne Fisher's book, The Choice, is appropriately named. The entire book is about making choices, whether they are good choices or bad choices. The author has woven together a wonderful story that reminds us, while we may make our own plans and choices, God is working and will have his will for our lives regardless.
I really liked the character of Carrie Weaver. She was able to step up and make the right choice even though it was a hard thing to do. And because of that God honored her decision He eventually brought a godly man into her life that truly loved her.
Both Sol Reihl and Abel Miller also had choices. One was selfish, the other made out of love. To me these to represented humanity. There are times we make choices and tell ourselves that we are making them in everyone's best interest, but in truth, sometimes it is only in our best interest. Other times, we will make choices in which we must make great sacrifices and we do so out of love.
While the overall story lacked a smooth flow and some continuity the analogies that we brought up, were outstanding.
The biggest problem I had with this book was the amount of death within the span of a year. I understand that death is part of life and we all have to cope with it, but it seemed that every time I turned a page someone else died. It darkened the book considerably. Because of this aspect I can only give this book 3 stars.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5February 25, 2014CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a well written story - a little different than most of the Amish books I've read. Lots of surprises throughout and quite a variety of characters. I would certainly recommend this book.
Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Unexpected DelightSeptember 7, 2012Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of the best Amish Fiction books I have read. Most of them are sweet stories, but pretty predictable. Not so this book! It keeps you wondering and never offers the "expected" outcome. I have Old Order Amish friends, and most of the Amish books I have read are rather far fetched and unbelievable, and so many aspects of true Amish life are misrepresented. However, Suzanne seems to have a true grasp of Amish life - as much as they allow us to have anyway, as they are a very private people.
The choice that the main character, Carrie, makes at the beginning of the story bring unexpected consequences not only for herself, but others in her life. There will be many surprises in store for you when you read this book. There is a wonderful romantic flow throughout, and the characters become very real as you read about them.
I really enjoyed this book very much. I am very pleased with how things ended except as pertain to the character named Emma. I do not want to spoil the story for you, so I will not tell you what she did, but I will say this. Learning the character and mind set of this woman, I doubt she would have made the choice she made. But it did serve as one more unexpected turn this book made. I am looking forward to the next two volumes.
I recommend this for adult or young adult readers. I was smiling as I closed the pages.
KatrinaDelawareAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good reading.August 17, 2012KatrinaDelawareAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Enjoy reading books about Amish way of life. Suzanne Fisher 's writing is right up there with Beverly Lewis & Wanda Brunstetter. Can't put her books down until finished.
Betty MondaSullivan, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great SeriesApril 20, 2012Betty MondaSullivan, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are three books in this series and they are well written and heartwarming to read. The writer does an excellent job of getting to the point of the story and how she weaves people in and out of the book. I would recommend this series to anyone to read.
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Submitted: December 02, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a wife to Steve, a corporate guy, and a mom to four kidstwo boys and two girls. Add to that one son-in-law! Im almost at the empty nest stage my youngest is a senior in high school. And yes, I have mixed feelings about an empty nest! How did it happen so quickly? Gardening and cooking are two of my favorite hobbies but the top of my list is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. My youngest son talked me into this activity after we returned from living in Hong Kong for four yearshe wanted a dog and my husband is not a dog-guy. So my son found a compromise a temporary dog with a noble purpose! Our first dog, Arbor, graduated and was partnered with Jon, a college student. Were now on our seventh (!) puppy. Its like eating a potato chip you just cant stop at one.
What was your motivation behind this project? My relatives on my mother's side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. (Note to readers: NOT Drunkards. Dunkards!) That's where my interest in Anabaptist traditions began. My grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of "Christianity Today." We called him "Deardad" even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad's life inspired me to write this book.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? There are many themes in The Choice--forgiveness, the danger of secrets, and trying to do the right thing. Carrie, Sol, Mattie, Abel...they are a work-in-progress. And each one is trying to find their way to God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Many of the subplots were real stories that I learned about as I researched "Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World." We have so much to learn from the Amish--there's so much more to them than bonnets and buggies. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the choices they make in the course of their day. Choices like forgiving others easily. And realizing God is sovereign over large and small matters.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love to read all kinds of books. Well, I dont like to read darkly themed books which rules out, pretty much, all of Oprahs Picks. My favorite authors are Madeleine LEngle, Phillip Yancey, Anne Lamott, W. Dale Cramer, Lynn Austin, David Kopp, Catherine Marshall. I admire beautiful writing prose with a touch of poetry, plot twists, surprise endings. Thats how these authors (and other fine writers) have influenced me Im inspired to aspire to improve my own craft. I hope each book I write is better than the one before it.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: With every book I write, I hope to draw the reader closer to God. I dont ever want to hit anyone on the back of a head with a 2x4 (metaphorically speaking, of course) but I hope a reader finishes a book wanting to know more about this almighty God of ours.
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