The Lesson, Stoney Ridge Seasons Series #3
A book that will bring a smile to your face!
I have long wondered what exactly was going on in M.K.'s head, so I was pretty excited to find out in M.K.'s story. This book was such a fun read, because I got to revisit some of my favorite characters from previous books, like Hank, Fern, Amos, M.K. and Jimmy Fisher, as well as the new family in town.
This book was full of plenty of great storylines, with M.K. working to solve a murder and helping Jimmy Fisher get his future Missus to take notice of him :) Along with Chris trying to make a stable home for him and his sister.
Overall, this is one of those books that you can just sit back and relax with. I couldn't keep from smiling as I read. M.K. is such a fun character! An utterly enjoyable read!
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks!
May 6, 2013
Book 3 and a GREAT Book
This Book was supplied to me by Baker Publishing Group through NetGalley for a review in return.
In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.
This Book is the 3rd book in the Series Stoney Ridge Seasons. I really hate that this series about the 3 sisters has to come to a close, but I understand that it has to happen. This book was good from the first page to the last one. This book is about the youngest daughter of Amos Lapp, Mary Kate, or as she is called in the book Ã¢ÂÂM.K.Ã¢ÂÂ. Hehe.
This book was so good and I laughed a lot and cried also, as I always do with such great books. This book is about MK getting into so much trouble and then for her punishment she has to teach school. She doesnÃ¢ÂÂt think she can do this, but she does do it and it hits a soft spot inside of her soul. In the meantime, she meets Chris Yoder and he has a little sister, who is one of MKÃ¢ÂÂs scholars. Interesting things happen and I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to spoil it for you so I will not say anymore. But, MK is hilarious.
Thank you, Suzanne Woods Fisher for giving all of us Amish readers such GREAT books to read. This pertains to anyone who loves a good book, which you certainly have provided for all of us.
Thank you Baker Publishing, for giving me the opportunity to read this book and give my review.
February 23, 2013
A Great End To A Great Series!
I am sorry to see this series come to an end. I fell in love with Mary Kate (M.K.) from the first book Ã¢ÂÂThe Keeper.Ã¢ÂÂ Quite frankly I will miss the whole Lapp family. They weave a special place in your heart. I found myself yearning for a family just like theirs. Yes, they had their share of problems but there was never a lack of love shining through. Their faith in God is such a strong faith and is shared freely with those they come in touch with.
Mary Kate, what can I say? In this book we find that she has matured and grown up. I hope down the road the author will write another book updating us on the Lapp family. IÃ¢ÂÂd love to read what happens to Mary Kate. Does she finally learn true contentment?
My heart went out to Chris and Jenny (Mitchell) Yoder. What their mother did to them broke my heart. I felt their pain. I cried for them. I also cheered for them as the Lapp family surrounded them with their love.
I canÃ¢ÂÂt say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I hope everyone will pick up this series and read about the Lapp family. Thank you Suzanne Woods Fisher for pure reading enjoyment!
February 16, 2013
An insight into the Amish community
Author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes her readers into the world of the Amish, a community that is often much misunderstood by outsiders, in her newest book, The Lesson.
Nineteen-year-old Mary Kay Lapp, better known as M.K., is the least likeliest person to be a school teacher. She was one of those students that had difficulty paying attention in class, was constantly bored, and couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to graduate. But after the communityÃ¢ÂÂs teacher, Alice Smucker, decides to take the first three weeks of school off to recover from injuries M.K. caused, M.K. is appointed by the school board to be the substitute teacher.
M.K. would rather do just about anything than be stuck in a class room all day again. When a local sheep farmer is mysteriously shot dead in his field, a Ã¢ÂÂcrimeÃ¢ÂÂ M.K. hears but not sees, her detective antennae instantly go into high alert. She pictures herself as a sort of detective and is just itching to Ã¢ÂÂhelpÃ¢ÂÂ the authorities solve this mysterious murder. Also, she keeps dreaming of the day when she can leave her little Amish community behind and travel around the world.
So, when she is forced to teach school, at first she is very reluctant to do so. The position is supposed to be for only three weeks, but of course, things donÃ¢ÂÂt go as planned. And, as a teacher, M.K. is forced to deal with students that try her patience, much like she tried Miss SmuckerÃ¢ÂÂs patience in the past.
As if all this werenÃ¢ÂÂt enough, two young men, one born Amish who M.K. has known since childhood, and one who wasnÃ¢ÂÂt born Amish but has been baptized as an Amish and is new to the community, are vying for M.K.Ã¢ÂÂs attention and affection. Needless to say, itÃ¢ÂÂs difficult for her to keep her mind on her work.
What I Like: I like reading stories about the Amish. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a fascinating culture, and one I was exposed to during my childhood as there were Amish who lived within a buggy ride of our small town. The Amish came to our town to shop at the hardware store there, and it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt unusual to see a horse and buggy tied up out front of the store. I have a great respect for these quiet, industrious people, and I always like learning more about them. The text is also peppered with plenty of Pennsylvania Dutch sayings that lend themselves well to the story.
And, the author includes a list of discussion questions at the end of the book.
What I Dislike: Although this is a good story, and I did enjoy reading it, there were a few things I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like about it. For instance, the author over-used the word Ã¢ÂÂzoomedÃ¢ÂÂ in the narrative. M.K. had a scooter that she rode most everywhere she went. When talking about it, the author kept saying she Ã¢ÂÂzoomedÃ¢ÂÂ here or she Ã¢ÂÂzoomedÃ¢ÂÂ there. Perhaps the words Ã¢ÂÂspedÃ¢ÂÂ, Ã¢ÂÂwheeledÃ¢ÂÂ or Ã¢ÂÂrolledÃ¢ÂÂ could have been substituted on occasion.
The author also included a few sentences that were awkwardly phrased, including one that ended, Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦just one more leaf less.Ã¢ÂÂ How about simply saying, Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¦.just one leaf lessÃ¢ÂÂ?
And, when one of the characters moves into a house that needs a lot of repairs, why did he wait so long to fix a broken window? Seems to me, if you move into a house with a broken pane of window glass, one of the first things you would do would be to either replace the broken glass or at least cover the hole to keep weather, insects and other critters out. But, in this story, the window wasnÃ¢ÂÂt repaired for several weeks.
Overall Rating: Even with its shortcomings, I think this story still deserves a Ã¢ÂÂvery goodÃ¢ÂÂ rating. The author did a good job of giving the reader insights into the Amish community, developing her characters, keeping all the story lines going in a cohesive manner, and providing numerous twists and turns in the plot.
Age Appeal: Young adult.
February 15, 2013