The Letters, Inn at Eagle Hill Series #1
Several great characters
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.
February 21, 2014
A Fantastic read!
Ã¢ÂÂThe LettersÃ¢ÂÂ 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 donÃ¢ÂÂt know why I had such a hard time getting into the bookÃ¢ÂÂ¦especially since I had absolutely no trouble getting into Ã¢ÂÂThe CallingÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ 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 thatÃ¢ÂÂs why I felt so frustrated myselfÃ¢ÂÂ¦I was already sucked in, I just didnÃ¢ÂÂt realize it yet). As we go on, we get to see things go from bad to worse before we begin to see GodÃ¢ÂÂs 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 donÃ¢ÂÂt see it ourselves.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has an exceptional talent for showing us all these loose threads that we could never imagine weaving togetherÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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!
January 29, 2014
Fantastic Read From A Top Amish Author
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.
January 2, 2014
This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.
Suzanne Woods Fisher fans get to visit Stoney Ridge again with her new series, The Inn at Eagle Hill. The Letters is the first book in this series. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt read the Stoney Ridge Season series so all the characters are new to me.
When Mennonite Rose Schrock and her family moved into her Amish mother-in-law VeraÃ¢ÂÂs house she didnÃ¢ÂÂt know she would be a widow in the months to follow. After her husband Dean died she needed to support her family. She decided to realize a dream and open a Bed & Breakfast, which became named The Inn at Eagle Hill.
Sixty year old Delia Stoltz had not planned to be a guest at RoseÃ¢ÂÂs Bed & Breakfast; she went there on a whim. But it proved to be what she needed and more. Delia needed to heal her body from surgery and her heart from her husbandÃ¢ÂÂs unfaithfulness.
Rose is a loving and caring mother to her five children. Tobe and Bethany are step children but she treats them as her own. Tobe has left home. Bethany is nineteen years old and ready to marry Jake Hertler, her boyfriend from York County. Mim is thirteen and likes to learn facts about anything and everything. Sam and Luke and younger and enjoy being in a constant state of motion. They all are still trying to get over DeanÃ¢ÂÂs death and how he died.
Rose is very caring toward her mother-in-law Vera, who is anything but easy to be around. Vera has been diagnosed with having mini-strokes and is having physical and mental issues. Vera wants nothing more than her family to get back to its Amish roots.
Next-door neighbor, Galen King, has really helped Rose and her family since her husband passed away. Galen has never been social and is perceived by the community as unapproachable. Rose only sees him and a gentle and kind man. HeÃ¢ÂÂs also a good example for her younger sons who Ã¢ÂÂhelpÃ¢ÂÂ him with his horses.
I like how God caused Rose and DeliaÃ¢ÂÂs lives to intertwine and in the process so many things are worked out according to his plans Ã¢ÂÂ all of which youÃ¢ÂÂll have to read on your own because too much would have to be revealed about the story. There is actually more than one set of letters going on which I thought was interesting. I liked how the author showed how people and situations arenÃ¢ÂÂt always as they seem. Ã¢ÂÂDonÃ¢ÂÂt judge a book by itÃ¢ÂÂs coverÃ¢ÂÂ can really be proven true in this story. This is an enjoyable story because the characters and their individual issues are situations are realistic. I read The Letters in one day. I look forward to the next book in this series to see where it takes Rose, her family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill.
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.
October 15, 2013