I always count on a good story from Suzanne Woods Fisher -- and she certainly doesn't disappoint in The Revealing, the conclusion to her Inn at Eagle Hill series. Reading this book as a stand alone would probably work, but I think you will enjoy it more if you first read The Letters and The Calling.
How much drama can happen in one "plain" Amish community? Well, at Eagle Hill the answer is: plenty! Family member in jail. Missing trouble maker who has caused the family's legal problems. Unexpected guest with a special "delivery." Unidentified newspaper columnist. All of that and more thrown into a mix with several complicated romances. Nothing is easy about the "simple life" in Stoney Ridge.
Suzanne has given us a great cast of characters in this series, with particular ones highlighted at various times. The one who really stands out in this story is Naomi King, a fairly quiet, uncertain, but introspective young lady who seems to know just what is needed in a difficult situation. But Naomi is not sure that she will ever find the life and love she longs for. She and several other characters, though, have a surprise or two to be revealed before the story concludes.
And how could you not love a story with this as one of its shining truths: "Love does extraordinary things to people."
Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
THE REVEALING by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an interesting Christian Amish Contemporary Fiction set in Stoney Ridge. #3 and the final in the "Inn at Eagle Hill" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would suggest reading the other two in the series. See, "The Letters", "The Calling" and the novella "The Rescue".
In "The Revealing" you find answers to some of the questions from the previous titles. This is Naomi King, who has the "gift", she sees things others can not, which she calls it intuition, Jake Hertzler, and Tobe Schrock. Filled with secrets, reveals many secrets, drama, faith, has a bit of mystery, suspense and finding love.
There are many twists along the way with sub-plots and connected stories intertwined. Will the people of Eagle Hill find happiness, peace and love? You will find many surprises in "The Revealing". I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Eagle Hill and kinda hate to see them leave us. But all good things must come to an end.
Ms. Woods Fisher, is a constant storyteller, she shows readers how the Amish deal with life, trials and troubles we all have in common. A simple life is not always a life that is simple, but is plighted with problems, and issues too. "The Revealing" is a satisfying read.
"Coming in July from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"
Heat Rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "The Revealing" Book Three in The Inn At Eagle Hall series published by Revell introduces us to Naomi King.
From the back cover: Love does extraordinary things to people . . .
In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she's up to, she's in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it's worth it.
But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone.
In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.
Welcome back to Stoney Ridge and The Inn at Eagle Hill. There definitely is a lot going on in this book as Ms. Fisher not only is giving us a story but she is also tying up all the loose ends as this is the conclusion to the trilogy. If you haven't read the previous two books you have done yourself a disservice however you will be able to read and enjoy this all by itself. Mystery, deception, marriage proposals and romance, these are all ingredients in this highly entertaining story. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. Ms. Fisher has a lot of characters to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in.
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I often find endings bittersweet. It's nice to see all the loose ends tied up but it's also hard to leave behind a story that you've become so interested in. As with life you often wonder what happens next with these wonderful characters. Of course when Suzanne Woods Fisher is the author these new friends just may jump onto the pages of the next book she writes. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
The Revealing brings The Inn at Eagle Hill series to an end. I enjoyed reading how each love story finally came together. I smiled at the continued antics of Luke and Sammy and enjoyed the addition of Jesse Stoltzfus (and the rest of his family). What I particularly liked about this story was that it wasn't just about conclusions. There was plenty of new drama to be had. New characters appeared and new links to the original tragedy were revealed. In fact there was an ongoing storyline that I had completely wrong. You'd think I would be disappointed that I didn't figure it out right away. Trust me there were clues when I look back on it. Instead I am completely delighted that Suzanne was still able to weave such a great tale after such an extended period of being with these same characters.
Each of the books in The Inn at Eagle Hill series was intended to be a stand alone novel. However, I really think you need to read them all in order to fully grasp and appreciate the complete story going on in Stoney Ridge this time around. So begin your journey with The Letters, which is book one and introduces you to Rose and the rest of the Schrock family. Then read The Calling, which is book two and focuses in on Bethany's story. Then treat yourself to the little novella, The Rescue, whichi isn't totally necessary to the series but it's definitely worth the read. Finally settle in and read The Reavealing,and I then promise that you will come away from the whole series satisfied and eagerly waiting for the next journey that Suzanne chooses to take us on!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Naomi is now a single mom with children and step-children after the death of her husband. Her step-son is in jail and a stranger is making claims that are not only unsettling, but threaten to throw off the entire balance of the family. Life just seems to be more complicated for everyone in the family.
I'm good about reading the description of a book and starting to read it before noticing that it's a book in a series. I did that with this one. So there were several times that I knew it would have been more helpful to have read the first two books. I wouldn't consider this book to be stand-alone. But in spite of my error, I really enjoyed the story. It was fascinating and despite my moments of confusion, it was a great read. The characters are well developed and the plot has lots of twists. There seemed to be several stories going on at the same time, as is typical with large families. But they all flowed well together and made the story more interesting. The writing draws you in and has prompted me to pick up the first two books in the series so I can see what I missed.
I received this book free of charge from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.