1. Mending Fences #1
    Mending Fences #1
    Suzanne Woods Fisher
    Revell / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story of Forgiveness
    February 18, 2019
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mending Fences is book one in The Deacon's Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Luke has returned to Stoney Ridge after a third time in rehab. Just as he is returning home his parents leave town to help out a family member. With no place to live, he moves into the barn at Windmill Farm owned by Fern and Amos Lapp. The Bishop has given him instructions to ask forgiveness from everyone he has hurt in the past. While doing this he goes even further and helps those who were affected by his actions when he is not busy on the Lapp's farm.

    Also living with the Lapps is Izzy. She has taken over the farm stand and helps Fern as well as works with the sheep. Lizzy was taken from her mother at a very young age and grew up in foster homes and on the street. She is not receptive to Luke's friendship, yet he goes out of his way to help her with her chores.

    This is such an enjoyable book to read. I especially liked that the author has brought together people from her past series. It is not necessary to read the earlier series to follow this story. The author gives background to the story. This book is written so well it is easy to imagine being there, to imagine Luke sleeping in the barn when the weather turns cold. And to feel the loneliness Izzy feels.

    While this is considered a romance story, it is so much more. This is a great story of forgiveness and taking responsibility for you actions. I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy Amish stories.

    I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.
  2. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Amish Fiction
    February 18, 2019
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Once again, this author pens a story that draws you into the story with its detailed descriptions and scenes. This novel has interesting characters that are interesting, some of which (like Uncle Hank), add humor to the story. There is a mystery that does not make the plot predictable and adds unexpected twists and turns. It has pieces of redemption and faith intertwined among the storyline. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish fiction!

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Couldn't Put it Down!
    February 18, 2019
    Laura Davis
    Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in The Deacon's Family series, and I could not put it down!

    Luke Schrock has just been released from rehab and has like the title suggests, a lot of "fences to mend." He is sent to live at Windmill Farm, where Fern and Amos have also taken in Izzy Miller, a young girl who, like Luke, was lost herself and she begins to find her way through the love and support of her Amish friends. But even though Izzy has been at Windmill Farms for a year, she still has a lot of emotional baggage weighing her down. While Luke begins to make amends to those he hurt, and in the process starts to change for the better, Izzy seems to be stuck in her hurt. A problem Luke is determined to tackle.

    I loved the characters of this book and can't wait for book two! There are so many layers to it and surprises that it kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn't put it down.

    Do yourself a favour pick up this book! You won't be disappointed.

    The book was provided by the publisher.
  4. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mending Fences
    February 14, 2019
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Mending Fences begins a whole new Amish series by Suzanne Woods Fisher, The Deacon's Family. Luke Schrock finds he is having to prove himself after in is town that he no longer the same man before entering rehab. He is no longer that person and struggles to find forgiveness from those who hurt in the past. Amos and Fern Lapp gives him a chance to redeem himself by allowing him to live with them. As long as he makes things right. Izzy Miller, also, lives with the Lapps. Luke tries his best to befriend her but when doing so, it leads to a shocking discovery.

    I enjoyed Mending Fences. I think so many readers could relate to Luke and his struggles. I honestly was not sure about Izzy at first but she grew on me by the end. The story had some twists that I had not expected.

    I give Mending Fences four stars. It is a good story of redemption, faith and inspiration. I recommend it. I look forward to reading the second installment from The Deacon's Family series.

    I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mending Fences
    February 14, 2019
    Abby
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh my word, this book was amazing!!! This was my first ever Amish fiction and this most definitely will not be my last. I love how the Amish live, not saying I personally could ever do it, but they live such simple plain lives. Hence the name, Plain people.

    Everything in this book keep me flipping pages. I really love how the Amish church was portrayed. I really loved how Amos has a change of mind about Luke. I really, really loved seeing his character development. It was amazing to see just how much the grace of God can change someone for the better.

    I loved all the characters in this book, yes even Hank Lapp, Amos' loud, obnoxious uncle. He added quite the humor to the book along with that pesky raccoon. David probably was one of my favorite characters though. He didn't give up on Luke and that just was really powerful to me. How many times do we think that just because someone keeps falling that they are a lost cause forever? Not David. He stuck with Luke through the thick of it. And I highly admire him for it.

    I also really liked the plot twists that were thrown in here and all the mini plots. It was a really fun and enjoyable read that didn't grow tiresome or boring. I cannot wait till book 2 comes out!

    *I receive this book for from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, I was not required to make it positive*
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