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MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Suzanne Woods Fisher At Her Best!January 19, 2020MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two Steps Forward is one of those books that will keep my thoughts captive for many days and when I reread it I will enjoy it just as much. All of the characters in Stoney Ridge are like old friends. You see them again from book to book as another member of the community's story unfolds. So it is with Two Steps Forward Jimmy Fisher returns from being an Amish Cowboy in Colorado. He was an incorrigible lad when he was introduced in The Keeper, book one of the Stoney Ridge Series. What he didn't think of for mischief, nobody else could imagine. Now he was home and life would never be the same. His dogged determination to prove what he can do is just the opposite of what anyone expected.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master story teller. She has a way of hooking you into a story from the moment you turn the first page. Her characters, like Jimmy Fisher, are entertaining but have a lot of lessons to give us all. In Suzanne's books a lot of difficult topics are intertwined into the story. While reading Stitches In Time Suzanne introduced the topic of foster care in Amish homes. Luke Schrock, newly appointed deacon wished to fulfill beloved Amos Lapp's wish to empty the system by finding homes for those children. Knowing the impact of that system on his own wife, Luke has been diligent in keeping his promise. While Two Steps Forward is focusing on Jimmy and Sylvie, there is a larger issue at hand. Luke and his wife Izzy are championing the cause of unwanted babies. Recent issues out in the English world seem remote yet closer than one would suspect. Rather than sitting back and being passive about the issue of unwanted babies, the community is united in finding ways to help one baby at a time.
This book is funny, it is entertaining and it leaves the reader something to think about before the book is closed. Things are never what they seem and people will surprise you when you least expect it. I could wax on about this book for a long time, but then, why give the story away when you can enjoy it yourself? It will put your mind on things that are happening in the world today that impact all of us, no matter where we live.
5 stars for this book and the entire Deacon's Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! Many thanks to Netgalley.com and Revell for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions offered regarding this book are mine alone.
MelissaAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Determination and fortitude...January 17, 2020MelissaAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From family secrets to past mistakes to searching for forgiveness, this story is filled with unique relationships. Determination and fortitude are found in strong characters. I enjoyed this story. Great read. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews5 Stars Out Of 5.January 11, 2020JenGalaxy4 Christian Book ReviewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Return to Suzanne Woods Fisher's beloved Amish community of Stoney Ridge in the final book of The Deacon's Family series, Two Steps Forward!
It's impossible not to adore these characters! Each and every one of them. Jimmy and Sylvie were a joy to root for! Luke Schrock's transformation over the series was so impressive. I'm going to miss this group! I'm especially going to miss HANK LAPP. (Read the series and you'll understand why he's in all caps!)
Suzanne Woods Fisher has such a unique voice and delivery for her Amish fiction. There is so much heart, balanced with a lot of humor and a lot of faith. There are many touching moments in this story!
Two Steps Forward was an excellent wrap up to this wonderful series! I TOTALLY recommend this book! I'm so glad I read this series.
I invite you to visit the links below to see my thoughts on the previous stories:
Mending Fences The Deacon's Family Book One by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Stitches in Time The Deacon's Family Book Two by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Two Steps Forward is available now - visit www.christianbook.com to purchase a copy today!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and LibraryThing Early Reviewers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
SunnieUSAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Amish book!January 11, 2020SunnieUSAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The conclusion to the The Deacon's Family Series was a wonderful conglomeration of the previous books with characters that were in previous writings by this author. I loved how they reappeared and meshed so well with this book.
Sylvie needs help. She's a widow with a large farm in very run down condition and unpaid back taxes. She hires her neighbors son, Jimmy, who has been away from home for quite a period of time. The situation between Jimmy's mother and Sylvie is not a good one and her hiring of Jimmy does not sit well with his mother. But Jimmy has a special way with horses and Sylvie has a beautiful Arabian stallion.
I love how this book revolves around a beautiful Arabian horse and horse breeding which is a new and refreshing angle. Love new ideas in an Amish series. I have read the earlier books of this series, and therefore recognized the names and personalities that appear in this book. But I still think that it can easily be a stand alone book.
All in all, I loved the book, the series and the amazing writing style of this wonderful author.
I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
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