Hold on to your bonnet! Suzanne Woods Fishers new book "The Choice" is riveting! Of all the Amish fiction I have read, this is by far my favorite. Once I started reading it I couldnt put it down. This talented author introduces the readers to the main character Carrie Weaver. (What a great last name because shes constantly weaving in and out of so many difficult situations.) In the second chapter, after Carries father dies and the love of her life abandons her, Ms. Fisher writes: 'Carrie didnt think it was possible that a heart could break twice, in just one week.' When I read that sentence it was a slam dunk for me. Carrie completely captured my heart. I found myself hovering over her like a smother mother wanting to help her find her way. There were so many great lessons interwoven in this book. The reader discovers God is the God of second chances. I loved the little Amish quotes and food for thought. My favorite was If you listen through the wall, youll hear others reciting your faults.The best news of the day is The Choice is a series. This is good news for me because if it wasnt I think I would plunge into deep depression and be in desperate need of Prozac. ;-) I highly recommend this book. You will enjoy it immensely!
Im super interested in the Amish culture but I thought the book was just going to be a run of the mill romance. Girl loves boy, boy messes up, girl forgives boy, and they live happily ever after.Thankfully, my curiosity won out and I signed up. Boy am I glad I did!Suzanne writes a book that is filled with LIFE!In The Choice you follow the story of Carrie Weaver as she struggles to balance picking up the pieces of her broken heart and finding her way in her Amish faith. A tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice uncovers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world-and shows that its never too late to find your way back to God.If you are looking for a sweet love story that throws a few monkey wrenches at you just when you think you have it figured out, then this is the book for you!*Warning* This is book one of a new series that Suzanne is writing. Prepare to be hooked!
I am giving this book TWO THUMBS UP! I'm a fan of Beverly Lewis' Amish fiction books. I appreciate her storylines and especially like that they all end with a cliff-hanger (did I really just say that?! the suspense between books usually drives me crazy!). Her Amish facts and references to locations, etc. are usually spot-on. The other authors just don't compare in my opinion. I live among the Amish and know some about their ways (and what I don't know I can easily find out). I live in central PA and know about the places that are often mentioned in these books (and it drives me crazy when they aren't accurate!)So, what is it about The Choice and Suzanne Woods Fisher that I like? Well, Suzanne's book isn't full of "fluff" about Amish traditions, nor does it describe locale. It simply tells a fiction story. And, it's not one of those books that you pick up, read chapter one, and know exactly how the book will end. No predictability here! With each passing chapter, I found myself saying (yes, I talk to myself on occasion) "wow, I wasn't expecting THAT!" The Choice is the first of a series of books by Suzanne Woods Fisher. (Watch for The Waiting, coming in October - I will be!) The series is called Lancaster County Secrets, and this first book was filled with them. But, in the end, truth is revealed; and I, for one, was blessed. There was one line, in particular, that really stood out to me in this book - "sometimes . . . the very thing we think is a problem turns out in the end to be God's protection". So simple, yet so profound!If you're looking for a good Christian fiction book to read and, like me, you're sick of the predictability or the typical Amish hype, then I'd definitely recommend The Choice. I'll be sharing my copy and watching for book 2 in the series!
For those whove devotedly followed Ms. Fishers flourishing writing career, this latest work will confirm your loyalty. For everyone else, what are you waiting for?!No matter your taste in fiction, this is a tale you shouldnt miss.
Since I am a member of the Old German Baptist New Conference group I was interested to see if Suzanne would accurately portray the attachment many Anabaptists have to our culture. She captured the feeling exactly. Both the straining against the 'rules' we think we can bend, and the fear of loss we feel if we would actually leave the community.Suzanne is a wonderful story teller. It is often hard for a writer to read a novel without mentally critiquing the errors we have been taught to look for. "The Choice" passed the test with fully developed characters, believable plot and by not knowing how it would all turn out she kept my interest to the end.