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The Devoted #3, in the Bishop's Family series, by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Ruthie Stoltzfus has secretly earned her GED, saved her money and is ready to leave her Amish home. Patrick Kelly has moved to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish. Ruthie is his Penn Dutch tutor. What happens now that these two have spent time getting to know each other? Will Ruthie change her plans to leave?
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Bishop's Family
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She's done all she can to prepare to go--passed the GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--anything--and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled--complete with Fisher's signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love Stoney Ridge sooooo much!!!!!May 3, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book in The Bishop's Family series. It can be read as a standalone thanks to the handy dandy list of characters and brief bios the author provides but, honestly, this is such a sublime series you will really want to read The Imposter and The Quieting as well.
I love the sense of homecoming I feel when I open one of Fisher's novels. I'm immediately invited in and become part of the community. And Stoney Ridge is the kind of place I'd like to live. Fisher has created a small town with so many memorable characters!
Ruthie Stoltzfus has been a favourite of mine in previous books and she really shines in this one. All earnest and eager and brimming with teenage angst. She's positive she's meant for more than what Stoney Ridge has to offer. In contrast, Englischer, Patrick Kelly is eager to leave the complications of the world behind for a simpler life living among the Amish. Ruthie thinks he's crazy, but she's also reluctantly intrigued.
There's a host of other familiar characters to get involved with too -- both Englisch and Amish. Including Bishop David Stoltfus (one of my favourite characters ever!) who is charged with guiding them all in his quiet, contemplative way.
The power of Fisher's storytelling is in the way she weaves all these character's stories together. Diverse plot lines converge in powerful ways and a reader comes away feeling immensely satisfied and fulfilled.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enjoyable tale!March 3, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This final book of the series, The Devoted, focuses on the character of Ruthie Stolzfus who is the daughter of the bishop in Stoney Ridge. We meet the community of Amish and the Stolzfus family in the first book titled, The Imposter and then the story continues in The Quieting. What I enjoy most about the novels isnt the focus on the Amish per se, but the human factor that is present no matter what community one belongs to. With the human element, readers will come across one character named Luke who is trying to find his way through life, but his choices bring dire consequences.
Ruthie thinks she might want to leave the Amish like the Bishop Davids sister did so she can be freer in ways she cannot as an Amish woman. I enjoyed the multifaceted tensions in the story line of the novels that were spiritual in many ways and also relational. I enjoyed Davids character the most as he seeks God in the Word, prayer and meditation. Plus, David doesnt want to begin taking shortcuts to hurry people through to baptism. He likes to give God time to work on the heart instead of browbeating as some in the community want to do. I also enjoyed seeing how older women in the community helped the younger woman with some of the struggles of life as they grew older. In our day and age, we could use more of this passing on of wisdom, opening heart and home to young woman.
The idea of taking in a woman who is searching for God and needing to learn even the basic household tasks or taking care of an elderly woman who is alone is I think a wonderful idea. I hope you read and enjoy all three novels in the series as I did. Suzanne writes with such heart and realism that is unique and makes the stories unforgettable!
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An incredibly thought provoking Amish novel!November 30, 2016Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is part of a true series. You need to read all three books in order to fully understand the nuances within the relationships between the characters.
I really love the depth of the characters in this book. They are so real that I felt like I could meet them in person if I just visited Lancaster County. The emotional problems that many of them are dealing with are things that many people face.
I really like the connection between Ruthie Stoltzfus and her Aunt Ruth Dok. The similar paths and relationship questions are great. I found it very interesting that Dok was the first one of the adults that was able to speak wisdom into Ruthies life.
David Stoltzfus is a wonderful God fearing man. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the time he spent searching the word of God and reasoning out the instructions for life inside it. He is truly a shepherd for the church in Stoney Ridge.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
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BeckySW MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Worth Multiple Readings!November 29, 2016BeckySW MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh, wow! I am rereading parts of this book,The Devoted, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, to complete my review. It still leaves me with the same sense of awe and wonder I had the first time. I'm ready to read it all over again, already. Now there's a good book!
What makes for such a good book? Several things. Fisher presents us with an unusual bishop,David Stoltzfus,compared to the ones we usually see. David is thoughtful, not dogmatic or legalistic for their own sake. He wants to understand each situation separately.
David's son,Jesse,has his appearances, although the book focuses more on Ruth, David's sister, and Ruthie,his daughter. These characters are all well-drawn and rounded. So many people to follow with their relationships and feelings. Yet, Fisher ties them all together for a tremendously well-woven, warm Amish quilt feeling. When the book ends, you feel like you have been under that warm Amish quilt and don't want to come out, because you're way too comfortable and happy.
Suzanne Woods Fisher just was added to my list of favorite Amish authors. I received this book as a complimentary copy, but will not hesitate to buy any others. All opinions presented here are solely my own.
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Humor, romance and faith...November 23, 2016Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
With an amazing heart for good, patience and the Lord, Bishop David is led by the Scriptures to help the people of Stoney Ridge follow the Bible while also keeping their Amish way of life. Ruthie, at the age of seventeen and on the brink of adulthood, must decide the path she wishes to pursue while the Englisher Patrick, hopes to delve deeper into the Amish culture. Add to those characters, Dok, who purchases the health clinic practice and must work to gain the Amish trust, and Luke, the town trouble-maker. Add in a bit of humor, some romance and perhaps some heartache for a stirring story
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As book 3 in the Bishops Family series, The Devoted also works well as a stand-alone. Grabbing my attention from the beginning of the novel, I literally flew through it. Full of Amish community and culture, a little mystery and soft, clean romance coupled with faith, author Suzanne Woods Fisher has penned yet another well-written Amish novel. As the characters grow and are revisited, it is interesting to not only learn their ways but realize they are similar people with choices and consequences. This was a wonderful re-introduction to Amish genre after a bit of a lapse for me.
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of The Devoted from Revell Publishing for my honest review*