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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.
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*
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Reviewing: The DevotedNovember 22, 2016MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I recently read The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is book 3 in The Bishop Family series and I have enjoyed watching David Stoltzfus' family grow through the years of the series. This story is no exception as we learn more about Ruthie who has grown into a desirable, loving yet independent young lady. We also get to know David's Englisch sister Dr. Ruth for whom Ruthie is named. The two women's lives parallel as they go from caring for men who tug at their heart yet aren't necessarily good for them. Both are at a crossroad in their lives. Ruthie has earned top scores on the GED test she secretly took and feels there must be more than living in her sleepy Amish community. Her aunt is faced with leaving a hectic career as and emergency room doctor after taking the heat for another doctor's mistake. Private practice could be the answer to her prayers to get back to making a real difference in people's lives.
Patrick Kelly is new to the area and captures Ruthie's attention. He wants to learn all he can about becoming Amish and he will only be there for thirty days. She is considering leaving the Amish community. He hires her to teach him Pennsylvania Dutch while her brother Jesse will teach him how to drive a buggy.
David enjoys many long talks about the faith with Patrick and soon learns things about his community that he was unaware of. While the people seem to be living out their faith, some things seem to be letting small things go by the wayside. Business on Sunday? Driving golf carts? The bishop is growing concerned as word of how his community is sliding away from their way of life. It is inspiring how he comes to a solution for problems he could easily have simply put his foot down. He is not one to rule with the iron fist of an old school bishop. His lessons are well worth the read
The story is a wonderful reminder of how important values are no matter your faith. I enjoy going back to Stoney Ridge and reading of how favorite characters have evolved from story to story. Best selling author Suzanne Woods Fisher is a gifted writer whose stories keep us coming back for more.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good StoryNovember 19, 2016Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed The Devoted, which is the third installment of The Bishops Family series. I think it could be enjoyed even if the other books havent been read. However, each book in the series has recurring characters so it is fun to have read them all.
I really liked Patrick and what he brought to the story. Ruthie and Doks storylines were great too! There was a lot going on in this book. I liked catching up with these characters who I knew from the previous stories. There was certainly a humorous thread running through parts of the book, especially when the reader was able to see things through Jesses eyes and all he has to handle with his unruly apprentices and the return of a girl from his past.
The Devoted touches on some serious issues, has some light threads of romance, and is full of interesting characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.