Suzanne Woods FisherRevell / 2020 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for Two Steps Forward. View reviews of this product. 26 Reviews
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Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome ConclusionSeptember 11, 2020Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two Steps Forward is Suzanne Woods Fisher's awesome conclusion to her The Deacon's Family series.
The neat thing about a conclusion to a series from this author is that you probably haven't seen the last of the story. For example, several of the characters in this book were introduced in earlier visits to Stoney Ridge through this or other series, and some of them are much better versions of themselves than when we first met them. But there is nothing that gets old about revisiting these people and places -- it's much like going back home to catch up with familiar friends and family and the new goings-on in their lives. In addition to some of the romance and regular day-to-day fare you expect in an Amish story, these books include well-written plots that involve difficult and complicated issues that might come up in either Amish or English settings.
I highly recommend Two Steps Forward -- as well as Mending Fences and Stitches in Time -- to fans of great Amish fiction. This story could be read as a stand alone, but would probably be best enjoyed as a part of the series.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A truly scrumptious delight of a read!March 31, 2020KavRCanadaGender: femaleI'm quietly sobbing into my lace handkerchief because this is the last book in The Deacon's Family series and I'm not ready to let these characters go! I can only hope that Suzanne Woods Fisher continues the pattern and returns to Stoney Ridge for her next series! You can totally read Two Steps Forward as a standalone but if you've been keeping current with the Deacon's family and the Stoney Ridge community you will be over-the-moon ecstatic with this story.
Luke is continuing to find his bearings as the community's newest deacon. I have to say, I rather like his unique leadership style. :-) For all his personal growth, there's still some of the rapscallion boy inside which keep things interesting. Especially when he's dealing with Jimmy Fisher. Pot meet kettle!
While this is largely Jimmy and Sylvie's story -- a funny, angsty, squirm-with-delight kind of rocky road to romance, we are also treated with Luke and Izzie's continuing love story which touches on some serious subject matter that the author treats with compassion and grace.
Fisher has blessed us with a host of familiar secondary characters who liven things up for Jimmy and Sylvie. Exasperating Edith and boisterous Hank (who made me want to do him bodily harm a time or two) are back to create mayhem and are nicely buffered by Bishop David's wisdom and no-nonsense Fern's pragmatic approach to everything.
A truly scrumptious delight of a read -- well, listen, since I bought the audible version. Rachel Botchan's narration enhanced the storytelling that much more. I'm still in a state of giddy euphoria. Definitely a book I'll want to listen to again.
MaryAnnORAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart-tugging TaleMarch 21, 2020MaryAnnORAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book can stand alone but does continue the wonderful saga set in Stoney Ridge so the novels are best read in order. Jimmy Fisher has returned home after several years away. Now a widow, Sylvie, who has a young son, lives next-door. He starts working for her, and their precarious relationship begins. Jimmy's mom is determined he should get married and she knows just the Amish wife for him--definitely not Sylvie. The endearing store with its quirky characters draws you in and entertains as well as prompts thoughts about relationships and forgiveness. I like the way the Amish community there works to promote family life and help foster needy kids. The novel incorporates modern news in the story line. Another great one, Suzanne Fisher. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Two Forward Four BackMarch 4, 2020GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With a mother like Edith Lapp, I think I would have sought an Amish community in another state before going back home. That woman was so miserable that she seemed to think everyone else should be miserable too. Of all of the surprises in the book, one of the most amazing was Hank Lapp's comment about him and Edith finding true wedded bliss. That one almost knocked me off my seat. How could anyone find wedded bliss with a woman like her? Jimmy Fisher had always loved horses, so I could understand why he had gone to Colorado to work on a horse ranch. I could also understand why he left there, but I still grapple with him returning to live in his mother's basement. Of course, he would not have met Sylvie Schrock King and her little boy otherwise. I was particularly glad to see the story of Luke and Izzie Schrock continue in this book. Although he was not the lead character, I have especially enjoyed being able to keep track of David Stoltzfus, the bishop of Stoney Ridge. If I was a young man just getting my start in life, I would love to have an established man like him to mentor me and guide me along over the rough spots. He always seems to bring such wisdom to bear on any situation. When I read the title and think about the story, I am reminded of a board game we used to play. The board had several spaces, that when your playing piece landed on one of them, you had to slide the piece back four spaces. So you might move forward two spaces and have to slide back four. That seemed to be how things went for Sylvie and Jimmy. Would they ever get their lives sorted out and keep moving forward?
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMFebruary 26, 2020FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4For years now I have been enjoying trips to Stoney Ridge through the pages of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books. It's always nice to catch up with the characters and get introduced to new members. While this is an Amish community and I'm not Amish there are so many ways that I can relate to this group of people.
Ms. Fisher does a marvelous job of reminding us that even though we live a bit differently we still have a lot in common. Being Amish doesn't keep you from sorrow or strife. But it also doesn't keep you from experiencing joy and harmony.
In Two Steps Forward the subjects of abandoned newborns and late term abortion are addressed. In the Amish community children are looked at as a blessing from the Lord so these two issues concern them greatly. I was impressed with their thoughts on making a difference, even if it only had the potential of making a small difference.
The novel introduced a couple of new characters but it was full of the old ones that we have come to know. Edith Fisher Lapp is still a cranky pants but this time around we get to see a bit of backstory and softening of character. Her husband Hank Lapp continues to make me laugh. Edith's son Jimmy Fisher is back, hat in hand and I enjoyed watching him come full circle. The book is centered on his character along with the widow Sylvie Schrock King.
One of the best things about this book and series is that it is very versatile. It can be read as either part of the series or as a stand alone. If you want my recommendation I would say to go all the way back to the first book in the first series, The Choice. You'll enjoy the development of the characters and the ebb and flow of the Amish life. Don't want to go that far back? Just start with this book. You'll get enough background as you go along to know what has happened before you joined the group.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.