Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises
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.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Imposter, The Quieting, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Great book! It definitely had a lot of surprises in it! It starts out with an Amish girl named Ruthie. She is tired of the life she leads and feels trapped in a world that is agonizingly plain. She yearns for something much more and feels like she can’t tell her family that she wants to get out of her Amish community. It was hard for me to remember that she was only 17, the book read as though she is much older.
Ruthie has a family that loves her and she has so many good things going for her. But unfortunately with the humdrum of life she has come to not see the great things that she has; the community, her family, her faith, and so much more. She is blind to the things she has because of the fact that she is so determined to do something else with her life than be Amish.
In comes a stranger to her world, a man named Patrick. He is a faithful, God-loving man that has come to convert to the Amish way of life. He is goal driven and he does what it takes to immerse himself into the community. He has only 30 days to learn as much as possible to prove to his parents that he can do it!
Patrick is an awesome character, a person that you would want to know. He has a great relationship with God and takes absolutely nothing for granted. He has an unshaken faith in the fact that God has a purpose for all of us and we need to do what we can to help others and be the best person we can be. Ruthie learns a lot from Patrick and a blossoming friendship could turn into so much more.
There are so many characters in this book, I thought that it would be difficult to remember all of them but I had no problems at all. The author does a great job in keeping them distinguishable enough that it is hard to forget who they are. Each character has so much going on in this book, it isn’t just about Ruthie. It is so many small stories intricately interwoven into one massive story that will take over your brain! It was such a great book! I had a hard time putting it down and the twists and turns that the author throws at you keep you on your toes. It is the third book in a series but it can definitely be read as a standalone.
Overall a great book, I will definitely be recommending. The author did such a good job that I will definitely be looking for more from her! I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.