Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review and Giveaway: The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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About the Book

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money—but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick 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 is of the essence and 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—and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred—and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

My Review

I have really enjoyed Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Bishop’s Family series, and I think this third in the series tops them all.  From the very shocking beginning incident to the delightful ending, what a powerful book full of so many deep, pressing issues and so many truths to be learned and reminded about ourselves.  I really liked so many things about this book:  the sense of community, contentment versus discontent, the effects of depression and alcohol, trusting the gift more than the giver, and so much more.  

I found myself at times catching my breath due to some of the outcomes and other times giggling at the subtle underlying humor.  Author Fisher certainly has a way with her words that keeps me riveted in her stories, especially this particular family and town.  This is a story of individuals, a family, and a town, told through multiple viewpoints so that we are given a complete picture of how each individual is important and leaves their mark on the community.  There are a couple of romances to root for and some surprising outcomes.  The title, The Devoted, has so much more meaning as you read this story and come to the satisfactory ending.  These characters will stay with me for quite a while.

I received this book for free.  A favorable review was not required and all reviews expressed are my own.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing 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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Devoted and an iPad Mini 2 16GB! Click here to enter:

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