Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Writer's Review of “The Haven" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

{My Review}

I love the lyrical way Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to put her words together. I read the first book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, The Keeper, back in July in preparation for reading The Haven for this blog tour. It was the first book of the Amish genre I'd ever attempted reading, and I found out quickly enough that Suzanne's writing is so engaging that it didn't matter that I wouldn't generally seek out Amish fiction as my first preference. Her engaging writing and story-telling abilities make it worth the read.

I had actually hoped for a different ending, but that might be because I don't usually read stories about the Amish and should have known better. I did like The Keeper a little more than The Haven, but I think it had more to do with there being a clearly defined hero-character, and my having a little more in common with Julia Lapp than her younger, seventeen year old sister Sadie. I look forward to seeing what kind of mischief their little sister MK will get into in the next and final book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, The Lesson. 

I was given a paperback copy of this book by Revell in order to read it and give my honest review for this LitFuse Publicity Blog Tour. I give The Haven 4 stars.


{More about The Haven}

When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision–one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.

Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation–and his relationship with Sadie.

College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons–courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.

The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.

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{More about Suzanne Woods Fisher} 

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your life. When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. She can be found online at:

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