Sunday, January 6, 2013

"The Lesson" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I have loved my time in Stoney Ridge. It has sure been a season of growth for these characters and for myself. It's a blessing to walk away from a series and find yourself with a lesson from each novel you have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. Suzanne Woods Fisher is brilliant and such a talented lady. When it comes to Amish Fiction she is the best. I admire her writing style. It's inviting. Simply inviting. That says a lot, right there.

In, "The Lesson", the focus is placed on the character of Mary Kate. She is nineteen and I gotta tell ya, she is one immature girl. Her focus seems to remain on her and where the action is. She has a mind that kind of spins a web of sorts. A creative mind at that. Her focus never seems to be where it's needed, but where she dreams of being and that isn't being a teacher.

You gotta love how the Lord opens doors for us that we think we aren't ready to enter. M.K didn't want to be the presiding teacher, but the job was placed in her hands anyway. She gains some great advice. This is one thing I did like about M.K. She was always on search for who she is. Let's put it this way. She was able to receive great lessons and apply them to her life.

Some lessons we learn ourselves and others are taught to us through the actions of others. We meet two characters that just stole my heart. Chris and Jenny Yoder. We learn just what addiction can cost a family and what the love of others can bring. We see what assuming can do a person. It can bring a guilty verdict before the truths are found out.

This is a beautifully written book and a wonderful way to end the series. All questions are not always answered and I think I kind of like that about Suzanne. It leaves room for imagination and I see nothing but blessings for these characters I have grown to love.

I hate to say it, but I see bits of M.K in my own personality. She is quite the fixer. She isn't one to give up when it comes to something she wants. But through the life lessons of others she learns not to assume too quickly and always open the door the Lord is holding for us. If not, we just might miss out on a huge lesson.

This book was a gift from Bethany House Publishers for my review of this novel.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


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