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Stitches in Time | Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stitches in Time, the second book in The Deacon’s Family series, by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

After getting to know Luke and Izzy in the first book in this series, Mending Fences, I enjoyed how Suzanne continued their story, while adding the story of Luke’s brother Sam, and his attempts to court Mollie Graber, the new schoolteacher in Stoney Ridge.

I absolutely LOVE the characters in this series. I almost wish I lived in this community. Everyone–well, most everyone–is encouraging, supportive, and lovable. These books are going on the TOP SHELF of my favorite bookcase!

I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Mending Fences | Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

 

Today I am reviewing Mending Fences, the first book in The Deacon’s Family series, by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt–a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers’ favorite characters.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Every saint has a past.  Every sinner has a future.

I absolutely LOVED reading about Luke Schrock. . . and how, after messing up his life with alcohol and more than his share of mistakes. Thankful for a chance to fix things, Luke returns home to Stoney Ridge — only to find out everyone isn’t eager to welcome him back.

One of his conditions of moving back is to offer his sincere apologies, which doesn’t come easily for him — especially when the people he wronged were more hurt by his actions than he would ever have expected. Gulp!

It seems like he may never get done. . . and this just may be his last chance to make things right!

If you’ve enjoyed reading stories by Suzanne Woods Fisher, I can almost guarantee that you’re gonna LOVE this series! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, which will be available later this year.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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  2. Stitches in Time

Top 25 Authors of 2018

 

 

 

 

This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon

 

God bless you!

 

Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018

 

The Devoted | Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

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Today I am reviewing The Devoted… the third book in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises

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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—complete with Fisher’s signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

In this long-awaited novel, Suzanne takes us back to Stoney Ridge to follow along Ruthie Stoltzfus’ journey. It is not an easy one—and not one, but two young men stand in her path to leaving the plain life.

There is much more to Ruthie than what you see on the surface. She has secrets. She has dreams. She has plans. What is keeping her in Stoney Ridge? Could it be her family . . . or the new young man in town . . . or the boy next door — the ex-boyfriend who is determined to win her back?

I’m not certain even Ruthie knows, but something is holding her back.

Will she choose faith, family and love — or will she set off on her own to explore a world outside of Stoney Ridge?

You’ll have to read it to find out. In fact, I recommend you read the whole series. You’ll be blessed by it.

Happy reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

 

 

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About the Author

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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 http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com 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: https://promosimple.com/ps/a60b

 

 

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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This was a very difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I had well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — but I finally had to list my favorite authors by genre — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TEN 15 AMISH AUTHORS for 2014:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Amy Clipston    Vannetta Chapman    Ruth Reid    

   Emma Miller    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    BJ Hoff

   Mary Ellis    Cindy Woodsmall    Laura V. Hilton    Wanda Brunstetter    

   Charlotte Hubbard (also as Naomi King)    Beth Wiseman    Jerry Eicher    

 

… and I have to mention two new Amish authors who are wonderful:

    Elizabeth Byler Younts      Rachel L. Miller

 

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite historical authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Inn at Eagle Hill #3)

Love does extraordinary things to people . . . .

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Today I am reviewing The Revealing, the third and final novel in the Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

This is what Baker Publishing Group has to say about The Rescue:

In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she’s up to, she’s in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it’s worth it.

But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.
 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Naomi King has had my thoughts on her for awhile… what is really going on with Tobe Schrock? Her brother might want to marry Tobe’s stepmother, but he makes it plain that he doesn’t care much for Tobe.

So what is going on between Tobe and Naomi? And how did Naomi get permission to visit him in prison every week? And what will Galen or the Bishop think if they find out?

Suzanne is amazing at filling in gaps throughout this final story in the series, The Inn at Eagle Hill, while creating a few new pitfalls for our favorite families of Lancaster. I love how Suzanne draws me into her stories, even making me feel depressed and wishing I had never begun reading… but somehow I just can’t put the book down and by the time it’s finished I’m feeling better and can’t seem to wait for the next one. Even this last book is filled with drama!

Just when we think it couldn’t get much worse for Tobe and Naomi, is does… I can’t reveal much (I don’t like spoilers) but suffice it to say that love does extraordinary things to people.

 

Click HERE for more from The Baker Publishing Group.

You can click HERE to read more reviews and find other info on GoodReads.

Click HERE to purchase the book on ChristianBooks and HERE for Amazon

Click HERE to visit Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

The Rescue by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Inn at Eagle Hill novella)

He’s taking a chance on love… and there’s no plan B.

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Today I am reviewing The Rescue, an Inn at Eagle Hill novella by Suzanne Woods Fisher but technically the third to be read in the series.

The following is from Suzanne’s website:

Will Stoltz has returned to Stoney Ridge with a clear plan. He’s opening a wild bird rescue center and is determined to rekindle his fizzled romance with Jackie Colombo, the veterinarian who stole his heart.

But nothing is working out as Will planned. The leased building for the rescue center is a disaster, his funding is rapidly dwindling, and Jackie Colombo has disappeared without a trace.

When an injured eagle is found in a pasture near the Inn at Eagle Hill, Will is desperate to prove to himself, to his skeptical father, and to everyone else that his mission has not been in vain.

But even the best laid plans are no match for fate.

MY THOUGHTS:

This story was so great… I really wished it was a full-size novel. I’m sure Suzanne could have done it. But it was fun reading about Will Stoltz… at Stoney Ridge.

Poor Will… he soon realizes he made his decision to settle in Stoney Ridge based on the idea of finding the young vet he had connected with before, but she wasn’t to be found. Then young Luke hears that she’s been shot in the stomach 15 times!

I won’t go on so I don’t spoil the story for you (but the above paragraph is absolutely true)! Since this is an ebook, you can read it immediately if you buy it and download it to your iPhone, tablet or computer. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Click HERE for the page on GoodReads

Click HERE for the book page on ChristianBook.com

Click HERE to buy the eBook on Amazon. It’s only $1.99. GREAT DEAL!

Click HERE to visit Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Inn at Eagle Hill #2)

 …Bethany’s restless HEART is searching for answers – in life and in love


Today I am reviewing The Calling, the second novel in The Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

This is what Baker Publishing Group has to say about The Calling:

Bethany Schrock’s love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending hot summer days wading through a lifetime of accumulation at the home of five elderly Amish sisters. She’s not sure what she wants out of life, but she knows that she’s not finding it in Stoney Ridge.

Then a new guest at the Inn at Eagle Hill ropes her into volunteering in a community project for down-and-outers. Reluctant at first, Bethany starts to feel a bit of joy and satisfaction again. But not so much that Jimmy Fisher, adorable and impossible, can woo her affections with his winks and tricks. Well, maybe a little.

When a figure from her past reenters her life, Bethany must decide: What does the past mean to her future?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the quiet community of Stoney Ridge.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is a truly amazing series!

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but let me say how sad I felt for Bethany when she finds out the truth about a part of her past. And how frightened she is… until she discovers that she’s ok.

The little touches in the book are delightful… I could imagine how frightened Bethany was when she found a trunk full of bones, but the explanation was so simple…

The addition of Geena and the teens from the group home created a bit of excitement – especially concerning Jake, who kept turning up just like a bad penny.

Suzanne is wonderful at showing how true events can affect families, and how God works in their lives, even when they can’t see Him working. There are so many little incidents that come together for good.

Please keep reading with me… the next story isn’t a paperback novel – it’s a novella in ebook format. It features Will Stoltz, son of Delia and Charles Stoltz, from the first of the series, The Letters.

Watch for my review of it, coming in a couple of days…

Click HERE from The Baker Publishing Group.

You can click HERE to read more reviews and find other info on GoodReads.

Click HERE to purchase the book on ChristianBooks and HERE for Amazon

Click HERE to visit Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Inn at Eagle Hill #1)

Today I am reviewing The Letters. This is the first novel in the Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

 

This is what Baker Publishing Group has to say about The Letters:

Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another.

But what she doesn’t expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door.

Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways. With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.

MY THOUGHTS:

I snuck right into the story from the beginning… I could see the beautiful view from the hill, and stood with Rose as she prayed, asking God to look down and let her know what she ought to do… then she saw a shooting star!

It is so easy to get involved with Suzanne’s characters; although I’ve never lived in Pennsylvania, I found myself identifying with them.

This is such an amazing series… Rose is one in a million! A member of the Mennonite church, she married a divorced man with two older children and continued to care for them after his death. Now they’re grown and one is in trouble… but Rose continues to pray for him.

After her husband’s untimely death, Rose joins the Amish church and moves in with his Amish mother to care for her… and the family.

When the financial burden becomes too much, she gets permission from the Bishop to create a small apartment in the basement to rent. Will she ever be able to relax?

Suzanne doesn’t think twice about showing the pain and difficulties that people go through – apparently even Amish families! And the difficulties aren’t cleared up easily, as one would presume.

Even so, I have been so blessed by this book. It’s truly inspiring!

Even when I got to the end of the book, and I was left wondering about Tobe, Jake, Dean, Vera, Delia and Charles, Rose and Galen, Bethany and Jimmy, Mim and Danny.

and I couldn’t wait to read the sequel….

 

Click HERE for more about The Letters from The Baker Publishing Group.

Click HERE to read more reviews and find other info on GoodReads.

Click HERE to purchase the book on ChristianBooks and HERE for Amazon

Click HERE to visit Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

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