Saturday, 6 February 2010

"The Choice" by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Book Review

About the Book
One moment Carrie Weaver was looking forward to running away with Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Solomon Riehl - plans that included leaving the Amish community where they grew up. The next moment she was staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now, Carrie is faced with a choice. But will this opportunity be all she hoped? Or will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?

A tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice uncovers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world - and shows that it's never too late to find your way back to God.

About the Author
Suzanne is a wife and mom, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and an author of Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.

Her relatives on her mother's side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. That's where her interest in Anabaptist traditions began. Suzanne's grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. "We called him "Deardad" even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad's life inspired me to write."

After college, Suzanne was a freelance writer for magazines and became a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today. Her work has been featured in Today's Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Worldwide Challenge, among others. She took the plunge into books a few years ago and now she's hooked. To learn more about Suzanne, visit her website.

My Review

If you enjoy books by Beverley Lewis, pick up a copy of this book! The storyline is compelling and, unlike a lot of Christian fiction, not predictable. The book is aptly titled and is, in fact, about numerous choices made by Carrie and how they affected both her life and the lives of those around her. It's a story of growth - in age, maturity, wisdom and faith.

I often read fiction simply for the escape or for the simple enjoyment of it. This book provided those things, but it also provided food for thought. Counting the cost of our decisions, justice vs vengeance, responsibility or duty vs personal happiness; these are just a few of the topics brought up in The Choice.

This book is the first in the Lancaster County Secrets series and I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book, The Waiting, coming out in October 2010.

Disclaimer - I received my copy of The Choice for free by LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review of the book.


Suzanne said...

Hi Tammy! Just popped by to say hello...and to thank you for reviewing my story! So glad you liked it, too. I enjoyed your pleased you felt it wasn't predictable, that the title suited it, that there was food for thought...and best of all...that you're looking forward to "The Waiting." That's huge! Warmly, Suzanne Fisher

Mrs.Oz said...

I'm calling for a prayerful blog-fast:

for all who want to join in.

Colleen said...

Awesome review. . you've tempted me to pick up the book:)

Tracy said...

Nice review!

I also enjoyed “The Choice” and look forward to reading Suzanne Woods Fisher’s next novel.

I thought the plot was great – robust and satisfying – like a flavourful wine. There were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. There were love triangles, wise old grandmas, wise elders who gave loving counsel, caring sisters, jail birds, guarded secrets, mystery, and sweet, sweet romance. The chemistry between the two main characters was very believable and I enjoyed it immensely.

I wrote a more in-depth review on my own web-site



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