Sunday, 26 August 2012

Book Review: The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the book:  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.

My Thoughts:  I've really come to enjoy reading these works of Amish fiction by Fisher and this book hit the mark once again.

One thing I love about this book was how realistic it is about the realities of some very common character flaws.  Pride, assumptions and jumping to conclusions, usually caused by our self-absorption, is something I'm fairly sure has happened to all of us at one time or another (and another!).  While reading, it was easy to have the gift of "omniscience" when it came to the storyline, and because of that these assumptions were somewhat humourous and, it would be easy to think, ridiculous.  Until you compare it to your own similar failings and realize it's far too human than we'd sometimes like to admit.

Thanks, Fisher, for that little toe tromping!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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