This is Book 1 of The Bishop’s Family Series

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Genre: Amish Historical

Pages: 320

Book Information

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?

As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy
for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check. 

When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher introduces her loyal fans to a brand-new series set in their favorite town–Stoney Ridge. As always, Fisher delivers endearing characters and plot twists that keep readers turning page after page after page.

Author

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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My Ideation

This story had many interesting characters.  They were believable and reminded me of how, we as believers, fail God daily.  Each character brought their own turmoil, strengths, and views to the table.  I found myself getting frustrated with the Glick brothers who were not acting upon God’s word, but their own interpretation of His word.  I found myself rooting for Birdy Glick to fall in love and marry and I found myself having much sympathy for Katrina Stoltzfus.  

I love when I can sympathize with a character.  It reminds me of the fact that as humans, we make mistakes daily.  It also reveals to me that the author can turn mistakes into joyous outcomes in their stories.  Life is often the same way.  Stories are not always just based on imagination.  This story takes real life-like events and reveals how God can work through all the turmoil, if allowed.

Summation

4/5

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review and was not compensated financially. 

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