Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Letters

Book Review

To be honest, when I received this book I thought, “Oh, no! Not another book about the Amish! Don’t Christian fiction authors write about anything else?” The thing is, I have to admit right up front, this was an excellent book. The Letters, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is book one in the series The Inn at Eagle Hill. I look forward to book two.

This very good read, has me thinking about why Amish fiction is so popular right now. The obvious reason is that we have such busy, complicated lives that living simply has a huge appeal. No big energy bills, tasty, fresh, home -grown food – it sounds wonderful. Not having to worry about staying current in fashion trends, having children who play outside and feed animals, and having horses also sound like a nice addition to a lifestyle. However, I believe the close-knit community is also a big part of the charm. Many of us have a longing for something different – something less complicated – a tight, caring community rather than 532 friends on Facebook. Fisher portrays a group of people that have a caring community where people watch out for each other.

Fisher’s skill as a writer comes through with her characterization. With each chapter that goes by, I felt that I was becoming acquainted with each character. The characters are quirky, interesting, and likeable – that is with the possible exception of Mammi Vera. Rose Schrock, the protagonist, is a widow responsible for raising and providing for four children, plus caring for her sickly mother-in-law, Mammi Vera. Think of the worst mother-in-law stories you can and Mammi Vera can top them. Rose handles it all with a graceful presence and exhibits extreme patience. Rose also has interesting children. The characters add a richness to the story.

I highly recommend this book. I think it stands out in the genre of Amish fiction. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Buy a copy for $11.36

About the Book

Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband’s debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose’s big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she’s even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.

With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher’s tale of God’s providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, 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 Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

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