The Devoted (The Bishop’s Family #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher (review by Cathy)

the-devoted

Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can to prepare to go–passed the GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly 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, to Patrick, is of the essence. 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–“anything”–and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled–complete with Fisher’s signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.

My review:

It was great returning to Stony Ridge and catching up with the Stoltzfus family and their friends.  I’ve come to think of them as old friends, thanks to the authors ability to craft realistic characters that I’ve grown quite fond of.

David has been my favorite character since The Imposter. His faith, his love for his family and his community has remained unwavering despite any difficulties he’s encountered.

I liked how flawed some of the characters are in this series and was glad that Suzanne didn’t portray all of them as perfect Amish people.

The arrival of Patrick Kelly added another layer to the story with his insightful observations and his desire to convert to the Amish. I really liked him so much and was rooting for him to succeed.

Luke Shrock has been a nuisance and I’ve never liked him, but I’ll have to grudgingly admit that there’s a valid reason for his poor behavior.  He’s wreaked havoc in the community, causing pain for so many. Yet, he’s forgiven and forgiveness is the strong message in The Devoted.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.

About the author:suzanne
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living.
Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
Suzanne can be found on-line at:
http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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