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

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About the book:

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 Stoney 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 like that some of the characters in this series are flawed 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.

A definite 5 stars and a definite must read!

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

 

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

  1. Hi Cathy! Thanks for the great review for “Devoted”…and so glad you liked David. I did, too! Such a tender hearted man. You mentioned a “technique” I have used in a couple of books–bringing in a non-Amish person (in this book, Patrick Kelly) so that readers can “see” the Amish through his eyes. Kind of a fun way to expand on being Amish. On another note…what a great blog you have! VERY appealing to the eye! XO Suzanne

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