Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher + Giveaway


Title:  The Devoted
Series:  The Bishop's Family, Book 3
Author:  Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  October 4, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Amish Fiction



The Amish life is all she's ever known--but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick 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 is of the essence and 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--and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred--and the promise of hopes fulfilled.


Some authors have a way of giving readers quite the impact without realizing it until the very last page, just like The Devoted, book 3 of The Bishop's Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher. You know it's good throughout the pages, but how good, you might not have grasp it until the end, when a satisfied sigh escapes.

Let's go through this. The characters. We have it all, those who make you laugh like Jesse Stolzfus, Hank Lapp, Patrick Kelly, Birdy, and Jenny, and those that annoys you like lost boy, Luke. There's David Stolzfus, the bishop who simply put is genuinely kind and full of wisdom. He's one of my favorites of this series in Stoney Ridge, but combined with Birdy (my favorite character), their profound insight and goodness permeates throughout the book. To me, they highlight this series, though it's not technically focused on them. The message as a whole, about time, God's time, your time and patience in waiting for God's plan for you - well done. I love that this story isn't about just one couple, but about the community as a whole and several individuals in and related to the community.

As you already know I love David and Birdy. Jesse, Hank and Jenny are quite hilarious in their own ways. Hank - you will laugh, at least chuckle whenever he makes an appearance.  Ruthy, Luke and Patrick's story, ahhh. I like it. It's slow, but not slow as it the pace is bad. It's a like a slow burn, allowing the emotions and development to take its turn . I like Ruthie's uncertainty and Patrick's "wise-beyond his years" type of intelligence. Luke, a lost child that turns to his wild ways to fill the hole inside of him, and he's not perfect. He's trouble, yet you can't help but be drawn to him and what will happen. I even like Freeman Glick, the "antagonist" of past books in the series.

Suzanne writes with a level of sophistication that you read and feel in her books. The Devoted is no different. Ruthie's simple questions about God, our roles, His plans, all are reminders to us. With prudence and sincerity, we join in on the journey our friends in Stoney Ridge takes in love, life, and the cultural issues that is affected by the influx of the Englisch life.

To check out her other books in the series! (click to see my reviews)

   



Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels includeThe Imposter, 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.


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You’re invited back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled in The Devoted.

Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Devoted with a special giveaway!

One winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Devoted
  • An iPad Mini 2 16GB
Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 2. The winner will be announced November 3 on Suzanne's blog.

Enter to win by filling out the form when you click here, or click the graphic above to enter to win.




                                                                                                                                                                      


4 comments :

  1. I finished to read all your books, and LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Since I am on disability, so only trough library can i get your books,so I was thinking, I try my luck(What i do not believe in-lol only in blessings:)) )

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  2. Great review, Annie! Yes! You (of course) said everything I feel about this novel! And I LOVE the quote graphic you made. If I hadn't already done my review, I would borrow it lol. (By the way, I liked Freeman in this book too haha!)

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  3. CARRIE! Thanks girl! That graphic was from Suzanne's team. I LOVE it too, and that was the quote I highlighted, so I was soooo glad they had a nice graphic on it too!

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  4. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I haven't read any of this series, but have read other books of Suzanne's (I loved The Choice).

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