Friday, October 21, 2016

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher Including a GIVEAWAY

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.
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My Thoughts:
I think this is the last book in the series... Sigh... This was such an enjoyable series to read. I loved every book. Each book could stand alone, but I would recommend that you read each book as they all kind of go together. This book is mainly about one of David's daughter's Ruthie and her restlessness. She isn't happy being Amish, but she really doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. Until...

Enter Patrick, a young man with limited time on his hands and a deep seated desire to become Amish. At first she isn't very fond of him, but the annoyance soon turns to intrigue, as she feels a compelling calmness about him. It seems he truly knows how to enjoy life. Without realizing it, he is teaching Ruthie to live "in the moment" and appreciate all the simple things in life. So much so... that even Amish life... might not be so bad after-all. But tragedy strikes as Luke, Ruthie's ex-boyfriend, jumps in and things get out of control. 

This may be my favorite book yet in the series . One of the things I love about these books is that they don't seem to me like your typical Amish. There is a lot going on in this book. David, the Bishop, feels as though something just isn't right in his community. After some difficult times, the community has become prosperous, wealthy even. And although it seems like things are looking up, David is concerned about the undertones - the feeling that something is missing. But he can't quite pin point the problem or how to solve it. I like the fact that Suzanne doesn't make it all about rules and regulations. She makes it about relationship with God and raises some awesome thought provoking ideas for the reader. I am truly impressed and was myself convicted various times throughout the read. 

I would highly recommend this series.  I am really hoping Suzanne will write a few more - there are still characters to work with. This book was provided to me free by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to review it positively, and all opinions are my own. 
About the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children's books ('The Adventures of Lily Lapp' series) to novels ("The Choice") to non-fiction books ("Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World"). 

When Suzanne isn't writing, she's probably playing with puppies. She's been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can't stop at one. 

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne's website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Devoted and an iPad Mini 2 16GB! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a60b

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October 21: Daysong Reflections
October 22: Back Porch Reads
October 23: Lighthouse Academy
October 23: The Power of Words
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October 27: Bibliophile Reviews
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