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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter to win your very own iPad in The Search iPad Giveaway!

Enter at the link below and then be sure to attend Everything is Coming Up Roses Party on February 3rd to see if you won (and to chat about books and win one of the MANY other prizes Suzanne is giving away – including roses delivered to your door for you AND a friend!)! 

Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

 Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.
 Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

 "Beautifully written, 'The Search' is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past."

About Suzanne:
In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

 Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she now has numerous  books under contract with Revell. Also look for Suzanne's Amish non-fiction, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, as well as Amish Proverbs, and coming in Spring of 2011, look for Amish Values for Your Family. The Choice and The Waiting are the previous books in the Lancaster County Secrets Collection.
 Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

Third title in the Lancaster County Secrets series, The Search is a powerful story of reconciliation and forgiveness. This book is a perfect example of the impact that decisions have on our lives – especially the “split second” decisions often made in moments of crisis.  As unexpected romantic relationships begin to develop, secrets buried long ago slowly come to light and threaten the innocence of the quiet Amish community in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. 

15 year old Bess Riehl  is spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her grandmother Bertha, where she meets Billy Lapp and begins to feel the bittersweet pains of first love.  As the summer unfolds and Bess learns more about her quirky grandmother, she realizes that Bertha had an ulterior motive in bringing her to Rose Hill Farm.

I really like that this story contrasts and compares the Amish/English lifestyles and relationships which gives a more contemporary feel to the book.  There wasn’t an overuse of Pennsylvania Dutch nor did the author follow the trend of making the plain people so plain and straight-laced, that they were predictable.  The story and characters are believable and as a reader, I was able to relate to their conflicts and emotions.  This was my favorite book in this series and I highly recommend it for those who enjoy Amish fiction.

Purchase a copy here

Check out the "spot-search-win" contest here

Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest installment of the Lancaster County Secrets, The Search,  is just out and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!

One Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Prize Package worth over $500 and includes:
To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 3rd at Suzanne's Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party. (Did you know The Search takes place on a rose farm?)
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Facebook Party:
Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.

This book was provided free for review by LitFuse

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Hi Melissa! LOVED your review of "The Search!" I really did! You brought out so many wonderful subtle points of the story--thank you, thank you, thank you! Would you be able to post your review on Amazon/CBD? I would be honored!!! Warmly, Suzanne