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Monday, August 13, 2012

The Haven


Second book in The Stoney Ridge Seasons series, The Haven picks up where we last left off with the Lapp family. Roman and Julia are married and have settled into their Ohio home, thanks to Sadie’s help. Sadie returns home, with some unexpected news, only to discover Gideon Smucker, teaching at the school.

Gideon had just begun keeping company with Sadie prior to her leaving for Ohio, and a brief kiss before her departure, makes her wonder where their relationship stands. The relationship grows more complicated when Sadie faces a tough decision, and Gid considers stepping in to help. As rumors swirl about Sadie, Gid faces the reality that he may not be the only man pursuing her heart. Tender hearted Sadie, wants so much to do the right thing and yet it seems every time she turns around, her life is messier and more complicated.

As with all of Suzanne’s books that I’ve read, this story is a wonderful blend of love, family, dilemmas and relationships. The Lapp family has endured so much and this story is another example of their resolve to stick together in tough times, and make sure the truth prevails.

The ending wasn’t exactly what I was expecting!

I would suggest reading this series in order, so that you get the full back story about the Lapp family. Several characters and situations in this book make more sense if you’ve read the first one, The Keeper. This book could stand alone, but in my opinion it is far more enjoyable, knowing the background on the Lapp family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family and true love in the second installment of the Stoney Ridge Seasons. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie's story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages. When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision--one that goes against her very essence. Yet it's the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.

Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation--and his relationship with Sadie. College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons--courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans. The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie's heart.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California.



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