Saturday, October 22, 2016

Once more to Stoney Ridge -- The Devoted

"Let things come to me
instead of rushing at them
as I usually do." - Patrick
"It's a funny thing about time.
There always seems to be enough of it
for the things that really matter." - Matt
"When you get to the end of yourself,
that's where you find God." - Fern

Suzanne Woods Fisher never fails to delight and inspire with her Amish stories. Her latest visit to Stoney Ridge, The Devoted, is certainly no exception.

I have loved the entire Bishop's Family series.  David Stoltzfus is a caring, devoted bishop, in spite of his own uncertainties about his ability to do a good job.  Over the span of the three books, he finds himself dealing with a wide range of challenges related to his own family, as well as other members of his church district.  With wisdom, and sometimes the help of his insightful wife Birdy, he effectively leads those he is responsible for.

Ruthie is one of the most vibrant characters in the series, and she really shines in The Devoted.  She has important decisions to make about her life and learns many lessons that affect her choices.  Patrick Kelly is a fascinating character who adds a very interesting element to the story.  And it is always fun to revisit characters from previous books and even previous series.  Suzanne threw some twists into the story that kept engagement high.  I hope we haven't seen the last of Stoney Ridge.

Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy The Devoted.  I would recommend that you read the earlier two books so that you know about the characters.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book.  I was happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book:

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. 

About the Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include 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. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

If you are interested in what other readers think about The Devoted, visit the blogs listed below.  The dates tell you when their reviews should be posted.

Blog Stops

October 18: cherylbbookblog
October 18: Blogging With Carol
October 18: Mary Hake
October 21: Daysong Reflections
October 22: Back Porch Reads
October 23: Lighthouse Academy
October 23: The Power of Words
October 24: Bigreadersite
October 25: Artistic Nobody
October 25: Donna’s BookShelf
October 26: Pause for Tales
October 26: Bukwurmzzz
October 27: Splashes of Joy
October 28: ASC Book Reviews
October 28: Vic’s Media Room
October 30: Book by Book
October 30: Quiet Quilter


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Devoted and an iPad Mini 2 16GB! Click here to enter:

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