Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Haven ~ a Litfuse Tour

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.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.

My thoughts...

The book opens with a mystery and a little humor from Uncle Hank. Sadie Lapp has returned home from helping her sister and brother in law settle into their home and she has brought a surprise. The first thing she sees is Amish buggies and cars parked all over her father's property, an unusual thing in the Amish community.

Two men have eyes for Sadie, one is Amish and one is not. Sadie is attracted to Will, the Englisher, but knows nothing can become of it. I'm not so sure we've seen the last of him though, his father has kept a secret from his family that could bring Will back to the amish community.

I was immediately drawn to this family through the wonderful characters Fisher has created. I enjoyed the closeness between the family members and friends. Amos and the housekeeper was a nice surprise.

I loved the ending and can hardly wait for the next book in the series to see what happen! The Haven gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

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