Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ review

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719883

Spring brings new life, young love, and second chances to Stoney Ridge.

On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.

Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?

Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else . . . until he befriends Sadie.

As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.

My take on this book: 
This book opens with Sadie Lapp having spent the winter in Berlin Ohio but now she is headed back to Windmill Farms. When she arrives she notices dozens of cars and buggies parked at the farm,and because of her shyness she dreads facing so many people. Add to this the fact that Sadie has something  of her own that is going to surprise her family,something that will have tongues wagging, and the community turning against her. Meanwhile Will Stoltz is an Englisher who has been sent to babysit some rare birds at the Lapp farm, as he gets to know the family he is especially drawn to Sadie, but he has issues that just might cost him the trust of the Lapp family. Thing is Will isn't the only person enamored with Sadie, but Gideon Smucker feels like everything he does around Sadie just seems to upset her.Will Sadie fall for the Englisher, or will she choose Gideon, and what will the community do? 

"The Haven" is the second book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and while I feel like the author gives plenty of information that allows this book to easily be a stand alone read, it's such an interesting series that you really should read "The Keeper" as well. This book picks up right were the last one left off. I really enjoyed reconnecting with the Lapp family, and learning how Sadie's father was doing. One of my favorite characters in the story easily had to be Mary Kate, her character literally jumps off the page. I also enjoy the aspect of bird watching that is woven into the story. Overall, a wonderfully written series that makes me feel like I am visiting old friends. Suzanne Woods Fisher certainly knows how to pen a story filled with rich detail, and a story line that just begs to be read. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided 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:

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