The Amish life is all she's ever known -- but will it satisfy her soul?
Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stolzfus 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.
This is the third book in The Bishop's Family series. It can be read as a standalone thanks to the handy dandy list of characters and brief bios the author provides but, honestly, this is such a sublime series you will really want to read The Imposter and The Quieting as well.
I love the sense of homecoming I feel when I open one of Fisher's novels. I'm immediately invited in and become part of the community. And Stoney Ridge is the kind of place I'd like to live. Fisher has created a small town with so many memorable characters!
Ruthie Stoltzfus has been a favourite of mine in previous books and she really shines in this one. All earnest and eager and brimming with teenage angst. She's positive she's meant for more than what Stoney Ridge has to offer. In contrast, Englischer, Patrick Kelly is eager to leave the complications of the world behind for a simpler life living among the Amish. Ruthie thinks he's crazy, but she's also reluctantly intrigued.
There's a host of other familiar characters to get involved with too -- both Englisch and Amish. Including Bishop David Stoltfus (one of my favourite characters ever!) who is charged with guiding them all in his quiet, contemplative way.
The power of Fisher's storytelling is in the way she weaves all these character's stories together. Diverse plot lines converge in powerful ways and a reader comes away feeling immensely satisfied and fulfilled.
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