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Book Review: The Devoted

I was so happy to learn I would be reviewing Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest novel, The Devoted! I first read her book The Quieting and am thrilled to return to Stoney Ridge and a host of familiar faces.

the-devoted

The publisher’s blurb:

Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises

Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can to prepare to go–passed the GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion.

Patrick Kelly 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, to Patrick, is of the essence. 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–anything–and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled–complete with Fisher’s signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.

What I thought of the book:

This is the second book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I’ve read, and I love this just as much as I loved reading the book before it, The Quieting. This story centers around one of the bishop’s daughters, Ruthie. At seventeen, she feels the pull of the outside world, wants to know what might be out there for her and what she might become. Still, the Amish world, while seeming to stifle her, is also the world of her family and friends. And the world of Luke Schrock, her bad-boy ex-boyfriend, who has been trying to convince Ruthie they should be back together.

But then there is Patrick Kelly, and English from Canada who is determined that he will learn Penn Dutch, learn how to drive a buggy, and learn the ways of the Amish within one month. He has hired Ruthie to be his Penn Dutch teacher, and has asked her to be ruthless about his lessons. What he doesn’t count on – and neither does Ruthie – is the spark growing between them.

The bishop, David Stoltzfus, has a sister after whom Ruthie is named. The elder Ruth, known by her nickname of Dok, finds herself in Stoney Ridge and purchasing the practice of the former doctor. It’s a giant leap, and not just because the Amish are already wary of doctors, but now having to trust a female doctor? Plus she has a bit of drama in her personal life as well: dating a well-known doctor from the hospital where she had just been working, while Matt, the town cop, is obviously taken with her. But is he perhaps a better match for Dok?

If you have been curious about reading some of the many Amish books out there now, you couldn’t do better than picking up one of the tales by Suzanne Woods Fisher, I think. Lots of research is put into all of these, but she doesn’t inundate the reader with dry information. The stories are lively and fun, and the characters feel as though they are people you know by the end of the books. Definitely a winner.

 

**I was sent this copy from Revell Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**

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Author:

Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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