Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Review: The Devoted (The Bishop's Family Book #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Devoted (The Bishop's Family Book #3): A Novel by [Fisher, Suzanne Woods]

The Devoted (The Bishop's Family Book #3): A Novel

From Amazon:
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.

My thoughts:

From the first page I was drawn into this book and didn't want to put it down. Page after page I became involved in the lives of the people of Stoney Ridge. Suzanne Woods Fisher paints a picture of family life dealing with real issues that we all know can happen.

There were so many well developed great characters in this book that it was hard to pick just one favorite. I actually loved them all! So, I'll pick my top two, Patrick Kelly and the Bishop.  Patrick Kelly knew what he wanted and he had a plan. You have got to love that!  There was a mystery that surrounded him and I couldn't wait to find out more. Then there was the Bishop who had a hard job of guiding his flock. He made decisions that were hard but yet he had a love for his congregation and his family. 

With this many great characters you are bound to feel go through many emotions like I did reading this book. I managed to be sad, mad, anxious, then relieved and happy as I read about their lives.  I never wanted to skip a page because I was too afraid of missing something!  

This book is the 3 in the series but I didn't have any trouble at all figuring out who the characters were. Since this one was so good though I really want to go and order the first two!  

A wonderful, wonderful read!

I was provided a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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