Friday, January 21, 2011
Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.
Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past.
Another terrific story from Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her characters jump off the page. Bertha is so unlike your traditional Amish grandmother. She can be prickly, but she's also a bit sneaky and not above breaking some rules to get her own way. Lainey is just someone you wish you could know and Bess is a sweetheart.
Lainey spent part of her childhood in Stoney Ridge and when she returns as an adult, she discovers that her past choices have consequences. As she immerses herself back into the community and decides whether or not to become Amish, she also learns about herself and what she truly wants out of life.
Bess returns to Stoney Ridge at the manipulation of her grandmother, Bertha who wants to see her family reunited. As Bess begins to feel comfortable at Rose Hill Farm, she falls for Billy Lapp who can't see anything beyond a flirty local girl.
As these three lives intertwine and relationships begin to grow, we see a story about strong women and the importance of friendship, family and community.
This was an enthralling, heartwarming and enjoyable story about choices and consequences and love and family. Easily recommended.
The third book in the Lancaster County Secrets series, this one stands alone just fine. In fact, all three books are really stand alone novels.
Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler and the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Suzanne Woods Fisher here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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