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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Haven...Review

About the book:
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.

When Sadie returns to Stoney Ridge after visiting her sister, she returns home with a baby in a basket and discovers that people would rather gossip that find out the truth.  She meets Will Stoltz a young man who is studying endangered falcons that have begun nesting on the Lapp farm.  At once drawn to Will, Sadie is confused about Gideon Smucker, the school teacher who has always loved her.  When misunderstandings arise and judgments are made, Sadie finds herself wondering where she will find happiness.

While I found myself  frustrated with selfish, gossipy people in Sadie's community, I loved visiting the Lapp family again.  These characters are simply remarkable.  Finding out more about Menno was a fantastic surprise.

First in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, you can read this first book The Keeper here. After reading The KeeperI was anxious to read Sadie's story in The Haven and it was worth the wait.  I look forward to M.K.'s story next.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Suzanne Woods Fisher here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.


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4/5 Stars


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