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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Lesson...Review

About the book:
In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher’s desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.

M.K. has to be one of my favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher characters.  She is spunky, bright and a tad impulsive.  Longing to see the world, she is frustrated when the school board and her step-mother Fern push her into becoming a substitute teacher.  When new student Jenny Yoder comes to class, M.K. is curious about her and her older brother Chris, new arrivals in Stoney Ridge.  Chris begins working for M.K's father and she finds herself drawn to him even as she is curious about his past and life.  But, as answers start to come, her father steps in before M.K. and Chris can make their own decisions.

With the arrival of Chris and Jenny Yoder to Stoney Ridge, Amos Lapp has to finally come to terms with a tragic accident that happened in the past.  Whether he can or not will have a drastic effect on both M.K. and Chris.  Suzanne has such a way with her characters and gets right into their souls.  I love the Lapp family and Chris and Jenny were terrific.  They are all simply fantastic characters.  You feel for them, you care about them and you really want Jimmy Fisher to have some sense knocked into him!   Seriously.

The story can stand alone, but you really do learn a lot about M.K. in the previous books. This was a fitting conclusion to the Stoney Ridge series, although I would have loved an epilogue.  I really don't want to say good-bye to the Lapp family!

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


  1. I read the first 3 books and loved them. I'll have to pick this one up.

  2. I have never read anything by Fisher, but am curious about these books, and would love to give the first in the series a try. Amish fiction is really popular right now, and I would love to try some for myself! Nice review today!

  3. This sounds excellent. I had my first taste of Amish fiction a short while ago (it was an appetizer, really), and I want to read more. Very nice review.

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