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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: The Haven

About the Book:

When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision–one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.

Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation–and his relationship with Sadie.

College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons–courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.

The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.

Read an excerpt!

Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. Suzanne can be found on-line at:

My Opinion
The Haven is the second book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. I, unfortunately, didn't read the first book, The Keeper, and I do recommend reading it first because I felt a little left out in some of the events they talked about in The Haven.

Suzanne Fisher is one of the great Amish Fiction writers and if you are really into Amish Fiction then you will love this book!

For me, it was just so-so for the story line. Nothing really drew me into the story or made it stand out from the hundreds of other Amish Fiction books I have read in the last couple of years. Sadly, I wasn't dying to read this book every night like I am with most books I read.

I did like the individual characters - the quiet Sadie who is learning to be strong and more outspoken with the arrival of an unexpected baby, MK who is outgoing, a firecracker who doesn't back down to anyone and Sadie's two love interests: Will and Gideon who must overcome a lot of obstacles to figure out what they want out of life! I also really liked the upfront and straightforward housekeeper, Fern, who doesn't mess around and has tons of fun anecdotes and sayings for life!

If you are a huge fan of Amish Fiction you will like this book. If not, I have recommended some other Amish fiction books before that may be better to start with.

Buy It: You can purchase The Haven for $9.68 on

Celebrate the newest book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series with Suzanne by entering her 4 eReader Giveaway and Facebook Party and RSVPing for the Live Video Chat on 8/30 TONIGHT!! 

Four grand prize winners will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Fire or Nook Color 
  • $25 or Barnes& Gift certificate 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 29th. Winner will be announced at Suzanne's Live Author Chat Party on 8/30. Suzanne will be hosting an author chat (party will start on Facebook AND then be Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and several Burt's Bees® Nourishing Radiance Kits!!

So grab your copy of The Haven and join Suzanne on the evening of the August 30th for a fun chat (both on Facebook and via Live Video), trivia contest and lots of giveaways. 

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* Thank you to Litfuse for their book for review! Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*


Terra Heck said...

I enjoy reading books of the Amish genre. This one sounds like a nice read.