Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review of a "MUST READ" Book!! Amish Fiction at its best!!

Search, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets)The Search
By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Once again, Suzanne outdid herself!!  It doesn't seem possible, but each of her books seems even better than the last- but, that can' t be, I absolutely LOVE each and every one!!
Suzanne's ability to describe the characters  (in such detail that you feel they are part of you) and portray the Amish faith so accurately , with such feeling, is outstanding.
The Search is the third in her series, Lancaster County Secrets, leaving one eagerly waiting to see what will happen in the next book.

Lainey O'Toole , now an adult, was once a child in crisis.  Fifteen years after the fact, her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very town in which she had made a split second decision that affected her own life and that of others.  She is forced to face the past and discovers, while there, how it has impacted so many others. 
Bess, a young girl, is NOT happy to have been sent to spend the summer with her grandmother at Rose Hill Farm, supposedly to help her recover from surgery. It does not take long for Bess to come to the conclusion that she was coaxed to this location for a totally different reason.. Bess' summer looks up , as she meets the hired hand, Billy. Maybe the summer won't be so bad!

The Grandmother, Bertha , is quite a character, who Suzanne makes come alive with humorous descriptions and antics. Along with the involvement of deep emotional challenges of everyone in the story, she adds the laughter and lightness that makes this book so different and enjoyable. Bess' s and Lainy's worlds are about to collide and secrets come out that shock them both, as well as the reader. Bertha's comic relief is much enjoyed as you immerse yourself in this heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness and healing.
As the truth becomes known, a couple of statements made an impact on me -"But God is a redeemer. Never,ever  forget that truth." and "What is done and past cannot be called again".

Suzanne's deep thoughts and understanding of the Amish faith is seen throughout this novel.
The twists and turns just keep you guessing throughout.
The Search is definitely a winner!! Can hardly wait for the next book in the series!!
Book was provided by LifFuse in exchange for this review.
The Search is available now in stores everywhere and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Karla! Thanks so much for your wonderful, thoughtful review of "The Search!" So glad you pointed out some of the more poignant theological themes (God as redeemer)...and also of the humor, too (Bertha Riehl!). Loved, loved, loved your review!
    Warmly, Suzanne