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Friday, January 4, 2013

Review of Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Lesson

About The Lesson:
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
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.
My Review:
I was so looking forward to this book!  I've read the other two in the series, and M.K. was, by far, my favorite character from the series and I was so excited that this was her story.  Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.  This book was so good, I couldn't harldy put it down.  M.K. is just as precoucious as and adult as she was as a child.  We are also introduced to Chris "Yoder" and his sister in this story,and they are somewhat of  a mystery.  Where are they from, and why are they here.  My heart really aches for their circumstances.  They are welcomed into the Lapp family fold.  There are also so mysterious issues that come to light in this book that aren't addressed in the other two, having to do with Maggie Lapp, the mother of M.K., Sadie and Julia.  Amos, their father, has to work through these issues, because they cause a real problem for him.  M.K. does grow up in this story and does some things she doesn't want to do, but she ends up loving them.  All same, lovable charaters are still in this book that were in the other two.  I would highly recommend this book as I would recommend the other two in the series also.  The best book I've read in a while, keep up the good work Suzanne, can't wait for your next book, and wouldn't mind to read more about the Lapp family!    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

Meet Suzanne:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iphone or ipad! Download the Free App!
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Melina! Thank you so very much for your wonderful review of M.K.'s story. Thrilled you enjoyed and that it met your expectations (that's huge!). I'm sorry I haven't stopped by your blog sooner on the tour...I had a manuscript due in right after Christmas, just as "Lesson" was releasing, and I've been busier than a one-armed paperhanger. Just getting caught up now. I did see your review on Amazon. Thank you for that!!! Grateful you're part of the blog tour, Melina. Warmly, Suzanne