The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher
About the book:
Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many.
Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.
Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
"Beautifully written, 'The Search' is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past."
In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.
Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.
After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.
Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she now has numerous books under contract with Revell. Also look for Suzanne's Amish non-fiction, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, as well as Amish Proverbs, and coming in Spring of 2011, look for Amish Values for Your Family. The Choice and The Waiting are the previous books in the Lancaster County Secrets Collection.
Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.
Suzanne can be found on-line at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com/
My Take: I really liked this book alot. I spent the last two days reading it and found it very hard to put down. This book had it all romance,love and mystery. It even had humor with the grandmother determined to get arrested so she could get one phone call (she's Amish so no phone). Great Story and great story telling. I would highly recommend if you like Amish books and even if you don't but like a well crafted story with a satisfying ending. The book didn't quite ended the way that I thought it would but I was satisfied with the ending. Even though this is part of a series the books are totally stand alone books and you don't have to have read the others to read this one. (but you will want to after having read The Search).
Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest installment of the Lancaster County Secrets, The Search, is just out and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!
One Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Prize Package worth over $500 and includes:
- A brand new iPad (16KB with Wi-Fi)
- Signed copies of all three Lancaster Country Secrets books (The Choice, The Waiting, & The Search)
To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 3rd at Suzanne's Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party. (Did you know The Search takes place on a rose farm?)
Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.
to see What others are saying follow the blog tour:
Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly ;If you are looking for a read that will suck you in an make you hold your breath from beginning to end, you are looking for The Search, by Suzanne Woods Fisher. The twists and turns in this book will keep you turning page after page as you both dread and anticipate the outcome. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master at creating intricate plots and subplots and creating true to life characters able to make the reader laugh and cry.
Melanie at The Ramblings of Two Readers ;The Search is a quick and enjoyable read that offers a departure from the more formulaic Amish novels that I have read in the past. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Characters from The Choice and The Waiting make appearances in The Search, but each novel focuses on different characters and situations. Suzanne Woods Fisher reintroduced me to Amish fiction, and I plan to read The Choice and The Waiting.
Wendi's Book Corner - Rainy Day Reads in Seattle The Search is another beautifully written and developed Amish fiction book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that will touch your heart and keep you coming back for more. She writes with such warmth and depth, bringing her characters to life and shining a gentle spotlight on the Amish beliefs and way of living. I always finish reading her books with a little smile on my face.
Wendy at wall-to-wall books Well it is no big surprise that Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again in her third book in the "Lancaster County Secrets Series". I had the privilege of reading all three books, and I loved every one.
Tina’s Book Reviews This was my first Amish fiction read for 2011 and Fisher once again...does not disappoint! Suzanne has a knack for writing wholesome yet real Amish story’s that take you into a more quiet place with in-depth writing, beautiful romances and charming characters. Full of humor and heart touching scenarios, The Search is a lovely Amish tale you don’t want to miss.
Jennifer at Reflections in the Window
Sarah at Mommy's Minute I felt that the story was interesting. I think Fisher did a good job of keeping the reader interested in the story. The character of Bess develops from a self-focused child into a maturing young adult. Things did not end exactly the way I anticipated, which is a good thing in my book.
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