Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review of The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Review of The Letters

(Inn at Eagle Hill, #1)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband's debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose's big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she's even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King. 
With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher's tale of God's providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.
MY REVIEW:
This story feels like coming home after a long time away.  It felt wonderful to see characters from Suzanne's previous works in this story.  I felt like I was there in the new Inn at Eagle Hill as I read.  What a wonderful retreat of rest and refreshing.  I know that I have certainly felt the need to "run away" and leave the hurts of this world behind and what better place to do this than an Amish home in Stoney Ridge?  
I think I will give a call to the phone shack and make my own reservation with Rose.  
"What?  It's a fictional setting?   I can't go ?"  Sniff, sniff.   "NOW what shall I do to escape? hmmmm, I think I will read another book of Suzanne's."     
"What??? Book #2 is not out yet?"  Stomps away.  "I think I'll just go back to bed!
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the  Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher

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). With help from an agent, she has five books currently under contract with Revell. On September 1st, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, will be released by Revell. The Choice, a novel about the Amish, will follow on January 1st.

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: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

2 comments:

  1. Rhonda...your review made me laugh out loud! LOVED IT! So glad you enjoyed visiting the Inn! I think Book 2 is even better--the story focuses on Bethany and a few discoveries she stumbles unto. And Jimmy Fisher steps it up! :)
    Thanks so much for reading my book and for giving it your thumbs up! Means a lot to me, Rhonda. Warmly, Suzanne

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  2. Suzanne does write some wonderful stories and you do it justice with your review, thanks for sharing.
    I am anxious to read more of her work. so many great authors and I am behind with my reading.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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