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Book Review- The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I recently had the opportunity to review The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I received the book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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I discovered that this is Book 2 in a three book series, The Bishop’s Family, and the first book is entitled The Impostor. I have not read that book, but did not have any trouble understanding what was going on in this one, so the author did a great job of explaining any info that was necessary from the previous story.

 

I have said before that I love Amish fiction, so you won’t be surprised that I enjoyed this book. I found humor in the description of David’s meddling mother and Abigail’s literal, matter-of-fact nature. Dane is smitten with abigail from the beginning and it is sweet to watch as he works to overcome her reluctance. The author also is adept in weaving together the multiple story lines seamlessly.

 

The book also deals with a topic in the Amish community that I have not read much on, which is known as a Quieting. The Author defines a quieting as revoking “the ordination of a bishop, minister or deacon so that he returns to being a church member, but not a leader.” I also enjoyed reading of Abigail’s genealogical interests.

Now I want to read the first book, and look forward to the third in the series, The Devoted when it is released in October. I have already booked up another book by this author, but in a different series.

Read the book description below and scroll down to a link to find it on Amazon:

It’s all her grandmother’s fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client’s brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.  

Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he’s all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives–including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail’s uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.  

As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it’s becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting–a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another?

 

 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels includeThe Imposter, Anna’s Crossing, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Book Review: Maggie Dove by Susan Breen

Book Description:

Susan Breen introduces a charming new series heroine in this poignant and absorbing cozy mystery with a bite. Maggie Dove thinks everyone in her small Westchester County community knows everyone else’s secrets. Then murder comes to town.
 
When Sunday School teacher Maggie Dove finds her hateful next-door neighbor Marcus Bender lying dead under her beloved oak tree—the one he demanded she cut down—she figures the man dropped dead of a mean heart. But Marcus was murdered, and the prime suspect is a young man Maggie loves like a son. Peter Nelson was the worst of Maggie’s Sunday School students; he was also her late daughter’s fiancé, and he’s been a devoted friend to Maggie in the years since her daughter’s death.
 
Maggie can’t lose Peter, too. So she sets out to find the real murderer. To do that, she must move past the grief that has immobilized her all these years. She must probe the hidden corners of her little village on the Hudson River. And, when another death strikes even closer to home, Maggie must find the courage to defend the people and the town she loves—even if it kills her.

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the description of the small town in New York and how the characters are all interconnected due to that small town “thing.” I was a little surprised that the main character, Maggie, was actually an older woman. Surprised, but not bothered by it. I definitely didn’t guess ahead of time who the bad guy actually was. And I also enjoyed that the character of Maggie Dove is also a mystery writer. I was able to read this book very quickly and would definitely recommend it to others. I look forward to more books by this author and especially those featuring Ms. Dove.

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Book Review: Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

Well, let’s start off with the required info, which is that I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Flirtation Walk is actually not the first book that I’ve read by Siri Mitchell. I previously reviewed Like a Flower in Bloom. Click on the link to read my review of that book.

Here is a description of the book. Keep reading at the bottom to read my thoughts!

West Point History Comes Alive in this Warmhearted Romance

Trying to escape the shambles her con-man father has made of their reputation, Lucinda Curtis arrives in West Point, New York, determined to land a husband from the military academy. Campbell Conklin is first in his class and preparing to embark upon a storied career in the U.S. Army. Lucinda thinks Campbell will make the perfect husband . . . as long as he does not find out about her father.

Seth Westcott also has taken a liking to Lucinda. He’s kind, smart . . . and working extremely hard to graduate last. Tradition states that the worst cadets are assigned to the cavalry out west. And west is where Seth must head to track the swindler who stole all of Seth’s mother’s money. Seth is smart enough to vie for the top spot, but life isn’t fair and this is his chance to catch the man who ruined his family. It’s too bad Campbell is all shine and no substance, but Lucinda will surely see through all of that, won’t she?

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My thoughts:

I love historical fiction, so I jumped at the chance to read another of Mitchell’s books. She definitely does her research and makes you believe that you have jumped back in time. The con artist storyline was interesting. Also, just a note that wasn’t in the description- at the very beginning of the book Lucinda believes her father is dead, which is what leads her to Buttermilk Falls, the home of her mother that she never knew.

Even though Campbell Conklin is mentioned in the description, we pretty quickly realize that nothing is going to materialize with him and that Seth Westcott is definitely the real love interest. I found the description of West Point at that time believable, though of course, I wasn’t there. And we even get a cameo from General Lee!

The story alternates between Lucinda and Seth’s first-person points of view, which I enjoyed. Reading that Seth’s family has been taken advantage of by a con-man….. Well, I don’t want to give anything away but since there was another con-man mentioned in this story… hmm…..

Overall a very enjoyable book. I will continue to read any of Mitchell’s books I can get my hands on.

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