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.
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.