Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Letters By Suzanne Woods Fisher Blog Tour

/ / T h e   L e t t e r s / /

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Title: The Letters
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Source: Review Book
Number Of Pages: 316
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2093-3
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Madi's Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars

 / / Book  Description / /

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.

 / / Madi's  Book  Review / /

 Well, this is the second book that I have read by Suzanne Woods Fisher, and the first one was A Big Year For Lily, which is a children's book. So, this is the first real taste that I have gotten of her writing. I must admit that I was a little hesitant going into this novel. I knew her only as a children's author. Turns out Suzanne has numerous other books published for older readers, and I was dead wrong about her abilities. I have always been a big fan of Amish fiction, and Suzanne did a very good job with representing all of what I have learned about the Amish. Thumbs up on doing your research Miss Fisher! So many times I will read an "Amish" fiction, and I can tell the author didn't hardly look into the Amish way of life. The way facts are misrepresented in some of these books can tickle my OCD side. 
Not only did the author present the Amish in a good light, the way she carried out the plot was pretty good too. Rose Schrock is a widow left with debt up to her eyeballs from her dearly departed husband, four children to raise and a finicky old step-mother bent on making her life miserable. She never loses her patience though, and her faith in God is admirable. Rose remodels her basement into a place for out of town guest to lodge because she is in a tight spot financially, but she never guessed what this business venture would bring into her life, or who.
 Galen King is a humble Amish horse breeder with a quiet spirit and an eye for those in need. After the death of Rose's husband, Dean, Galen takes it upon himself to make sure his neighbors aren't lacking. Rose may not like having to depend on other people, but he isn't going to give her much of a choice. It's time someone helped HER for a change!
This story was so sweet. I couldn't put it down. Though there were many sub stories going on right alongside the main plot, I think that Suzanne juggled them all pretty well. By the time I finished The Letters I was eager to read about the story of Rose's daughter, Bethany. The spine of this novel says "Book 1", which gives me hope that there will be a "Book 2", (come on Suzanne, you know you can't leave me hangin'). I look forward to reading more books by this author, and I can't recommend this book enough!
 Note: I was provided with a free copy of The Letters to read and review by the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not paid to review this book, and I was not required to give it a good review if I did not find it deserving. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100%  my own and completely unbiased.


  1. Hi Madilyn!
    Loved your review of "Letters!" I'm so glad you were on the blog tour. Thank you for the thumbs up about research re: Plain living (means a lot to me!)...and yes, Book 2, "The Calling," is all about Bethany. In fact, the cover is up on Amazon and I think they captured her essence! See what you think! And thank you again for your thoughtful words about my work. Warmly, Suzanne

    1. I just looked up the cover for "The Calling", and it looks great! I can't wait to read it!


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