Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Review)

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Revell; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0800733858

About the book:

With a vibrant, fresh style Suzanne Woods Fisher brings readers into the world of a young Amish woman, Carrie Weaver, torn between following the man she loves--or joining the community of faith that sustains her, even as she questions some of the decisions of her elders. Her choice begins a torrent of change for her and her family, including a marriage of convenience to silent Daniel Miller. Both bring broken hearts into their arrangement--and secrets that have been held too long. Filled with gentle romance, The Choice opens the world of the Amish--their strong communities, their simple life, and their willingness to put each other first. Combined with Fisher's exceptional gift for character development, this novel, the first in a series, is a welcome reminder that it is never too late to find your way back to God.

My Review:
I thought this was overall an okay Christian Amish fiction book. The beginning felt rushed and there were many big changes in the first third of the book including deaths. The middle and end slowed down and developed more. The main character is Amish girl Carrie Weaver. She has a big choice to make in the beginning choosing between a boy or her Amish faith. It is the start of choices she has to make and they are not easy.There are several plot twists I did not see coming. The title fits the book. Life is about choices and we are shaped by the ones we make. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and love and it was interesting to see her character and the minor ones change over the course of the book. It is the first book in a new series and I look forward to reading book two.

About the author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Dunkard Brethren Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne’s work has appeared in many magazines. She has contributed to several nonfiction books and is the author of Amish Peace and the novel The Choice.

Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thank you Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group for my review copy.

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