Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Devoted by Susanne Woods Fisher (Review)

  • Series: The Bishop's Family (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723224

  • Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She's done all she can to prepare to go--passed the GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion.

    Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

    Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--anything--and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.

    Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled--complete with Fisher's signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.

    My Review:

    This is book three in the Bishop's Family series. I recommend reading them in order as the characters are mostly the same. You learn more about each character's story as the series goes on. The main focus in this book is Ruthie Stoltzfus. She is one of six children. Her father is the bishop of their Amish church. She is in her late teen years and is a curious unsettled young lady. She is not sure if she wants to join the Amish church but she is a good girl. Her dad's sister is a local doctor who is also an inspiration for her. She has two love interests. One is her ex boyfriend and bad boy, Luke Schrock. He is even worse in this book and at times seems like he will never be redeemed. The other is a visitor to Stoney Ridge, Patrick Kelly.  He is a nice young man that Ruthie is tutoring in Amish. He is not all that he seems though. He has a big secret of his own. The plot and characters were well developed and held my attention. I enjoyed this book and it was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I recommend the whole series.

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Imposter, The Quieting, 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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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