Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Read more...
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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
In this third book of the Bishops Family series, Fisher (The Choice) weaves several different storylines into an inspirational whole that focuses on the importance of faith, community, and making the most of ones life. Ruthie Stolzfus is 17 years old and eager to leave the Amish community in current day Stoney Ridge, Penn., to pursue higher education. Her ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is wild and fond of drinking, and causes trouble wherever he goes. When Patrick Kelly arrives in town with his Scripture-spouting bird, Nyna the mynah , he hires Ruthie to teach him Penn Dutch. Despite her initial negative impression of the clumsy newcomer, she soon begins to have feelings for him. Ruthies older brother, Jesse, runs a buggy repair shop, has two unfocused young apprentices, and is befuddled by the arrival of Jenny Yoder, a former classmate and rival. Dok Stolzfus is a former member of the Amish community who left to become a doctor. After taking the blame for a medical error and losing her job, she buys a local practice and sets out to serve the Amish. Meanwhile, her brother, David , the bishop of Stoney Ridge, has challenges leading the community, which seems to be placing its trust in money rather than in God. Fisher is a skillful storyteller who has crafted an engaging three-dimensional portrait of the residents of this fictional Amish community, and the novels lessons will resonate with all Christians. (Oct.)