About The Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi . Find out more about Suzanne at http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/.
My Thoughts On The Book: I love reading Amish books, especially by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I was quite thrilled when I got the chance to review her newest book, "The Calling" which is book two in the Inn of Eagle Hill Series! I love how this book picks up where "The Letters" leaves off. We have moved from Rose to Bethany. Bethany is restless after a failed relationship with a man who nearly destroys her family, and doesn't know where God is leading her. Five aging, hoarding Amish sisters hire her to help them clean out their house. They must take a turn hosting church and in order to do that something has to go. Jimmy Fisher keeps popping into Bethany's mind, life, and work, driving her batty. Bethany's job of cleaning is not as easy as she thought as the group of sisters don't seem to want to get rid of anything. In her cleaning Bethany suffers quite a fright when she finds a trunk full of human bones and skulls. Bethany's first thought is that perhaps sisters are murderers and she becomes very apprehensive about returning to finish the job.
I read the first book in this series and loved it. I don't think there would be a problem reading the second one without reading the first. The stories bring the reader up to speed. However, I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before reading "The Calling" so you can get to know the people of Stoney Ridge. One of the things that surprised me in th is book is that it brings up an issue you don't usually see in Amish stories: mental health. The way it is addressed is done with honesty and candor. It was very touching when Bethany learns the truth about her biological mother. Bethany definitely matures and comes a long way in this book and it is quite easy, even as a Englisher, to relate to the struggles that she faces. Some things are universal and we see that in the contrasts between the Amish and the English in this series. This is a wonderful book. If you like Amish fiction then grab a copy and enjoy.
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