About the Book:
When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision-one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.
Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation-and his relationship with Sadie.
College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons-courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.
The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart.
About the Author:
This is the second in the Stoney Ridge series from Ms. Woods Fisher, the first was The Keeper (see my review HERE). This tale focuses on Sadie Lapp as she returns to the community at Stoney Ridge after having spent time in Ohio with her sister – she had been studying with a healer there but felt very strongly that it was time to return home. On the return trip, while napping in the bus station she is presented with basket that contains something that will upset family and ruin her homecoming reunion with her boyfriend Gideon but she feels she has no choice but to take it with her.
As she arrives home Sadie finds a large crown at her family farm. It seems a rare pair of Peregrine falcons have chosen the farm as a nesting spot and bird watchers from all over are coming to see the birds. The local Game Warden wants them protected so he leaves his intern Will at the farm to make sure nothing happens to them and to monitor their progress.
Will has many issues he needs to work out as his life is a general mess; he and his father do see eye to eye, he has been suspended from school and then there was that DUI. But he finds talking to Sadie so easy and suddenly a simple farm life is seeming very attractive.
I enjoy Amish fiction. It’s simple, it’s escapist. Ms. Woods Fisher’s books are generally very enjoyable with solid plots and likable characters. They always contain interaction between the Amish and the Englitsch with a pseudo romance of sorts to test the Amish person’s faith. I like them for a peak into a world that was not too far from where I grew up in Philadelphia. This book however was not as good as past novels. The plot seemed overly contrived and Sadie was and her sister, MK are not as likable as past characters. I really had to force myself to finish this one and I feel badly about that because all of the other books I have read from Ms. Woods Fisher have been so very enjoyable. I just think in this one she had a poor heroine.
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