Book Review: The Calling

31 Jan

18096354Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

SFisher-96Suzanne 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

My Impressions:

From the first book I read of Suzanne Woods Fisher, she became one of my favorite authors. I have loved meeting her characters and living (at least in my mind) in the Amish communities she has created. The Calling, book 2 in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, is another great addition to my library. Filled with both charming Amish and English characters, it also traces a mystery that keeps the pages turning. A must read for those who love Amish fiction.

Bethany Schrock seems to be surrounded by secrets and uncertainty. She has lots of questions about the long ago disappearance of her mother and the more recent disappearance of her brother. Her heart is torn as well — between the double-dealing Jake and the much sought after Jimmy Fisher. And then there are the really old and baffling sisters she works for with secrets of their own. But the biggest mystery of all is whether she can really hear God speak. The Calling answers a lot for Bethany, but there is more to come for fans of the Inn at Eagle Hill series.

Secrets are revealed, love blossoms and characters discover God’s purpose for their lives. I really like the way Suzanne weaves the Amish and English communities together. There is never an us versus them message, but instead mutual respect and acceptance. The English and Amish teach each other about peace, patience, prayer and waiting for God. And when they work together great things occur. While the Amish attempt to live simply and separately, it is also clear that sin and heartache still exist. But so does God’s grace.

So do you like Amish fiction or just a really well-told story? Then pick up The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Recommended.

More reviews HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse for my review copy. All opinions are mine alone.)

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1551584_639560352757037_814494985_nI caught up with Suzanne when she was on a promotional tour for The Calling. What a great treat to see her again. A great writer and encourager!

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Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Calling by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks! 

Two grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Four second place winners will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner’s choice!
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne’s blog.

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY AND BE SURE TO VISIT SUZANNE’S BLOG ON THE 10TH TO SEE IF YOU WON ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES! (OR BETTER YET, SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOGAND HAVE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX!)

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