The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things — fast. But David doesn’t work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.
When David’s mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters — and especially for David’s niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem — but will it create another?
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they can provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God – into your life.
When Suzanne isn’t writing or playing tennis (badly!) or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. Suzanne can be found on-line at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.
I jumped at the chance to return to the Amish community of Stoney Ridge when I was offered Suzanne Woods Fisher’s latest novel, The Quieting, book 2 in The Bishop’s Family series. Great characters with wonderful stories await Suzanne’s fans. And if you have never read any of her novels, what are you waiting for? Suzanne may write in the Amish genre, but her characters face the same struggles and doubts, hopes and dreams as people around the world. The message is universal — God is in control!
New arrivals to Stoney Ridge bring both order and disruption to the life of David Stoltzfus and his family. Mammi the Meddler, as well as cousin Abigail, seek to put the family to rights with varying degrees of success and cooperation from the original members of the household. The Amish community is also trying to restore the peace that was disturbed following the revelation of man’s interference in God’s plans. David’s sincerity and steadying hand is just what is needed to guide both family and community.
The Quieting is written in the third person, and provides insight for the reader into the minds of three characters: David, Abigail and Jesse. It’s through their unique perspectives that the heart of family and community is revealed. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and those with which they interacted. I felt like I was among friends as I immersed my self in this book. Full of wit, humor and the presence of quirky, but lovable characters, this book is a fun read. The theme of belonging shines through — belonging to family, a faith community and to God. Characters (and the reader too) learn that support, dependence and accountability are key to maintaining all three relationships. And a good dose of love overcomes a multitude of sins!
The Quieting continues the story begun in book 1, The Imposter, so make sure to read this series in order. You won’t want to miss anything going on in Stoney Ridge! I’m looking forward to a return trip soon.
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(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)