About the Book:
When worlds collide, can the truth set two young women free?
As a child caught up in a crisis, Lainey O’Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge–the very town in which that decision was made–she is forced to face the past and discover how her decision has impacted so many.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother Bertha recover from surgery. It doesn’t take long for Bess to realize that her grandmother coaxed her to Stoney Ridge for an entirely different reason. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp, the summer starts to hold some promise.
Lainey’s and Bess’s worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes you through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Immerse yourself in this heartwarming–and surprising–tale of young love, forgiveness, and healing.
About the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the CBA bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, Amish Peace, and Amish Proverbs. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.
Wow! Seriously, Suzanne Woods Fisher is quickly rising to the status of Wanda Brunstetter in my opinion! She is FANTASTIC. Each book she writes, is by far, better than the one before it (and those ones were pretty darn great too!). This is the 3rd book (and please tell me it won’t be the last!?!?!?!) in her Lancaster County Secrets series, entitled The Search. Books 1 and 2 (The Choice and The Waiting) hooked me instantly upon reading them, and this one was no different. From page one, I was right there in Lancaster County, beside Billy and Maami Bertha, working hard on the roses and getting things ready for Bess, Bertha’s granddaughter.
But, when Bess arrives, things start to unravel. Secrets left to rest 15 years ago. It was so fun reading about Bess and Lainey. They are from two totally different worlds. It was, as always, interesting to see how the would work out when those worlds came together. I felt a strong pull to Lainey and Bess, but my heart really went out to Bertha. Her character, though she was a bit of a rough and harsh woman, was actually very sweet deep down. I just wanted to hug her many times over and tell her she was doing good! Of course, I was a bit partial to Jonah’s character, too. He wanted only what’s best for his daughter.
The powerful messages of Suzanne’s books never cease to amaze me. She really weaves these messages into her stories so that while, not preachy, they are still strong and make a huge impact on the readers hearts. Messages of forgiveness, friendship, family and letting go of the past, all stand strong in this book, not to mention just enough humor to keep the characters light and meaningful. I always close Suzanne’s books with a feeling of peace in my heart.
So, I HIGHLY, without a doubt, recommend this 5 star book. Each book in her series has different characters and themes so this one, as well as the first two, is easily read as a stand alone novel. If you love Amish, or looking for just another awesome read, please pick up a copy of The Search today. And, while it may not be a fourth book to this heartwarming series, I am anxiously awaiting the release of another novel by this superb Amish author!
~Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group~
You can purchase your copy here.
*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s latest installment of the Lancaster County Secrets, The Search, is just out and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!
- A brand new iPad (16KB with Wi-Fi)
- Signed copies of all three Lancaster Country Secrets books (The Choice, The Waiting, & The Search)
Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.