Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"the haven" by suzanne woods fisher

About the book (provided by Litfuse): 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.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love. Readers will enjoy every surprise in Sadie’s story as they search for the truth hidden within these pages.

My take: Suzanne Woods Fisher is quickly becoming one of my favorite Amish fiction writers. Her books are full of engaging characters, great messages, and humor, and The Haven is no different. Though it is book two in Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons series about the Lapp family, readers who have not read The Keeper will have no trouble jumping right in, as Fisher fills in the gaps in the first chapters.

From the beginning, I was swept into the Lapp family's story. Fisher tells the story from multiple viewpoints, at times following Sadie, Gideon, Will, M.K. (Sadie's younger sister), and Amos (Sadie and M.K.'s father). I enjoyed this, as the book is definitely about more than just the love triangle involving Sadie, Gideon, and Will. In fact, M.K. was my favorite character—she's so funny!—and I also loved reading about Amos's healing heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading The Haven, and I can't wait for the next installment in the Lapp family's story, which will feature (yay!) M.K.! 4-1/2 stars.

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About the author: Suzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they 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– into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s 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.

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About the giveaway:
 Celebrate the newest book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series with Suzanne by entering her 4 eReader Giveaway and Facebook Party and RSVPing for the Live Video Chat on 8/30! 

See what folks are saying about The Haven!

Four grand prize winners will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Fire or Nook Color 
  • $25 or Barnes& Gift certificate 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 29th. Winner will be announced at Suzanne's Live Author Chat Party on 8/30. Suzanne will be hosting an author chat (party will start on Facebook AND then be Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and several Burt's Bees® Nourishing Radiance Kits!!

So grab your copy of The Haven and join Suzanne on the evening of the August 30th for a fun chat (both on Facebook and via Live Video), trivia contest and lots of giveaways. 

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Don't miss a moment of the RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Hi Becky! Oh...I'm so glad you're looking forward to M.K.'s story ("The Lesson"...coming soon)! When I turned the manuscript into the Acquisitions Editor...there weren't any revisions! That's a miracle, right there. :) It's a really fun story that starts with a bang. Literally! Thanks for being a part of the blog tour for "Haven," Becky. Warmly, Suzanne


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