Friday, January 11, 2013

"the lesson" by suzanne woods fisher

About the book (from the back cover): Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp yearns for adventure, but all she seems to find is trouble. her dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. And nothing ever seems to happen in her sleepy Amish community.

But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, M.K. is frustrated that no one takes it seriously. She's determined to take matters into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. Will she find more than she bargained for?

Centered on one of bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the Stoney Ridge story you have been waiting for. With a surprise at every turn, a gentle romance, and a shocking answer to an old family mystery, The Lesson is the dramatic conclusion to the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

My take: M.K. is by far my favorite of all of Fisher's Stoney Ridge characters, so I couldn't wait to read her story. It did not disappoint!

M.K. is such a fun protagonist—her thought processes are so unusual, and Woods does a fantastic job of putting the reader inside M.K.'s head! I also appreciated how M.K. grew throughout the novel, and the lesson she learned about contentment is one I need to learn, as well.

The story is filled with love, heartache, misunderstandings, forgiveness, unexpected twists, and a healthy dose of humor. And the supporting characters—especially M.K.'s stepmother Fern, her pupil Jenny, and her UNCLE HANK (you'll understand when you read the book)—are so fun to read about.

The Lesson is the third book in Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons series, but you don't need to read the first two books to enjoy this one. Of course, some things from the first two books are wrapped up in The Lesson, and to get the full M.K. experience you need to read all three, but you can quite easily jump in and enjoy The Lesson without any prior knowledge of the series.

The Lesson is a fitting conclusion to a great series, and I highly recommend it! 4-1/2 out of 5 stars.

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See my review of "The Haven," Book 2 in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

About the author: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the 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 the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iphone or ipad! Download the Free App!

About the giveaway: Celebrate the release of The Lesson with Suzanne Woods Fisher by entering to win one of TWO iPads!
Two winners will receive:
  • A brand new iPad
  • A $15 gift certificate to iTunes
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 20th. Winner will be announced on 1/22/13 at Suzanne's Blog.

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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. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 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. Hi Becky! I had to grin when I saw that you had capitalized UNCLE HANK! I get it! If you enjoyed him...just a sneak peek...he will have a role in the next series, along with Jimmy Fisher. :)
    Thanks for being a part of the blog tour--sorry it took me a while to drop by. I had a crazy busy Christmas season, then a manuscript due in just as "Lesson" was releasing. Getting caught up now! Grateful to you, Becky, for taking the time to read my book and share it with your readers. Warmly, Suzanne

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne! Let me just say, I hope Jimmy does some growing up ... I like him, but he does the most boneheaded things! Glad that Uncle Hank will have a role, too--that guy cracks me up!


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