Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"the rescue" by suzanne woods fisher

About the novella (from the publisher): He's taking a chance on love . . . and there's no plan B.

Will Stoltz has returned to Stoney Ridge with a clear plan. He's opening a wild bird rescue center and is determined to rekindle his fizzled romance with Jackie Colombo, the veterinarian who stole his heart. But nothing is working out as Will planned. The leased building for the rescue center is a disaster, his funding is rapidly dwindling, and Jackie Colombo has disappeared without a trace.

When an injured eagle is found in a pasture near the Inn at Eagle Hill, Will is desperate to prove—to himself, to his skeptical father, and to everyone else—that his mission has not been in vain. But as his best-laid plans begin to fail, Will discovers something more valuable.

Travel back to the Inn at Eagle Hill for the untold story of one of your favorite characters and experience the miracle of love.

My take: "The Rescue" is a novella that resumes the story of Will Stoltz, who longtime Suzanne Woods Fisher readers will remember from The Haven (Sadie Lapp's story). Will stays at Rose Schrock's Inn at Eagle Hill and develops a bond with her son Luke while he opens up a wildlife rescue shelter and searches for local vet Jackie. The story is short and sweet, if a bit convenient (practically the second Will turns his problems over to God, they all are resolved.) It also features some of Fisher's trademark humor, which I always enjoy. But what struck me the most was something Rose said to Will regarding Rachel and Leah from the Bible: "Whenever something or someone is in the place that only God was meant for, our heart's desire might be for Rachel, but in the morning, we will always find ourselves with Leah." What a great reminder!

Just in case you're wondering, this isn't really an Amish novella. I mean, there are Amish characters, but it's all about Will, who isn't Amish, and his love interest Jackie isn't Amish either—so I don't know why there's an Amish woman on the cover!

My rating: 4-1/2 stars

Buy the novella.
Read my reviews of The Haven, The LessonThe LettersThe Calling, and A Lancaster County Christmas.

About the author: Suzanne 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.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this novella 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."

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