Thursday, September 6, 2012

Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour: "The Haven" by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Review

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 rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I began reading this, I honestly didn't care much for it.  I found it boring, and I wasn't really connecting with the characters.  But I felt I was also at a disadvantage since I did not read the first book in the series.  Word of caution--it is better to read the first book in the series before reading this one, but as you will see, I absolutely fell in love with this book in spite of this oversight.

About halfway through the book, I suddenly found myself drawn into this book, and it was all I could do to put it down.  Sadie is an amazing heroine, and when the truth was discovered about the main situation in the book, I was amazed.  I did not expect it.  And the author continued to surprise me as the story went on with Gid and Will sparring for her affections.

I cannot believe how much I have come to love Amish fiction, and Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master at it.  The intricacies of the love stories, and the little surprises she delights in inserting throughout the writing truly captured and kept my attention.

The best part of this book was the ending.  No, not because it was done, but because you, as the reader, are left hanging.  The ending is not assured.  I can see it going several different ways.  One love story is tied up, but the other is not.  And I did not find myself upset or disconcerted.  My initial thought was "I will have to read the next book!"

The spiritual messages throughout the book are wonderfully woven into the framework of the story.  It is the simple faith of the people that impresses me so much.  And the spiritual journey of Will and his father could certainly speak to many who have left the church and wondering if they should go back.  I was also glad to see that in every occurrence, the right thing was done.

If you like clean Amish romances, this is definitely the book for you.  Read the first in the series, and then read this second book, and I think you will connect with this book even more than I did.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.


Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of “Amish Wisdom·” on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.
Find out more about Suzanne at

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