Book Review: The Letters

5 Aug

720933_w185Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband’s debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose’s big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she’s even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.

With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher’s tale of God’s providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.

SFisher-96Suzanne 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. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

My Impressions:

The Letters, the first book in the new The Inn at Eagle Hill series, is another winner by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Suzanne is my go-to author not just for Amish books, but for stories that are filled with real emotion and characters that you wish lived down the road. The Letters is a book that you just cannot put down and are left with wanting more as you turn the final page. A great start to a new series, I am looking forward to spending more time at the Inn.

Widowed Rose Schrock opens a bed and breakfast inn on her family farm as a means to keep her family afloat.  Life is not easy for Rose with the demands of four children and an ailing mother-in-law and the looming debts left by her husband. But Rose meets every obstacle with a quiet grace and determination. She opens her Inn with the goal of bringing refreshment and respite to her guests and Rose does just that.

I really liked the female characters that Suzanne brings to life in The Letters. She provides insight into their hopes, dreams, fears and foibles. Rose is a woman of great faith and calm demeanor. Her early morning talks with God are refreshingly natural. Mim and Bethany, Rose’s two daughters, are young women learning about love and life. Delia, a guest at the Inn, faces loss and regret and finds hope and healing. Even Mammi Vera, Rose’s cantankerous mother-in-law with a vinegary personality, is a character you can love. Minor characters from other books by Suzanne also make appearances. And if you like a hero who is the strong, silent type with a sensitive side, you will love Galen King.

The Letters is a great book for those times you want a relaxing and uplifting reading experience. I loved The Letters and think you will too.

Highly Recommended.

dsc_0257A Taste of The Letters — Blueberry Cornbread

Rose always makes Blueberry Cornbread on the first morning of her guest’s visit. Here is a recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. For a copy of Rose’s Cornbread, you need to get a copy of the book!

To purchase a copy of The Letters, click on the image below.

(Thank you to Revell and LitFuse for my copy of this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Suzanne is celebrating the release of the first book, The Lettersin her new series by giving away 2 iPads, 2 Kindle Fires and 2 Nook HDs! Wow!

Two grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Four second place winners will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD or a Nook HD – winner’s choice!
  • The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 17th. All winners will be announced August 19th at Suzanne’s blog.

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY AND BE SURE TO VISIT SUZANNE’S BLOG ON THE 19TH TO SEE IF YOU WON ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES! (OR BETTER YET, SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOG AND HAVE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX!)

2 Responses to “Book Review: The Letters”

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher August 5, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    What an awesome review! LOVED it! And loved your writing style, too. Would you mind if I used a few sentences of your review in promotion? (I’m very serious! You have a great way of capturing a story’s essence. Much harder than people realize!). Thank you so much. Warmly, Suzanne

    • rbclibrary August 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      You are way too kind! And of course you can use the review. Thanks so much for the wonderful books you write.

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