Saturday 30 March 2019

Book Review: Mending Fences

From The Back:

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him. He has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, he must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm, and Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend her only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge. 
My Reflections:
This is book one in Susanne Woods Fisher's newest series titled, "The Deacon's Family." I am loving the turn these Amish tales have taken. They are not portrayed the same at all. I don't know why the change, but I sure hope that it actually reflects a more accurate representation of the Amish people in reality. 
Not to say that there are no set rules and faith guidelines to follow, but the characters in recent books have been more able to test the waters in their lives without such harsh retribution. This is a welcome surprise!

I loved everything about this novel from the characters to the plot twists. very well written, and so much fun to read! The healing in this story was a balm to my soul, how beautiful to watch a story of redemption unfurl before your eyes. 
How can you not cheer on Luke, he wants to change and wants the respect of his people, but earning proves to be a little more challenging than he anticipates. Throw in a few events that turn things upside down and you have a touching story, that not only keeps your attention but also throws a curveball into the normally predictable Amish storylines we have come to expect, 

Brilliantly done! Can't wait for book two. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also...
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