Tuesday, February 19, 2019

~ BLOG TOUR STOP MENDING FENCES ~

~ BLOG TOUR STOP --
REVELL READS ~
--  'MENDING FENCES'  --
AUTHOR SUZANNE WOODS FISHER
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Excerpt,
Author Bio, My Thoughts~

 
ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

"A funny, heartwarming story of friendship, love, and the possibility of happily ever after."--Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Seat by the Hearth

"Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a sweet and poignant story you won't want put down. Definitely a must read!"--Kathleen Fuller, bestselling author of the Amish of Birch Creek series

LINK TO EXCERPT {courtesy of the Publisher}:
EXCERPT FROM 'MENDING FENCES'


BUY THE BOOK:
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Suzanne's Website

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have read dozens of Amish romance novels in the past two decades or so, and this book is in my Top 5 of my favorites in this genre!

The story begins with the main male character, Luke Schrock, exhibiting arrogant, obnoxious, and self-centered behavior in just about every encounter he has with others. He is an alcoholic who has been in and out of rehab three times.

When he is released this time, he moves back to his Amish community to live with a middle-aged couple, Amos and Fern Lapp, who believe it is their mission to help individuals who are struggling with in their lives and/or battling inside themselves with addiction issues and questions about their faith and place/purpose in the world.

The lead female, Izzie Miller, has demons of her own. She and Luke clash over and over again throughout the story as they each try to find their way in the world without relying on alcohol to ease their pain. It seems as if both of these characters take two or three steps backward for every step they take forward for much of the book.


As always, this author has built a strong setting in this first installment of her 'The Deacon's Family' series. Her characters are flawed, believable individuals who deal with real life problems--even though they are followers, were once followers, or want to be followers of the Amish faith.

This book kept my attention from page one until the last word. The last few chapters of the book were extremely fast-paced as secret after secret was revealed, mystery after mystery was solved, and question after question was answered. The author's plot was masterful, and she has crafted one of the finest pieces of Amish fiction I have ever read.

I plan to read this novel again in the future, and I will definitely be seeking to read more books written by this fabulous author!

Highly-recommended to fans of Amish fiction, Amish romance, historical fiction, clean romance, clean fiction, and fiction where issues of addiction are addressed in a straight-forward and accurate/realistic manner.


 Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site.


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