Monday, October 12, 2015

The Bishop's Family #1

Suzanne Woods Fisher and Revell released , The Imposter, the first book in her new series, The Bishop's Family.  In this story we travel from Ohio to Stoney Ridge , Pennsylvania.  We are introduced to a large cast of characters, but this book centers around David Stolzfus, a widowed minister, and his children.  

The Imposter (The Bishop's Family #1) 
Published October 6th 2015
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

Book Description:
Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?

As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy
for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check.

When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

My Opinion:
I really loved this story! 
  David Stolzfus and his family live in Ohio.  His wife was killed a year ago in an accident and he nor his family have really recovered from the blow of her loss, so he accepts a position from Elmos Stoltzfus the bishop at Stoney Ridge and moves his family to Pennsylvania.
David is one of my favorite characters in the story.  
He is a wonderful father and says, 
"One thing I've learned in life is that we're all a few choices away from becoming any kind of person. Good or Bad."
What  a wonderful statement!  It's very true also.  We can all make a mistake, but how we handle the fallout from that mistake will define us and our future.  

This is a story about forgiveness, love and trust, but it also has humor.  The plot flows quickly and drew me in immediately.  I loved the well developed characters. As I stated earlier one of my favorite was David and I think that was because of his strong values and beliefs, but also because he stood by his children and their decisions.  David always kept his eye on what was important. 
Of course Katrina's story was one that really touched me also.  She is a young girl who is really trying to find her way into adulthood.  She has suffered the loss of her mother and then abandoned by the man she loves. At the urging of Birdy Glick she moves in with Thelma Beiler, a widow who owns Moss Hill, to help her after a fall, but ends up being the one who's helped.  Thelma, in her own way, helps Katrina navigate through her heart break and difficult decisions.  Andy Miller, Ms. Beiler's hired hand, also helps Katrina, but their attraction also makes things more complicated.  
This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone and look forward to reading the next book in this series.   
I give this book a rating of 5 Stars.
**I received this book from the publisher for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence which is stated above and I thank them for this opportunity.   

Suzanne Woods Fisher 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living.

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth. 

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