30 August 2012

The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Book review & Giveaway

Publisher: Revell
ISBN-13: 978-0800719883

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 thoughts:

As a reviewer there is a definite blessing in being introduced to good authors.  
Suzanne Woods Fisher's writing is warm and friendly and reading her novels is like meeting an old friend!  You just know you are going to catch up with the latest 'news' and be in for a treat.

In her description of the Amish world, Suzanne brings us a kaleidoscope of colour and such an array of feelings, we are reminded not all is as it first appears!
Then too, there is always this feeling God is near her when she writes her stories, steady and never disappointing! There is such a joy which transients in her novels!

'The Haven' is Book # 2 in Stoney Ridge Seasons series and like # 1, 'The Keeper' (see review here) is as solid as the series name!
This author leaves nothing to chance and introduces us to Sadie and her family giving the opportunity to 'see' each character's attributes. Like a tableau, you visualize each, discovering their strength or weakness, and anticipate a well written plot.
Nothing dull in her stories either! Younger sister M K is such a character I often have to chuckle at her antics. I cannot wait to see where Suzanne is taking her in the future. Next comes Fern, the 'stern' housekeeper and the heart and soul of the family!

In 'The Haven' Suzanne's skilled storytelling lets us enjoy a little romance in the Amish World when Sadie befriends Will, an Englisher. Gideon the schoolmaster is also in love with Sadie and his resentment towards the Falcon keeper leads to much misunderstanding!
Listening to our heart and doing the right thing is never easy. Leaving it in God's capable hands however makes the choosing the only way to go.

Readers will enjoy the author's description of the wide variety nesting in this part of the world and her careful research on Peregrine Falcons will introduce some fascinating aspects of bird watching!

As to what happens to Sadie, Will, Gideon and all her family and friends...Well now, you don't want me to spoil it for you, do you? Read it and enjoy!

Susanne, we hope you will let us know 'the rest of the story' very soon!

5 Stars of course! 

About the Author:

This is my favourite photo of Suzanne Woods Fisher! Find out more about this lovely lady on her website (here) including the opportunity to find out about her SAR interests, her talk show and future giveaways!

Celebrate the newest book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series with Suzanne by entering her 4 eReader Giveaway and Facebook Party and RSVP for the Live Video Chat on 8/30! 

See what folks are saying about The Haven!

Four grand prize winners will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Fire or Nook Color 
  • $25 Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com Gift certificate 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 29th. Winner will be announced at Suzanne's Live Author Chat Party on 8/30. Suzanne will be hosting an author chat (party will start on Facebook AND then be Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and several Burt's Bees® Nourishing Radiance Kits!!

So grab your copy of The Haven and join Suzanne on the evening of the August 30th for a fun chat (both on Facebook and via Live Video), trivia contest and lots of giveaways. 

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Don't miss a moment of the RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!

I received this book free from LITFUSE as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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