Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Devoted

The Devoted
The Bishop's Family (Book 3)
Suzanne Woods Fisher
ISBN: 978-0800723224
October 2016/336 pages/$14.99

The Amish life is all she's ever known--but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished--especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred--and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

Read an excerpt.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the 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 an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Facebook and Twitter @suzannewfisher.


Every time I read the latest novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher, I think this is her best one yet! She has created a wonderful community in Stoney Ridge full of unique and authentic characters. I particularly enjoyed Ruthie's story, which doesn't follow the often typical pattern of a rebellious Amish teen recklessly experimenting with the pleasures of the outside world; she longs for intellectual challenges beyond the eighth-grade education Amish children receive. Patrick Kelly's arrival adds additional depth, and his journey to become Amish takes a fascinating turn. Fisher does pepper the book with plenty of mischief, pranks, and downright deliquency in the form of Luke Schrock. He almost makes troublesome Jimmy Fisher from her earlier series look like a model citizen! And while this is primarily Ruthie's story, I loved her dad, Bishop Stoltzfus, his heart for the people he leads, and the burdens he carries as he seeks to draw them to God. So many nuggets of truth are sprinkled throughout this book. I do hope this isn't the final story in this series because I'm not ready to say good-bye to this family and the town of Stoney Ridge! Don't miss this wonderful novel!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Devoted with a special giveaway!

One winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Devoted
  • An iPad Mini 2 16GB
Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 2. The winner will be announced November 3 on Suzanne's blog.

Enter to win by filling out the giveaway widget below, or click the graphic above to enter to win.


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