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In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the ...
In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world—with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
Posted February 7, 2014
Posted January 16, 2014
Wonderful series, Explosive ending
M.K. is nineteen and she hasn't changed much, she is still speaking before thinking, always in a hurry and now has even thought about traveling to other countries, she's even gotten a passport application. The only thing keeping her in Appleseed Creek is that she loves her family, doesn't want to disappoint her Daed and she wants to stay Amish.
One day as she was riding her red scooter home from town she hears a gunshot and backtracks to investigate. She see's the sheep farmer laying dead in his field so she hurries to call 911. Then in a hurry to get home and tell her family about it she literally runs into Alice Smucker, yet again. Alice claims she has a concussion and is taken to the hospital. When M.K. finally gets home no one is there so she waits, and waits, and waits till late that evening. Amos Lapp and his wife Fern finally get home and proceed to tell M.K. know that the community needs a teacher since Alice Smucker is in the hospital with a concussion. Yep, Fern did it, suggested M.K. to fill in. M.K., a teacher, she thinks not, there is no way! Well, M.K. is to be the teacher for up to three weeks, well 'MAYBE' three weeks.
M.K. still has the detective in her also and won't stay away from the murder scene. She even sneaks out one night and just about finds herself arrested, instead the sheriff takes her home in his patrol car. A few days later she goes to the sheriff with some information and just about gets an innocent man arrested.
Jimmy Fisher and M.K. are now more friends than enemies, although they both get into mischief, Jimmy has a lot more problems than M.K. He's into horse racing, gambling, and loving girls and leaving them. When he makes a deal with M.K. to be introduced to the girl he's picked out to be his 'missus', he finds out she isn't what he wants and decides the one he wants is the one that is now his closest friend, but is Jimmy who M.K. wants.
Chris Yoder and his sister Jenny are new to the community, or are they new? They have moved into Colonel Mitchell's house and Chris is looking for a job so he can repair the dilapidated house. The man at the hardware store sends him to the Lapp's because Amos is looking for help. Amos hires him and is very impressed with the young man, both his work and the person he is. He's impressed until he learns who he really is anyway.
I really enjoyed this book, I think it was because it was focused on M.K. and her maturing as the story moves along. She is still the interesting M.K. from the first two books though. Wow, those last few chapters were wonderful, a lot happening there and at one point my jaw dropped. I was expecting this 'thing' to happen but finally decided it wouldn't, all of a sudden there it was!
Since this series deals with one family I'm really glad I read it in order otherwise I think the stories would have been ruined for me. Suzanne did a good job on this series with an explosive ending.
Posted December 27, 2013
As a fan of Amish fiction, I have to give Suzanne Woods Fisher a big "thumbs up" on this well-written book. Fisher's reputation is being solidified as a force to be reckoned with in the world of Amish fiction. The story lines are superior and her writing style puts the reader right in the midst of the action. Not every writer can do that with such ease and style.
I enjoy this genre and Fisher is a leader in this storytelling form.
Posted December 26, 2013
Well, Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it again with an absolutely amazing Amish book about the Lapps, one of my favorite Amish books to read about! And this book is by far my favorite. It has everything--romance, mystery, heartache, and the undying spirit of the Amish people. If I didn't love my modern conveniences so much, I could easily turn Amish myself!!<br />
I connected with M.K. so well because I am a teacher. She was an unwlling teacher, but she discovered, as I did, how much she loved it. I love the way she worked to discover how to teach every child to meet their individual needs. It was also good to see that Amish children are just like children elswhere!<br />
I was mesmerized by the trail of mysteries running through the book. This is so much more than a coming-of-age story or even a romance. Yes, you will be certain to get your fill of genuine romance. But through it all, the hand of God guided each character that allowed Him to. Notwithstanding, even the Amish are not protected from the evil and harships of this world. I loved Chris, and I never liked Jimmy. You'll see that for herself.<br />
If you are new to Amish fiction or an absolute Amish-fiction freak, this book will not disappoint you. It is by far the best in the Stoney Ridge series (at least in my opinion).<br />
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted May 17, 2013
Posted February 16, 2013
A Great End To A Great Series!
I am sorry to see this series come to an end. I fell in love with Mary Kate (M.K.) from the first book “The Keeper.” Quite frankly I will miss the whole Lapp family. They weave a special place in your heart. I found myself yearning for a family just like theirs. Yes, they had their share of problems but there was never a lack of love shining through. Their faith in God is such a strong faith and is shared freely with those they come in touch with.
Mary Kate, what can I say? In this book we find that she has matured and grown up. I hope down the road the author will write another book updating us on the Lapp family. I’d love to read what happens to Mary Kate. Does she finally learn true contentment?
My heart went out to Chris and Jenny (Mitchell) Yoder. What their mother did to them broke my heart. I felt their pain. I cried for them. I also cheered for them as the Lapp family surrounded them with their love.
I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I hope everyone will pick up this series and read about the Lapp family. Thank you Suzanne Woods Fisher for pure reading enjoyment!
Posted February 15, 2013
Posted February 1, 2013
Three hallmarks of Suzanne's writing draw me to her books--her multi-faceted characters, her delightful sense of humor, and her willingness to tackle tough subjects. All three are showcased in The Lesson. M.K. is a charming troublemaker and makes humor abound in the story, but she also grows and learns to take responsibility for her actions. And Chris is fascinating, torn between love for his chosen Amish community, duty to protect his younger sister, and loyalty to his drug-addicted mother. The story explores the heartbreak of addiction and the children left behind when parents are incarcerated - and the reality is not sugar-coated.
Even if you don't ordinarily read Amish fiction, I highly recommend this novel.
Posted January 23, 2013
This book was so cute! From the moment I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down. The author does a great job of explaining things and she keeps the story flowing along. I did find that I could predict some of the things that happened but all it all it was a good book and I am going to check out more of her books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2013
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "The Lesson" Book Three in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series published by Revell takes us to the Amish Community of Lancaster County.
From the back cover: Sometimes love shows up when you least expect it.
Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp yearns for adventure, but all she seems to find is trouble. Her dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. And nothing ever seems to happen in her sleepy Amish community.
But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, M.K. is frustrated that no one takes it seriously. She's determined to take matters into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. Will she find more than she bargained for?
Centered on one of bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the Stoney Ridge story you have been waiting for. With a surprise at every turn, a gentle romance, and a shocking answer to an old family mystery, The Lesson is the dramatic conclusion to the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
Suzanne Woods Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. "The Lesson" is full of interesting characters that keep us involved in the story and this time the focus is on Mary Kate Lapp. Mary Kate or "M. K." is a full of energy nineteen year old who uses other people as a brake for her scooter. After her accident with the schoolteacher she is ordered to be the teacher in her place. Then she also has an accident with Chris who is there to claim his inheritance. All the while M.K. is trying to solve the shooting of a sheep farmer. This is the third book in this series and Ms. Fisher wraps up plot points that have been brewing through the first two books. Ms. Fisher has a lot of characters to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in. "The Lesson" is a good read and a powerful conclusion to a wonderful series.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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."
Posted January 14, 2013
Mary Kate Lapp is a bit like George Bailey from It's A Wonderful Life. Filled with dreams of exotic places and all she desires is the right time to set out on her journey. But at nineteen, she's still struggling to find her place in the world. She's a bit impulsive, over-active, and what some would call a bit of a busy body. Still she sees nothing wrong with her flittering in and out of people's lives around her. Until they seem to lead to trouble when she least expects it. Yet Mary Kate or M.K. as her friends and family refer to her, is more than smart. She's determined, a bit strong-willed and persistent. Since adventure has yet to find her, she's making plans for something more.
As luck would have it, adventure happens when and where she least expects it. While riding in her buggy one afternoon she hears a loud boom and when she investigates, it leads her to find a sheep farmer who has been murdered. M.K. takes a personal responsibility to find out who the murderer is before they kill in her small Amish community once again. But the police are less than pleased with M.K.'s offer to help solve the crime. So she does what any determined young women with a curious mind would, she sets out to find clues on her own.
While in the process she runs in to quite literally, Alice Smucker, who is the town's local drama queen. When she insists that she is going to die and requests that M.K. summons an ambulance, fate intervenes. Now that Alice is out of commission, the town needs a substitute teacher and the board has just the right person in mind. That's right, M.K. After all she spent the last eight-years under Alice's schooling and isn't the slightest bit pleased when they want her to fill in for the next three weeks. She doesn't have the slightest clue how to teach a class and her room full of students is about to unleash their worst on poor M.K. Adventure has indeed come to town.
In the novel, The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher, we find ourselves at the concluding book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. In this one, the story revolves around M. K. or Mary Kate Lapp who seems to always be right in the middle of everything when she least expects it or when people would rather have her any place else. But besides adventure has she grown up enough to perhaps find someone to share in her spirited adventures or will she simply be too busy to notice what is right in front of her eyes. Just who is the new stranger that has moved into town and just why does he seem to keep to himself all the time. Is he in fact hiding something? Could it be that M.K. has found the murderer after all right beneath her nose the whole time? Well, you will need to pick this one up for yourself to find out.
I received The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Revell Publishers for my honest review. Having read the previous books in the series, The Keeper and The Haven, I was super excited to see how Suzanne would bring all this to a closure. It can be read as a stand alone but to really get to know the characters of Stoney Ridge, you will want to pick up the other two books. This is a delightful end to the most animated character in this series and one I could relate to quite a bit with my own version of M.K. in my youngest daughter. It has allowed me to see her a bit differently than I did before and like the ending of the book, it all comes full circle when you can see where it has all been going before. For fans of Christian Amish Romance with a bit of mystery attached, you will want to place this one on your must read list! I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted January 11, 2013
The last book in the series and it was just as good as the first two. Suzanne has outdone herself! The Lesson has everything you could want... intrigue, romance, humor, and lots of secrets. There's addictions, illness, and other troubles. Mary Kate must take over the school against her wishes, she's more interested in solving a murder and presents clues to the local law enforcement who in turn brushes her off.
New residents are introduced in this book, Will and his sister Jenny. They have a secret and try to keep a low profile. The first meeting between Mary Kate and Will is funny, she just keeps plowing into people! Curiosity takes over and MK determines to find out what they're hiding.
A fun book with wonderful characters. 5 out of 5 stars!
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Posted January 7, 2013
THE LESSON by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an interesting inspirational Amish contemporary romance. Book 3 in the "Stoney Ridge Seasons",but can be read as a stand alone with some re-appearing characters. See," The Haven" and " The Keeper" not in order. I love this author's writing and "The Lesson" was no exception. This author draws the reader into her stories with her strong characters and interesting and intriguing plots. Follow, Mary Kate Lapp (M.K.) on a journey of discovery of herself, maturity,faith,finding love in unexpected places and an old family mystery. "The Lesson" is truly that a lesson in growing up. What a conclusion to the "Stoney Ridge Seasons" trilogy. Oh,don't forget to bring the tissues. Another hit for this author. I can hardly wait for her next story. A must read for not only Amish and contemporary romance readers but for anyone who enjoys a good,compelling story of love,faith,discovery and growing up. Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more details visit the author's website,Revell Books,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.
“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted January 7, 2013
The Lesson ~ Stoney Ridge #3
Mary Kate Lapp still has discontent for her life in Stoney Ridge. She has her sites and mind on faraway places. She has even gone as far as to acquire an application for a passport. Her mind and body are never still, they are always on fast forward. Then one day as she was racing down the road on her scooter she heard a gunshot and saw a man lying presumably dead in a field. She raced down the road to use the schoolhouse phone to call 911 and on the way back to the supposedly murder scene she encountered Alice Smucker the school teacher in the road. She had plowed over Alice with her scooter causing a supposedly concussed head injury causing her to have to go call 911 once again.
The Bishop decided since MK had caused the teacher's supposed injury MK then would take Alice's place as school teacher for approximately three weeks. Now MK would have like to argue the fact that Alice was a hypochondriac, but you just don't argue with the Bishop.
She thought this was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. She spent years trying to get out of the school house now she had to go back as a teacher. Being a teacher was much harder than she could ever have imagined. Her stepmother Fern suggested she speak to a wise old woman by the name of Erma. Erma was soon to be one hundred years old. She surprised MK by giving her some very wise advice about how to teach each individual child and as days went by she began enjoying her teaching position.
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Jimmy Fisher an old schoolmate seeked MK for some advice about how to get his new love of his life to notice him. But as usual Jimmy jumped from one girl or job before you could blink an eye. He had a habit of sneaking off in the middle of a job or he would be checking out the race ponies. But he always had time to visit with MK.
With so much going on in Stoney Ridge not many noticed a couple of new residence. Will and his young sister Jenny had taken up residence in their Grandpa Mitchell's old home place. Everything should work out fine for them if he can keep a low profile a few months longer that is until he turns twenty-one then the old home place will be legally his. If his mother finds out where they are living she could cause a lot of trouble. That was what she was good at and had left him and his sister in foster care since he was eight years old and Jenny was one. This was not something he wanted the people of Stoney Ridge to know about them.
MK had met Will the same way she had plowed over the teacher, but this ended Will upside down in a muddy ditch. MK had no idea that Will was the new worker her father had hired to help with the farm.
Nor did she know that Jenny one of her students was Will's younger sister. Once MK found this out she invited Jenny to spend time at the her home until her brother got off work. The more time she spent with Will the more attracted she became to him. But for some reason he kept avoiding her which made her suspicious. What was he hiding? Here Mary Kate goes again! She is determined to play police detective and find out who Will really is and what he is hiding. She wondered if he had anything to do with the death of the farmer she had seen lying in the field?
I would love to tell you more but then that would spoil the story for you. So hurry and get a copy of this book and find out what secrets MK is able to uncover!
The author has outdone herself on this book. My family kept trying to distract me from my reading but I just kept shooing them away. In this book you have intrigue, intrigue and more intrigue. Along with humor, romance, heartaches and reconciliation, secrets hidden and I emphasize secrets, and secrets revealed. It has an abundance love and support of family. But most importantly their Faith in God.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5+ out of 5.
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Group/Revell/Baker Publishing for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted January 5, 2013
Hrmm, what can I say about this book? I'm trying really hard to reflect on this book without taking book two into account as well but it is really hard as it is a three part series. I am so discontented with the cliffhanger in The Haven and the fact that we skip years ahead in The Lesson and see an outcome (in passing really) but no hints to how things came to be. As a matter of fact--this book is about an entirely different sister so of course everything truly is in passing. I have so many unanswered questions about Sadie and Will. Joe-Joe is mentioned in passing but it feels as if he is a disconnected part of the family which was very disappointing to me as well. I don't know--I just feel cheated I guess. I wanted to know how everything happened and I don't feel like that happened. It feels disjointed and I hate even admitting it because I really adore this author. I just--I'm having a hard time figuring out what to say. If I could read The Keeper and The Lesson and forget that I really got pulled into the story of The Haven--I wouldn't feel this way I think. It is definitely a very good book but I would have enjoyed it better if the book leading up to it had been concluded.
About the Story:
M.K. has grown up but in many ways she's still an unsettled little girl. At nineteen she has yet to commit to baptism into the church and her family is worried that she may leave the faith. When M.K. bumps into the hypochondriac school teacher with her scooter--Alice is convinced that she is injured and needs time away. The Bishops decide that M.K. is the only one for the job--much to her disdain. M.K. would much rather spend her time figuring out the mysteries of life and newcomer to the community, Chris Yoder is a mystery that M.K. is determined to crack!
I really did enjoy M.K.'s story but for the reasons outlined above I simply cannot give a five-star rating. Rather, I have chosen four stars. The last part of the book was the redemption of this story as I was almost certain that I was going to give this book a three-star rating. So, my suggestion is--if you pick up this series, either skip the second book or be prepared to put aside your feelings and enjoy the third book for the story in which it is meant to be enjoyed for rather than carrying emotional baggage from the second book over into this one.
I received this book free from the publisher through a fantastic program called Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted January 3, 2013
Another great book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is Mary Kate Lapps story, a free spirit, as you know if you have read the other books in this series. She loves her brown bees, and her red scooter. Can just picture her riding down hill with her eyes closed on this scooter...when she collides with Chris Yoder. Another collision with the then teacher, ends up making her the teacher!
You have to "love" Fern, she seems to have it all...a Love of God, and family. She seems to be able to see into another person's heart, and loves her step-children as her own.
M K is still a bit flighty, and of course, things happen to this young woman, and she doesn't always use the best judgement. She really does have a big heart, and she cares. When she makes a mistake, she is often devastated and remorseful.
Enjoy a great look into the Amish way of life, you won't be sorry.
I received this book Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted February 24, 2013
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