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Posted March 21, 2014
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A Place Where Miracles Happen!
I am a huge fan of author Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book did not disappoint
me at all. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. It wasn’t
hard to fall in love with them, even the sharp tongue Mammi Vera.
What caught my interest right from the start was the back and forth between the
Amish world and the English world. Both worlds had plenty of obstacles to
We know that God allows us to go through illnesses, heart breaks, and
devastation. We also know that God has promised to go through them with us.
There are choices to be made, people to love, pasts to leave behind and
forgiveness to extend.
This is a book that will tug on your heartstrings and allow you to dream about a
place called, The Inn at Eagle Hill.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy today. You will be glad you did!
Posted March 21, 2014
I usually try.not to start a book series until I can read all the books one after another. Suzanne makes that impossible for me to do. Her stories are so wonderfully written. As I turn the pages I.become.more and more attached to even the.smallest character.
I don't like to read customer reviews that tell.me so.much of the story I no longer need to read the book myself. So I try to express just the joy and happiness the book brought to me from begining to.end. in hopes that you, too will read this.book and love it as much as I did.
Posted February 7, 2014
Posted January 2, 2014
Well, Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it yet again! She is one of my favorite Amish authors, and indeed this book did not disappoint. It has everything that readers have come to know and love in great Amish fiction:
1. A look into the daily lives of the Amish
2. The Old Ways versus the New Ways
3. Great romance (that is clean)
4. A deep-seated faith in God
These elements are the things I so appreciate about this author and her writings. I love the Stoney Ridge series, and this takes that to an entirely new level. Okay, so maybe it's sappy at times, but it is also real. When the Amish deal with the struggles of the outside world, there are some difficult issues that are raised. However, God is in control, and He permeates every nook and cranny of this novel. The reader will find a recipe in the back (what is an Amish book without recipes, right?). The book is never "preachy," but it is solid. I can recommend this book to everyone, and I greatly anticipate the next installment.
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 September 17, 2013
This story feels like coming home after a long time away. It felt wonderful to see characters from Suzanne's previous works in this story. I felt like I was there in the new Inn at Eagle Hill as I read. What a wonderful retreat of rest and refreshing. I know that I have certainly felt the need to "run away" and leave the hurts of this world behind and what better place to do this than an Amish home in Stoney Ridge?
I think I will give a call to the phone shack and make my own reservation with Rose.
"What? It's a fictional setting? I can't go ?" Sniff, sniff. "NOW what shall I do to escape? hmmmm, I think I will read another book of Suzanne's."
"What??? Book #2 is not out yet?" Stomps away. "I think I'll just go back to bed!"
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. by Rhonda Nash-Hall
Posted September 6, 2013
Rose is living with her mother-in-law who is very hard to get along with plus Rose is raising her children. Her husband had died in an accident. Money is hard to come by and with the worries of taking care of the farm, family and budget Rose wants to turn the farmhouse into a bed and breakfast. Their neighbor Galen King tries to help on the farm when he can. He thinks her idea of a b&b is a great idea and he helps turn the basement into a place for guests. Right after a sign is put on the road a car drives in. God has sent their first guests.
Rose shows so much patience, tenderness and love for her family, her community and God.
Suzanne's characters are always filled with a depth of character, faith and caring of others. I've read almost all of Suzanne's books and I haven't been disappointed in any of them. It only took one book to put her on my "favorite author's list".. Suzanne's joy in God shines through in her writing. If you haven't read any of her books then this is a good one to start on.
Posted August 17, 2013
Rose Schrock carries the burdens left by her deceased husband. She willingly takes on the responsible of his parents farm which includes the care of his mother. Her mother-in-law had a stroke leaving her weak in body and mind. Rose also her hands full with her four children especially the two youngest boys. She feels it to be her responsibility to support the family and right the wrongs of her husband. In order to accomplish this she has decided to turn the farm into a Bed and Breakfast. Surprisingly her neighbor, Galen King sees it to be a good idea and helps her to prepare the farm for her guest.
Her Bed and Breakfast becomes the means of not only financial needs but far more. God had a plan for Rose Schrock and her family. Rose put her faith in God to pull them through the trials and tribulations that came her way.
This story kept me thinking about Job and how he always stayed faithful to God through his trials and tribulations. The author writes a story that will tug at your heart. She wrote of how events can cause stress on so many people. It's like being in the path of a tornado. Many can find blessings in time such as these just as Rose Schrock found laughter with her children, tenderness and patience for her mother-in-law. She even dared to hope for love with Galen King, her neighbor.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing and Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Posted August 16, 2013
Such a wonderful story, that I never wanted it to end, and as it is book one, I can't wait for the next.
We are back in Pennsylvania, and are with Rose Schrock, and her family. They are living with her cantankerous Mother-In-Law. She is one grouchy person, and seems to enjoy doing so. On another hand she is laid up and cannot use her body like her mind wants her to. According to her doctors, she has had several strokes.
Rose is caught between a rock and a hard place, her husband has died, and she hasn't any money. She has been a Mom to his her husbands first two children, from his first wife, and she a two sons and a daughter. That keeps her very busy.
There are some bright spots in this story, and some that a actually quite funny. Some people come here in great pain, but the calming effects of their surroundings and the people, seem to help a great deal. There is even a fellow interested in Rose, Galen, her next door neighbor. He is such a giving person, and tries to help Rose out....actually a lot!
There are a few other people here that we meet and also want to be friends with. Come along and journey into the real home life of some wonderful Amish folks. You also won't want to leave.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted August 12, 2013
With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life.
The Letters is the first book in Suzanne's new Inn at Eagle Hill series. With rich characterization, multilayered plots, unexpected twists, and humor, Suzanne has written a captivating story that elevates what would be just another "bonnet" novel into something much deeper. This was my first novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher and I have no hesitancy in highly recommending The Letters.
The Letters, inspired by true events within the Amish community, introduces us to Rose Schrock and her five delightful children, a family struggling not only to survive, but to make amends after the failure and fraud investigation of their family business. Tobe, the oldest son, was somehow involved in his father's investment business and we only learn a little about him in this story. 19-year-old Bethany, who has a lot to learn about romantic love, is the child who has a sweet affection and gentle rapport with her cantankerous grandmother. 13-year-old Mim fascinated me because she loves school and is a collector of the most interesting facts and words. And the two young boys, Luke and Sammy, always made me smile.
Suzanne beautifully incorporates the beauty of God's creation in this story with the eagles' aerie, Galen's "horse whisperer" gift for training Thoroughbreds, and Rose's early morning walks and quiet times on the farm. Rose often reflects on the saying . . . "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark."
Discovering that there is no lodging in Stoney Ridge, Rose decides to use the family's basement as a bed & breakfast, which turns out to be a great plot vehicle for the building of relationships outside of the Old Order Amish community. Rose prayed over each room, asking God to fill it with His chosen guests, those who needed rest and refreshment - and that's exactly what He did with their first guest, Delia. "Rose spoke about God as if all of life belonged to him," and Delia's view of God changed as a result.
Rose's neighbor, Galen, is a strong, appealing character, and I loved the sweet romance that develops between them. Galen felt responsibility keenly, seemed to work hard at being unsociable, and was described as "a man who had never been young." But Rose and the children see a different side of him, a caring man with a genuine desire to help fix what was broken.
When an incident draws media attention to Stoney Ridge and the press makes the inn sound like a place where miracles occur, Rose describes it well: "Miracles did occur, every day. Maybe they weren't the kinds of miracles that could be scrutinized for scientific proof, but how could you ever test for a change of a heart? Or a healing of an emotional wound? Or the power of forgiveness? Miracles meant that god was at work."
With The Letters, Suzanne has created a family and community that I grew to love and am eager to spend a lot more time with. Of course, fans of Amish fiction will love this story, but I think it is written in such a way that any reader of inspirational fiction would enjoy it. Highly recommended!
This book was provided by Litfuse and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Posted August 11, 2013
Adventures at Eagle Hill!
Rose Schrock was propelled into a life of chaos when her husband's bad business decisions forced the family into bankruptcy. The family moved in with Rose's ornery mother-in-law, Vera. After her husband's drowning, and with four children to support, Rose faces great financial hardship. She prays for help and direction. In the grocery store she overhears a couple in need of lodging for the night. Rose offers her home as a place for the couple to sleep. Upon receipt of $100 for supplying bed and breakfast to the couple, Rose begins to think about transforming the basement level into a bed and breakfast in order to make ends meet. After considerable prayer Rose undertakes renovating the space into a pleasant efficiency unit with the help of her bachelor neighbor, Galen King. Rose prays for a special blessing for each guest who stays at her inn, and miraculous events begin to take place. Her first guest in the newly remodeled space brings heartache that turn into blessings as Rose and her family reach out to her in her time of need. Adventures abound and romance develops as life at Eagle Hill transpires.
In this multilayered story Suzanne Woods Fisher has created a beautiful blending of plots and relationships. A variety of situations and personalities are developed throughout the story. Heartache, disappointment and mistrust evolve toward faith, prayer, hope and humor. Attention to detail and descriptive qualities make this an outstanding book of inspiring Amish fiction. I enjoyed this book so much that I will certainly read it again in the future. I look forward to the sequels in The Inn at Eagle Hill series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity for the purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received as a result of my review.
Posted August 10, 2013
Suzanne Woods Fisher possesses something no one else has--her voice. That certain Suzanne voice that defies description and when I've tried I've mangled it.
You're introduced to a household of characters and some from nearby and some from out of the area. But even with all the cast of characters each one has his or her own voice and unique traits.
Even if the reader doesn't agree with the choice the doctor's wife makes (or choices) by the end of the story you'll find yourself accepting them and seeing how it could work. This secondary plot line was extremely well done.
Rose Schrock is a special heroine and Galen King a subdued but persuasive hero for the story. Loved how Suzanne had this one twist with the step-daughters "boyfriend." And the plot line with the underlying medical condition. I am trying to not do any spoilers.
Posted August 10, 2013
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, "The Letters" Book One in The Inn At Eagle Hall series published by Revell introduces us to Rose Schrock.
From the back cover: Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings
When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.
With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.
Welcome back to Stoney Ridge and a brand new set of people to come to know and enjoy. Rose is a widow with five children, three of her own and two from her husband;s first wife. To make ends meet Rose converts her farmhouse into a Bed and Breakfast. This leads to disapproval from her mother-in-law and from the Amish church. Yet the benefits of having the Bed and Breakfast far surpass those that are against it. Plus there is a new romance. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. This is the first book in this new series and I am really interested to see where this series is going to go. Ms. Fisher has a lot of characters to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in. "The Letters" is a good read and a great beginning to a wonderful series.
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 August 9, 2013
I like Suzanne's books (reviews) because they have a strong faith based storyline, but they do not "shove" religion in your face. This one contains all the elements I like in a book - strong family ties, romance, a little mystery, and believable characters.
Rose might be Amish, but her children are just like anyone else's. Bethany is trying to discover who she is and is falling in love. Mim is becoming a teenager with feelings of her own. Luke and Sammy are as rambunctious as two little boys should be. Tobe, the oldest, has runaway and we don't learn much about him. I am hoping there is a book coming that will introduce us to him, as I am sure he has much to share.
Rose is a very strong woman and mother, with her strength coming from God. She still struggles with the problems that life throws at her though, and can be too stubborn to see things that are right in front of her. Her first guest, Delia, brings her own set of problems to Eagle Hill, but at the same time, she brings some answers to Rose's prayers. It is refreshing to read a book where you see God orchestrating chance meetings.
Posted August 7, 2013
The Inn at Eagle Hill ~ Book 1
By Suzanne Woods Fisher
When newly widowed Rose Schrock needs to find a way to support her family,
an overheard conversation seems to be an answer to her prayers. A couple in
need of a place to stay for the night opens Rose's eyes to the need of an inn in
With the need to pay off her late husband's debts and needing to care for her
ailing mother-in-law, in addition to her children most would think that Rose
already had more than she could handle. But with the help and encouragement
of her neighbor, Galen King Rose is able to open the Inn at Eagle Hill.
But The Letters is more than a story about a bed and breakfast. It is a story of a
family struggling to come to terms with the sudden and unexpected changes that
have come into their lives. Rose uses her gift of caring to help others, including
the hurting people who come to her home seeking rest. Her caring brings unexpected
blessings and Eagle seems to be a place of miracles.
Some of your Stoney Ridge favorites are back, though in minor background characters.
The Letters brings back Jimmy Fisher who may finally start to grow-up while under the
guidance of Galen King. And Jimmy has some more adventures with horses (If you've
read Suzanne Woods Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons series you know what I'm talking
about). And of course, Jimmy has found a new girl in his life, again!
The Letters is a story about finding joy in the simple moments of life. But it is also a story
about love - love of family, love of God, and a love of others around us. And The Letters is a
story of forgiveness and second chances.
I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted August 5, 2013
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my very favorite authors and this book is of the high quality that I know her for. I absolutely loved this story and the characters.
Rose is a widow, living with her cranky and negative mother-in-law, along with her step-daughter and 3 children. It's a busy household, but the thing I love about Rose is that is her serene calmness. She may not always feel that serenity inside (who would?) but she portrays that to her family and this gives them all the stability that they so need. I really love this about her and wish I was more like her...but I digress. Her husband has left her without finances and so she is trying to figure out how to help bring money into her house for her family.
She does have help from her next door neighbor, Galen. He, too, is alone as his parents passed away and he raised his younger brothers and sisters, with just one sister left at home. She has some health problems and he lovingly cares for her and their farm.The story finds Rose and Galen becoming good friends and he helps her to realize her dream of creating an bed and breakfast in her home.
There's some mystery to this book...Rose's husband died under mysterious circumstances in a drowning. Her oldest stepson is on the run and we don't know where he is. There are business mysteries and a rogue employee who is doing under-handed things that affect Rose's family and friends.
I just can't say enough good about this wonderful story! I am anxious to read the next installment as I really feel like I know these people and want to know some of the answers to some of the questions that came up in the book. This book was one of those books that makes you feel good just because you read it. I highly, highly recommend it!
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
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