The Quieting: A Novel

The Quieting: A Novel

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by Suzanne Woods Fisher
     
 

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Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave

The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things—fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the

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Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave

The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things—fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.

When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters—and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem—but will it create another?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 05/02/2016
Fisher's deliciously heartwarming contemporary Amish romance, the second in the Bishop's Family series (after The Imposter), picks up a few months after the first left off and is told from a variety of viewpoints. Amish bishop David Stoltzfus is taking care of a houseful of his relatives' children and a congregation that is quietly being rocked by scandal. With so much in disarray, the last thing he wants is for his mother and two nieces showing up for an unexpected, indefinite visit. While dealing with his mother's managing ways and her desperation to see everyone in her family happily married to acceptable people, David has to relearn how to listen attentively to the word of God in his heart as he struggles to do what is best for his community. Family allegiances are pulled in opposite directions when the son of David's congregational rival expresses interest in his niece, Abigail. This fascinating glimpse into a closed culture explores the depth and breadth of its members' commonalities and differences. The deftly written tale of life, love, and faith is filled with a delightful cast of characters whose stories intertwine with David's to entertain the reader. Agent: Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary. (May)

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ISBN-13:
9780800723217
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Bishop's Family Series , #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
56,526
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Imposter and Anna's Crossing, and several series of Amish fiction. She is also the author of many nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish, Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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The Quieting: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ReginaFujitani 3 days ago
Step back into Stoney Ridge. In this second book you'll fall in love with old and new characters. Suzanne writes beautiful Amish stories that touch your heart and she touches areas in your life that need to be healed. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest and unbiased opinion.
GrandaddyA 12 days ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher continues the Amish suspense that began in The Imposter. David Stoltzfus has patiently waited, hoping for Bishop Freeman Glick to repent of the wrong that he did in the previous book. Meanwhile, David’s mother comes to Stoney Ridge from Ohio for an extended visit so she can fix all the problems going on in David’s family. Referred to as Mammi the Meddler behind her back by most of the family, she thinks she has all the answers. Quite often, the problem she is trying to fix is not really a problem and usually is not really any of her concern. However, she is a determined lady. At heart, she is a good woman but is simply misguided by her own sense of how things should be done. Abigail and Laura, two of David’s nieces, travelled with Mammi from Ohio. Abigail has a very different type of personality from almost everyone else in the story. She is on a crusade of sorts to finish a genealogy that her father had started working on for someone in Stoney Ridge. Between trying to avoid Mammi’s matchmaking efforts on her behalf and trying to find a way to get through the brick wall that surrounds the genealogy she is working on, she is constantly creating a mess or getting in the middle of someone else’s mess. Multiple stories are playing out within the framework of the main story concerning the efforts to bring the bishop to his senses. Several of the stories also involve romance and a few other entertaining situations. I recommend this book to everyone who loves good Amish romance.
ElusiveRedTiger 5 months ago
I recently had the opportunity to review The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I received the book for free in exchange for my honest review. I discovered that this is Book 2 in a three book series, The Bishop’s Family, and the first book is entitled The Impostor. I have not read that book, but did not have any trouble understanding what was going on in this one, so the author did a great job of explaining any info that was necessary from the previous story. I have said before that I love Amish fiction, so you won’t be surprised that I enjoyed this book. I found humor in the description of David’s meddling mother and Abigail’s literal, matter-of-fact nature. Dane is smitten with abigail from the beginning and it is sweet to watch as he works to overcome her reluctance. The author also is adept in weaving together the multiple story lines seamlessly. The book also deals with a topic in the Amish community that I have not read much on, which is known as a Quieting. The Author defines a quieting as revoking “the ordination of a bishop, minister or deacon so that he returns to being a church member, but not a leader.” I also enjoyed reading of Abigail’s genealogical interests. Now I want to read the first book, and look forward to the third in the series, The Devoted when it is released in October. I have already booked up another book by this author, but in a different series.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt 7 months ago
I just finished reading the second book in "The Bishop's Family" by Suzanne Woods Fisher called "The Quieting" Abigail Stolzfus is helping her father with genealogical research. She hoped that it would help him through depression. Not only does she have to help him, but her grandmother wants her to get married. Mammi wants her to come to Stoney Ridge to find a husband. The only person that Abigail might like is not one that they approve of. The church is not happy with him. Will they ever be able to have a future? Will the families ever get along. This is a story of love and family. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing and these are all my opinions.
Fitzysmom 7 months ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has long been one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. She has a knack for using interesting situations in the context of an Amish setting. This time around she uses the topic of genealogical research. Abigail Stoltzfus has joined her father in his research endeavors. Unfortunately for her, her mother and grandmother think she needs to settle down and get married. In order to achieve that her grandmother has insisted she accompany her to Stoney Ridge. Stoney Ridge is in the midst of it's own controversies. Bishop Glick and minister David Stoltzfus continue to see things differently and the tension in the community is mounting. Unfortunately Abigail is David's niece and the only eligible bachelor seems to be Dane Glick who is from the bishop's family. As events unfold it looks as if there is going to be a quieting among the people. I found this to be especially interesting. I've read many stories about shunning and banning but this is the first I've read about a quieting. A quieting is when a church leader is removed and it is a very serious and solemn event that grieves the entire community. Fisher explores how misplaced pride really does lead to destruction. Not only for the individual but for the community. Once again this is a solid book that is both entertaining and introspective. If you like Amish fiction with more of a contemporary flair I think you will enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
SeasonsofGrace 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I read the first one in the series a while back and was really looking forward to reading this one. It did not disappoint. I love Suzanne's style of writing. This book is kind of a follow up of book one, The Imposter. You may be able to read this as a stand alone because some of the characters are new, but I would highly recommend reading the series in order. In the first book David moves to a new town. He is a widower, a father, and a minister and needs a new start. But the church he moves to is also in dire need of help. Especially, when some problems with the current bishop come to light. In this novel, David is addressing the issues, while trying to also deal with his meddling mother, and two nieces that have showed up unexpectedly. His mother could be quite annoying at times, but I believe that is the point, and I am sure she has good intentions. Along with his own family issues and his love life blossoming, David has his hands full. He is a man who loves God and his faith is to be admired. He is wise and caring. The characters are fun and enjoyable to get to know. By the end you feel like part of the community. I love Suzanne's version of a sweet slow romance that develops between certain characters in the book. Suzanne works behind the scenes to teach lessons and grow your faith. I would definitely recommend this book. I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest opinion.
VicG 7 months ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, “The Quieting” Book Two in The Bishop Family series published by Revell introduces us to Abigail Stoltzfus. From the back cover: It was a well-laid plan–but it wasn’t her plan . . . It’s all her grandmother’s fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client’s brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors. Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he’s all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives–including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail’s uncle, minister David Stoltzfus. As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it’s becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting–a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another? Welcome back to Stoney Ridge. There is a lot of conflict in this town. It seems that there is real conflict between the Stoltzfus and the Glick. The Bishop, who is a Glick, is at odds with the Minister, who is a Stolzfus, and only one of them is going to win. In addition Grandma, who is a Stolzfus wants to marry off Abigail but she wants to do it with Dane, who is a Glick. There is a lot going on in this story. Ms. Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. Ms. Fisher has given us new characters in Abigail and Dane to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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.”
SunnieReviews 8 months ago
The Quieting was right up my alley! Why? Because it was about GENEALOGY! And it was AMISH. What combination would I love better than that. I actually had written to several Amish authors suggesting a genealogy theme because I personally have done quite a bit of Amish and Mennonite research as a part of my occupation as a professional German genealogist. Their genealogy that I personally researched was fascinating and I love how Ms. Fisher wove it into the theme of a great story. It's been something I have been totally watching and waiting to see happen. I am glad it did! I really enjoyed the characters in the story and the events that took place up to the time of the "Quieting" or the revocation of ministerial positions. This was a great book and I am so glad I was able to read it! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
Debragg 8 months ago
The Quieting" by author Suzanne Woods Fisher is a great story of two people that have met each other and like others have obstacles in their way. Dane Glick is not an approved man, by Amish standards. Abigail Stotzfus's family does not like his family and it is felt the same on the other side. This is another book in author Suzanne Woods Fisher's series. I really like this series and the characters are believable. I couldn't wait to finish the book to see if love would prevail. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing. These are my opinions.
Bookworm_Debbie 9 months ago
A wonderfully deep Amish novel! This book is part of a “true” series. You need to read book one before reading this one for the story to make sense. A few new characters arrive in Stoney Ridge to join the community. They are as well developed as all of the previous characters. I thoroughly enjoyed my second visit in this small town. A number of the returning characters have matured beautifully and I really liked seeing how they handle the new problems and questions that they face. The recurring theme through this story is stubborn people who see their whole purpose as “fixing” everything for everyone. It was very thought provoking for me to see how others struggled to understand them. They had to learn how to deal with these difficult individuals and how to trust God to lead them as to when to stand up to them. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
amybooksy 9 months ago
The Quieting is the second installment from the Bishop's Family series. I enjoyed this book. The characters were wonderful and I felt an instant connection with them. I cannot wait to read the next in the series. 5 stars.
poochiepepper 10 months ago
What a great read. I recognize so many of these characters among the people I have met over time. I understand David's indecision, Gabby's single mindness and Freeman's believing his way is the only way and he knows best. We are what we are and every religion has these traits. Love her books.
lolly-pops 10 months ago
THE QUIETING is the second book in Ms. Fisher's The Bishop's Family series. Readers will want to read the first book The Imposter as this series does not stand alone. I enjoyed getting reconnected with David Stoltzfus life, family, and community, and have to say I connected with both Abigail and Dane both. It was nice seeing how Abigail went about trying to solve the broken gap in Dane's family tree, despite obstacles keeping her from the normal way. Add a meddling grandma, thefts from the buggy shop, discord among the church leaders as well as David's store and household, and the discovery of oil, the book is hard to put down. I picked this up expecting a good read and it didn't disappoint. I am anxious to read the third book in this series, probably coming later this fall. A great book from one of my favorite Amish authors. Highly recommended.
ARS8 10 months ago
I enjoyed going back and visiting with the Stoltzfus family in The Quieting the second in The Bishop’s Family series. Widower David Stoltzfus is still dealing with the problems of his church while things seem to have calmed down a bit in his household. That is until his mother and two of his nieces, Abigail and Laura, stop by unannounced and with the good intentions of helping him and his family. We received the viewpoints of David, his 16 year old son Jesse, and Abigail in this read. Abigail was the new viewpoint and I really liked her. She is a very literal person, very smart, and does not have a sense of humor. This has caused tension at her home and now in her uncle’s home. Throw in David’s meddling mother who is on several missions, one of them being to see Abigail married. Abigail has only come to help her Uncle David and to finish her father’s genealogical research project for a client. Abigail finds a friend in Dane Glick, who is a very jolly person who also happens to have his sights set on marrying her. This was a very good read, at times humorous and others thought provoking that showed how people are very different and you cannot always control the outcomes of the situations or them. David and Birdy’s love story continues to develop and I was glad to see Jesse maturing as a character from the last book. I look forward to the next in The Bishop’s Family series. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams 10 months ago
The Quieting is a great story! Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to Stoney Ridge in this second installment of The Bishop’s Family series. While The Quieting continues a story line that began in Book 1, The Imposter, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. As problems continue to plague the church and community, David Stoltzfus struggles to find the right solutions. I really enjoyed David’s journey, as well as the relationship that developed between his niece Abigail and Dane Glick. Fisher brings this story to life with memorable characters, an engaging plot, and wonderful wit and wisdom. I delight in spending time in the quaint community of Stoney Ridge and look forward to returning as the series continues! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Virginiaw 10 months ago
This is the second book in The Bishop's Family. Great second book in the series. This continues the story where The Imposter left off. We get to see many of the same characters. You will want to read the Imposter first to really understand all that is going on. This story brings in Abigail Stoltzfus who has come to Stoney Ridge to help her cousins and to continue a family tree that she is working on for her father. I received a copy of this book from Revell and the author for a fair and honest opinion.
MeezCarrie 10 months ago
I am so enjoying The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! So many fantastic & dimensional characters in these books! When you’re reading, you really do feel as they are people who could live next door or down the road. Amish characters, yes, but ones who struggle with flaws and sin and “life frustrations” and family dynamics just like we do. While a few of the main threads from The Imposter continued in The Quieting (yay!), we were also introduced to several new characters. Particularly extended members of the Stoltzfus family. (On that note, The Quieting could be read as a stand alone if you really must, but I think you would lose so much of what makes the series as captivating as it is. It’s best to first go back and read The Imposter if you haven’t already done so.) I adored Abigail! She’s like Temperance Brennan (from the books & TV series Bones) … except Abigail is Amish…. and not into bones or dead people and she doesn’t have an FBI agent as a partner. She does however have Dane, and I found their friendship to be full of subtle humor and sweet heart and just truly delightful to read. I also loved the genealogy research angle and the mystery to be solved. David remains one of my favorite Amish characters, not just in this series but in any book I’ve read. He’s full of quiet wisdom and faith, and he’s a man of prayer – the kind of prayers that flow spontaneously and naturally and come from a relationship with God that is active and intimate. The way he handled the conflict with Freeman is something that we all can learn from and take to heart. But I also love that he has flaws… he makes mistakes… he worries… he has stress… he’s real. The Quieting exceeded my expectations. I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to seamlessly weave laugh out loud humor (the way she writes Hank gets me every time), adolescent angst, and tender moments of faith and family – sometimes in the same chapter – to create a story that engages all of my emotions and provides a really enjoyable reading experience. The Quieting is a mix of fantastic characters, spiritual life lessons, and memorable scenes not to be missed. Make sure this series is on your TBR list! Even if you’re not typically a fan of Amish fiction, I encourage you to give this series a try!! (I received a copy of this book for only my honest review.)
Kathae 10 months ago
I just have to say how much I love Suzanne Woods Fisher's writing style. She gets into the heads of her characters and lets the readers really understand where they are coming from. And as the characters develop, it really is a testament to God's working in their lives. Fisher writes a cozy, comfortable story that you care about and can get lost in. I am enjoying this author more and more. I highly recommend this second book in The Bishop's Family series for fans of Amish fiction, and also for those who just want a good story to read without elevating their pulse. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Lane_Hill_House 11 months ago
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2016 The Bishop's Family, Book 2 David Stoltzfus' Bent N' Dent store becomes an active place as he hears his nieces have arrived from Ohio, unexpectedly, and... his mother bursts through the door telling him the layout of his store is all wrong. What a way to continue an otherwise quiet day. Daughter Ruthie Stoltfus is equally befuddled at home as she tries to sort out what is going on with this cousin appearance ~ both Gabby (Abigail) and Laura, who proclaim they are there to stay ~ until their problems are fixed. What problems, Ruthie is uncertain exist? Her sisters, Molly and twins Lydie and Emma, are equally curious at their arrival. Abigail Stoltfus has another reason for coming to Stoney Ridge. Convenient to put the supposed needs of her uncle's family in the forefront. I am eager to see the happenings at Stoney Ridge since leaving them in book one! So enjoyed the beginning of this series! Here's some advice to Abigail in a letter from her mother: There's no need to over-volunteer facts from the books you read, especially if no one has asked you about them. --The Quieting, 148 Hmmm. You will meet Leroy Glick who is saving his bubble-gum wrappers to enter a contest to win a lifetime supply of bubble-gum by finding the winning wrapper. "The Sisters" who live across town, have a little bit of everything you could possibly need from the past ~ their collection. I like these series by this author for many reasons. Neighbors from previous series pop up, bringing community. An engaging family story of ups-and-downs; similarities in family traits ~ habits awakened when a better way is revealed. The Stoltzfus family is growing and finding their place. I learned many interesting things in the story along with the characters as they discovered them. Truth triumphs ~ humility and forgiveness surface, enriching lives. "This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!" ~ author Suzanne Woods Fisher ***Thank you to author Suzanne Woods Fisher, and to Celebrate Lit for sending me a print copy to read and review this second book in The Bishop's Family series as part of the book tour.***
BrittanyMc 11 months ago
The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. Reading the first book in the series, The Imposter, is fairly important for understanding the continuing story line in this book. While I enjoyed reading The Quieting, I actually enjoyed The Imposter a lot more than this book. But, even so, the writing was very good and I was interested in the various relationships and situations that were dealt with in this story. I was glad to see more of David and Birdy, but would have loved more time with Katrina and Andy. I really liked Dane, but did not care for Abigail. I understood and could even laugh at her literal way of dealing with life and people, yet I just could not connect with her. I did enjoy the genealogical research and discoveries that Abigail made and found that portion to be a very interesting part of the story. Even though The Quieting was not my favorite of the two books so far, it was an overall enjoyable story that does add to the series. I am looking forward to the next book and to seeing how things come together for the various characters that the author has introduced us to. (3.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Baranski1987 11 months ago
The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in The Bishop’s Family series. Suzanne has done it yet again. She has written another masterpiece. This is a book that will surely capture your attention right from the start and not let you go until the very end. This book is full of love, heartache, pain, faith. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride with this captivating story. This story does a wonderful job of touching on a subject that many shy away from. Grab your glass of sweet tea as you kick back to enjoy this most captivating book. Be sure to order your copy of The Quieting today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
On her Amish Wisdom website Suzanne Woods Fisher explains the concept of quieting. We are all familiar with the Amish custom of shunning, a form of discipline for unrepentant church members. Quieting revokes the ordination of an unrepentant Amish bishop, deacon or minister. It is rarely done, and never taken lightly. The entire Amish community feels the pain of such an action of discipline. Fisher introduced readers to this form of discipline in her first book in The Bishop’s Family series, The Imposter. While reading this second book in the series, I was on pins and needles waiting to see which way the tide would turn and which church leader would undergo the quieting. Would the one deserving of this discipline receive it, or would he be able to manipulate the church members into believing there was another that needed to be the recipient? While the community and church leadership dealt with the situation that threatened to split the community, one of the leader’s nieces was dealing with a situation of her own. Driven to complete her ailing father’s genealogy work for Francis Glick in order to pull him from his state of depression, Abigail is pursued by one of the few eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge. Abigail’s singular focus on her task, lack of social skills and her tendency to take all things literally work to derail the budding relationship. Will she be able to pull herself out of the past to see what is right before her in the present? Even if you are not a fan of Amish fiction, but love books where relationships are put to the test and there are deeper lessons to be learned, you will love this series. You may also gain valuable insight into what your own pastor’s life may be like as he works to meet the needs of his church without neglecting the needs of his family. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Quieting for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
Heidi_Reads 11 months ago
Once again I was swept away to the slow and steady pace of life in Stoney Ridge. The storylines from the first book in the series, The Imposter, continue as the minister David struggles with what to do about the bishop's unrepentant heart. The bishop's sister Birdy brings him peace and helps him see life in new perspectives. Katrina and Thelma implement a new source of income on their oil-rich land that has the potential to solve the church's financial problems. Jesse learns to stay out of trouble- for the most part- as he works to make his buggy shop a success. I thoroughly enjoyed the new characters who joined the community, David's mother and nieces who both help and make life difficult for members of David's family. His mother has his best interests at heart, but her disapproval turns his store upside down and disrupts his relationship with Birdy. So many times I just wanted him to stand up to her and shut down her meddling! He does his best in his own quiet way though. Abigail's point of view was especially interesting since she views life so literally. She thrives on order and organization, and her quest to fill the mystery gap in the Glick family tree for Dane bring the two closer together. She doesn't quite know what to make of his happy personality and is surprised by his kindness toward her when she has endured criticism her entire life. Her mannerisms are funny and bring a subtle humor to the narrative. I loved her enthusiasm for genealogy and the idea that seeking out our ancestors helps us understand our roots and ourselves. David's anxiety over following the Lord's will in resolving the problems of the church is compounded by pressure from his domineering mother. He wants so desperately to do what is right, but feels strongly that he must wait on God's prompting. The way he continually turns to scripture and prayer is inspiring and I loved the passages from the Bible he drew comfort from. The compelling drama from multiple points of view kept me enthralled and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Devoted, which will be released this October. (Thank you to CelebrateLit Publicity and Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Jenpcv 12 months ago
I recently had the pleasure of reading The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher, which is a novel set in Stoney Ridge, the fictitious Amish village create by Fisher and written about in several other books. This is the second book in The Bishop's Family series. The book revolves around David, an Amish minister who must make the difficult decision whether to seek a quieting or not, the Amish method of removing a church leader from leadership, in this instance due to dishonesty and pride. Abigail is an inquisitive, unusual Amish young lady who seeks to help her father uncover some genealogical secrets for a client. But when her grandmother takes her from Ohio to Stoney Ridge to visit her uncle David's family during a difficult time, Abigail's plans are completely upset. I've read several Amish fiction books, and while I like them and the unique look into a simpler, unusual lifestyle, most of them tend to have similar characters, settings, and plots. The Quieting is a different story, focusing on an aspect of Amish life that I've never heard of or read about. Furthermore, the characters were strikingly different than many Amish characters I've encountered before: complex and surprisingly realistic. This novel was a joy to read, and I look forward to finding more books from Fisher, as well as reading further books in The Bishop's Family series. Based on this novel, more great books, characters, and twists and turns are bound to come with future books from Fisher. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good work of fiction, particularly Amish fiction. While there is an element of romance in the novel, it's not the central storyline, so I wouldn't call it a romantic fiction. If you pick up this book, you're in for a great read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest review.
Mocha-with-Linda 12 months ago
I don't read many Amish novels, but I never miss one by Suzanne Woods Fisher. The Quieting addresses a topic I was not familiar with: the rare instance when an Amish church leader must be removed from his position, a heart-wrenching, delicate--albeit fascinating--occurrence. While this is a major story thread, it is by no means the only one, and Fisher skillfully weaves it into the fabric of the other events of the story. I appreciate her realistic portrayal of the Amish as they face many of the same issues as Englisch believers. The family interactions-and disputes!-ring true, as does the inner conflict that David experiences as he seeks a solution to the dilemma about the bishop. As a detail person, however, my hands-down favorite character is Abigail. Bless her heart! She is so well-meaning yet so oblivious as she inundates folks with more than they ever wanted to know about any subject. While this is the second book (which works well as a stand-alone) in The Bishop's Family series, its Stoney Ridge setting is also home to Fisher's two previous series, and many of the peripheral characters are delightfully familiar. (There's even a brief mention of the vexatious Jimmy Fisher!) Kudos to Fisher for a tale that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Don't miss The Quieting! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Books as part of a blog tour. 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.”