Mending Fences

Mending Fences

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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ISBN-13: 9780800727512
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Deacon's Family Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 121,600
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, Minding the Light, and The Light Before Day, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Mending Fences 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Watching Luke and Izzy grow in their love and faith in God was also helping me understand more about my faith now i cant wait for the next book in the series to see how their lives continue with Luke being a new deacon. At least thats what I made of the last words of mending fences.
tealovingbookworm 17 hours ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a very thought-provoking, moving story about the path to healing and redemption through grace. Luke Schrock, once a rebellious young man, in and out of rehab centers, has to come to terms about his past. Through the generous, loving help of Deacon Lapp and Bishop Stoltzfus, Luke learns how to mend his fences. The author interestingly places characters from her previous books in this new series, so we’re able to follow their interactions with Luke as he matures, both mentally and spiritually. I found this novel to be one of the best Amish novels I’ve read in a while; the author uses Fern Lapp to offer up her hidden nuggets of wisdom woven throughout. I can’t wait for the second novel in the Deacon’s Family series! I received an ARC from Baker Publishing Group through NetGalley and was under no obligation to write a positive review.
thall5 5 days ago
It has been quite a while since I have read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher, and truly had forgotten how good her books were. This story of faith, forgiveness, and redemption, got my attention from the very start and I enjoyed its storyline and characters to the very end. I look forward to reading the next story in this series. I was provided a copy of this story from Celebrate Lit, but was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
PianoLady831 6 days ago
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an incredible book and I hardly know how to do it justice. Amish fiction fans will be thrilled with this story, but I’ve always said that Fisher’s books have an appeal that reaches far beyond the Amish fiction audience, and that is certainly true with Mending Fences. The reason is simply that her novels are relationship/character driven and filled with complexity. Readers can connect with people just like them – flawed characters who struggle with the same things we do, and who inspire as they grow in their faith and maturity. The heartwarming and sometimes bittersweet Mending Fences entertains, often makes me smile, and challenges what we think about grace, forgiveness and trust. A “best of the best” book for me! My reading self is nowhere more at home than in Fisher’s stories set in Lancaster. I first met the memorable Luke as a precocious child in The Letters and knew that he would have a fantastic story someday. Well, that day has arrived with this first book in The Deacon’s Family series. Luke, haunted by the guilt of his past, is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, and the cover art brings out the essence of his nature. And what a strong ensemble cast is found in David, Amos and Fern – people who lived their faith by their wisdom, insight into what could be, and willingness to extend the grace of second chances. For the longest time, Izzy has a strong defensive wall around her – but oh, how I loved her! When it came to God, she refused to trust that which she didn’t understand, and I could see some of my own reactions in her. And she was so good for Luke because she made him earn her respect. Some of my favorite parts are the gentle words of wisdom that Amos shares at just the right time. One example is this conversation between Amos and Luke… “How can I stick around when no one is willing to trust me?” “Well, Luke, the way I see it, if you don’t stick around, you’ll never find out the answer to that question... And it seems like a pretty important thing to figure out.” There are a few tear-shedding moments in this story, both of joy and sadness. Mending Fences reflects life and faith in a realistic way, giving much to reflect on personally. If there’s someone around you who needs a second chance, grace, someone who has eyes to see beyond a person’s guilt, then this story just might help you see them through God’s eyes. Again, I really can’t say enough about this story. While I’ve loved all that I’ve read by Suzanne Woods Fisher, there’s something special and unique about Luke’s story. Mending Fences begs to be read slowly, savoring each word. Very highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
TheBeccaFiles 9 days ago
Mending Fences is a unique story that takes an interesting approach at examining how the Amish live out forgiveness and reconciliation. As far as I can recollect, this is only the second story I've read that broaches the topic of alcoholism in the Amish community, however Luke's trouble-making is what's dealt with in the story more than the struggle with alcohol. Just out of rehab (for the third time), Luke is sent to live with another family in the Amish community due to his own family being away to help his uncle. Because they have another young woman living with them, Amos and Fern tell Luke that he will be sleeping in a room in the barn. While he's not thrilled with his sleeping arrangements, he learns to live with them. It was so refreshing to see a Bishop painted like David Stoltzfus. Although not in all cases, often in Amish Fiction the Bishops are characters to be feared and viewed more as disciplinarians than shepherds. David not only visited Luke in rehab, but he counseled him, encouraged him, and corrected him. His goal was clearly not just to punish Luke, but to see him grow as a man and follower of Christ. His hope was that Luke would not only change from his past, but learn from it. He came alongside Luke and encouraged him in his walk towards reconciling with those he'd hurt in the past and helped him process the changes in himself that came from those conversations. He was absolutely one of my favorite characters. In the beginning of the book it says that while this is the first book in the series, many of the characters were introduced in previous books by the author. While I've read some of her other books, I haven't read the ones that the other characters were present in. I didn't have any issues reading this book as it is, but I won't lie I wish I'd read the others first so I could have learned the pasts of some of the other characters. I really love the depth of development Suzanne puts into each of her characters, and it really makes them come to life in your mind. I just might have to go back now and read the other books they're found in! Another piece that I liked in this story, is that when Luke was supposed to be "mending fences" with those he'd hurt in the past by his immature actions, he was challenged to not only apologize, but ask how they'd been affected by them. I won't spoil any responses, but it was interesting to watch him learn that while he thought a "prank" might not have been a big deal, it could actually have a huge impact on someone else in ways he didn't consider. He grew not only through apologizing, but through understanding the damage he'd caused and seeking to make things right. The apology was just the first step. I really enjoyed this story and will be keeping my eyes out for more releases in the series. I highly recommend to Amish fiction fans. *I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit and NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
ARS8 10 days ago
Mending Fences is the start of a new series back in Stoney Ridge. I liked seeing the familiar names and places and getting Luke Schrock’s story. Luke was the bad boy, mischief maker, the one that made everyone groan when he came around. He was a bully; he played tricks on people for his own enjoyment and never thought about the consequences. Luke is now back in Stoney Ridge at Bishop David’s request to make amends, to seek forgiveness. Luke has just come from rehab and he is wanting to do something more with his life. As he takes his counselor’s and the Bishop’s advice he begins to grow from the boy he once was into the man he needs to be. It is not easy for Luke to not only seek forgiveness but to ask how his actions have adversly affected each person. As he finds out the depth that his tricks have affected people he is saddened, grieved, and at times blessed and humbled. It was a humorous read and yet filled with bittersweet moments when Luke tries to make restitution. Luke is not the only troubled soul staying with Amos and Fern, Izzy is an Englisher that has been in and out of foster care her whole childhood and is seeking a place to belong. And she has found that with the Amish, yet she still aches for her long lost mother. Amos and Fern were great parental figures and l liked how they dealt with both Luke and Izzy, very protective, patient, and stern when need be. This was a really good story that shows forgiveness in a different light with lots of life lessons to be applied. Luke was a fun character and I liked watching him grow. This book is just the beginning of a series that promises to be a good one and I look forward to seeing how the author ties up all the loose ends. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ibjoy1953 11 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Luke Schrock returns to his Amish community a new man after many months of rehab because of his achohol addiction and reckless lifestyle. His Amish neighbors forgive him, so they say, but they don’t trust him, and still treat him like the old Luke. This is something that I find so irritating, because it seems like the Amish forgiveness is in word only, not from the heart. Sure Luke has to prove himself, but I find the behavior of this Amish community off balance. But for David, the only one who stuck by Luke through it all. It was David who found Luke a place to stay, with farm owners Amos and Fern. Luke was to help Amos on his farm that grew many types of fruit. As well as apologize to all of the people he offended, and ask each person the damage he had caused. This humbled Luke more than he imagined, and he strived to make amends to each of those people. Again, Suzanne Woods Fisher gives readers a sweet heartwarming and eye opening Amish story to read and enjoy. It was truly a story of heartfelt love and redemption, learning and friendships. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will love this one! But I do have to say, there is one thing I did not like about this story and that’s all of the references to snakes. And I don’t care how hard Luke tried, I would have sent him on his way with every book, and sacks of snakes he showed up with! But that’s just the opinion of this one reader! A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Ourpugs 12 days ago
Mending Fences I cannot wait until the next book in the series to see what happens next. It does continue in the next book so when you buy this book you will want to keep it. This is the first in the series. Luke goes back to his home town after getting out of rehab. He has such good intentions to make amends but at times it backfires on him. You just never know what to expect. He meets Lizzy there who hasn’t been out of rehab very long herself. A really inspiring book. I really loved Luke, he tried so hard. So much more besides Luke’s story though. Lizzy brings so much to the story also. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Deana0326 12 days ago
Wow! That's the first thought I had after finishing this book. The book starts a new series for the author and I already can tell it will be a best seller. I was talking with another author and we both agreed that this is the authors' best book yet. It filled my soul with hope and sprinkled my cheeks with tears. I had a hard time deciding who my favorite character was because two of them I easily related to. Luke has come home after a period in rehab. He has worked very hard to change but he knows he has a long road ahead of him. I related to him because I have stumbled and made a mess of my life. I turned away from God and did some pretty awful things to people. Luke is not exactly welcomed home but after reading the story I finally have a better understanding of some of the Amish ways. They are quick to forgive but trusting is something you have to work on. I loved that the Bishop believed in Luke and helped him on his journey. Luke has a list of people he has hurt and will have to go to them and make amends. I loved how the author shows readers the consequences of a person's bad decisions and how devastating it could be to someone. We become so selfish at times that we forget that our actions could affect someone else in a negative way. Izzy has had a difficult childhood and still carries the pain of not being wanted by her mother. The feeling of abandonment is strong in her life and she has never felt wanted. I think I related to her because I know that feeling of not being wanted by your parents. They didn't abandon me physically but definitely emotionally. Izzy's desire to find her mother was a roller coaster ride at times. I would wonder if she found out where her mother was, would it heal her wounds or hurt her more. It is hard for Izzy to have a relationship with anyone, but her relationship with God was one I worried about the most. The author has written a book that deals with forgiveness, acceptance, making amends and finding your way back to God. The journey is hard for these two characters but along the way they have a chance to change their lives and experience unconditional love. "You're a pearl of great price to God." I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
vics49548 13 days ago
Oh my, the places this book went. Can you imagine having to make a list of the wrong things you’ve done to people, then go apologize and ask questions so you understand the damage you did? Yikes! But that’s what Luke had to do and it was as difficult and emotional as you can imagine. However this story wasn’t heavy at all. In fact there were many moments where I was laughing, completely drawn into the story. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher deals with the subject of alcoholism and rehab, as well as health issues in one of the main characters. She doesn’t shy away from these things, but makes it clear that God is in the middle of our messes and heartache. That there can be forgiveness, redemption, and hope. I truly enjoyed every page of this book and highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Kathae 14 days ago
I always enjoy Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, and I have really enjoyed her Stoney Ridge novels, so I was happy to be able to read Mending Fences and see how everyone was doing. As well as getting reacquainted with the community, I experienced a wonderful story of transformation. Luke Schrock was the bad boy of Stoney Ridge, and while his reputation preceded him, I finally did begin rooting for him as he took the steps necessary to earn the trust of his neighbors. Another great thing about Woods' books is that the emphasis is on the story and the characters, not necessarily the Amish-ness. What was really great about this book was that the readers saw Amish culture through the eyes of Izzy, for whom it was new and wonderful. If you like Amish fiction or not, and if you've read Stoney Ridge novels before or not, Mending Fences is a story you can pick up and enjoy now. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
5643437 14 days ago
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first story in The Decon’s Family series. I can not remember reading any other stories that have connections with this story, but still found myself able to follow it. However, I do plan on reading other books with connections to this story. As someone who loves reading Amish fiction, I found this story kept me reading and wanting to learn more about Luke and Izzy. Luke Shrock did not necessarily plan on returning home, and I am sure he never imagined having to go to those he had pulled what he believed were pranks. However, he found himself in exactly that situation. He comes to live at Windmill Farms under two conditions: the first is that he makes a sincere apology and the second is he has to listen to his victims describe the results of his actions. As he started speaking to his victims, he learned how much actions have long-lasting consequences. It truly is a learning experience for Luke. He also kept finding that his list kept growing. I can not imagine going through his experiences. He must prove to his community he has changed. Izzy Miller is another boarder at Windmill Farms and Luke tries to befriend her. However, his attempts only annoy and bother her. He sets out to impress her by finding her mother. I found this to be a wonderful attempt at proving who Luke wants to become. The characters are well-developed and interact in a meaningful way. The descriptions of the scenery are incredible. This is definitely a book worth reading. So check it out for yourself.
conniet729 14 days ago
I am super excited that Suzanne has released a new series. I have been a huge fan of hers since I made the switch to Christian Fiction. I have loved EVERY single one of her books. Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book one in her The Deacon’s Family series. While the series is new - we do see some familar characters if you have read any number of her books. The theme of healing and redemption was one that I needed to hear as I read this book. Y'all. This book brought tears to my eyes. Suzanne has made broken people the center of this story. We are all beautifully broken - but through HIM we can be restored. I cannot wait until the next book! I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program. All thoughts are my own.
NKBookReviewer 15 days ago
This modern day tale was fun, charming, extremely well written and held my interest through its entirety. Author Fisher is an expert on the Amish and does her research well. I felt like I was in Stoney Ridge and Windmill Farm. I love her smooth style of writing. Her stories are easy to understand and imagine. There are twists, secrets, and mysteries to keep interest up, and characters are like old friends I want to sit down with and have kaffe (coffee). My favorite thing about the book is that it is evident this is a Christian book without wondering or searching. The next is that I gleaned information I did not know. It is also a bonus to read for enjoyment and learn something. After the story I was thrilled to find a section of discussion questions. There is so much to love about this book, an engaging plot, a variety of believable characters, the detail given to Amish, and the life lessons it taught. Relevant lessons lessons on trusting God, redemption, starting over, and forgiveness were woven throughout this powerful novel. Would I recommend this book? In a New York minute I would! It is perfect for a book club. It has much material to discuss. I loved it and the characters. Could not put it down to see what was going to happen, but did not want it to end. Such a conundrum for a reader. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
Bookworm_Debbie 17 days ago
This is an insightful look at the road to redemption! I’m talking about redemption in the eyes of man not God. The characters are incredibly well developed. Luke has caused a lot of people a lot of heartache and very deep wounds. They are just as varied as the characters themselves. I was completely captivated by the journey that Luke had to go on to bring healing to himself and others. He is helped along the way by two very wise and Godly men. I love the fact that everything is done with an attitude of prayer and seeking God. We can all learn an awful lot about this from this wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
Virginiaw 18 days ago
This was one of my favorite Amish fiction books I have read lately. This had a lot of twists and turns. Both Luke and Izzy had a lot of growing up to do. This shows that anyone can get addicted to many things and must work things out to get better. I loved how different this book was. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 19 days ago
Picking favorites is not always easy for me, but I think I can safely say Mending Fences is my favorite book by Suzanne Woods Fisher so far. It was a very fun story to read and was full of lots of important lessons along the way. If you have read other series by Suzanne Woods Fisher, you will recognize many of the characters that she has brought together from her various series. But you don't have to feel lost if you haven't read the other books. It works like this: If you've read the previous series, you now have a chance to go back and revisit old friends, some you've already shared some important history with. If you haven't read the other books, you get to meet some new friends and begin to learn details from their past as your friendship develops. Either way, you can enjoy sharing in their stories. Luke and Izzy both have pasts that keep hanging on, but they have found just the right place and just the right people -- including each other -- to help them deal with the baggage. Although much of the story centers on Luke's lessons learned (and those yet to be learned), he is not the only one who grows through personal experiences. There is a lot of growing going on at Windmill Farm and the surrounding community. I would highly recommend Mending Fences to fans of great Amish fiction. After you read it, I believe you will be as anxious as I am to find out more of Luke's and Izzy's story in the next installment in The Deacon's Family series. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Fitzysmom 19 days ago
I love a fictional trip to the little community of Stoney Ridge. I've been reading about these characters from the beginning and always look forward to seeing what they have been up to since my last trip. When you read long series like this there are always characters that you wonder whatever happened to them. Luke Schrock is one of those people. We first encountered Luke in The Inn at Eagle Hill series. His story continued with The Bishop's Family series. He was a mess and last we heard he was off to rehab. Well he seems to finally be finished after the third shot at it. But will he be different? Amos and Fern Lapp have been known to take in troubled kids that need a bit of guidance. With great reluctance they agree to give Luke a place to stay in exchange for help on the farm. There's a new girl in town and her name's Izzy. She's a mystery to all of us but it was a joy to see her story unfold. Her character has so many layers. Just when you think you know all there is to know about her something else is revealed. I don't think that I've ever read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I didn't like. But I am going to say that this book has got to be my favorite so far. There are some things that are revealed at the end of the story that tie several previous events from previous novels together. And guess what . . . I didn't even realize that they were loose ends when I was reading those stories! You would think that after all of these books/series set in the same place with mostly the same people would become monotonous. But you would be wrong. I find them just as fascinating as I did with the first book. This is the beginning of a new series but it is also the continuation of a previous set of series. You can of course read this book without having read the previous books, but you would sorely miss out on some very good fiction. I say treat yourself and start at the beginning! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Phyllis_H 20 days ago
Hardest, most gut-wrenching thing he'd even done in his life. Best thing he'd ever done in his life My rating is 4.5 stars When Luke played ""pranks"" on the people of his community, he gave no thought as to how his actions would affect them. After all, he didn't really mean anything by them, did he? Yet he discovered as he set about ""mending fences"", that his actions had much deeper consequences than he had imagined. In this touching, humorous, and insightful story, Luke goes through a transformational journey as he attempts to change his life, the community's perception of him, and figure out what to do next. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn't have me loving Luke from the start. She kept a great balance of showing his faults and making him just likable enough that I wanted to keep reading to learn more about him. Don't worry, though. I did end up liking Luke a lot by the end! I loved watching Luke become a man I could admire. His blunders as he attempted to set things right were humorous and sweet. His heart was pricked when he saw the damage he had done to others and he truly had very good intentions. . . Luke's interactions with Betty the librarian were great! As were his attempts to keep Bob the horse in his stall at night. And who could blame him for trying? Being wakened out of a deep sleep by horse breath wouldn't be something I would be passive about either! Izzy was taken from her mother by the State when she was very young and she had a difficult childhood, never feeling accepted and always waiting to be told that she could no longer stay. Her life had been hard and she saw some ugly things. The opportunity to stay in the Amish community was such a gift to her. Amos and Fern were so thankful for her gentle nature and the compliant way that she followed their instructions. The contrast between Izzy and Luke was similar to the one between the Prodigal Son and his older brother. While the younger son clearly displeased the father with his wasteful and indulgent living, the older brother appeared to be righteous and yet harbored pride and resentment towards his brother. And like the elder brother, though her actions were all as the community desired, she had some heart issues that needed to be addressed. I enjoyed seeing who noticed this problem and the way it was handled. If you have read other Amish stories, you will have noticed they are often filled them with Amish terms. I was surprised not to see that here. It gave a different feel to the story than what I expected. Rich spiritual truths are shared in a poignant manner. In several places where I was moved almost to tears. If you like your fiction to challenge your walk with the Lord, Mending Fences will certainly fit the bill. This story of fiery trials, shame, guilt, treachery, forgiveness, and faith is one that should not be missed! Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
armom 22 days ago
Luke Schrock is fresh out of rehab for the first, second, make that third time. Fern and Amos have agreed that he may live at Windmill Farm. In the barn, to his dismay. Well, Fern convinced Amos to agree. Everyone remembers the 'old' Luke who pulled many a prank on many persons. Luke is going through the AA twelve steps and has to apologize to each person he hurt and ask how his prank had affected that person. Difficult task for someone who is not humble, at all. Luke is surprised, as well as humbled, and shamed by the damage some of his pranks caused. Arrogant, good looking, mischief maker, Luke Schrock. Everyone remembers him by his pranks and earning the community's trust is a big job for Luke. Luke was quite surprise to see Izzy at the farm and to learn that she lived there, for she had previously been at the rehab Luke was in. Izzy is not impressed by Luke's charms. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him, which comes as a surprise to Luke. Izzy finally has a place to call home and isn't about to do anything to jeopardize it. She loves Amos and Fern and their farm. She is dressing Amish and loves the quiet, peaceful life. Izzy is so easy to empathize with and love. Oh my soul! I loved Fern Lapps' phrases with words of wisdom. She was such a lovable character! I do so look forward to the next book in this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Debra Gaudette 22 days ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors. I have just reading Mending Fences and I really liked it. This is part of The Deacon's Family Series. What can Luke Schrock do but come back after he is in rehab. He really thinks that it will be easy to just go back to before. They have said he must do 2 things in order to stay. He must listen to each person tell how he hurt them. Then he has to apologize for what he did. Luke has decided to do what he has been asked. The only thing is that he is very upset to hear how he hurt people. Izzy Miller is also staying at Windmill Farm. Luke tries to be nice but she wants no part. What can Luke do? This is a really nice story that will make you want to read it all before you put it down. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine.
PinkGranny 27 days ago
Mending Fences Destined to Be Another Success for Suzanne Woods Fisher Luke Schrock just got out of rehab for the third time. He didn't receive the welcome home he expected and he was unsure where he would stay or whether he wanted to be back in Stoney Ridge. He had long since worn out his welcome and wore down the community. When Bishop David Stoltzfus talked to Luke about mending fences, it was not meant in the literal way with a hammer and some nails. Rather, it was a painstaking method that Luke found the most difficult challenge of his life. Handsome, confident Luke got much more than he bargained for this time. I loved reading this book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Whenever I read one of her books I tell myself it is her best yet. However, there is so much inside Mending Fences that I recommend it not just for a good read but also as a book club selection. The discussions would be lively and all the more so for the questions in the back of the book. I found myself laughing out loud a few times in this book for the adventures Luke got himself into. In the midst of all his foibles there is a truly serious side to this story of resilience and faith. He is persistent in his journey of second ( or sometimes more....) chances and along the way his faith grows, bringing along some surprising new friends. Although this is Luke's story, it would be rather dull without Izzy Miller, A young woman, who like Luke, was staying at Windmill Farm with Amos and Fern Lapp. Throughout the story he worked hard to win her friendship. She trusted very few people, least of all Luke. His reputation had, after all, preceded him. The story of their prickly relationship is heartwarming and full of surprises. Tears of sadness and joy abound. Mending Fences is the first book of Suzanne's new series The Deacon's family. After reading an excerpt of the upcoming Stitches In Time, I am looking forward to hearing more about Luke and Izzy.
Jaquelyn 28 days ago
It has been too long since I’ve read an Amish novel if this is what they are like now. Fisher had me hooked from the very beginning. I was a little worried when I read the cast of characters, thinking I had to read all the other books to not be lost, but that wasn’t the case at all. After finishing this story I think it would be fun to read the others, but totally not necessary. Mending Fences was a great story about learning and growing from your mistakes. Luke hurt so many people, and while it might have seemed funny to him back then, now is a different story. Seeing how his decisions had lasting effects cuts him deep. I loved watching him become a better man, and try to make amends for his mistakes. Izzy didn’t know the old Luke, but knows enough about “his kind” to keep her distance. I enjoyed watching their heads butt and how their friendship slowly grew. I really enjoyed the variation in the characters in this Amish community, and look forward to visiting again. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
KatrinaEpperson 29 days ago
I really enjoyed this book! I was immediately pulled into the story and couldn't put it down until I turned the last page. This captivating story pulled on my heartstrings in so many ways. Luke is a character that stole my heart. He has a checkered past in Stoney Ridge where his childhood mischief led to becoming involved with alcohol as a way to escape his thoughts and feelings. This character felt so real to me. I can feel his anxiety about returning home and knowing he's really not welcomed or wanted which is only compounded by his mother not being their to meet his bus. His one stability is David and his support on returning. As Luke begins on his list of people to appologize to his eyes begin to open as to how his mischief could have a negative impact on people. He honestly never dreamed the outcome of some and it deeply bothered him to the point he wanted to make amends. Isabella "Izzy" Miller was invited to stay at Windmill Farm by Amos and Fern. She is not Amish, but as a child she lived next door to an Amish family and has fond memories of them. In the year she has been staying at Windmill Farm she has easily adapted to the the plain life, but she has also been secretly looking for her mom. She is looking for answers to questions that have plagued her life for so long. She loves the farm and loves selling fruits/vegetables at the farm stand. After everything she has heard about Luke's past and with his arrival at the farm Izzy refuses to let his drama have an impact on her life, even when he reaches out a hand in friendship. This is a wonderful story about second chances on many levels. It includes elements of forgiveness, second chances, humor, engaging characters, turmoil, tension, faith, and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves Amish stories or a good, clean read. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
academy252 29 days ago
This story begins with a young man, Luke Schrock, who has had a rather interesting past. He grew up Amish but seemed to be quite the troublemaker in his community. He has just been released from a rehab facility for alcohol abuse and is placed into the home of a more middle aged couple who takes in troubled teens and children. Amos and Fern Lapp were married later in life. Amos had been married to another woman and raised daughters with her before her untimely death. Fern came along to help Amos out with the girls and the household responsibilities after the death of his wife. God drew them together for a bigger purpose. They married and took on a new challenge. Fern had a heart for taking in young people that needed guidance. Luke was just such a young man. He was sent from rehab to live in their barn and help out with chores and manual labor as needed. He was also thrown back into a community that did not know what to do with such a troublemaker. He seemed to have a lot of “fences to mend”… both physically and with the people of the community. The Lapps had taken in other young people over the years and one young lady was still there with them. Izzy Miller was taken in after she had been on the streets as a homeless teen with no family of which to speak. She had also spent some time in a rehab facility… the same one as Luke as a matter of fact. After her time there she had settled into the Amish way of life fairly naturally and had lived there about a year now. She was not happy with the new rescue… Luke seemed to be just the kind of boy she wanted nothing to do with. She did not want him getting in the way of her making a new start for her life. Would they both get the fresh start they were looking for? Would Luke be able to make things right with the community and change his ways? This was a delightful read with real hope. Fisher weaves the theme of second chances throughout the book with several of her characters. I laughed… I cried… I read faster in places when things got exciting. I would read more of her Amish fiction in a heartbeat. This one was a great story with great storytelling to keep me wanting more!