The Search (Lancaster County Secrets Series #3)

The Search (Lancaster County Secrets Series #3)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Overview

Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.

Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733872
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Lancaster County Secrets Series , #3
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 622,485
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Search (Lancaster County Secrets Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
I loved this very readable story, and think it's the best of the three books in the Lancaster County Secrets series. Here's why: *This book has great characters in it. The portly grandmother is so full of personality she is one of them most memorable I've read in a long time--certainly not would you would expect to find in an old Amish widow. *The primary setting is a rose farm! I've never been to one, so I found the description of daily operations fascinating. *English and Amish characters meet in this book, and one side decides to convert to the other side. I won't tell you which one, but the development of her decision is very tender. *This is a story of redemption. The end of the book is extremely satisfying for those of us who love happy endings. *One of the main characters, Bess, matures from a love-sick teenager into a young woman with better judgment. I love the self-respect she ends up showing at the end. *The novel seems to me to be on the short side. At first, I was disappointed by this, but it's actually good for busy people who love to read but can't enjoy a super long novel because by the time they get through it, they forget what happened in the first half. I highly recommend this book.
CoffeePlease More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a good read, look no farther ... I have just read The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher and have to say it was excellent. It was one of those books that once you begin reading it, you just can't put it down. I recently received my own copy of The Search from LitFuse so that I could read and post a review of this fabulous book. Because I knew this was the third in a series called Lancaster County Secrets, I immediately thought to myself that I should read the first two books before starting this book ... which I did. I even bought an ecopy of the Search although I received a free copy for review. Mrs. Fisher again pulls at our heart strings when she has us meet up with Bess Reihl, a young teen who is spending her summer with her grandmother at Rose Hill Farm in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Bess is living the Amish life already, with her widowed father at their farm in Ohio, where they moved shortly after Bess' mother was killed in a buggy accident when she was an infant. We see the bond between grandmother and granddaughter grow as well as unexpected twists and turns with the reintroduction of Lainey O'Toole to the community that she left years ago when her mother died after birthing her baby sister, leaving her along in the world. As in her other two books in this series, Mrs. Fisher guides our hearts through young love, family bonds, forgiveness and healing ~ wonderful principles that we can all apply to our own lives, no matter what our age. This book is a fabulous stand alone book, the first two books (The Choice and The Waiting) need not be read before this book in order to understand it. Although I highly recommend reading them - they, too, are worth the read!! The Search is a wonderful book for young and old, and all ages in between. Again, a great choice for your book clubs too - I am certainly going to be recommending this to the ladies at my Church, I think they will fall in love with the characters and the themes throughout the book. Another 5 star rating from me!
iluvf14 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's best novels. Usually you get the typical Amish story--boy meets girl, boy/girl begin a relationship, challenges develop, boy/girl overcome & marry. However, in The Search there are a couple interesting sub-plots; sub-plots that I haven't seen before in Amish literature.I found it compelling to read how decisions made a long time ago affect the lives of so many people. When only a couple people know the truth behind a secret, can they change the future? Can they push their loved ones toward a certain destiny? Or do they let life play out on its own and see what happens?The main characters of Bess and Lainey aren't your typical Amish literature characters. They both have a mind of their own and aren't nearly as submissive as the typical Amish woman. I like that they aren't as passive as most characters and that they stand up for what they want. Is that typical in the Amish community? From what I've read, no it's not. But as a non-Amish individual, I like their personalities. The Seach touched me with its subtle faith excerpts and discssions. There was nothing "preachy" about it at all in my opinion. The main story was entertaining and a nice, easy read. As always, I enjoyed Fisher's writing and The Search certainly kept my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to curl up with a good story and interesting plot.
itsJUSTme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well it is no big surprise that Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again in her third book in the "Lancaster County Secrets Series". I had the privilege of reading all three books, and I loved every one.In this book we are introduced to three amazing women - Bess, a 15 yr. old girl living with her father in OH after the death of her mother in an accident. She goes to PA to visit her grandmother (Mammi) and learns the truth about her real family. Bess is adorable! She was so innocent and sweet but smart. I loved her and wanted to adopt her!Bess' grandmother, Bertha, what a hoot she is! She is stern, conniving, manipulating, and so loving. She is truly looking out for Bess' best interest.Then there is Lainey. She is "English" passing through town on her way to culinary school, but can't seem to leave her old home town. Her and Bess meet and become close and soon find out they have so much more in common. After Bess teaches her to be Amish, Lainey decided to be baptized into the Amish church. I also loved Lainey!The men in the story are equally brilliant. Jonah, Bess' father, and someone Lainey finds interesting and attractive. Simon, Lainey's step father, a bitter, drunk, who is dying in the hospital waiting for a bone marrow transplant. And sweet, clueless Billy, he works at Bertha's farm and becomes Bess' love interest.Step into the world of Stoney Ridge and meet this wonderful group of charters!
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bertha Reihl of Rose Hill Farm, is a bit intimidating, as tough as boots on the outside, but on the inside she is really an old softie.After the death of her husband, Samuel, a few years back, she slowly started converting her pastures into a place to plant her roses. She does a pretty good business selling salves, roses and her rose petal jam, so well in fact that she has hired 18 year old Billy Lapp to help her. Its been a few years since her son Jonah and her 15 year old grand daughter Bess has come from Ohio for a visit, so she sends them a letter stating she needs help recovering from her women's surgery. Bess decides to go spend the summer with her grandmother. While picking roses isn't something she really relishes, when she meets Billy she thinks he is the most handsome boy she has ever saw, and things might not be so bad on her grandmothers farm.Lainey O'Toole was Bertha's neighbor 15 years ago, and while traveling thru on her way to New York as fate would have it, her car breaks down in Stoney Brook in front of a diner, who was looking for a baker, she decides to stay for the summer, wanting to reconnect with Bertha, the lady who was so kind to her in her youth. There is a secret that Lainey has kept for 15 years, something that will affect several people. What will happen when the secret is out in the open?Another great story from Suzanne Woods Fisher. A story about how the truth can free you from your past, and of course the value of forgiveness. I enjoyed the characters in this story, and think my favorite was Bertha, for an Amish grandmother she had a wacky sense of humor. The story was very well written, the author grabs and holds your attention, keeping you wondering how things will turn out.While this is the third book in the Lancaster Co. Secrets series it can easily be read as a stand alone work. A a fan of Amish fiction I have read all three in the series and would say fans of Amish inspiration, or someone just looking for a good clean read would enjoy this series. There are also discussion questions included at the end of the book.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best "Amish" books that I have read. Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a humorous book that brings the Amish to life. Her characterization of Bertha Reihl is hilarious. The rest of the world needs to know that Amish people have personalities and are not just look-alike clones. The year is 1971, and Lainey O-Toole ends up in Stoney Ridge, PA, where she lived until she was ten-years-old. The next several months unfold in the book, and it's a great read with some surprising twists along the way. Highly recommended.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my book review blog Rundpinne..."The Search by Suzanne Fischer Woods is the third book in her series, Lancaster County Secrets, and it reads well as a stand alone book, however I think once the reader gets a taste of the series, the reader may want to read her previous two books, The Choice and The Waiting. In Woods¿ third book she focuses on several deep issues including redemption, forgiveness, secrets, love and family. Woods weaves together several lives to create a wonderful, heart-warming story, which keeps the reader actively engaged as well as invested in the characters lives, especially those of Bess Reihl, Billy Lapp and Lainey O¿Toole. Through the use of beautiful prose and vivid imagery, the reader is taken the Bertha¿s home, Rose Hill Farm and into a world filled with unexpected twist and turns, love, forgiveness, and the search for redemption. I would recommend The Search to anyone who is looking for a delightful afternoon of reading." JH/Rundpinne/2011
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Great story. I really enjoyed this one. It is book 3 in series. But you don't have to read the other two. They all stand alone and each one draws you in and you want to stay in Lancaster County awhile. That's what happened to me. Not convinced? Watch the trailer . . . Here's the synopsis from the back cover. . . Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past. Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl. Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both. "Beautifully written, 'The Search' is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past." And I thought . . . I have to agree it is beautifully written. The are twists and turns in the story that surprise and keep you interested. For this reader I am drawn into the story and wanting more. I was happy and pleased with the ending but I wanted more! I said the same thing about the other two books. Here's a link to the authors blog for more info. about The Search and her other books. The Secret by Suzanne Woods Fisher deserves my 5 star rating. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from LitFuse as part of their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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This series is very good as it keeps you guessing through out. If you like stories of the Amish and their customs start reading this series! Truly like the writings of this author and I am sure a book club would find lots to discuss.
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