Stitches in Time

Stitches in Time

by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she's the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child's heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There's only one thing that breaks through the girls' hard shell—an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie's chaotic life. What he didn't expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727529
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Deacon's Family Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 69,038
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. 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 and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Stitches in Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
ChewietheMouse 10 months ago
Overall, "Stitches in Time" by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a lovely book. Ms. Fisher does a wonderful job of describing the daily lives of the Amish people in enough detail to allow the reader to learn quite a bit, but not enough to cause you to lose interest. I truly enjoyed the personal glimpses into Amish life I got by following the lives of Mollie, Sam, Luke, Izzy, and others over a period of a few months. The intertwined storylines were all interesting in their own right, and all worked together well to form the overall fabric of the novel. The reader watches as Sam and Mollie start to explore their fledgling feelings for each other, Luke tackles his new role as a deacon, Luke and Izzy try to strengthen their marriage, and the community (led by Luke) steps in to help when a local foster care home has to temporarily shut down, leaving a group of teenage girls with nowhere to go. There are a lot of really nice things about this book: 1. Each character has a unique and well-drawn personality, and it was enjoyable to get to know all of them, and try to guess what will happen to them next. 2. The Amish community itself is almost a stand-alone character. It was interesting to see how each person fits into the group as a whole. 3. There were some nice, subtle lessons about the value of forgiveness and trusting God's plan for your life. 4. Izzy's journey to a stronger personal faith was particularly inspirational to me. I loved how this young newlywed shepherdess discovered all the sheep-related Biblical references and applied them to her own life. Proof positive that there is something special and personal in the Bible for everyone. One note: This book CAN be read as a stand-alone. "Stitches in Time" is the first book I have read in this family of books, and I WAS able to follow everything. That being said, it's probably best to start with book 1 of "The Deacon's Family", "Mending Fences". It's possibly even better to have also read some of Ms. Fisher's other books set in the Stoney Ridge community. This book starts right off with considerable name-dropping of characters that had presumably been introduced in earlier volumes. At first, I tried to refer to the helpful list of characters included at the front of the book, but quickly gave up trying to figure out who everyone was, and how they related to each other. If you start with this book, I recommend not worrying about any of that. Just keep reading, and the characters who are important to this book will become clear as you go. All in all, four chunks of smooth, mild cheddar.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Loved this touching story, so full of wisdom, humor, and faith. Continuing about a year later from the end of book one, Mending Fences, Izzy and Luke are featured again, alongside Luke's quiet younger brother, Sam, and Fern's cousin Mollie, the new school teacher. Married life with its ups and downs, plus a budding romance between the younger couple, add a tender side to the story. There are some lovely moments between each pair, as both face some difficult issues. The inclusion of foster care and the needs of troubled children are center to the story, plus the effects of alcoholism, childhood abandonment, and infertility. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Love how the metaphor of sheep and their care opens Izzy's eyes to the truth found in Scripture about the Good Shepherd, especially Psalm 23. Their lives offer perfect examples of the truths found there. She is still my favorite character, so it was nice to watch her faith grow along with Luke's as they take on new challenges. Luke grows and matures, still with his sense of humor and humility. Recommend to readers looking for touching contemporary stories with flawed characters, faith and family. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
GrandaddyA 3 months ago
A great story packed with lessons for living! I enjoyed this story and was drawn in by the powerful lessons shared. Interestingly enough, I read an article the same day I read most of this book that talked about the benefits of reading Christian fiction. I know of no connection between that writer and this book, but the book is a prime example the writer could have easily used. One of the key lessons was when the young deacon was talking with the older Amish widow of the previous deacon. The young deacon was quite concerned about what he had promised the elderly deacon just before his passing. As the young man talked with the widow, she made what I felt to be a profound statement: “Don’t let your branches go out farther than your roots go deep. When that happens, you topple.” Someone else who was much wiser than any of us said it another way. To paraphrase: “Build on a firm foundation if you don’t want the storms of life to tear down the building.” Numerous lessons were shared throughout as the People went about their daily lives and duties, dealing with all kinds of situations and problems. Readers of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish novels will probably recognize a number of the characters from previous books, but a few new ones are introduced. Stoney Ridge seems like a nice place to visit, but they have some ornery characters there as well as many good people. I encourage you to read this book.
KelsieAL 5 months ago
Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in her The Deacon’s Family series. It is a fine example of Amish fiction, as is book one in the series, Mending Fences. Many of the characters in this series are old friends from previous series. The novel can be read as a standalone, but the background from book one will enhance the reading, so I suggest reading the series in order. Stoney Ridge, the setting for the series, feels like home. Book three, Two Steps Forward, is definitely on my to-read list. Mollie Graber, teacher at the Stoney Ridge school and horse trainer, Sam Schrock, are drawn to each other but have fundamental differences. If they are ever to have a lasting relationship, Sam must break out of his protective shell so he can understand Mollie and her view of life, and Mollie must release the fears from her past and make Sam an integral part of her life. Suzanne Woods Fisher has written another bestseller. There are many characters in this novel, but the listing of characters at the beginning is very helpful. The plot is interesting. There is a continuing theme of God as shepherd and humans as sheep with a focus on the Bible’s twenty-third Psalm. Of course time is also an important theme. The example of dropped stitches in knitting is used metaphorically.Those dropped stitches have to be repaired. Some situations are just stitches in time or maybe a stitch just in time. Most importantly with time a life can be rewritten. This time theme reminds me of the mythological Fates who spun, measured and cut the thread of each life, thereby determining a person’s destiny. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master of Amish fiction and Stitches in Time continues her legacy in the genre. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the continuation of the series. Included in the novel is an intriguing teaser for the next book. Fans of chaste romance and/or religious fiction, especially Amish fiction, will enjoy this novel. Those bothered by religious themes may want to skip this one. My thanks to Revell and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Libbymay117 7 months ago
Stitches in Time was a fun read. I'm not a huge fan of Amish fiction but I fell in love with this author's writing style on page one. Honestly, I loved all of it a whole lot. The Amish community was so much more... decent, in this book, as opposed to the last one I read. It made me appreciate the love they can give, the tight-knit community, and the importance of doing what's RIGHT rather than what people want you to do. But it was done in such a pure, non-preachy way! I loved each and every one of the main characters. I loved Luke Schrock's personality. I loved his dynamic relationship with his wife and the way that he handled growing, the dynamic character that he grew to become at the end. I liked Mollie well enough. She seemed way too bouncy and cheerful, and then she crashed and burned sort of. Her condition kind of came out of nowhere, and I sort of feel like it's possible that whole part of the story came late in the author's writing and didn't get tied into the begining as it possibly could have been. The only one thing that I wasn't 100% thrilled about was "the baby project" between Luke and his wife. It wasn't inappropriate, but it was sort of like funny to read the way they talked about it. Just thought I'd mention it for younger readers. Honestly, I say it was a five star read. Pick it up if you get the chance some time in the future. :D I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.
PrincessGlor 8 months ago
What an enjoyable story! I have been waiting for this 2nd book in the Deacon's Family series, since reading and loving the first book in this series. This was an excellent follow up. I loved the role that Luke is given in this book. What a fantastic story idea to thrust Luke into that role and see how he grows. I also loved the foster kids and their coming to Stoney Ridge. I hope we see more of that in the rest of the series. The next book can't come soon enough for me! I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews.
Phyllis_H 8 months ago
Full of truth and romance My rating is 4.5 stars I knew I would be missing out if I didn’t read Stitches in Time. Suzanne Woods Fisher has a way of knitting spiritual truths into the very fabric of her stories that touches my heart every time! I loved Luke and Izzy from Mending Fences. Watching Luke turn from a life where he cared only about himself and seeking to please the Lord and care for others - yeah, what a great story! When I saw this one was going to have Luke chosen as a deacon for their community, I had to see how that happened! I was fascinated to learn how the deacons are selected in Amish communities. Luke’s nomination and then selection came as a surprise to almost everyone - he even thought it was a joke. As he learned what it would be like to fill this role and had to navigate being newly married and caring for the needs of the congregation, there were some great life lessons learned. I didn’t remember Izzy caring for sheep in the previous story. But she did. And learned so much about the Good Shepherd in the process. It was so great seeing the entire congregation memorizing Psalm 23 while seeing a shepherdess realizing personally what these verses meant in her life. If you have never heard a Bible study taught on this psalm, you are bound to learn many new and insightful truths from the lessons Izzy learned. Mollie was a wonderful woman who cared deeply for the children in her charge. She had so much love; she was excited at the prospect of being able to take in a couple of sisters! When the realities of what it takes to be a successful foster parent became known, she was so surprised! I did love her innocence and optimistic attitude toward the girls and to life in general, especially once I learned what she had been through already. Moreover, I loved how she was able to draw Sam out of his shyness. Sam was probably my favorite character. With a painful childhood, living in the shadow of his father and older brother’s reputations, neither of whom was respected. Having experienced a painful loss, he was afraid to give his heart to anyone and even refused to name the horses he trained, not allowing himself to get so close to them. His reaction to Mollie’s girls and their behavior was great! And then to see him willing to let down his walls and to begin to trust. Yay! I can’t neglect to mention David, the bishop of the community. I loved the way he treated Luke in Mending Fences and helped to restore him not only to the community but also to God. He continually showed faith in Luke’s redemption in this story and helped him navigate the waters of being a deacon in such a great manner. Stitches in Time is rich in truth and romance. Even if you don’t care for other Amish stories, I encourage you to give this one a try. Read my review of Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher at 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.
valet 9 months ago
This book seem to get down to a more personal level with the Amish than many I've read. The more you read Stiches in TIme, the more you realize the Amish has as many problems as we do. Just like us, many would like to keep their problems many times a secret. Secrets, that can sometimes keep us from getting the help and guidance we need. Mollie was my favorite character. She wanted to help and she wouldn't let anyone forget. I was sad that she thought everything was her fault. Izzy's and Luke's story though came in though a close second. The descriptions of the store and the wonderful herd of sheep made me feel like I was right there. Nothing though is as peaceful as it seems. I laughed, cried, I was shocked, and shed tears of joy so this book had me from the beginning and kept me turning the pages till the end. I read the preview of the next book and I can't wait to read more! A great, great read! This book was given to me by Revell and this is my honest opinion.
MzKCKitty 9 months ago
Luke and Sam Shrock are brothers who are part of an old order Amish community. They have had a rough time since growing up since their father had done something that upset the community when they were boys and they felt the weight of the community’s disapproval. Luke is nominated for deacon by some unknown person. Luke isn’t worried because he does not feel qualified and is sure one of the other candidates will be the new deacon. However, it doesn’t go that way and suddenly Luke is fielding all kinds of problems in the community. He makes some of his own when he makes the proclamation that the community is interested in foster care. No one seems too up on the idea except Mollie Graber, the new schoolteacher. Sam has his eye on Mollie since the farm where he trains horses is next to the schoolhouse where Mollie lives. Meanwhile, Luke’s wife Izzy is having trouble with the whole deacon’s wife thing and the fact that she was a foster child herself and wants no part of raising another one. This is just a fun story with some interesting twists and turns and for anyone who likes to read this genre, this will prove to be a really well written, interesting and entertaining offering. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this books which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
MaryAnnB 9 months ago
Stoney Ridge is home to a community of Amish folk and a home for foster children that needs to close temporarily. The teenage girls from that institution are placed in various homes among the Amish families until the facility can reopen. This book details the impact that two of those homes felt during the transition. It is the second book in The Deacon's Family series. I have enjoyed this author's books in the past, but I had not yet read the first book in the series, and perhaps that affected my ability to relate to the characters. One theme throughout the book was how God is like a shepherd, and the story line followed the words of Psalm 23. The characters meditated on those verses as they faced challenges, and they learned from practical shepherding how God cares for His people. Most of the plot was as expected, but there were a few surprises as the story lines began to tie up. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and Revell, but my opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 9 months ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a noted author of Amish fiction because of her knowledge of the Amish faith and lifestyle and she also understands that the Amish people aren't immune to the tempations and worries of the outside world. Stitches in Time deals with some heavy subjects: addiction, the increasing need of foster care in our society, and the dreaded C word: cancer. It isn't, howerver, a book of doom and gloom because hope and faith are very prevalent throughout this story. Fisher uses both Bible scripture and Amish sayings to relate the depth of the Amish faith and the strength of their absolute trust in God's Providence and I found my own faith boosted as I read them. This is the second book of The Deacon's Family series and, even though I haven't read the first, I never felt lost in this story. Part of this is due to the Cast of Characters that Fisher lists in the front and part is her ability to weave past events into the present storyline. I wasn't familiar with Luke Schrocks' previous problems or his wife Izzy's past but Fisher made it easy for me to see how they were affecting the present and she also explained their previous relationship with Fern Lapp. Fern is a treasure and I especially loved her very wise observations about God, faith, and life in general. I am so in love with this book! Stitches in Time is excellent Christian fiction and I highly recommend it for all who enjoy reading about the Amish. I am giving it 5 Stars and I look forward to reading the next book in this series. This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews.
Blooming-with-Books 9 months ago
Want to feel like you are coming home to old friends... Stitches in Time The Deacon's Family #2 By Suzanne Woods Fisher Luke Schrock is about to have the worst possible thing happen to him - he is about to become Stoney Ridge's newest deacon. Yup, super scary thought at least in Luke's mind and in at least half the community's too. But Luke has grown up from the troubled prankster who tormented all who had the misfortune to know him. And as his first project as a deacon, he urges members of the church to open their homes to children within Lancaster's foster system. Mollie Graber is simply beside herself when Luke makes known his promise to Amos Lapp - she would simply LOVE to open her home to a pair of sisters in need of a loving home. And she's determined to make sure this dream becomes a possibility even if she has to bug Luke every day about it. Sam Schrock is the brother most people don't notice, not after all of Luke's antics and he likes it that way. The one person he wants to notice him is Mollie, Stoney Ridge's newest teacher doesn't associate him with Luke's troubled years and that suits him just fine. Sam spends most of his time retraining and calming the young Thoroughbreds that he and his stepfather Galen King bring home. He just can't understand why Mollie is willing to set herself up for a world of hurt by opening her small home to foster children. He knows her heart is behind it but he knows she doesn't realize the potential trouble she is inviting in. This is another lovely visit to Stoney Ridge that those familiar with Suzanne Woods Fisher's work will enjoy. If you are unfamiliar with her work this would be an okay book to read even though it is the second book in the series one can easily follow along (you can go back and read all the other Stoney Ridge books later). This book was particularly interesting as homes are opened to young girls who are need of temporary homes. These girls aren't Amish so it makes for a few interesting interactions between the characters. It's hard to believe that a previously almost unlikeable character can become a favorite but Luke is definitely one of those characters (I've known a few people who are like this so I know this is possible and not just a bit of fiction on the author's part). This book definitely gives one a sense of home and comfort throughout.making for a pleasurable experience. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.
academy252 9 months ago
We get to take another trip back to the town of Stoney Ridge in this second book in the Deacon’s Family Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I shared a review for the first book earlier this year… you can find that here. As we open this second novel we get to see Luke Shrock and Izzy Miller again plus a whole cast of characters from the first book. The story takes place just a little over a year later. This time Luke is immediately thrust into the world of becoming an Amish Deacon at the age of 25. He and the entire community are shocked by this turn of events. Luke must prove himself to the good people of Stoney Ridge as he embarks on a mission to help foster children from a local home. He had promised his deacon friend and mentor, Amos, that he would find homes for these children before Amos passed away. We also get to meet some new characters along the way including Mollie Graber, a new schoolteacher who has just moved to the area. Mollie seemed overjoyed to help the foster home by taking some girls into her little home. She quickly realized her choice could prove to be more than she could handle. Sam Shrock, Luke’s younger brother, also plays a much larger role in this story. He is pulled into the mission to help these children much more than he ever intended. True to her first book in this series Fisher keeps things real and gritty at times. She addresses issues such as struggles in young marriage, possible infertility, teen temptations and struggles, the foster care system and children in need of love and family. Fisher does not shy away from conflict in her stories. She also incorporates a good bit of humor and the human condition to show us how God can redeem lives. I have enjoyed each story I have read by her and highly recommend you check her out.
Julie12 9 months ago
This is book two in the Deacon Family series. This is a stand-alone book, however, you'll love reading the first book in the series - I did. It helps establish some of the characters and the back story of this book but you won't be lost if you read this one first. I really enjoyed the continued story of Izzy, Luke, Mollie and Sam. Each couple is dealing with their own issues and secrets. I loved seeing the growth of these characters and how they worked together to solve life's problems. I also love their faith and how they trust God in these situations. As always, Suzanne Woods Fisher writes a story where you come away really caring about the characters in the story and you also feel good when you close that back cover. She writes a book that takes you away from your own troubles and allows you to feel good for the duration of her book. I really loved this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series. I give this book 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
lolly-pops 10 months ago
Its been a long time since I read a book that gripped me so tightly that I read the entire thing in six hours. STITCHES IN TIME is engaging, drawing the reader into the life at Stoney Ridge and investing us in that small fictional Amish community. I became so involved that I actually cried at the end, but I won't tell you why. There are some unfinished storyline threads which makes me anxious to read the next book in the series. Some recipes are included. There is also a very strong faith message which I loved. There is a hint of a romance, but this is not a romance, its women's fiction or family drama. There are very few Amish writers that I'm a huge fan of but Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the top five. Possibly number one on the list, Fans of Amish fiction will definitely want to read STITCHES IN TIME as well as other books in Ms Fisher's backlist. Grab your copy today, I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
LisetteRue 10 months ago
I verily enjoyed this Amish inspirational fiction romance, the second in ‘The Deacon’s Family’ series. Not having read any other Amish fiction books from Woods Fisher, I’m missing backstory on multiple characters, but not so much that I was lost while reading this one. This story provides for us a rich tapestry of love, faith, trying times and picking up the pieces by accepting support from those around us. Like the characters in the story, we each need people in our lives who will take the ‘time to unravel the yarn and go back to fix the dropped stitches.’ Our lives are all filled with dropped stitches and those that help us at each step provide us stitches in time (p. 175). There is beauty and meaning in this story that sheds important light on the significance of foster care. Highly recommend for those with soft spots for and/or interest in the Amish and foster care.
Ellie_19 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book! I liked Mollie right away due to her independence and enthusiasm. It was fun to read about Sam's feelings for her and see how nervous he was around her. I loved Izzy! I loved how she loved her sheep and called them her "woollies". I really appreciated how Psalm 23 was woven into the story and it inspired me to study this scripture again myself. I enjoyed reading about Luke and his struggles with his new role in the church. As I watched his character grow, I was inspired when he stopped wondering about his circumstances and, instead, started ask God what He wanted him to do each day. I also enjoyed reading about the foster children in this book and was very surprised by the ending! I have not read the first book in the series and didn't find that to be a problem at all in following along with the story and characters in this book. If you like Amish fiction, I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
mypreciousbitsandmusings 10 months ago
This book was a journey of growth and learning to trust God with everything that concerns us. Luke's life is thrown for a loop he doesn't expect when he is nominated and becomes the deacon of Stoney Ridge. All he feels is inadequacy not sure he can take on the task due to his past but this just proves that God can use anybody despite their past. His growth throughout the story as he tries to navigate deaconing and his marriage is wonderful to read about. He made mistakes, he got discouraged, his marriage suffered but he didn't give up and instead asked God to direct him especially when he took on tasks too difficult for him to handle. Mollie on the other hand was so sure of what she wanted. Convinced she was ready to handle foster children, prodded Luke until he made enquiries and she got the opportunity. But it wasn't all picnics and pillow fights like she dreamed. She struggled more than anyone and had to learn to ask for help to trust that God had a plan for the children in her care even when they tried her patience at every turn, to love them despite their attitudes and she grew in the process. Sam too was another character that grew through this book. He had always lived in the shadow of his older brother Luke and family dealing with the lies people said that his family won't amount to anything wanting his life to be predictable and manageable even his love for Mollie. When his carefully planned out life is shattered he's ready to pull away from all he knows and try as hard to get it back but Luke doesn't let him and I like that he learns to let go and trust that God's plans are always better than our plans. The authors insight on foster care is only too real. It's not all rainbows and roses. Sometimes it's hard and painful work because we are all broken on the inside. Just loving the children goes a long way.
Nanna51 10 months ago
This is an atypical Amish fiction book in that it deals with some “modern” topics like alcoholism, infertility, marital problems and fostering children. That being said, I loved it! I was immediately drawn into the story of Mollie and Sam as well as that of Izzy and Luke. Sam is a shy horse trainer who only wants to be around horses. Mollie is new to the town of Stoney Ridge and is an exuberant new member of the community. When Luke, in his position as a new deacon, suggests that the community take in foster girls while their group home is being repaired, Mollie takes that challenge immediately. In her haste, Mollie ends up with twin girls who are trouble with a capital “T.” The story of Mollie, the girls, Sam, Luke and Izzy is absolutely mesmerizing. Although I did not read the first book in this series, I was very easily able to follow along with this well-written plot. I really enjoyed the mystery that was part of the story, i.e. Sam and Mollie are both hiding something from their pasts. Throughout the story, the faith of the characters is the foundation that helps them to cope with all of the issues they face in this fictional tale. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy this book, but I also think that fans of mystery will enjoy it. This book is a clean read and is a must read for those who enjoy fiction with a lesson to learn and a great story to tell! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Nanna51 10 months ago
This is an atypical Amish fiction book in that it deals with some “modern” topics like alcoholism, infertility, marital problems and fostering children. That being said, I loved it! I was immediately drawn into the story of Mollie and Sam as well as that of Izzy and Luke. Sam is a shy horse trainer who only wants to be around horses. Mollie is new to the town of Stoney Ridge and is an exuberant new member of the community. When Luke, in his position as a new deacon, suggests that the community take in foster girls while their group home is being repaired, Mollie takes that challenge immediately. In her haste, Mollie ends up with twin girls who are trouble with a capital “T.” The story of Mollie, the girls, Sam, Luke and Izzy is absolutely mesmerizing. Although I did not read the first book in this series, I was very easily able to follow along with this well-written plot. I really enjoyed the mystery that was part of the story, i.e. Sam and Mollie are both hiding something from their pasts. Throughout the story, the faith of the characters is the foundation that helps them to cope with all of the issues they face in this fictional tale. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy this book, but I also think that fans of mystery will enjoy it. This book is a clean read and is a must read for those who enjoy fiction with a lesson to learn and a great story to tell! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
MindyStaley 10 months ago
Wow, wow, wow! I absolutely loved the theme woven throughout this book!! Suzanne Woods Fisher has taken us back to Stoney Ridge and woven another tale that resounds with a storyline that left me feeling as if I’ve been in church! I love the fact that we get to see Luke and Izzy’s relationship further, while also getting introduced to new characters. Mollie is a new, main character, and while I had a hard time at first with her voice, a few chapters in, I was hooked. I think it’s just because I’m not that peppy! She has become a favorite throughout this book, and I am excited to read future books after this cliffhanger! The Good Shepherd theme is outstanding. I had a few times I would stop and tell my husband, “here is a good sermon topic!”, “did you know THIS about sheep???!” I am fascinated with how God called us His sheep and He is the Good Shepherd, and I feel like this book did a good job at paralleling that symbolism in Scripture with real life situations. I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to give a review, and all opinions expressed are my own.
Becky5 10 months ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s trademark warmth, humor, and faith combine to make Stitches in Time (The Deacon’s Family, #2) another of her special, not-to-be-missed books. While this book is touted as the story between Mollie and Sam, it is very much also a continuation of the story of a maturing Luke Shrock and his marriage to Izzy. Will we see Luke chosen by lot to be the new deacon? In the last book, Luke desperately needed to grow up. In this book, God has been at work in Luke. Yet others need to find God’s help for their situations and stations in life. The fun thing about this story is that God had bigger plans than the characters. You can’t outmaneuver God; He lined up situations and people in such a way to bring the outcome He desired, despite the characters. God does this in real life, too. As you might guess, I was most impressed with Luke and Izzy, but Mollie and Sam do have a great story. “...the more I pray, the more things happen.” Just one of the super great quotes in this book. You don’t need to read book one to enjoy this book, although I would highly suggest it. I found the three pages of "who’s who” in the front of the book helpful as I could see which books I’ve missed by which characters I didn't know well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley. (I also bought a paperback copy.) This in no way influenced my opinions, which are solely my own.
PinkGranny 10 months ago
I have been waiting to read more of Luke's story and Stitches In Time was worth the wait. Suzanne has developed a wonderful community over time and it is always like visiting with friends whenever I pick up her books. Through the years I have seen such changes in her characters, just as we see among our friends and family members. Luke has certainly grown from being the epitome of the neighborhood bad boy to an unlikely choice as deacon. As unlikely as that seems, it is only natural for one to wonder: will he succeed or live up to the expectations of many who are waiting for him to fail. This story is entertaining while giving us a serious look at how life can be for children raised within the foster care system. Parenting comes in many forms, whether through traditional families or a growing norm of children living with absent parents. The choice to foster a child is commendable, yet not an easy road, especially for people like Mollie, who wants children so badly yet gets much more than she bargained for with the 11-year-old twins. My mother had twin girls and she often said that "What one didn't think of the other did" and these two take that to a new level. In the end, all comes together as the Amish community of Stoney Ridge embraces new ground when challenged by Luke to open their hearts and homes to the displaced girls. I recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary Amish fiction. True, the Amish reportedly live a simple life, but the issues they face are not as simple as it appears. After all, human nature is a great equalizer in a complex world.
Randi_AMDFT 10 months ago
Stitches in Time is the second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Deacon's Family series. I must admit that I had not read the first book in the series (or ANY of her Amish novels), but had recently read the start of a non-Amish series she'd written and had fallen in love with her writing style so I was excited to check this one out. If you haven't read the first book, this one really does stand alone quite well. I didn't feel as though I was behind and felt like I was given all the background I needed to understand the characters and their story. That being said, I enjoyed getting to know these characters so much that I definitely would love to go back and get more of their back story. What really struck me about Stitches in Time was that in comparison to other books I've read recently in the Amish genre, it felt completely different... more modern. Though it certainly gives us a good look at the Amish culture and faith, it also showed us that these characters were not perfect. They had some pretty significant issues to overcome and histories that they had to learn and grow from. This made the characters all the more relate-able. They might live in a very different faith, but ultimately we all have many of the same struggles. I really enjoyed that realness in the story, and the beautiful messages of grace and belonging that it provided. The big theme in this book was foster care. Not something you would generally think of in Amish fiction, right? But I feel like it was such an important message--- not just in the need for foster families in our country, but also in just some of the misconceptions about the foster care system and the kids living in it. The author addresses some of these misconceptions in the notes in the back as well, which I thought was fantastic. I feel like she did a great job in drawing attention to the issue in such a unique and beautiful way. Overall, I thought this was a great read. I look forward to reading more in the series and from the author in the future. If you love Amish fiction, this is certainly one to add to your reading list, but I truly feel like this particular story can also be enjoyed even by those who don't typically enjoy the genre. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
GailHollingsworth 10 months ago
I always love to find the reasons for the title of a book and Stitches In Time had several. Not the least of which is the name of Izzy’s yarn shop. And since this book is dealing with Foster Children, healing their hearts a stitch at a time. There were lots of reverence’s to sheep and their shepherd. Izzy loved her sheep and they knew her voice. Which led to correlating the Good Shepherd (Jesus) with his sheep (us). I had read that lots of Amish do not know the Bible, the father reads it to the family but many don’t have personal Bibles to read and study. This was true of Izzy. She was surprised to learn from a foster child that the Bible is full of verses about shepherds and sheep. Mollie was the one that I felt the most for. She was single, taught school, and was the first to “jump on the wagon” about fostering children and hung on for dear life. She had her hands full with mischievous eleven year old twin girls. There are so many wonderful characters in the story....Hank who shouts when he talks, even in church, Luke who got the hymn book that made him an unlikely deacon, Izzy who desperately wants a baby, Sam who is shy and has a thing for Mollie and many others you’ll get to know in this novel. I highly recommend it! This was a personal purchase and I reviewed it by choice.