The Imposter (Bishop's Family Series #1)

The Imposter (Bishop's Family Series #1)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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ISBN-13: 9780800723200
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Bishop's Family Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 440,619
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Anna's Crossing, the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. 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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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The Imposter: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
In this first book of The Bishop’s Family series we see things aren’t right in Stoney Ridge. Preacher David Stoltzfus moves his family there from Ohio after the death of his wife and at the urging of Elmo Beiler who, at the time, was Bishop. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes a wonderful tale of love…..the strong love of a father for his children….the love of a young girl for her fiancé, loss, learning to trust again, and finding happiness again. Bishop Glick runs the church like a dictator along with his spineless brother Levi. David is the only one who standsup to them. Read the Stolzfus family’s story. Find out how Katrina heals, or does she? What of her troublesome brother Jesse? Does David find love again? And, of course, WHO IS THE IMPOSTER?
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Imposter is the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Bishop’s Family series, but definitely isn’t the first book I have ever read by her. I’ve read many of her other Amish books in the past and really enjoyed each of them, so I was pretty excited to read this novel. As soon as I started it, I was sucked in and found myself trying to figure out all that was going to happen, though I was definitely thrown for a loop more than once with some of the very unexpected turns this story took. I enjoyed every one of them though, as well as this whole story, because there were so many things to keep me captivated and guessing. Katrina Stoltzfus is still struggling to heal after two different wrecks: a buggy accident she and her mother were in, and the train wreck of a long-distance relationship she had with her boyfriend, John. As a way of coping, she distracts herself by taking a job helping a widow with her new business, where she finds she actually enjoys her work. Before long, however, her life is turned upside down once again, and she finds herself wondering if she can truly move on, or if she really can count on the friendship Andy Miller is only too happy to provide. The Imposter focuses on three other characters as well as Katrina: her father, David Stoltzfus, her brother Jesse, and their neighbor Birdy Glick. I really enjoyed reading all the different scenes from each of their perspectives, and I felt the varying focus gave new light to the story and all that went on. I definitely enjoyed all the different facets of this tale, and am really excited to read the next book in the series. All in all, I really liked this book, though there were a few times it was just a little too slow for my tastes. I can happily give it four out of five bookshelves, though, and would still highly recommend this book. There are so many wonderfully sweet scenes packed into the pages of this novel, and I was ready to start the next book—The Quieting—just as soon as I put this one down. I have to read a book for Tuesday’s My Bookshelf post first, but then I will be devouring that novel as well! (This review is from my blog,
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I also really enjoyed book one and was enthralled with the way Katrina handles business affairs. She needs to open up her heart a second time, but will she be able to? I am giving book 1, The Imposter, a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
The Imposter is Book #1 in The Bishop’s Family series and is a captivating story with delightful characters; some you will like, others not so much! I found the title The Imposter intriguing and soon discovered some of the people in Stoney Ridge are not what they seem. Although I wanted to savor each page, I was anxious to finish hoping for a happy ending! It was easy to get involved in the story-line finding yourself rooting for the underdog. Katrina Stoltzfus thinks she has life all figured out. Andy Miller seems too good to be true? Will Katrina be deceived once again or will she learn to trust God for forgiveness and a better plan for her life? Lots of twists and turns and as with all Suzanne Woods Fisher books I’ve read, well-written and enjoyable. Can’t wait for Book #2, The Quieting.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
The first thing I loved about this book is that it was readable. A problem that I have with Amish fiction is that the language is stilted in an attempt to "be authentically Amish." This book was not that. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher didn't feel the need to educate me on Amish customs and language; she just told a story that flowed well. This novel is Book One of The Bishop's Family series, which is one of many book series set in Stoney Ridge. So, there is a lot of history in this town of which I was unaware, since this is the first of Fisher's books that I have read. However, I was able to entirely enjoy this book on its own merit, and did not feel lost while reading it. So that is what I liked about it. There were many characters to meet, and they were all in different places in their lives-age, spiritual maturity, marital status, etc. "Everyone's journey begins somewhere." The neat thing is that those characters will be there in future installments and we will continue to be able to see the growth in their lives. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
The Imposter is a story of sin and redemption as all good Christian books are.  Sin is unfortunately almost exclusively due to the interrelation of people.  Creatively, Suzanne Woods Fisher takes a simple and easy to literally walk over plant, moss, and creates a clear correlation between moss and people.   "Funny how you can see moss and walk on it and never think about it." While not specifically stated within the narrative yet implied, Woods was basically saying… funny how we can see people and walk on them and never think about it. I really loved the characters in this story. Even the difficult to like let alone love characters as Woods is able to help you understand their back story. She gently gives a reminder that we all need a relationship with Christ. I always have a favorite character and this time I have a tie. Pastor David Stolzfus is wise. He understands that sometimes you have to make the unpopular decision because that is what God calls for. He reminds me very much of my God fearing husband/pastor. Birdy is my other favorite character and she may by a hair be my favorite of all but I just couldn’t leave Pastor Stolzfus off the list. Birdy appears too happy, gangly, and awkward to just about everyone; most unfortunately to her family who give her very little notice and definitely no respect. All you need to do is spend a bit of time with her though and you will be blessed by the depth of her faith, how she sees God’s creative beauty in nature, her wisdom, her gentle kindness, and huge heart. I have to give Thelma an honorary mention. Sometimes everyone needs a Thelma in their life as she is Godly, wise, encouraging, and not condemning. As in most Amish fiction romances, those in The Imposter are generally sweet with happy endings. I love that The Imposter also throws you an unexpected right hook. I enjoyed The Imposter very much. More importantly though it was a book that I needed at this time in my life. The sweet reminder to meditate on God's word, to be quiet and listen to Him speak, and to view and enjoy His creation visible throughout the world around us. Also, to allow ourselves to drop our anger, frustration, and heartache in order to heal. I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, March 28, 2016 The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2015 The Bishop's Family, Book 1 I wasn't ready for this book to end. Here are some wonderful quotes from The Imposter: Thelma Beiler: " can't find a way when hate has a hold on your heart." Birdy Glick: "Did you know that trees do most of their growth in winter? Their roots push down to find deepwater sources. So what's seen in spring is the proud display of winter labor, but it's the empty times when the most growth has occurred." David Stoltzfus: "Beauty is more than perfect features, **. There's something about you that draws everyone to you, the way flowers turn toward the sun. You walk into a room and the place comes alive. You are beautiful, **. All the more so because you don't even realize it." Bible verse: "There's a verse that keeps coming to mind whenever I've seen you. 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.'" Andy Miller: "A hundred ways," he said, "but mainly by watching you cope with the problems you were facing. You didn't run away. You didn't look for the easy way out. You faced things, head-on, and tried to work through them, not around them. You woke up my world." Wisdom ~ the characters speak of each other and their good influence bringing out the best in others. Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania Andy Miller has hired on as a farmhand, tending widow Thelma Beiler's new moss business on her hilltop. Since falling, her friend Birdy Glick has come to ask if the older daughter of widowed minister David Stoltzfus could come and stay while Thelma's shoulder mended. Heartbroken by the unexpected desertion of her boyfriend, Katrina Stoltzfus is eager to go, to reclaim her life in a new setting. David Stoltzfus owns the local bulk store, Bent N' Dent. Their family moved from Ohio, when he was invited to serve the church in Stoney Ridge. The family dynamic shifts when Katrina leaves, with sister Molly volunteering to take over the kitchen duties. Their father encourages she is learning. Her brother, Jesse, is glad he has noontime meals with his job! Sister Ruthie and younger twins Lydie and Emily are occupied and don't seem to notice. Uncertain adventures happen in the story, affecting David and his family. He looks to the future outcome while making decisions and learns a great lesson in waiting upon the Lord. All is not as it seems with others over the church until their ploy is unexpectedly revealed. David guides his family and those who come to meet with him in a respectful and insightful way. I am glad this is only book one, as I am looking forward to entering Stoney Ridge again. ***Thank you to author Suzanne Woods Fisher, and to Celebrate Lit for sending me a print copy to read and review this first book in The Bishop's Family series as part of the book tour.***
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher writes the kind of Amish fiction I love to read. Charming but realistic characters (flaws and all!), humor, heart, and truth I can apply to my own life. She weaves subtle humor between profound truths and packages it all in an engaging style that keeps readers absorbed from cover to cover. The reminder to let God write your story is one that anybody – Amish, non-Amish, even someone just curious about Jesus – can embrace and take to heart. The cleverly-selected title, which could be applied to any number of people in Stoney Ridge, adds yet another dimension to the talented writing style evident throughout. Each character in The Imposter adds strength to the novel in his/her own way and ensures that readers will be waiting impatiently for the next installment in the series! Speaking of next installments, while a thread or two of this particular storyline was tied up nicely by the end of the book, there are still several open-ended subplots going on that left me gobbling up the teaser preview for The Quieting included in the back. Is it May yet? ;) (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Suzanne has done it yet again. She has woven another memorable story that you are going to fall in love with. The Imposter is book one in The Bishop’s Family series. It is like a breath of fresh air being taken back to Stoney Ridge such a wonderful place to visit in my mind. You even get to catch up with a couple of characters from another series. I can picture the town and the characters that I have come to love in my mind and heart. I felt so many emotions while reading this story from love, faith, heartache, pain and forgiveness. There is always something happening in this story that you won’t want to put your book down. Be sure to order your copy of The Imposter today. 5 stars. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book! I don't know why it took me so long to pick it up and read it. With a refreshing view of the Amish life, and specifically of an Amish's minister's family, this book is filled with depth and feeling. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a masterful storyteller, and The Imposter is a superb example of that. To me, it seemed the side story of David (Katrina's dad) was more prominent than Katrina's, but that's ok. I still got the connection I craved with Katrina. A woman scorned always makes for an interesting story. Reading the story was like being in Katrina's mind. I could feel Katrina's angst and struggle, her fear and joy. David Stolzfus is a strong example of a Christian man. His life is not perfect, his family is not perfect, but he handles what life throws at him with a heaping of grace and God's love. The side characters, Thelma, Andy, Jesse, and especially Birdy added a depth to the story and perfect little nuggets of God's mercy and love. Suzanne has a masterful way of weaving in a message that not only touches the characters at just the right time, but also digs itself into the heart of the reader (at least is seems that way to me). The Imposter delivers a strong message of redemption and what it means to be in the midst of a storm. As David is fond of saying, "everybody begins somewhere." I believe the little Amish community of Stoney Ridge is getting ready to find out just how true that is. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads Blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I have loved ALL of the books I've read by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so it doesn't come as a surprise that I gave this one five stars. But that's the end of predictability with this story! Although the title is "THE Imposter," by the end of the book you'll find that label fits multiple characters in this story - many folks are not who they seem to be. As usual, Fisher's people are winsome and believable (and quite despicable when the occasion fits). But what I enjoy about her writing is that they ALL grow and change over the course of each story. She shows us layers to each personality, and the spiritual journey that makes them who they are by the end of the book, for good or for bad. I won't spoil the book for you by giving up too many details (I don't even like to read the back cover for fear of guessing too much of the plot), but it continues the story of the Stoltzfus family who lost their mother before moving to Stoney Ridge. Daed David runs the Bent & Dent store, and is also a minister in their Amish district. He's a real hands-on kind of father, but becomes concerned to see some of his children not exactly following in his footsteps. Several members of the Amish community step up to help them transition into adulthood - Jesse apprentices with erstwhile buggy repairman, Hank Lapp, and Katrina moves in as a companion to widow Thelma Beiler. But that's not the end of David's problems - the bishop, Freeman Glick, is out to silence him and his ministry in the church. My favorite person of all in this story is "old maid" Birdie Glick. She got that nickname by being a devoted bird-watcher since childhood (as am I), and shares her whole heart with us. She moons over minister David Stoltzfus, dotes over his motherless children, determines to do well by all the students of the Amish school she suddenly finds herself teaching, and ultimately, agonizes over revealing a deed no one knows she witnessed. She truly "pays the price" to accept God's will and obey it - will it cost her her happiness, or bring it to fruition? If you've read many of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, you can probably answer that question...but find out for yourself by diving into this delightful book. Discover what "Der Verhehler is graad so schlecht as her Schtehler" means, and see how many Verhehler you can count!
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher, “The Bishop’s Family”, begins with the book, “The Imposter”. The author brings those of us who have read many of books back to Stoney Ridge where several of her previous books have taken place. She incorporates some of the characters we have already met, along with adding many new ones. As I read through the book, I grew to love the characters and the storyline. Katrina, the young Amish woman that is the main character in this book, faces many twists and turns in her life that she never expected. Will a lost love be restored, or will a move to Stoney Ridge bring her new love? What about the other characters in the story and the activities in their lives? Just who is "The Imposter"? Is there more than one in this story? A great story, written with mysterious turns, left me wondering about "The Imposter" and just how many imposters come along in our lives. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If you've ever been deceived by someone posing as someone they are not then you will instantly relate to Katrina Stoltzfus. Katrina thought that she was about to marry John and begin a life full of love and caring. Much to her dismay those plans changed leaving Katrina hurt, angry, and lacking the ability to trust. When the opportunity to help her neighbor Thelma she jumped at the chance to get away. Unfortunately Thelma hired a farmhand by the name of Andy Miller. He's handsome and compassionate . . . all the things that irritate Katrina right now. Katrina decides to steer clear of Andy but of course he keeps popping up at just the right time. I enjoyed this journey back to Suzanne Woods Fisher's Stoney Ridge. It was nice to get a little glimpse of those familiar faces and catch up with what they have been doing since we last visited. But what I really liked was the story of Katrina's journey from betrayal to trust. Fisher tells the story of learning to trust God with everything, even the tough stuff. He has the ability to use everything, even hurtful things to bring about good in our lives. I believe that this is going to be another great series from Fisher. I look forward to hearing more about the old residents of Stoney Ridge and anticipate meeting some new characters as well. If you enjoy contemporary fiction with an Amish flavor definitely check this one out! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The genre of the book is listed as contemporary romance but I found it to be suspenseful. Throughout the story I wondered who Andy Miller really was, where he came from, and what exactly he was doing. The bishop seemed to have a personal vendetta against David and kept me waiting for the other shoe to fall. Although the Amish are non-violent, I was not feeling so inclined toward the bishop as I read. In truth, David seemed to be one of the most honorable characters I have read about recently. He exhibited various traits that I wish I had when my own children were growing up. Then there was Jesse, David’s only son, and his escapades. What trouble was he going to get into next? And was there any hope of him growing up? It’s true that there was romance throughout but the suspense is what held my interest. The stories of Katrina, Thelma, and Birdy helped to keep things interesting. Some of Birdy’s mishaps were quite entertaining. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading future books in this series. I recommend this book and any other books by this author.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_______________________________________________ *My Thoughts* I am a HUGE Beverly Lewis/Wanda Brunnstetter fan. Always have been, probably always will be. That being said, I have not always loved Suzanne. I think I was just so stuck on my Wanda that I forget there were other authors in the world. Reviewing has absolutely fixed that problem! I've found some fabulous people and writers and I'm blessed beyond measure to discover a passion of mine and help others with it. Suzanne's last 2 (3?) books have shown me her full potential and I can't wait for more! This book was fabulous. Katrina suffered struggles all of us face at one point or another. Crumbled dreams. Expectations unraveled. Uncertain futures. It's a scary world out there and Suzanne captured those emotions perfectly. She also, however, gave us a perfect example of how trusting God's plan can turn out to be insurmountably better. She showed how even though we all sin, God can take us in our sin and change us into something beautiful, something loved. It's tough to trust. It's hard to forgive ourselves. Sometimes, it's hard to remember we're loved. This book captured all of our delicate emotions and spun a story so perfectly capturing God's plans and love for us, I couldn't tear my heart away from the pages. Beautiful story, beautifully written. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for book two! ______________________ *Audience* This book (and author!) is a must read for lovers of Rosalind Lauer, Wanda Brunnstetter, Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Linda Byler. ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a "wonderful gut" amish novel based on God's plans and an unknown future wrapped up in a beautiful story of life and love. I can't wait for book 2! __________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Suzanne Woods Fisher... 5 stars!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
David Stolzfus had his hands full. He is a widower with six children, runs the local store, and is also a minister in his local Amish church. After his wife’s death he relocated from Ohio to Pennsylvania, hoping to start a new life. A new life awaited him, but not one he could have imagined. His two oldest children shock him with devastatingly poor choices they made. Some of the church members are trying to find him a new wife to “fix” his problem of being alone. On top of that the church is facing some serious problems and David has innocently become a target of hostility. You really do want to read this book. It is so well written and the author did a wonderful job developing all the characters. I am not sharing the plot because it is so diverse to do so would be a spoiler. When I saw the title I was looking for one imposter in the story. What I found was several kinds of imposters; those that are hidden, those that are obvious, and those that are fake even unto themselves. It gave me a whole new view point on so many ways we are not honest with ourselves and those around us. David’s way of dealing with his adult children’s mistakes was a beautiful example to follow. His love, lack of condemnation, willingness to be there for them, and patience were amazing. I feel it is because of the way he handled it, they were able to change their lives. I was impressed with the way David handled persecution and attacks by choosing to do it God’s way. He didn’t give into the flesh even though he suffered at the hands of his enemies. As much as he loved his family, God was first in his life and surrendered the outcome to the Lord. With several of the characters it was a reminder that the very answers we need are often right in front of us. If we keep looking to God He will show us. I cannot wait to read more books in this series! I received a copy of this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to Stoney Ridge in her new series, The Bishop’s Family. Fans of Fisher’s earlier Stoney Ridge novels will enjoy revisiting this beloved community and its residents and will fall in love with a host of new characters. I loved everything about this multi-faceted story! It’s brimming with charming characters, suspense and surprises, inspiration, and romance. The Imposter captivated me from beginning to end and left me begging for more! I adore Suzanne Woods Fisher’s stories and can’t wait to continue this new series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner, and I did not want to put it down! I was connected from the prologue. Who wouldn't be when David, living in the "garden of Eden", gets this, from a dying man's lips, "A snake is in the garden." From that moment on, I had to know who the snake was! The story mostly focuses around David, an Amish minister, his daughter, Katrina, and their family. David is a widow with six children, a minister and a store owner. His oldest daughter Katrina, nineteen, has recently suffered her share of a broken heart. She moves in with a widow friend to help take care of her and assist with her new business venture. Thelma has just hired a new farm hand, Andy. It doesn't help that Katrina is drawn to him, but he seems a little too good to be true, and not what she needs to mend her broken heart. Meanwhile, David has a wayward son who seems to get himself into one mess after another. Can a minister be above reproach when his family seems to have run amuck? Not only that but, unbeknownst to David, a not-so-helpful friend has put an ad in the paper for a minister's wife, and letters are coming in quickly. David is not ready for love in the midst of all the current turmoil. Can he ward off the well-meaning ladies, or will he get swept off his feet? I hate to say much, as I don't want to give away the story, but I can tell you it is good! It is not the typical run of the mill Amish books I have read in the past. Suzanne keeps the story interesting, and the reader guessing. Who is the snake? Will he be discovered? The end is sweet, but also keeps you longing for more. SO hopefully, it won't be long til the next book in the series comes out. I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
poochiepepper More than 1 year ago
I've read Amish fiction for many years. I never really thought about the problems they have. They are the same as ours only their problems can not be solved in an easy way as some of ours. I always told my children to think before they act. Sometimes they did and lots of time they didn't. But the Amish and my kids consequences are so different in how they are handled. Such as shunning among one. The Imposter made me realize how different we are and how we are the same. Thanks, Suzanne.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I do not tend to read a lot of Amish fiction, just because it does not really appeal to me. There have been a few that I have really enjoyed and Ms. Fisher’s historical, Anna’s Crossing, was the first one I have read of hers and really enjoyed it. So I decided that I would try out one of her contemporary ones and started with her new series, The Bishop’s Family and the first book The Imposter. I was not disappointed. Suzanne Woods Fisher has a way with her words that keeps me interested in a story even when it is not a genre I enjoy that much. I became very much a part of this family, the father and his six children, seeing them through their ups and downs since their mother was killed. All of these characters were so unique. My heart broke with Katrina as she lost whom she thought was the love of her life and faces some challenges that will change her down the road. I felt the great weight that David carried not only for the church, but especially for his dear children as he tried to raise them up in the absence of his beloved wife. And I chuckled and cringed many times at the situations Jesse, the 16 year old son, found himself in. I loved his use of words and found his character so amusing that I think he might be my favorite. There were a couple of slow budding romances that was a treat to see unfold. If you are not sure about Amish fiction, like I was, don’t hesitate with Ms. Fisher’s stories. I have only read two so far but I look forward to more of her lovely writing. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly thought provoking novel. There seemed to be three actual story lines in this wonderful book. They are all connected by the fact that one main person in each of them is a member of the Stoltzfus family. I found this to be very realistic. In each of these stories there were great insights into how we should treat other people and live our lives as part of a community. One character had made a mistake and the consequences of that decision had to be dealt with almost immediately. I enjoyed seeing how it was handled in a forthright manner and no attempt at deception was made. In contrast to that another decision had been made years before by someone else. Over the course of the book we saw how that decision affected a number of different people. Many of them didn’t even know about that initial choice made by one person. Throughout all of these stories there were a few people who strongly held onto God and what He teaches through the bible. One woman in particular had a marvelous way of seeing God’s handiwork in nature which I found to be a joy to read about. This was a fantastic encouragement to trust God through hard times. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I did not want to put this book down. Each character was well done. You began to love them all. Could Katrina better her life? Would Andy be the man she could love? You will find this all out in this wonderful story. You also get to know David Stoltzfus and all of his family. I look forward to the next installment of The Bishop's Family. I received this book from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
The Imposter Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Summary: A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . . Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She's been deceived once before, and she isn't planning on experiencing it again. Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a tale of love, uncertainty, and trusting God to write your story. Review: This book is so much more than about Katrina and Andy. There are many ‘main’ characters. David (Katrina’s father), Birdy, Thelma, and Jesse. They all have a hand in making this so much more than 2 people with a lot of secondary characters. I loved the other stories going on sometimes more than Katrina and Andy. It is what kept me going at times. I thought there were some slow places, which were to set up the series, I am sure. Yes these things are necessary, even if every book could be a stand alone. I like to have the comfort in a series of knowing of the other characters. I think that some things seem to be left less than complete, but a life being lived is never complete. A marriage is another starting point, birth of a child again a starting point. So, as I read more books I can live without some things being finalized. I think that these things will reappear in the series. Overall this book exceeded my expectation and for that it makes this book a winner. I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I could hardly set this book down! It is the first book in a series titled The Bishop’s Family and is set in Stoney Ridge, where the author has set some other stories in the past. I have not read the other books set in this location, but it did not hinder my understanding of the community at all. There are many characters in the book, but not too many to become confusing. My favorite characters were definitely Katrina, Birdy, and David. I thought the author did a very good job with conveying the various emotions that the main characters were feeling. Each one had different hurts and fears that they were battling. This author wraps up some portions of the overall story line, but for the most part the reader will be left knowing that more is to come in the next book. I did not feel like I was left with a cliff-hanger, however, I was just left thirsting for more. If I had the next book in the series, I’d be devouring it today! But, alas, I must wait for it to be published! I definitely recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and am looking forward to reading more about these characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Imposter is the title of this book and so through out the story I’m looking for who the imposter is, and my thoughts kept changing, first I was sure it was one, and then my thoughts shifted to another, you will be really surprised as to whom it is. After loosing his wife, Preacher David Stolzfus has moved his family to Stoney Ridge, and is gradually putting his life back together, with the pain of her passing always in the background. We follow his family, in fact all of them in their daily lives, and focus and several stories at once. You will come to know them quite well by the end of the book! There are some really sweet happenings here, and also a real surprise a lot of deceit going on in this Amish Community. I was pleased with the surprises that went on here, and disappointed with the gossiping Glick woman, such joy they get out of others hurts. They sure end up getting their comeuppance in a startling way, and in the end we are still waiting for a lot of answers. At least until next spring when the next book is due out, and I for one cannot wait! You will not regret picking this entertaining, page-turner, book up, and will be with me in wanting more! I received this book through Revells Book Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.