Two Steps Forward (The Deacon's Family Book #3)

Two Steps Forward (The Deacon's Family Book #3)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him--until they didn't. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N' Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She's offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith's son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith's rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else.

While Jimmy's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie's heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly . . . just who is the fox?

Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon's Family series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421121
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: The Deacon's Family , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 10,070
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences and Stitches in Time, 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 Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, The Deacon'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 Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Two Steps Forward 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
lolly-pops 9 days ago
TWO STEPS FORWARD is the conclusion of The Deacon's Family series. It does stand alone but fans will want to read Ms Fisher's other books as the community is close-knit. There were plenty of smiles, a few chuckles, and some surprises, but mostly sweet moments when secrets were revealed and family ties strengthened. I loved how Izzy's story was wrapped up. And Jimmy is just Jimmy...but curious minds want to know, is Hank Jimmy's dad? I love Ms. Fisher's books. She is one of my top five Amish authors. A very talented writer. Highly recommended. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
MindyStaley 16 hours ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has done a fantastic job of bringing us into the Amish Word of Stoney Ridge. She continues to build the community and its residents up in a world that feels as if it is our own. I love reading this series because it feels as if we come back to have coffee or tea with old friends and chat about what has been happening in their lives. Fisher touches on the subject of how some people view “illegitimate” children and the horrible effect it can have on everyone around in a classy fashion. Definitely recommend this book! I received this book from Revell Reads and was not required to give a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
sgreene01 4 days ago
In this, the last book in the author’s Deacon Family series, we find Jimmy Fisher returning to Stoney Ridge after having worked in Colorado on a horse farm when he left his controlling mother, Edith. Upon his return, he meets young widow, Sylvie Schrock King and begins working on Rising Star Farm. This farm was originally in his family, and his mother, Edith, makes no bones about how she feels about Sylvie’s presence. As Jimmy and Sylvie work closely, Edith does her best to be sure they don’t develop a relationship. This is a fast, fun read and I highly recommend the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Librarycataloger 5 days ago
Two Steps Forward is proof once again that Suzanne Woods Fisher is a masterful storyteller and this time, she shares a romance between a young Amish widow and the 'once rebel' Amish cowboy Jimmy Fisher. Sylvie Schrock KIng has a young son and she is trying to raise him and a special breed of Arabian-Amish horses on her "desperately in need of a fixer-upper" farm. Jimmy becomes interested in Sylvie after he returns to Stoney Ridge but his very domineering mother seems determined to keep them apart. Edith Fisher Lapp may also be hiding a secret that could change many lives but there are few people in Stoney Ridge who are strong enough to stand up to her. Until..... Two Steps Forward can be read alone but it is book three in The Deacon's Family series so it was fun to catch up with so many familiar characters from previous books. I especially loved the growth of Luke Schrock, who was once considered a bad boy but is now a Deacon. It is his idea to place a Baby Box near the Stoney Ridge Fire Department so that babies can be left in a safe environment and not be abandoned; he also guarantees that these babies will be raised by Amish families! I also enjoyed the courtship that Jimmy chooses in his effort to really get to know Sylvie. He begins a letter writing campaign to woo the young widow and proves what David Stoltzfus, the very wise Bishop of Stoney Ridge, tells Edith as he counsels her about another matter. "Words are a funny thing. They can make big things little. And they can make little things big." Suzanne Woods Fischer has filled Two Steps Forward with the things readers have come to love in her books--romance, family love, Amish values, thought-provoking dialogue, and a reminder that everyone is capable of changing for the better. This book was provided courtesy of Revell Publishing, through Interviews & Reviews.
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 5 days ago
This is the story of Jimmy Fisher, back home to his Amish community after spending some time in the English world... It is intriguing and full of grace... Suzanne Woods Fisher weaves into her story the love God has for all of us and the way forgiveness can help us move. To the plans He has for us - Yet she doesn't sugarcoat the realities of life - not just the way of life of Old Order Amish, but also basic human nature - and she shows how we must all rely on God to help us forgive and live our best lives. It didn't end quite how I wanted, but I was happy when all was said and done.
JuneMJ 6 days ago
I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Mending Fences, as part of the Revell Reads Blogger program in 2019. Click on this link to read my review of Mending Fences. Two Steps Forward can be read as a standalone, but I recommend you read the previous books in the series so you can enjoy the entire trilogy! I have read many of this author's works. I enjoy her Amish fiction and her contemporary fiction. This book has the depth and emotion I have come to expect and enjoy in this author's work. The threads of family, faith, perseverance, forgiveness, and love resonant throughout this story. One of the main things I appreciated about this particular book was the way in which several of the characters experienced a spiritual transformation from being harsh, bitter, vindictive, and unkind into becoming a more humble person trying to following God's path for their lives. In some of the younger characters I enjoyed seeing their personal and spiritual growth from being immature and irresponsible to becoming more serious about God's plan for their lives and developing into making good life choices more in following with their faith. On the back cover of the paperback I read there was a quote from Interviews and Reviews about this book: ". . . She {the author} has a way of evoking all of your emotions." I could not agree more with this reviewer's observation. I look forward to reading many more books written by the talented Suzanne Woods Fisher. Highly-recommended to fans of Amish/Christian fiction, clean fiction, historical fiction, Amish/Christian romance, clean romance, and historical romance. Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site. # # # # #
jacksonmomLV 6 days ago
My husband knows not to interrupt me when I settle into my favorite chair and announce, "I'm going to Stoney Ridge." I absolutely love the Amish community Fisher has woven together in this rural corner of Pennsylvania. And though her stories are always enthralling-equal parts of romance, faith, and humor, stirred together with a deft hand- this recent Deacon's Family series has been even more thought provoking. Topics like addiction, foster care, infertility, and abortion are gently explored and yield up fruitful ground for faith to flourish. And I love the thread of redemption that runs like scarlet through these pages! Scoundrel Jimmy returns to a much different neighborhood than he left. His infatuation with his employer, Sylvie, makes him realize how selfish he truly is, and sets him on the road to honest change. My favorite quote summarizes him perfectly: "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." But Jimmy isn't the only one described by this this gem and find the others for yourself! Don't forget the Kleenex, and be prepared to laugh and cry and grow-welcome to life in Stoney Ridge.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 days ago
Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third (and final) book in The Deacon’s Family series. While Two Steps Forward can be read on its own, you will be missing out on two delightful books. Reading The Deacon’s Family series in order allows you to get to know Luke, Izzy, Bishop David, Hank, Edith and the other characters in Stoney Ridge. I have enjoyed following Luke’s journey and it is not over yet. Jimmy Fisher is returning to Stoney Ridge after the ranch he was working on in Colorado went belly up. He discovers that his mother, Edith has turned his bedroom into a scrapbooking room which has Jimmy sleeping on a lumpy sofa in the basement. Sylvie Schrock King is a widow raising four and a half year old, Joey on her own along with trying to take care of Rising Star Farm. Sylvie offers Jimmy a job which he accepts over his mother’s protests. Jimmy is eager to work with Prince the Arabian horse Sylvie uses to pull her buggy. When Izzy and Fern read about a second infant who died after being abandoned, they implore Luke to come up with an idea. Izzy is happily married to Luke and loves their adopted girl, but she feels a loss over never knowing her own father. She approaches her mother in hopes of learning more about her biological father. Two Steps Forward is a delightfully entertaining novel. There is humor, joy, love, frustration and despair. There is also faith in the Lord. They know that God is there watching over them and will take care of them. I liked getting to know Sylvie. She had a rough childhood in a conservative Amish group and frequently quotes phrases from the Bible. Sylvie is good with animals and strays have a way of finding their way to Rising Star Farm. Jimmy is an upbeat man who is a hard worker and a charmer. His dimples and charm help him with women, but Jimmy has trouble with making a permanent commitment. I like how the book brought attention to the issue of abandoned babies. While there are Safe Haven laws, there are still babies left in restrooms and dumpsters. Two Steps Forward is well-written with engaging characters set in a special Amish community. This is a book that had me smiling and laughing often while reading it with the occasional frown (thanks to Edith). I am going to miss Stoney Ridge and the people who reside there (even Hank Lapp). Two Steps Forward is a brilliant conclusion to The Deacon’s Family series. Two Steps Forward is a charming tale with baby boxes, a hen pen, a jumble of junk, a bright boy, a meddling mother and a benevolent bishop.
tickmenot 7 days ago
A Ticklish Situation! A young widow, Sylvie Schrock King, with a small child finds herself with a broken-down farm, a horse she dearly loves, and the possibility she might lose it all—and she is Amish. Additionally, her neighbor, Edith, wants to do everything she can to get rid of her, including enlisting her husband to help her do it. Things seem to change for the better when she naively hires marriage shy Jimmy, until Sylvie discovers he is Edith’s son. Be prepared for some funny situations that will have you grinning ear to ear. There are also very serious ones that include providing a place mothers can leave unwanted babies---no questions asked—along with homes for the infants. Subjects run the gamut from disagreeable people, unknown birth parents, and mysterious break-ins. There is even good marital advice along with a great way to get to know someone. It all blends into an amazing tale that I hated to see come to an end. I highly recommend this 5-plus star book to anyone who enjoys well-written, clean stories. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of, Two Steps Forward, for the purpose of review.
Mar-J 8 days ago
Two Steps Forward is penned in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s style with dimensional characters with flaws, secrets, determination, flexibility and a love for God brought realistic issues to life. Jimmy was immediately attracted to a beautiful Arabian horse owned by widow Sylvie who lived on the farm next to his mother and step-father. He needed a job and she needed someone to clean up Rising Star Farm and all the junk Jake King had accumulated. The underlying attitude of his mother against Sylvie brought tense moments. I appreciated how Fisher interwove the need for caring parents for children that were abandoned or in foster care and the way Izzy, Luke and Bishop Stoltzfus wanted Stoney Ridge to be a haven. Two Steps Forward is filled with multiple twists and turns as members of the community faced life’s challenges and wanting to make a difference along with what the leaders of the church wanted before their next communion service where wrongs were made right. This story had an element of surprise but I sorted thought the characters involved would find what they were looking for as God heard their prayers. This book can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading Mending Fences and Stitches in Time to see the growth of the characters and the Stoney Ridge Community. Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite Amish authors, so I look forward to reading moiré of her books.
Lori782 9 days ago
What Wonderful set of characters and I was happy to see some of the old ones too!! I enjoyed returning to Stoney Ridge again. This is an excellent story and one that I feel that is a wonderful conclusion to this series!! I was so sad to see the series end. I love Suzanne! Her writing is just fabulous! I'm wondering if anyone notices that there is a theme here? At least it seems to me it is. The son returns home after being gone for years flat broke etc. I thought it was interesting to read how Fisher puts these lovable characters through different paces in their lives and learning how to get along, forgive and accepting. I like how Fisher makes it realistic and believable too. I love how she pulls you into the story from opening and just keeps you glued to your seat until it's finished. She writes these stories that will make you believe that the characters are realistic and believable and for me they are! I feel that I'm really there in the story with them! Some u want to shout at and some you just want to say yes because they've succeeded in what they set out to accomplish. I enjoyed learning about how different the Amish really are. Fisher has done a fabulous job in this area as well along with the knowledge about RH blood. Even I've never heard of this before. I thought the baby boxes were rather neat. I don't remember much about being that young or what I slept in. Baby boxes seems like a nice idea. This is a book that will make you want to eagerly turning the pages to see if Jimmy comes out on top in the end. Will he? Ya'll just have to pick this book up and read it. Guaranteed you'll love it
Cheryl Koch 12 days ago
I am a fan of this author's. If you enjoy reading Amish stories or just a good story in general, than, you will want to check out books from this author. This is the first book I have read in this series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. I instantly connected with the characters. Although, I must admit that Hank did get on my nerves. He was always talking in CAPS as if he was yelling. In a way, he may have been yelling or just really loud. I just did not like whenever he talked it was all in CAPS. Everyone had a story that was close to them. You could not help but feel for each and every one of them. In honestly; I had no favorites as I liked everyone. By the end, everyone had found redemption, while learning forgiveness and second chances.
tish-a 13 days ago
This is the third book in the Deacons Family Series. I love that you continue to see old friends from the first two books. This book is about Jimmy Fisher he returns from Colorado after 4 years working with horses. Sylvie is a widow and hires Jimmy to help her on her farm. Jimmy is Edith's son, a neighbor of Sylvie who holds a grudge against her and her son. Love the characters in the book. It was a book hard for me to put down. It is a book of forgiveness and the Amish ways of living it. Hate for the series to come to a end. Suzanne Woods Fisher really knows how to draw you into a book.
Mama_Cat 14 days ago
I love Two Steps Forward and am truly going to miss this series! Third in the Deacon’s Family series, we see characters from the first two books, especially Luke and Izzy Schrock, and get to know Jimmy Fisher and Sylvie Schrock King. One of my favorite quotes is: “Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.” There are so many excellent, current-day challenges addressed in the series, and this novel is no exception. In a gentle, powerful way, the Amish of Stoney Ridge have a solution for women killing and/or abandoning their newborns or having abortions up to the moment of birth, for practicing the spirit of one’s faith, and even emulating Luke’s amend making, or fence-mending, at the approach of Easter. Watching the consistent growth in Luke and Izzy and their marriage is like visiting old friends. Jimmy Fisher returned to Stoney Ridge after four years of working with horses in Colorado. On his first day in town, he ran into his stepfather Hank Lapp, one of the more memorable folks in town, as he was admiring an Arabian horse hitched to the buggy of a young Amish woman and her son. Arabians are rarely seen in Amish country, as their preferred horse is the Thoroughbred. Sylvie Schrock King, a widow and a cousin to Luke, offered Jimmy a job on the spot based on his knowledge of horses, even though he looked like a homeless man. Hank, thinking she was looking for another husband, told her Jimmy was not available. After the dust settled, Jimmy went to Rising Star Farm, which Sylvie inherited from her late husband Jake, to see if she was still looking for a hired hand. Jimmy’s mother Edith feels that, when Jake died, the property should have gone to her, as it was originally owned by her grandfather and she wanted it back. She claimed to want it for Jimmy, as she said the will read that the youngest son of each family would inherit the farm. Edith had done all she could to get it from Jake and now that he’d passed away, she wants to take it from his widow. She doesn’t like Sylvie at all, mostly because she believes she should have the property back. Despite the animosity, Jimmy takes the job to care for the horses and handle any other work to clean up the farm from all the stuff Jake collected over the years. Jimmy proves himself to be a hard worker and finds Sylvie to be quite attractive. That was just the start of his troubles. His mother wants him to court a woman who is scary like her in temperament. Hank has been poking around, looking for something in the house and barn at Rising Star Farm. Jimmy tries to help Sylvie work with the town to prevent the farm from being sold at auction since Jake hadn’t paid taxes for the past couple years. And he sure enjoys the company of Sylvie’s little boy, Joey. One can read this novel as a standalone. It is such a delightful mix of faith, values, community involvement, heartbreak, romance, and humor, I think one might want to go back and read the first two and meet Luke and Izzy at the beginning. The Amish way of life is beautifully demonstrated by this talented author, and the spiritual lessons she gently shows are valuable. I highly recommend this novel and series to fans of well-written Amish fiction with depth, wisdom, and love for the Lord. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
PinkGranny 14 days ago
Two Steps Forward is one of those books that will keep my thoughts captive for many days and when I reread it I will enjoy it just as much. All of the characters in Stoney Ridge are like old friends. You see them again from book to book as another member of the community's story unfolds. So it is with Two Steps Forward Jimmy Fisher returns from being an Amish Cowboy in Colorado. He was an incorrigible lad when he was introduced in The Keeper, book one of the Stoney Ridge Series. What he didn't think of for mischief, nobody else could imagine. Now he was home and life would never be the same. His dogged determination to prove what he can do is just the opposite of what anyone expected. Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master story teller. She has a way of hooking you into a story from the moment you turn the first page. Her characters, like Jimmy Fisher, are entertaining but have a lot of lessons to give us all. In Suzanne's books a lot of difficult topics are intertwined into the story. While reading Stitches In Time Suzanne introduced the topic of foster care in Amish homes. Luke Schrock, newly appointed deacon wished to fulfill beloved Amos Lapp's wish to empty the system by finding homes for those children. Knowing the impact of that system on his own wife, Luke has been diligent in keeping his promise. While Two Steps Forward is focusing on Jimmy and Sylvie, there is a larger issue at hand. Luke and his wife Izzy are championing the cause of unwanted babies. Recent issues out in the English world seem remote yet closer than one would suspect. Rather than sitting back and being passive about the issue of unwanted babies, the community is united in finding ways to help one baby at a time. This book is funny, it is entertaining and it leaves the reader something to think about before the book is closed. Things are never what they seem and people will surprise you when you least expect it. I could wax on about this book for a long time, but then, why give the story away when you can enjoy it yourself? It will put your mind on things that are happening in the world today that impact all of us, no matter where we live. 5 stars for this book and the entire Deacon's Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! Many thanks to and Revell for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions offered regarding this book are mine alone.
SunnieReviews 14 days ago
The conclusion to the The Deacon's Family Series was a wonderful conglomeration of the previous books with characters that were in previous writings by this author. I loved how they reappeared and meshed so well with this book. Sylvie needs help. She's a widow with a large farm in very run down condition and unpaid back taxes. She hires her neighbors son, Jimmy, who has been away from home for quite a period of time. The situation between Jimmy's mother and Sylvie is not a good one and her hiring of Jimmy does not sit well with his mother. But Jimmy has a special way with horses and Sylvie has a beautiful Arabian stallion. I love how this book revolves around a beautiful Arabian horse and horse breeding which is a new and refreshing angle. Love new ideas in an Amish series. I have read the earlier books of this series, and therefore recognized the names and personalities that appear in this book. But I still think that it can easily be a stand alone book. All in all, I loved the book, the series and the amazing writing style of this wonderful author. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Nicnac63 17 days ago
Once again, I’ve enjoyed visiting the folks of Stoney Ridge. I feel this series is best read in its entirety, but each works as a standalone. I enjoyed Jimmy, connected with Sylvie, and really enjoyed seeing Izzy and Luke again! These characters are full and relatable, and I seem to learn so much when reading these stories. There is a mixture of witty and deep issues, and elements of romance, warmth, and strength. With themes of family, acceptance, and faith, Two Steps Forward is a satisfying end to the series, and perhaps my favorite of the three. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
MaureenST 17 days ago
I loved being back with this group of Amish, they now feel like family, and I have come to know them. Our bad boy Luke is now back, and wow, what a change, he has now grown up, but the story does focus a lot on his loving wife Izzy. The author also gives us Sylvie, and Edith’s returning son Jimmy, and how they try to save Rising Star Farm, watch out for termites! Now if you haven’t read the past two books, don’t worry enough information is given that you won’t be lost, but warning you will have to get the other two books, they are that good! We have several tough topics here, with abandoned babies, but we are also shown what a great bishop David is, I loved what he does! Also, Hank with his words all in caps as he is I take it a bit hard of hearing! Don’t miss the conclusion to this great series I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.