Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

         "When you dig into the past, it's like you're finding genealogical layers that tell a story."            - Abigail in The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Hooray, for Summer reading!!! I love that I have a little extra time for reading in the summer, especially when it is stormy outside. So on to the book that I just finished reading. The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher  is the story of an Amish girl named Abigail Stoltzfus who loves to research people’s origins and family histories because she believes that history repeats itself.  For the last few months she has been helping her father with his genealogical research in an attempt to help him out of his slight case of depression.  When her family sends both her and her sister Laura to help their Uncle David, She is excited because her Uncle lives in the same place as the client they are helping. But what she did not realize was that her Grandmother has a different reason for bringing her to help her Uncle. Her Grandmother wants her to find a husband because there has to be several eligible bachelors there... Right?  Nope, there is only one and his name is Dane Glick. (AKA Dane like rain) Dane is smitten with Abigail from the moment he first hears her voice. He decides right away that this girl was the one God had sent for him. However Abigail is not interested in Dane at all , not because of anything he did but just the fact that she prefers  the company of books, old newspapers and old Bibles instead of boys. It could also be because she gets so nervous around boys and when she gets nervous she starts to sneeze, a lot. Oh, and one other thing. Dane is related to a Minister who did something wrong at the church and is at odds with Abigail’s Uncle David.  As the conflict at the church gets worse.  Abigail’s Uncle decides that they may have to resort to a Quieting, which is when a Minister has his ordination revoked.  Abigail is puzzled by the way Dane treats her. It is not possible that he could like her, I mean really like her... right?  She is boring (or so her sister says) She has no sense of humor , is honest to a fault ( really,  She just says whatever is on her mind no matter what it is ) and is fascinated with the past not the future.  When Abigail finds information that could help resolve the matter at the church but in the process may hurt her fragile relationship with Dane, Will she use that information to settle the issues at the church or will she keep quiet about what she learned?  Will Dane be able to convince her that she is who God made her to be and that he loves her for the way she is?
Well, I guess you will have to read to the book to find out!

What did I think about the book?
It was a really good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  I loved the characters, especially the relationship between Abigail and Dane. This is a book 2 in the Bishop's Family series but I read it as a stand alone.  The book contains a bit of seriousness as you read about the issues in the church but there are also the moments where Abigail and Dane interact or the moments that Abigail decides to help around  her  Uncle’s house ( you will have to read the book to understand what I mean.) and it brings a bit of humor to the overall story, that being said, I think the author balances the seriousness and the humor very well so  that neither overwhelms the story.  I recommend this book to anyone is looking for a Amish book with slight bit of romance and an intriguing story line.  Overall I give the book 4 out of 5 stars ****

Hey, Don't forget to check out her other books!!!

Happy  Reading :)

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

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