The Amish life is all she's ever known- But will it satisfy the longing her in her soul?
Have you ever felt like life is spinning out of control?
Like you have come to a fork in the road and you do not know which way to go ?
So I just finished reading my newest "Must Read" called The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher and
in the book the main character faces questions just like those. She question if she should continue the life she grew up with or should she go a different path, one that is uncertain, but may have the adventure she is looking for?
In The Devoted, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the edge of leaving the Amish life that she has always known. She has secretly earned her GED and has a plan to get on with her life outside of the Amish but she can't seem to go forward with her plan, she feels like she is missing something. All she wants is to feel like what she does matters, That she can help someone or help somewhere and it would make a difference...
Patrick Kelly is on a journey of his own. He has come to Stoney Ridge to become Amish, To completely immerse himself in the Amish culture and traditions. When he first arrives in Stoney Ridge, he stays at Ruthie and her family's home because her father is the Bishop and he did not want him to have nowhere to sleep since the Inn was temporarily unable to give him a room. Patrick wants to learn the Amish ways but he only has 30 days to do so. He has Ruthie give him lessons in Pennsylvania Dutch, Has buggy lessons and talks to the Bishop regularly about the Amish faith. Time is of the essence for Patrick and he cannot waste any of it.
Ruthie is intrigued by this Englisher who is determined to become Amish. She agrees to become Patricks teacher in Penn-Dutch not only because she is sure that he will quit but because she is curious about this strange outsider who wants to join the world that she is so determined to leave.
As Ruthie gets to know Patrick more and they grow closer together, her neighbor ( and ex-boyfriend) Luke Schrock starts to take notice of Patrick as well. (Luke is the town trouble maker. He is a defiant, rebel who drinks too much and loves to see what kind of trouble he can get into.)
and Luke does not like this outsider getting near his girl. He decides that he needs to teach Patrick a thing or two about how the Amish people live because he cannot allow Patrick to get in his way. He will win Ruthie back, no matter the cost.
As Luke gets back at Patrick for getting to close to Ruthie, he is shocked when Patrick did not react! He just turned the other cheek!
Ruthie is confused about what she should do. Should she continue with her plan to leave the Amish just like her Aunt did? Or should stay with her people? What does Patrick see in this simple lifestyle that would make him give up everything that he loved so that he could join her world?
As Ruthie choice starts to become clear, Patrick and Luke have a horrible "contest" to see who is braver and it sends someone to the emergency room. The diagnosis could potentially be fatal... Will they be able to overcome this injury? Will Ruthie decide to leave the world she has known for an unknown world full of possibilities or will she discover that all she ever needed was right in front of her. That God has blessed us with so much but sometimes we overlook the simple things, the plain things...
Guess you will have to read it to find out!!!
What did I think ?
So this is the Third book in The Bishops Family Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I have read book two, The Quieting but I have not read the first book in the series. Having read the second book, I was able to have a bit more background on several Characters but the book was also written so that you could read the book as a standalone without becoming confused or lost within the storyline. The Characters are amazing! There are so many layers to each one, They each have their issues and their faults but they all grow some much by the end of the story. I love the relationship between Patrick and Ruthie. The conversations they have are wonderful. There are some very good questions that get answered or at least asked in the book . One of the questions that I liked was why we should cherish every moment... because we do not know how much time any of us have left. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes Amish fiction or anyone who likes a good story with drama and a touch of romance. Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. *****
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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.