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26 January 2010

Book Review and Tour: The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Title: The Choice
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Paperback: 308 pages
ISBN: 978-0800733858
Genre: Fiction/Romance/Christian

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About the Book:

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong?

One moment Carrie Weaver was looking forward to running away with Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Solomon Riehl--plans that included leaving the Amish community where they grew up. The next moment she was staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now, Carrie is faced with a choice. But will this opportunity be all she hoped? Or will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?

A tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice uncovers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world--and shows that it's never too late to find your way back to God.


My Review:

The Choice is a beautifully told story of an Amish community and the secrets that people can hold in their hearts, and the ultimate healing powers of not only being forgiven but forgiving. Suzanne Woods Fisher tells the story of a young Amish woman, Carrie Weaver, and the series of events that lead her to becoming the woman she was always meant to be. The novel begins with Carrie intent upon running away with Sol, a young Amish man, whose dream to play professional baseball is becoming a reality. Carrie's love for him is so strong she is set to leave behind her life and family until the fateful day her beloved father passes away. Sol, unwilling to give up his dreams and Carrie unwilling to leave her family, especially her young brother Andy, in the care of her stepmother, go their separate ways. Daniel enters the scene and Carrie sees this as her and Andy's chance to leave her stepmother's home for good. Daniel and Carrie marry, both holding onto deeply buried secrets and sadness. Their marriage of convenience begins a series of events no one could foresee. The Choice is expertly written, with beautiful prose, believable and loveable characters, as well as a delightfully simple and at the same time twisting plot to keep the reader engaged and delighted. The Choice makes for a lovely afternoon read and is the first in Suzanne Woods Fisher's Lancaster County Secrets series. I am eagerly awaiting the second novel, The Waiting, which will be in stores in October, until then I am left to ponder what lies ahead for Esther, Andy, Sol, Mattie, Carrie, Abel, Emma and Steelhead.

About the Author:

Suzanne is a wife and mom, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and an author of Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.

Her relatives on my mother's side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. That's where her interest in Anabaptist traditions began. Suzanne's grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. "We called him "Deardad" even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad's life inspired me to write."

After college, Suzanne was a freelance writer for magazines and became a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today. Her work has been featured in Today's Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Worldwide Challenge, among others. She took the plunge into books a few years ago and now she's hooked. To learn more about Suzanne, visit her website.

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I received a free copy of The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher from LitFuse Publicity Group. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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3 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds fabulous! I would probably never have even picked this one up in a bookstore, but your review piqued my interest.

Suzanne said...

Hi Jennifer! Just wanted to say thank you for your lovely review of "The Choice!" I appreciate the time you put into reading it and evaluating it. So pleased it received your stamp of approval, too! That means so much, coming from a well-read reviewer. Hope your 2010 is off to a good start. Mine is soggy. :)
~Suzanne Fisher

April said...

Oh, this sounds soooo great, Jennifer! I loved your review and I really really really want to read it now! I find the Amish lifestyle to be so interesting and love to read books based on the Amish life. I just tweeted about the contest!