Book Title: The Devoted
Series: The Bishop’s Family (#3)
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
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Star Rating: – Liked it.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
I think I needed something nice. Feels some days like there is just so much angry in the world right now. We are overdoing on angry. So I picked up a book that I hoped held the promise of a clean getaway. I was right and wrong. Here is the synopsis…
Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can to prepare to go–passed the GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion.
Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back–“anything”–and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.
This is a sweet, peaceful book. It has it’s moments of drama and trouble. Not all is well in Stoney Ridge. Jealousy, addiction, greed, not the kind of subjects you expect to find in a book about the Amish community. However, even the most idyllic settings are completely insulated from the kinds of problems that affect families these days. What sets them apart is the approach to handling the problems. It is a community based on faith in God, and rooted in the desire to mold their personalities to the biblical qualities of Love, Faith, and Hope. It’s focus on Christianity and belief in miracles is not something I’m accustomed to, but I didn’t feel preached at, or as though I was being hit over the head with religion.
It can be a little difficult to keep yourself immersed in the book, or at least I had that problem. It is a way of life so at odds with modern living, and the people display attitudes that fly in the face of common secular wisdom. Not bad attitudes, but their goals and focus are certainly not what you see around you on a daily basis. I would love a visit to this town. I’d get to hang out with some farm animals, go to a quilting bee, learn to cook delicious food. Sounds like heaven to me. Reading these books is like taking a vacation in their part of the world. It feels as though you are spending the afternoon lying on a comfortable couch, with a comfy blanket and pillow, reading a favorite book. It’s homey, and relaxing. I enjoyed it. It’s not a genre I actively seek out, but once in a while Amish Fiction can be a nice respite.
Song for this book: I Will by Alison Krauss