Monday, January 17, 2011

The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher-A Review

As a child caught up in a crisis, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge--the very town in which that decision was made--she is forced to face the past and discover how her decision has impacted so many.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother Bertha recover from surgery. It doesn't take long for Bess to realize that her grandmother coaxed her to Stoney Ridge for an entirely different reason. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp, the summer starts to hold some promise.
Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes you through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Immerse yourself in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and healing.

Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800733878
ISBN-13: 978-0800733872
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.
Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.
After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.
Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple). With help from an agent, she has five books currently under contract with Revell. On September 1st, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, will be released by Revell. The Choice, a novel about the Amish, will follow on January 1st.
Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.
Suzanne can be found on-line at:

This is the first book I’ve read written by Suzanne Woods Fisher. So glad I found a new author that writes so wonderfully. “The Search” is the third book in the series Lancaster County Secrets. Even through it is the third in the series it was still very easy to follow along. So you can read this alone or with the other two. I believe it would be so neat to read the other two first. They are called “The Choice” and “The Waiting.”
It seems so many people write about Amish stories. I’m not a fan of many of them, because of the attitude of the Amish that only Amish can be right about their life and faith. In “The Search” I don’t feel that opinion at all. Matter of fact one of the main characters is a Christian outside of the Amish community. She is a stronger Christian than some Amish in the book.
I love the mother/grandmother who is harsh/brisk on the outside, but has a most tender heart. She puts many people together to change their lives for the better.
The setting of the book is just so beautiful. The cover of the book shows a picture of one main character {Lainey O'Toole } who is holding a rose, and it’s just beautiful. I like hearing the description of the rose farm and the beautiful country side. I would love to live on a rose farm.
The whole book really revolves around the decision made by a very young girl. Then years later all of these people are back together in the same place. You will see how one decision can change life for all of those involved.
In “The Search” you will find love, heartaches, illnesses, death, peace, forgiveness.
It is a book that I highly recommend for many days of reading pleasure and a book you will want to reread.
Also in a few days I will have a giveaway for this book.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Suzanne said...

Hi Trinity Rose! Thanks so much for your review of "The Search!" I'm glad you enjoyed the story--and pleased to know the roses hooked you in! I had fun researching that part of the book! I'm on the hunt for rose jam...want to use it for a giveaway sometime.
Warmly, Suzanne

Nia for Jesus said...

I really enjoyed the book,keep doing what God called you to do!