Sunday, January 16, 2011

"The Search" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This is the 3rd book is Fisher's Lancaster County Secrets series. I read the 1st one a while ago and don't remember all the details. Still, with this book, I did not fee like I was missing anything. I get the impression that the series has a consistency is its location and Amish culture; each book is a new story and not a continuation of other books like sequels.

In this book, two stories are paralleled. One is of fifteen-year-old Bess that comes to a PA rose farm from Ohio to visit her grandmother (both towns are Amish). There, she meets Billy, a handsome Amish boy. Back home, another boy named Levi is said to have chased after Bess. Anyway, in PA, Bess is smitten with Billy and goes on a roller coaster of emotions as she realizes she is Billy's second choice. Will she keep returning to Billy when his other beau keeps dumping him? While this sounds very juicy, not much of this story is told. Most of the book focuses on the other female protagonist, Lainey. She is a twenty-five-year-old girl who is not Amish. Lainey bakes for a living and finds her way back to the PA rose farm. She meets an Amish man Jonah that catches her attention. Lainey faces inner turmoil as she faces what to do with her life and whether or not to switch over to living Amish.
More drama arises in the book as secrets about family are revealed. Also, the book is written in multiple perspectives that frequently change back and forth. A little bit of Dutch is included and translated when utilized. This book may not be what readers expect from the back cover, but they will certainly enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle.
Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Suzanne said...

Just popping by to thank you for participating in the blog tour for "The Search!" Nice write-up. Warmly, Suzanne

Teresa Konopka said...

You're welcome.

God bless,