Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review - The Lesson


Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble. 


Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of "Amish Wisdom·" on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.

Find out more about Suzanne at

This was another excellent book by Suzanne Fisher. I had read her other book, "The Haven" and it, too, was excellent. Her books are easy to read and highly enjoyable! 

This book is part of the "Stoney Ridge Seasons" series, but it definitely stands alone and you won't be lost by any means. I do highly recommend you read the other books in the series, though, as you'll love them.

This story revolves around Mary Kate, who is a highly energetic and rather focused on other people's business. She's very likeable, though, and I really enjoyed reading about her latest antics. The book opens with her hearing a gunshot and then realizing there's been a murder. Unfortunately, no one really takes Mary Kate seriously because she usually is over-reacting to things. There is the arrival of the mysterious person to the community and this adds to the intrigue of the story. 

I really liked how the story had her taking on the task of teaching school, when she really didn't want to. It emphasized to me how these things happen in our lives and they end up being something the Lord has planned for us and we end up actually enjoying these things. 
This story has the right balance of intrigue, romance, fun, and thoughtful lessons. It was one of those books I had a hard time putting down because it was so delightful! I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Just popping by to thank you for your wonderful review of "The Lesson" and for being a part of the blog tour. You captured M.K. perfectly! She was an over-reactor! Big time. Grateful to you...warmly, Suzanne


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