It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . .
It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.
Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.
As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?
This is another wonderful Amish book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. As always, I came away loving the characters and the lessons they learn.
Abigail, who unfortunately keeps getting called Gabby against her wishes, is a girl who sees like through a black and white lens. She doesn't understand anything that isn't logical and she's a girl who knows how to organize. When her grandmother brings her along to help at her Uncle David's house, she takes that seriously and starts organizing everyone and everything.
She was happy to go to Stoney Ridge, though, because she is doing the family tree for someone in the area and she has hit a brick wall. She's hoping to meet the person so she can get to the bottom of this tree. She is also hoping by doing this tree, she'll encourage her father who is doing poorly and seems to have lost all hope for life.
She meets a man named Dane Glick who is quite smitten with her although she is very clueless. After her grandmother tries to set her up with an old man, she decides it's in her best interest to try and get to know Dane better. The thing I love about Dane is that he sees the best in Abigail and what others find annoying, he finds as her positive qualities.
I loved the characters in this book, especially Abigail, as she grows and learns that life isn't just black and white. I also love how David learns to stand up for what he believes even against the most formidable person in his life.
This is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it!
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads
Blessings - Julie