Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Review - The Letters


Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband's debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose's big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she's even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.

With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher's tale of God's providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App!

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my very favorite authors and this book is of the high quality that I know her for. I absolutely loved this story and the characters. 

Rose is a widow, living with her cranky and negative mother-in-law, along with her step-daughter and 3 children. It's a busy household, but the thing I love about Rose is that is her serene calmness. She may not always feel that serenity inside (who would?) but she portrays that to her family and this gives them all the stability that they so need. I really love this about her and wish I was more like her...but I digress. Her husband has left her without finances and so she is trying to figure out how to help bring money into her house for her family.

She does have help from her next door neighbor, Galen. He, too, is alone as his parents passed away and he raised his younger brothers and sisters, with just one sister left at home. She has some health problems and he lovingly cares for her and their farm.The story finds Rose and Galen becoming good friends and he helps her to realize her dream of creating an bed and breakfast in her home.

There's some mystery to this book...Rose's husband died under mysterious circumstances in a drowning. Her oldest stepson is on the run and we don't know where he is. There are business mysteries and a rogue employee who is doing under-handed things that affect Rose's family and friends. 

I just can't say enough good about this wonderful story! I am anxious to read the next installment as I really feel like I know these people and want to know some of the answers to some of the questions that came up in the book. This book was one of those books that makes you feel good just because you read it. I highly, highly recommend it!

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

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Blessings - Julie

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