Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher

search small Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many.

Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.

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 readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past."

suz and dogs 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 awards). With help from an agent, she now has numerous  books under contract with Revell. Also look for Suzanne's Amish non-fiction, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, as well as Amish Proverbs, and coming in Spring of 2011, look for Amish Values for Your Family. The Choice and The Waiting are the previous books in the Lancaster County Secrets Collection.

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:

Heidi Says . . . I’ve read all 3 of the books in the Lancaster County Secrets book.  You can read my reviews for The Choice and The Waiting here on my blog. 

Book 3 in the series – The Search – was great!  It didn’t take me long to get into this book and become one with the characters.  Suzanne is very descriptive and you can get a great picture of each character in your mind – making you feel like you know them personally.

Where The Choice and The Waiting each had one strong female role, The Search has several strong female characters.  Lanie is a young “Englisher” searching for a place to belong and be fulfilled.  Bess is a teenaged Amish girl with typical teenage issues.  Bertha is a very strong Amish woman who knows how to get her own way. 

Though I found some of the storyline twists to be a bit questionable, I was hooked and could barely put this book down.  I saw a few characters from The Waiting playing minor roles in this book, but each book in this series would definitely be fine to read as a stand-alone. 

All-in-all, as has been my experience with Suzanne’s books, I approve.  I like that her books are not so much caught up in the whole Amish tradition aspect, but rather contain a good storyline with strong characters that don’t require tons of lifestyle and locale references in order to make a good book.  I’d definitely recommend The Search, and the entire series.

The Search is available at


Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest installment of the Lancaster County Secrets, The Search,  is just out and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!
One Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Prize Package worth over $500 and includes: To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 3rd at Suzanne's Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party. (Did you know The Search takes place on a rose farm?)
Enter via E-mail Enter via Facebook Enter via Twitter
Facebook Party:
Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.

NOTE: I received this book for free in order to take part in the LitFuse blog tour.  The thoughts expressed herein are entirely my own and I received no other compensation.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Wow, are an excellent writer! I think I would like to be in a book club with you...I can tell you read looking for themes and depth. Loved your review of "The Search!" Thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour, and for giving my story(ies) your stamp of approval! Means a lot to really does! I'd love your review up on Amazon/CBD. No obligation! Thanks again, Heidi. Warmly, Suzanne

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