Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
About the book: Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings.
When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.
With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.
My thoughts: I like Suzanne's books (reviews) because they have a strong faith based storyline, but they do not "shove" religion in your face. This one contains all the elements I like in a book - strong family ties, romance, a little mystery, and believable characters.
Rose might be Amish, but her children are just like anyone else's. Bethany is trying to discover who she is and is falling in love. Mim is becoming a teenager with feelings of her own. Luke and Sammy are as rambunctious as two little boys should be. Tobe, the oldest, has runaway and we don't learn much about him. I am hoping there is a book coming that will introduce us to him, as I am sure he has much to share.
Rose is a very strong woman and mother, with her strength coming from God. She still struggles with the problems that life throws at her though, and can be too stubborn to see things that are right in front of her. Her first guest, Delia, brings her own set of problems to Eagle Hill, but at the same time, she brings some answers to Rose's prayers. It is refreshing to read a book where you see God orchestrating chance meetings.
About the author: 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 an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.