My Review: "The Quieting" by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the 2nd book in the (The Bishop's Family series) and I have to be honest and say while I did enjoy this book I liked the 1st book in the series better but really looking forward to the next book in the series.
"The Quieting" picks up where "The Imposter" leaves off. We are introduced to new family members of the Stoltzfus family.
This book is an Amish love story and I am going to say I am considering it a mystery also due to the fact that Abigail is on the hunt to discover who a mysterious person listed in the family really is.
This book has a couple of scenes that I wasn't sure of the outcome and was thinking do I want to finish reading this book because I don't want it to be this way, but of course, I finished the book, and yes, some of the scenes worked out the way I wanted and some didn't but that is what makes a good book, right?
This story shows readers that sometimes you just have to be yourself and do what you know is right!
I really like the fact that the author really shows that no one is immune to sin, even bishops and pastors, and that what you think is hidden, will eventually come out into the light and must be dealt with.
It also has a lesson about kindness verses payback.
I suppose you can read "The Quieting" as a standalone but I strongly recommend reading "The Imposter" first.
I am giving "The Quieting" four stars.
I was given a copy by the author and Celebrate Lit for my honest review for this book tour.
About the Book
The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things–fast. But David doesn’t work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.
When David’s mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters–and especially for David’s niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another?
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twenty years ago, my husband and I attended a large church with a dynamic senior pastor. Each Sunday, we would sit spellbound during 40 minute sermons—he was that good a preacher. And then a terrible thing came to light—this very man had been taking advantage of vulnerable women during counseling sessions. Fourteen women, it turned out, and the pastor remained unrepentant. As issues were dealt with, our entire church suffered. We were a hurting community. The sins of one affected all.
As I plotted out ‘The Bishop’s Family,’ I wanted to borrow the theme of how a leader’s sins hurts the church community. (Now, I need to clarify that this is not a novel that addresses sexual sin. However, it does address unrepentant sin in an ordained leader.) First, I spoke to some Amish friends to see if my story idea had any merit. Was I was on the right track? To my amazement, a similar situation to my novels had occurred in one Amish friend’s church, and it resulted in a “quieting.” That’s an Amish phrase that means revoking the responsibilities of an unrepentant ordained leader. Just like it sounds–he is, essentially, “Quieted.”
In this novel, you’ll see the behind-the-scenes of Amish church leadership, and get a sense of how a community is hurting. And how it begins to heal, too.
This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!
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