The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher – Blog Tour and Book Review

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About the Book:

In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher’s desk. 

A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case.

The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.

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 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 the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and 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. 

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My Opinion:

This is the third book in the Stoney Ridge Series and I think the last. I’ll miss the inhabitants of the little Amish community if that is the case. Admittedly Mary Kate, the subject of this novel was not my favorite by a long shot. She truly irritated me and I suppose it is good in a way when a character really gets under your skin – but sometimes I just wanted to sit this young lady down and tell her to chill. 

Mary Kate, always quick to jump to conclusions does so in grand style in this tale as she assumes the new visitor to town is a murderer and thief. While he does have secrets, they do not involve stealing money and killing sheep farmers.  Mary Kate also spends time racing around on a scooter with her eyes closed so she often crashes into people but blames them for being where she was going.  See what I mean about her being annoying? Nothing is ever her fault. She needs a huge comeuppance and fortunately she does finally get one.

As always I did thoroughly enjoy Ms. Woods Fisher’s way around the Amish community. I do hold a place in my heart and reading schedule for Amish fiction and the books from this author are some of my favorites. The characters (with Mary Kate’s exception) are a delight and they remind me of places I visited when I was child living in Philadelphia and then New Jersey. The stories are wholesome and the romances sweet. A nice break from some of the darker, heavier books I read.

I will look forward to the next series and the next set of Amish stories from the pen of Ms. Woods Fisher.

You can read additional reviews HERE

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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of The Lesson from Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest review. I received no further compensation for this post.

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