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1.18.2014

The Calling ~ Review

The Calling
The Inn at Eagle Hill #2
By Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Calling is a delightful sequel to The Letters and the continuing story of the Schrock family.

When Bethany Schrock took a job at the Sisters' House she had no idea just what she was getting herself into.  First trying to bring order to the house is nigh unto impossible because the Sisters want nothing to be thrown away.  Whatever Bethany deems to be worthy of discard the Sisters just can't part with.

The Sisters spend a deal of time away from their home and when they invite Bethany to join them on one hot afternoon her life is about to change.  Can helping others still the restlessness that has taken root in Bethany's life?

But the SEC investigation and Jake Hertzler are never far from Bethany's mind especially when new information concerning Tobe and Jake is revealed.  And Jake's report that Tobe was staying with their absent mother is another piece of the puzzle that is Bethany's life.  Why did their mother abandon then all those years ago.

And then there's Jimmy Fisher - horse trainer extraordinaire (at least he hopes to be).  He confuses Bethany and she confounds him.  Does he truly love her or is she the challenge that he just can't get to fall for him?

As Bethany tries to discover who she is and where she belongs the Inn at Eagle Hill tries to come to terms with the fact that she is not the preacher her father is.  Can these two women help each other to discover what their respective callings are?

The Calling focuses more on Bethany and Jimmy, but Mim is also a notable character as she struggles with her own feelings and dreams and her Mrs. Miracle secret.  Also notable is Naomi who stands by her best friend and is always willing to listen and offer advice.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes well-written fiction that draws you in and makes you care about the characters.  And you will care about the people of Stoney Ridge and you may even shed a tear or two during the reading.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Bethany's restless heart is searching for answers--in life and in love

Bethany Schrock's love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending hot summer days wading through a lifetime of accumulation at the home of five elderly Amish sisters. She's not sure what she wants out of life, but she knows that she's not finding it in Stoney Ridge.

Then a new guest at the Inn at Eagle Hill ropes her into volunteering in a community project for down-and-outers. Reluctant at first, Bethany starts to feel a bit of joy and satisfaction again. But not so much that Jimmy Fisher, adorable and impossible, can woo her affections with his winks and tricks. Well, maybe a little.

When a figure from her past reenters her life, Bethany must decide: What does the past mean to her future?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the quiet community of Stoney Ridge.