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10.30.2016

The Devoted ~ Review

The Devoted
The Bishop's  Family #3
By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Ruthie Stoltfus is at a crossroads in her life and she's determined to have something more than what she's always known. It's just a question of what. And then there is Luke Schrock who is still charming but heading down a path Ruthie doesn't want to follow - one that is sure to lead to destruction.

As Ruthie ponders her future her father David ponders the future that Stoney Ridge seems be embracing. Can he steer the community he has come to love back to its roots or has the damage from the world beyond done too much damage?

When a young man makes his way to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish life he has limited time to achieve his goal. Can Patrick Kelly open Ruthie's eyes to the life she has become too familiar with? Or will her Penn Dutch tutoring be one of her last Amish acts? Only time will tell...

This is the third book in The Bishop's Family series that focuses on the Stoltzfus family. The family has grown up over the series and David as bishop is always a main character with his son Jesse and daughter Ruthie taking staring roles this time as they figure out what comes next in their lives. The change in Jesse from his first introduction to now is one that has been interesting to follow.  The glimpse into Luke's life has been interesting and I'm seeing if he gets his life straightened out. This book can be read without the previous books having been read first.  But the reader will have a better understanding of the characters with reading the previous books in the series and Suzanne Woods Fisher's previous series which are set in Stoney Ridge.

I was provided a reviewer copy of this book by the publisher the no expectations of a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book:
The Amish life is all she's ever known--but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she's earned her GED, saved her money--but she can't quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly. 

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He's come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished--especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie's next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back--and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred--and the promise of hopes fulfilled.