Monday, February 3, 2014

THE CALLING | Six Chances to win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

 I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime's accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher--and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves--and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

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

My Thoughts:

 The Calling is the second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's series, The Inn at Eagle Hill.  This books takes place in Stoney Ridge at The Inn at Eagle Hill, this time focusing on Bethany Shrock. Bethany Schrock isn't sure where life is taking her. She got her heart broken by Jake Hertzler, she is spending her days at The Sister's House going through their years of clutter, and helping her stepmother run The Inn at Eagle Hill. Bethany finds herself helping the Sister's at a local soup kitchen they started and being introduced to the other side of Stoney Ridge, the poor and downtrodden. She also finds herself face to face with the teenage girls that live in the group home next to soup kitchen.  As Bethany sees life through someone elses eyes she gets the idea to start a community garden with the help of their current guest at the inn and the rest of the community.  Bethany's brother, Tobe, comes home, he is being investigated by the SEC for Shrock Investments, a family business that fell apart due to Jake Hertzler's dishonesty. Tobe, Rose, and Mammi Vera travel to the city to try to clear up the investigation and clear Tobe's name.  Bethany finds herself subject of vandalism and other types of violence. 

As my readers now, my favorite genre is Amish Fiction, and Suzanne Woods Fisher is another of my favorite authors. I had the pleasure of reading her Stony Ridge Seasons series and The Letters, the first book in The Inn at Eagle Hill Series. I fell in love with Stony Ridge and was excited to visit again in first The Letters and now The Calling.  I enjoy meeting new characters (friends) and finding out about the lives of old friends from the other novels! I love the continuity in these novels. I was drawn in from the beginning and could not put it down!   Suzanne Woods Fisher writes with authority on all things Amish, youth ministry, group homes, mental illness, and love.  This book really touched my heart because one of the themes in this book is mental illness. As someone who grew up with family who have mental illness and myself suffering from panic attacks, I could relate to both sides of the story. I found it interesting to learn how things like this are  handled within the Amish and also how it was handled years ago. Not unlike how we here handled and handle mental illness.  I love the characters in this book but my favorite is Ella, one of the Sisters. She has such a good heart, so kind, and so observant. She also knew her reality and faced it head on.  The Calling is a well rounded story with a little bit of everything in it: romance, suspense, family, and faith.  This story showed how having faith in God and listening for His leading, you will know what you should do. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I give this book 5 STARS.

 Check out the giveaway!

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating her newest book, The Calling, by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks!
Two grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Four second place winners will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner's choice!
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 10th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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