On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.
Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?
Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else . . . until he befriends Sadie.
As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.
Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.
I've been anxiously awaiting the second book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series and The Haven did not disappoint. Fisher has created such a set of beloved characters that it broke my heart when I finished the first book, The Keeper. Thankfully The Haven takes up right where The Keeper left off -- give or take a few months!
Windmill Farm has become like a home away from home to me. I might just covet it and the people who live there a wee bit more than I should! I just love a book that gives me a feeling of belonging. I felt like I was attending a family reunion the second I turned to the first page as I quickly became reacquainted with Fisher's characters.
I adore the Lapp family -- especially young Mary-Kate who just loves stealing every scene she's in. I have a great big grin on my face just thinking about that girl! But not to get side-tracked -- this is M.K.'s older sister's story. A wonderful coming of age tale featuring shy Sadie Lapp who just happens to be full of surprises. She even manages to shock Mary-Kate speechless a time or two!
Fisher's rich descriptions anchor every scene and provide the perfect backdrop that allows her characters to shine. Touching, funny, exasperating, exhilarating -- I ran a gamut of emotions as I immersed myself in this glorious read. It was over much too soon -- but that's all right. Mary-Kate's story is next in line and I can't wait to see how she grows up!
Note: While this is the second in a series, it reads well as a standalone too. But, beware, The Haven will whet your appetite for more and you'll find yourself scouring the shelves for a copy of The Keeper too.
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