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 for her future?
I am grinning ear to ear after finishing another wonderful read from this author. Honestly Suzanne Woods Fisher can't write fast enough for me! Rich characterization and deep inspirational threads woven together with strands of humour make this an incredible story from start to finish.
This second book in The Inn at Eagle Hill series reads well as a standalone, though readers familiar with the first book, The Letters, will enjoy catching up with all the folk in Stoney Ridge. I am particularly enamoured with Bethany's younger sister, Mim, who is up to more earnest teenage hijinks. :-)
I can't help but marvel at the way Fisher managed to create an endearing hero in the form of the infamous Jimmy Fisher who has done some growing up since we first met him in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. Honestly, there was a time when I couldn't abide that boy! Thankfully maturity has taken hold and it suits him nicely. Now if only Bethany would agree! Their romance is more complicated than most and Fisher kept me on tenterhooks the entire read.
The author tackles big questions in this novel. When is doing the right thing...the right thing? How many shades of gray actually separate black and white? More depth, very thought-provoking and just might induce some soul searching among readers.
All in all a magnificent book that deeply satisfies.
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