Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Quieting

GIVEAWAY

FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS
THE QUIETING

It was a well-laid plan -- but it wasn't her plan...

It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.

Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives -- including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.

As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting -- a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem -- but will it create another?

My Review:

The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop's Family series and I think it's best to read the books in order. Events that occur in The Imposter carry over into this book and will make more of an impact if a reader has the full background, which includes an extensive cast of characters.

I love the way Fisher spins a tale. It's so easy to slip into the story and lose myself in the fascinating details of life in Stoney Ridge. Such a host of characters who make up the close-knit Amish community! The whole story is told through multiple viewpoints, bringing together diverse plot lines in an impactful way.

This is so much more than Abigail and Dane's love story and I have to confess that patriarch, David Stoltzfus, longsuffering widower with an engaging brood of daughters (and one son) continues to steal my heart. Recently appointed as minister, he struggles with some weighty church matters as he tries to balance not only family matters but a fledgling romance as well.

Fisher has liberally peppered her story with Amish sayings and I think my favourite is "There's a lid for every pot." And that certainly applies to awkward Abigail whose serious nature and practical mind tend to alienate people. But not Dane. He has a gift for understanding the deeper roots that prompt behaviour. He pursues Abigail with a tender determination that surprises everyone. Including this reader.

A story full of love and laughter, angst and hope. And the enduring love of family.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Quieting please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the  subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 6 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

40 comments:

  1. I've only just recently read "The Devoted" and I feel like I've missed a whole cast of characters. I think, even though some are able to stand alone, it's better to read all in the series so you get the background to the stories. That was my problem, so now I must work backwards to put all the missing pieces together, lol!

    Thanks for the chance, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Ah -- The Devoted is the last book in the series, right? Yes, I really think this series reads best in the proper order. Good luck, Trixi.

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    2. Yes, it is the last in the series. It's the only book I've read so that's why I feel like a huge chunk of story is missing, like I've come in the middle of a movie, lol! It felt a bit disjointed and I had to peice the characters together, and I'm not sure I did a very good job. So I'm soon to rectify that....once I have my TBR pile whittled down a bit, that is!

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  2. Suzanne is a great author! The Quieting sounds like there is plenty of action and romance to keep me turning pages until the end. Thanks for this review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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  3. I read and reviewed The Imposter for our blog, but realized at the conclusion there were threads that had not yet been tied up into a neat little bow. So I definitely need to read this one! Thank you for the stellar review and giveaway opportunity, Kav.

    BTW for those who aren't aware, I spoke with the author awhile back and Anna's Crossing, Suzanne's Amish historical, was originally supposed to be a stand alone. But fans loved it so, she is making it into a series! So we have THE NEWCOMER, an Amish historical with a love triangle to look forward to in January 2017!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. OOoohhhh -- look at that inside scoop from Diana!!!!!!!!! Woot! You heard it first here, folks. Thanks for that juicy tidbit. Good luck, Diana.

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    2. Thanks, Diana. As much as love triangles stress me out, I am willing to make the reading sacrifice for Fisher. :)

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    3. Love gossiping about juicy book tidbits, Kav! My pleasure!!

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    4. Me too, Terrill! And this looks to be one that's unpredictable as far as who she's going to end up with. Ack!!

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    5. Ack indeed. I hope the love triangle doesn't carry through a whole series.

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    6. Judging by the blurb, it'll be resolved in this one. We shall see...

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  4. I love Suzanne's books, thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Quieting".

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  5. Hi Kay!
    Popping in to say hello and thank you for such a wonderful review of "The Quieting!" So glad you enjoyed the characters, and the setting of Stoney Ridge (don't we all wish we lived in such a town?!). Grateful for all you do to connect readers and authors!
    Warmly, Suzanne

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne. You made my day. :-)

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  6. Suzanne's Amish books are a favorite of mine!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Mine too. Her characters are hard to forget. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  7. I hope this means we get to see your review of the third book in the series soon. :-) Call me an abnormal romance reader, but I sometimes enjoy it when the the sole focus of a story isn't just the romance. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. This is more of a community read with two romances. So much more going on than just a love story (or two.) Good luck, Terrill. And yes, I hope to read The Devoted soon.

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  8. Always enjoy Suzanne's books with the depth of characters and story line! Interesting review!
    dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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  9. I have never read any of Suzanne's books but I do love reading Amish books. I would love to win this. Smmmzza at aol dot com.

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    1. Oh, if you love Amish, you must read Suzanne Woods Fisher's books -- she has a lot of them out and I love them all. Good luck, Sherry.

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  10. I've been wanting this book! I know it's great from the reviews I've read. Hope to win it. Thanks for the chance.
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Keeping my fingers crossed because I love this series!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  12. Would love this one. Sigh...thank you!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's worthy of a sigh, Lucy. Good luck.

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  13. What a book! I would love to read this one, for sure!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  14. I'm New to this blog it looks great and so does the book Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) Gmail (.) com

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    1. Welcome, Linda. We're all about great Christian Fiction here. Good luck.

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  15. She another one who hasn't written a dull one yet. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I know! I don't know how she does it. Good luck, Kim.

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  16. Love your review.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  17. This sounds like a great read!
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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