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?
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.
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