By Suzanne Woods Fisher
Pub. Date: January 1, 2012
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Mary Kate Lapp (or as her family and friends call her, M.K.) is a nineteen-year-old yearning for a mystery in the third and final book in the popular Stoney Ridge Seasons series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
M.K. plans of leaving her small Amish community comes to a crashing halt as she literarlly crashes her scooter into the schoolteacher, Alice Smucker, causing the old woman to abandon her teaching duties for ten weeks because of her injuries. The Bishop orders M.K. to become the substitute teacher since she was the one that ran into Alice.
The poor girl had recently found the body of a farmer that had been shot to death and she eagerly wants to investigate it, but the authorities, her family and friends tell her not to get involved.
Teaching was something that has never interested M.K. and she doesn't enjoy becoming the new schoolteacher at first, but eventually she enjoys it.
The mysterious Chris Yoder and his younger sister, Jenny, arrive in town. Jenny becomes one of M.K. students. M.K. knows that there is something odd about them, but she can't figure out what.
Who are Chris and Jenny Yoder?
Why is Alice Smacker taking so much time off?
And who is behind the murder?
I was more than glad to see that M.K. finally get to be a main character as she stole every scene she was in during The Keeper and The Haven. The author does a wonderful job of adding suspense, humor and romance in the final Stoney Ridge Seasons book. The supporting characters are nicely written as well as the dialogue. The Lesson is fast paced sequel that I read in one sitting and I'm hoping that the author will write some sort of spin-off with M.K. in the near future. Overall, The Lesson is my favorite out of the series and I recommend it to other Amish fiction readers.
Note - I received the book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iphone or ipad! Download the Free App!