Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: The Imposter: A Novel

The Imposter
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: October 6, 2015
Retail: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0800723200
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon

Book Description:

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?

As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check.

When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher introduces her loyal fans to a brand-new series set in their favorite town--Stoney Ridge. As always, Fisher delivers endearing characters and plot twists that keep readers turning page after page after page.


About the Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Anna's Crossing, the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher. 

Billy's Thoughts:

Anytime a new title by a familiar author becomes available for review, I instantly sign up to do so, which is what happened with the novel The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I received my copy back in late September. I originally intended to post a review for it in October, but after reading it, I decided to feature it during this year's Holiday Gift Guide.

Book One of The Bishop's Family series centers on Katrina Stolzfus, who is not very happy when her family moves to Stoney Ridge and crushes all of her dreams, which mostly involved marrying her boyfriend, John. Nevertheless, her father needs her to run the household and keep an eye on her younger siblings.

Despite the busy schedule, Katrina agrees to help Thelma, the recent widow of Bishop Elmo, with her new commercial moss business. The job seems to the perfect way for Katrina to get over the John, well, that is until she meets Thelma's farmhand, Andy Miller.

This is a love story, so you can probably imagine what happens next.

It's nice to see the author returning to Stoney Ridge as I enjoyed her other series, Stoney Ridge Seasons (The Keeper, The Haven, The Lesson). The author has a wonderful way of writing descriptions, so I was instantly enchanted with the novel by the end of the first chapter. The characters are well-written, especially the nineteen-year-old Katrina. With so many Amish romances on the market today, it's nice to a refreshing story that avoids all the typical cliches. Overall, I enjoyed reading the The Imposter and I recommend it to other readers.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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