Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Tour: The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher

on January 19, 2013

About the Book:

Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher’s trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.



In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher’s desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.



You can buy the book at Amazon.


About Suzanne:



Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.



Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of “Amish Wisdom·” on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.



You can learn more about Suzanne at her website.




My Opinion:



I have not read the other two books in the Stoney Ridge series so I jumped in with both feet in The Lesson.  I usually love Suzanne’s writing but I felt a little, well, frustrated – not by her writing but by the character of Mary Kate AKA M.K.  She is an adult but acts more like a child – ignoring the warnings of the sheriff to stay away from a site of a death, not wanting to take responsibility for substituting a class room of students, and more.  I think maybe I’d understand M.K. more if I had read the other two books or maybe it’s because I’ve always been a semi responsible person even growing up so those who aren’t try my patience.



I love Suzanne’s style of writing, it keeps you engaged in the book and I will be reading the first two.  I did enjoy seeing M.K. come into her own and begin to see things not just as they revolve around her but also how her actions affect others around her – this was something that I was cheering for inside as M.K. realized this.  Overall, I did enjoy the book, it had suspense and twists that I wasn’t expecting and that holds my attention more than a little romance that is mixed in.



**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


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