The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing. 

Suzanne Woods Fisher fans get to visit Stoney Ridge again with her new series, The Inn at Eagle Hill. The Letters is the first book in this series. I didn’t read the Stoney Ridge Season series so all the characters are new to me.

When Mennonite Rose Schrock and her family moved into her Amish mother-in-law Vera’s house she didn’t know she would be a widow in the months to follow. After her husband Dean died she needed to support her family. She decided to realize a dream and open a Bed & Breakfast, which became named The Inn at Eagle Hill.

Sixty year old Delia Stoltz had not planned to be a guest at Rose’s Bed & Breakfast; she went there on a whim. But it proved to be what she needed and more. Delia needed to heal her body from surgery and her heart from her husband’s unfaithfulness.

Rose is a loving and caring mother to her five children. Tobe and Bethany are step children but she treats them as her own. Tobe has left home. Bethany is nineteen years old and ready to marry Jake Hertler, her boyfriend from York County. Mim is thirteen and likes to learn facts about anything and everything. Sam and Luke and younger and enjoy being in a constant state of motion. They all are still trying to get over Dean’s death and how he died.

Rose is very caring toward her mother-in-law Vera, who is anything but easy to be around. Vera has been diagnosed with having mini-strokes and is having physical and mental issues. Vera wants nothing more than her family to get back to its Amish roots.

Next-door neighbor, Galen King, has really helped Rose and her family since her husband passed away. Galen has never been social and is perceived by the community as unapproachable. Rose only sees him and a gentle and kind man. He’s also a good example for her younger sons who “help” him with his horses.

I like how God caused Rose and Delia’s lives to intertwine and in the process so many things are worked out according to his plans – all of which you’ll have to read on your own because too much would have to be revealed about the story. There is actually more than one set of letters going on which I thought was interesting. I liked how the author showed how people and situations aren’t always as they seem. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” can really be proven true in this story. This is an enjoyable story because the characters and their individual issues are situations are realistic. I read The Letters in one day. I look forward to the next book in this series to see where it takes Rose, her family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill.

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.

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