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Review: Mending Fences

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Review: Mending Fences

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: February 5, 2019

“Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.” When Luke Schrock finishes his second, (or is it third) stint in rehab, the last place he expects to be welcomed is his home district. From the time he was a boy, Luke had terrorized nearly everyone in the district – four handwritten pages worth of people – and he had a lot of amends to make. Can he really turn over a new leaf in this place where everyone expects the worst from him?

Izzy Miller has come to the home of Amos and Fern Lapp following her own stint in rehab. Homeless since she ran from foster care at 14, Izzy’s life has been filled with uncertainty, so when Amos begins feeding her each week, then offers her a way off of the streets, she is skeptical at first. So far, men have looked at her beauty and seen an object to be used, but Amos looks at her completely differently. Can she trust this Amish man to care for her without expecting anything else?

As Izzy acclimates to the Amish lifestyle, and to the Lapp household, she realizes that she enjoys feeling like she has a family. She makes friendships, becomes a good quilter, and can cook with the best of them. Only one thing remains. Izzy wants to find her mother to ask why she gave her up as a child. When she puts Luke on the case, she doesn’t expect him to succeed where she hasn’t been able to. What Luke finds is completely unexpected, and leads to the biggest twist in the story. Enough said, but if you’ve read Fisher’s two previous series, The Inn at Eagle Hill, and The Bishop’s Family, you’ve already met many of the characters in Mending Fences, and you’ve read about some of Luke’s exploits.

I loved the concept of Luke making amends to each person he had wronged through the years. Big deeds and small, he works through the list, asking each person how his actions had affected them at the time. Some of the effects are pretty heart-wrenching, and it takes a few times to break Luke’s heart. The concept of forgiveness is HUGE in this novel.

With humor and grace, Fisher writes Luke’s story, with a side note of Izzy’s story. You’ll laugh as well when, for example, Luke, sleeping in the barn’s tack room, is awakened repeatedly by Amos’s buggy horse. That whole situation is pretty hilarious as it’s happening. I also loved all of the “grace notes” in the story – places where grace showed up to bathe the situation.

Amish fiction readers will love this new story from Suzanne Woods Fisher, book one in a new series, The Deacon’s Family. While not technically an Amish romance, there are some romantic moments in the story. I look forward to Book 2, whenever it comes out!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!


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