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Review: The Haven

23 Nov Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
Review: The Haven

The Haven by Suzanne Woods FisherThe Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Reviewed by: Jennifer Roman
Genre: Amish, Christian, chick lit
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: August 2012

Returning home after living with her sister, Sadie Lapp is instantly the talk of her small Amish community: she is unmarried yet comes home with a baby. Before she can explain how she found the baby at the bus stop, people are talking about her and assuming it belongs to Gideon Smucker. Even he believes the worst of Sadie and offers to marry her and claim the baby as his own. While all of this is going on, Sadie befriends Englisher Will Stoltz, an intern with the game warden, who is living on the Lapp farm to keep an eye on two endangered peregrine falcons. Will is running from his troubles and finds Amish life much more to his liking. Despite the stories, Will supports Sadie because he knows she is not one to have a baby outside of wedlock. In turn, Sadie helps Will to face his past and create a relationship with his highly successful brain surgeon father. Gideon is overcome with jealousy, but is it too late to win Sadie’s affections?

Written in simple yet entertaining prose, The Haven offers the non-Amish a glimpse into a lifestyle so unlike their own. Each character is interesting and complex, and the storyline flows with ease. There are several side characters who add to the story and make life more challenging for Sadie and her family. We get to enjoy the strong family ties and support while learning more about the Amish community.

I immensely enjoyed this story and its strong message of trusting in God’s love and family support. The Amish take their sense of community very seriously and it shows throughout the story. This is an installment of a series, and readers are left hanging. Some plots are left open, and I am looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens to Sadie and her family.

Rated G: there is nothing offensive in this book.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!

 Jen Roman

Jen RomanJen is a lifelong book lover. When she is not working or sleeping, she can usually be found reading something. Nothing makes her happy like snuggling up on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and her Labrador Retriever, Daisy. She loves mysteries and suspense, but will happily read just about any genre. She refers to her love of books as a “sickness,” and has stacks and stacks of books waiting in the wings to be read. Jen is a strong supporter of her local library and highly encourages others to support their libraries.

When not reading, Jen can be found crafting, playing with Daisy, volunteering, or spending time with her friends. Jennifer is married and lives with her husband Steve, her cat Roberta, and Daisy in North Canton, OH.



One comment

  • Thank you, Jen, for your encouraging words about “Haven!” I genuinely appreciate the time you put into reading and reviewing my story. The next book in the series, “The Lesson,” will start shipping Dec. 5th. Can’t wait for you to read it! Warmly, Suzanne

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