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Review: The Lesson

12 Feb Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
Review: The Lesson

Reviewed by: Jen Roman

Genre: Amish, Christian

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

This novel is the sequel to the second Stoney Ridge Seasons book, The Haven. The Haven focuses on Sadie Lapp and her family, including her younger sister Mary Kate (M.K.). In The Lesson, M.K. has grown up and is the protagonist. She is a curious, inquisitive, intelligent girl, but she tends to act first and think second. As one can imagine, she gets into trouble quite frequently because of this. At the beginning of this book, for example, she is riding her scooter down the road and isn’t paying attention to what she is doing, and she runs into Alice Smucker, the local teacher. Alice, already a hypochondriac, has a concussion that she is sure will require about a month of rest. As a way to make up for injuring Alice, M.K.’s stepmother volunteers M.K. to teach at the school until Alice recovers. Absolutely nothing could be worse, in M.K.’s opinion, than having to be cooped up in a schoolroom with antsy children and boys bigger than she is. She used to be their partner in crime, and now she has to teach them! In addition to M.K.’s challenge of teaching school, she realizes that she has not one, but two suitors after her. One is Jimmy Fisher, who has grown up with M.K. and is like a brother to her. The other is a young man new to the community, Chris Yoder. He is quiet and keeps to himself, and M.K. can see that he is keeping something secret. Her curiosity wants her to figure out his story, but M.K. realizes she has grown up when she lets him tell his secret on his own terms.

Written in simple and easy-to-read prose, The Lesson is a charming book that deals with personal decisions and faith. Everyone has faith that God will do the right thing for them, even when the right thing may not be the easiest. Chris has to decide what to do to best provide for him and his younger sister, despite many odds against him. M.K. must decide to do the best with what she has been dealt, and Amos, M.K.’s father, has to make a decision that affects his entire family and Chris’. The characters are honest and genuine and are easy to like. Readers will relate to the characters’ diverse personalities despite, most likely, having different backgrounds and lifestyles. The book resolves many issues and satisfies, but since there are so many characters, there could easily be another installment if needed. I truly enjoyed reading this book and am sure others will too.

The Lesson is easy to read and therefore is suggested for both adults and young adults. There is mention of drug abuse but nothing descriptive. There is no profanity, sex, or violence, so the book should be acceptable for young readers or mature readers.

Rated G: There is nothing that would be inappropriate to younger readers.


Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


One comment

  • Hi Jen! Just wanted to thank you for your thoughtful review of my story…you read with such an eye for attention-to-detail! I’m grateful…and enjoyed your summary. Thanks for sharing my book with your many readers. Warmly, Suzanne

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