Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff
The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher
"This story wasn’t just another Amish romance novel; it had the elements of a well-rounded story with bits of everything tossed in for good measure."
In The Choice, Book 1 in the Lancaster County Secrets series, we’re introduced to Carrie Weaver, a young Amish woman who, even at the very beginning of the story, has to make a choice as to whether she’ll run away with her “true love,” Solomon Riehl, or if she’ll stay and be baptized into the Amish church. When her father suddenly dies, leaving her alone with her stepmother and her brother, the choice is clear. She must stay and take care of her brother, Andy, carrying on the Amish traditions.
Carrie ends up marrying Daniel, the son of her father’s good friend Eli. She sees no other avenue as to how she can care for her brother and herself, but she knows she must get out of her stepmother’s household. When tragedy strikes, Carrie and Andy are once again struggling to understand, until Daniel’s cousin, Abel, arrives, adding even more mystery to the story that had surrounded Daniel.
As I read this book, I became
more and more interested in it, and it was very hard to put down. From
the very beginning, the author added depth
and meaning to each and every facet, every single chapter. I found myself
saddened several times, as it seemed that Carrie just experienced so much
heartbreak. I found myself laughing other times, as Suzanne weaved elements
into the story I would have never thought of, especially in relation to
a story about an Amish family. She really made the characters real and
poignant, and as the reader, I almost grew attached, so much so that I
can’t wait for the next book to come out.
From Carrie’s struggle to forgive, to Andy’s heartbreak and everyday mishaps, to Abel’s apparent love for Carrie that Carrie just couldn’t see or didn’t want to see yet, to Yonnie’s lovable quirks (especially eating cookies for breakfast), to Emma’s shocking love story, to Esther’s busybody ways, to a tale of forgiveness and love in the end, I just couldn’t help but keep reading, even if just to get to know these characters better. Suzanne also put a few twists into the mix, though, and a bit of mystery. This story wasn’t just another Amish romance novel; it had the elements of a well-rounded story with bits of everything tossed in for good measure.
I highly recommend The
Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher.