The Search: A Novel by Suzanne Woods FisherThe Search: A Novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Search: A Novel

bySuzanne Woods Fisher

Paperback | June 6, 2013

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Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.

Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner fo...
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Title:The Search: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2013Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0800733878

ISBN - 13:9780800733872

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Another amazing retro read from one of my favourite authors. I just love how Suzanne Woods Fisher brings an Amish community to life! And Stoney Ridge is the kind of town I want to live in. I laughed until my tummy hurt over Bertha's antics. Bess's grandmother is a law unto herself and she has a lovable way of mashing words that kept me chuckling throughout the read. But she's crusty and opinionated and downright intimidating at times as well. Kind of reminded me of Marilla Cuthburt (Anne of Green Gables.) But this isn't Bertha's story -- though she plays a pivotal role -- it's Bess and Lainey's tale. I was gobsmacked in places. Literally stunned. And my emotions dipped and soared as the story unfolded. True confession -- I shed more than a tear or two. And spiritually moved by such faith-filled concepts as: "Are we going to be part of condemning a man? Or are we going to be a part of releasing him from condemnation?" (p. 191) A rich read that is sure to stir your emotions and get you thinking.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read I loved this book, it kept my interest all the way through, I love the way it was written, though I would have preferred smaller chapters. The people are so real, loved Bertha's character, tough exterior, soft interior. I like that it's so believable, makes me want to move there.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Read the Back: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, CAN THE TRUTH SET TWO YOUNG WOMEN FREE? As a child caught up in a crisis, Lainey O’Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge – the very town in which that decision was made – she is forced to face the past and discover how her decision has impacted so many. Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother, Bertha recover from surgery. It doesn’t take long for Bess to realize that her grandmother coaxed her to Stoney Ridge for an entirely different reason. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp, the summer starts to hold some promise. Lainey’s and Bess’s worlds are about to collide, and the secrets that come to light will shock them both. Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes you through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Immerse yourself in this heartwarming – and surprising – tale of young love, forgiveness, and healing. My Thoughts: Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again. What an amazing story this is! I love a book that can keep me guessing right up until the end, and I especially love a book that makes me think I’ve got it all figured out and then surprises me. This book does just that. The characters are warm, endearing, and very relatable (even to someone who is not Amish). I can remember feeling the same way as both Bess & Lainey as I grew through my teenage years and my early 20s. My favorite part about this book, however, was catching glimpses of the characters from the first 2 books in the series (The Choice and TheWaiting) and seeing how all the characters tie in together within the community. Be sure to have your tissues handy throughout this book as it really tugs at your heart strings quite frequently. Also, be sure to allot yourself some time to read as it is hard to put this book down! This is a must read for someone that has read the prior two books, but is a stand alone book as far as story line goes so ANYONE can pick up a copy to read and I encourage you to do so! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2011-03-18