Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway Info: The Lesson

About the book
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble. 

My thoughts
As with all of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, I really enjoyed The Lesson.  The author has a great way of showing the Amish as real people, with quirks and issues just like everyone else.  In the beginning of the book, I found myself a little annoyed with Mary Kate, but as the book progressed, I realized I was very much like her at that age, and I enjoyed watching her grow as she experienced the things life handed her.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish literature and coming of age books.

About the giveaway
Celebrate the release of The Lesson with Suzanne Woods Fisher by entering to win one of TWO iPads!


Two winners will receive:

  • A brand new iPad

  • A $15 gift certificate to iTunes

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 20th. Winner will be announced on 1/22/13 at Suzanne's Blog.

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I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity and Suzanne Woods Fisher for the copy of the book I received to facilitate this review.  As always, my opinion is my own. 


  1. I really enjoyed this review, Danielle! It really pulled me into the story and made me want to read it! I have always been intrigued by not only Amish Literature, but the Amish people themselves; how they live, set apart from the rest of the world, how they think, why they choose to live this lifestyle and their own personal stories have always been interesting to me.
    The Lesson, from your description, sounds very informative and I am definitely fascinated in the plot. I think that the audience, regardless of their background or upbringing can relate, hopefully not to the extremes of murder, but definitely being at an age where you feel as though you are right and no one is taking you seriously. I know that this genre resonates with me and I am sure there is an ageless audience for this type of book, because everything including the history, the culture and the coming of age aspects are present.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Jeff Rivera
    Bestselling Author

  2. Hi Danielle! Popping by to thank you for posting your review about "The Lesson." So glad you enjoyed it and I liked your comment about how M.K. resonated with you as an adolescent. Me, too! And she was annoying at the beginning...I agree! I'm sorry I didn't stop by sooner...a manuscript due in last week took up every spare minute! But I'm getting caught up now and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your encouraging words. Glad you were a part of the Litfuse tour! Warmly, Suzanne P.S. If you have a minute to spare, would you post your review on Amazon? Those customer reviews are hugely helpful.