Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Revealing

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The Revealing
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Revell

Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can't see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don't know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can't ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work-- something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments' downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.


It's been quite some time since I've tried reading an Amish fiction novel. The first Amish book I ever read was The Shunning  by Beverley Lewis years ago, and though I did enjoy that series somewhat, any other Amish books I've ever tried to read were just- how do I put this?- not my thing. There were one or two exceptions, but the fact remains that I just don't usually care for them. However, when I saw this book available for review, I decided to try it- after all, I haven't read a book of the genre for a really long time, and I hadn't yet any books by this author before, so I supposed that if I was lucky, I might find something I would enjoy.

Unfortunately, as I read, all the reasons I don't like Amish books reared their ugly heads and in many ways The Revealing was hard for me to get through. I know that a lot of Amish fiction writers have friends who are Amish, or relatives, or even grew up in a plain environment, so they probably know more about these people than I do. But I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that the Amish can be so strict in one area and then so lenient in another. I mean, it seems like these unmarried Amish couples are always out kissing behind barns or getting into "trouble" or whatnot. Sometimes, even though grace and forgiveness are emphasized, these family sagas seem an awful lot like soap operas.

The thing that probably saved this book for me was the character of Jesse, who was hilarious to the point that I would be willing to read a whole book about him. I also enjoyed the "Mrs. Miracle" bits. Still, these high points weren't really enough for the book to win me over.

This was sort of my last-ditch effort for the Amish fiction genre, and though this will probably be enjoyed by Amish fans, this was definitely not my thing. I think it's time to face that fact that Amish Fiction is just one genre I can't get myself to like.

Rating: 5

I recived this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read much Amish fiction, but I just have to throw this out there--this genre is pretty much dead. There, I said it :) The trend needs to leave for a while, IMO. It's just been used and reused and overused WAY too many times.

    walking in the air.

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