Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Quieting

The Quieting: A Novel 

The Bishop's Family #2

Paperback, ebook, audio, hardcover

May 3, 2016

by Suzanne Woods Fisher 

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723217

It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . . 

It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.  

Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.  

As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?

My thoughts:  THE QUIETING is the second book in Ms. Fisher's The Bishop's Family series. Readers will want to read the first book The Imposter as this series does not stand alone. 

I enjoyed getting reconnected with David Stoltzfus life, family, and community, and have to say I connected with both Abigail and Dane both. It was nice seeing how Abigail went about trying to solve the broken gap in Dane's family tree, despite obstacles keeping her from the normal way. 

Add a meddling grandma, thefts from the buggy shop, discord among the church leaders as well as David's store and household, and the discovery of oil, the book is hard to put down. I picked this up expecting a good read and it didn't disappoint. 

I am anxious to read the third book in this series, probably coming later this fall. A great book from one of my favorite Amish authors. Highly recommended. 5 stars.  

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