Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money—but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.
Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished—especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back—and Patrick Kelly is in his way.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred—and the promise of hopes fulfilled.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, THE DEVOTED is a wunderbaar gut story. I absolutely loved Patrick, and while there was absolutely nothing heart-pounding about the romances in the story, there were some sigh worthy moments. Ruthie is much more opinionated than the average Amish girl, and she is thinking about leaving the Amish. She is sort of dating wild child, Luke Schrock, but he is TROUBLE and seriously she can do so much better. Likewise, her aunt Ruth, a doctor could do better than the conceited specialist she's dating. And Jesse. He did a lot of growing up in this story. There was a LOT to keep up with in this story. Lots of romances, lots of drama, lots of other things going on behind the scenes. And if the readers hadn't read the first two books in the series (The Imposter and The Quieting) they wouldn't have a clue what is happening in this story. In fact, it'd also be helpful to read the books in the two previous series (The Keeper, The Haven, The Lesson, The Letters, The Calling, The Revealing) as there are a lot of intermingling of stories. THE DEVOTED was engaging, but it was easy to put down and walk away from. It took me a long time to read it as a result. I wasn't immersed in story. It seemed rather--tired. As if the characters needed a rest. And some of them did!
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.