Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Lesson, a review

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. 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.

I cannot tell you have much fun I've had reading the Stony Ridge Seasons series. I've been waiting for a story centered around M.K. And Suzanne Woods Fisher has done Mary Kate's story a splendid justice. Just a young thing, trying to mature in a world that throws curves at her, M.K. has plenty to sort through. But she learns, and teaches, literally. A friendship cultivates and a murder is investigated- whew! All while M.K. continues to endear us to her in her precocious , entertaining way. I especially enjoyed her red scooter- one of the things that the author succeeds at is bringing the Amish way of life closer to our own. I've learned so much through this series of books!

Thank you to Revell for providing me with this wonderful, and complimentary, book in return for my review.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Hi Sweet Peripety! Thanks so much for reading "The Lesson," writing a review, and being a part of the blog tour. Thrilled you felt it did justice to M.K. She was just waiting for her own book. :) I'm sorry it's taken me so long to drop by--I had a wildly busy Christmas (daughter had a baby, son got engaged), and slipped right into January with a manuscript due in as "Lesson" was releasing. Just getting caught up now. But...I am thankful! Warmly, Suzanne