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.
I'm happy to return again to the world of the Inn of Eagle Hill. I have throughly enjoyed the other books in this series, and frankly, most of what I have read from this author. This book got my attention in the first few pages. A strange man needs shelter for the night. In the morning he is dead. Was he murdered? Boom! That is the start and just the very start of this book. Ruthie doesn't feel like she fits in anymore. Her feelings of what to do with her life are ones that many of us, myself included, can relate to from at least once in our lives. Sometimes when you think things are going to go one way, they go another way. I have had that happen more times than I can count, and on those levels I connected to Ruthie.
Patrick Kelly has left the "world" to come be one of the Plain. He is doing just the opposite of what Ruthie has been wondering if she should do. He has come and given up his old life, and has decided that in a tiny thirty day time frame, he will be able to speak this new language and become as Amish as possible. My first thought were what is this man running from for him to become Amish and hide in this town. Then things are even more complicated, because Ruthie is the one teaching him, and he could be the right man for her. Well, that is IF he becomes Amish, and IF he turns out to be who he should be, and IF.... Patrick was instantly likable to me, and also instantly someone to be a wee bit suspicious about. Devotion being a huge theme in this book, it takes some major devotion to leave a life behind and transform into another life in any length of time, much less in just one month.
Now this is just the tip of the depth of so much more in this book. Life, death, reconnecting with characters from prior books, and more. Yes, Hank still yells. LOL! Dok was amazing.
This was an excellent read, that didn't disappoint me at all.
5 stars for sure!
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.