Feb 10, 2010

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

One moment, Carrie Weaver is planning to elope with Lancaster Barnstormer Solomon Riehl, leaving their Amish community behind. The next, she is staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now Carrie faces a choice. An opportunity. But will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?

"Fisher kicks off a refreshing new series, Lancaster County Secrets, with characters that are strong, both in body and spirit. They also have weaknesses that develop into strengths with the choices they make."
4 stars, Romantic Times


Suzanne is a wife and mom, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and an author of Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.

Her relatives on her mother's side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. That's where her interest in Anabaptist traditions began. Suzanne's grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. "We called him "Deardad" even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad's life inspired me to write."

After college, Suzanne was a freelance writer for magazines and became a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today. Her work has been featured in Today's Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Worldwide Challenge, among others. She took the plunge into books a few years ago and now she's hooked. To learn more about Suzanne, visit her website at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com


Amish culture and beliefs were like a foreign language to me, and I was eagerly drawn into the lives of Carrie and her friends and family in The Choice. This is the first book that I have read with an Amish theme, and was impressed by the devotion that they had for each other, and the strength of their faith and community.  The characters were an interesting mix that included traditional Amish families, a professional baseball player, and a couple of ex-cons, one of which was a motorcycle dude.  I couldn't help but admire the simple way of life that the Amish people have, and I would love to find out more about their culture and community.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by Suzanne Fisher as soon as I can.

My rating - 4 out of 5 stars

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Follow this link to read other blogger reviews on The Choice.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a complimentary copy of The Choice for the purpose of review.

# Paperback: 308 pages
# Publisher: Revell; Original edition (Jan 1 2010)
# ISBN-10: 0800733851
# ISBN-13: 978-0800733858


  1. Hi Janet!
    Just stopping by to say thank you for reading "The Choice" and for reviewing it. I'm pleased it was your first book of Amish fiction! Hope it's a new sub-genre for you.
    Oh...must be so cold up in Canada today! Stay warm! ~Suzanne Fisher

  2. Hi Suzanne, thanks for stopping by my blog today. And thanks for writing a great book, I really enjoyed it.

  3. Nice review!

    I also enjoyed “The Choice” and look forward to reading Suzanne Woods Fisher’s next novel.

    I thought the plot was great – robust and satisfying – like a flavourful wine. There were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. There were love triangles, wise old grandmas, wise elders who gave loving counsel, caring sisters, jail birds, guarded secrets, mystery, and sweet, sweet romance. The chemistry between the two main characters was very believable and I enjoyed it immensely.

    I wrote a more in-depth review on my own web-site www.tracysbooknook.com


  4. Oops!

    When I said a “more in-depth review” I meant more in-depth compared to the short comment I had made.

    Sorry if that was unclear.