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    This is an incredibly thought provoking novel.

    There seemed to be three actual story lines in this wonderful book. They are all connected by the fact that one main person in each of them is a member of the Stoltzfus family. I found this to be very realistic. In each of these stories there were great insights into how we should treat other people and live our lives as part of a community. One character had made a mistake and the consequences of that decision had to be dealt with almost immediately. I enjoyed seeing how it was handled in a forthright manner and no attempt at deception was made. In contrast to that another decision had been made years before by someone else. Over the course of the book we saw how that decision affected a number of different people. Many of them didn’t even know about that initial choice made by one person. Throughout all of these stories there were a few people who strongly held onto God and what He teaches through the bible. One woman in particular had a marvelous way of seeing God’s handiwork in nature which I found to be a joy to read about. This was a fantastic encouragement to trust God through hard times. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    The Imposter

    The Imposter is the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Bishop’s Family series, but definitely isn’t the first book I have ever read by her. I’ve read many of her other Amish books in the past and really enjoyed each of them, so I was pretty excited to read this novel. As soon as I started it, I was sucked in and found myself trying to figure out all that was going to happen, though I was definitely thrown for a loop more than once with some of the very unexpected turns this story took. I enjoyed every one of them though, as well as this whole story, because there were so many things to keep me captivated and guessing. Katrina Stoltzfus is still struggling to heal after two different wrecks: a buggy accident she and her mother were in, and the train wreck of a long-distance relationship she had with her boyfriend, John. As a way of coping, she distracts herself by taking a job helping a widow with her new business, where she finds she actually enjoys her work. Before long, however, her life is turned upside down once again, and she finds herself wondering if she can truly move on, or if she really can count on the friendship Andy Miller is only too happy to provide. The Imposter focuses on three other characters as well as Katrina: her father, David Stoltzfus, her brother Jesse, and their neighbor Birdy Glick. I really enjoyed reading all the different scenes from each of their perspectives, and I felt the varying focus gave new light to the story and all that went on. I definitely enjoyed all the different facets of this tale, and am really excited to read the next book in the series. All in all, I really liked this book, though there were a few times it was just a little too slow for my tastes. I can happily give it four out of five bookshelves, though, and would still highly recommend this book. There are so many wonderfully sweet scenes packed into the pages of this novel, and I was ready to start the next book—The Quieting—just as soon as I put this one down. I have to read a book for Tuesday’s My Bookshelf post first, but then I will be devouring that novel as well!
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    Wonderful story with a great cast of characters.

    Earlier this year I read Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novel The Choice and couldn’t put it down. So when I saw that she was releasing a new series I jumped at the chance to read and review it. I went into The Imposter with high expectations and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I found the two female leads to be quite relatable. Despite Jesse’s knack for getting himself into less than proper situations, his storyline was very entertaining. Then there was David. I am not normally one to crush on book characters, but I certainly did in this case. Not only was he was he a good father, but the strength he had in his faith and convictions never wavered. Unlike other books I have read, The Imposter showed a lot of growth in its characters and their relationships. My favourite perspectives varied from Birdy and David. I loved how her mindful observations of the nature around her positively influenced David and his sermons. Reading about the Stoltzfus family was an enjoyable cozy experience and I can’t wait for the release of the second book in this series. I would recommend The Imposter to fans of the genre who are looking for a warm curl-up-by-the-fire type novel. I was sent a copy of The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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    The imposter

    Thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to start on the second book of the series. love the characters, all of them.
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    Wonderful Book!

    The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in The Bishop’s Family series. David Stoltzfus is a widower who moved his family (six children) to Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania when he was approached by Bishop Elmo Yoder. Bishop Yoder has now passed away and the lot went to Freeman Glick. His brother, Levi was chosen to be the new minister (to replace Freeman—what a coincidence). David is not sure this is going to be a good thing for their community. Freeman and David have differing ideas. David is also the object of some matchmaking. Hank Lapp put an ad in The Budget and has gotten some responses. This could get interesting. David’s son, Jesse has returned to the community. He was at a relative’s house helping out on their farm. Jesse is a smart young man (sixteen) but he gets bored quickly (and into trouble). David has decided to apprentice him to Hank Lapp to learn how to repair buggies. Hank, though, is busy helping Edith Fisher with her chickens (her son left for Colorado). What trouble will Jesse get into this time and how will it impact David? Katrina Stoltzfus is David’s oldest daughter. When Thelma Beiler hurts her shoulder, Katrina is asked to go stay with her. Thelma hired Andy Miller as a farmhand at Moss Hill. Andy is not from the community and Katrina can keep an eye on Thelma and Andy (to protect Thelma). Katrina has been depressed since her boyfriend, John broke up with her. Her father is hoping that Moss Hill and Thelma can keep Katrina busy and help her get over her hurt. Birdy Glick is thirty-one years old and the brother of Freeman and Levi Glick (she is a big girl at 6’ 2”). She lives in a small house on the family property. She loves birds and gives bird watching tours at the Wild Bird Rescue and Animal Shelter. Her brother, Freeman has decided that she is to be the teacher at the new school (I am really not liking Freeman). Birdy is in love with David Stoltzfus (not that he notices). Whenever she is around him she gets extremely clumsy. Can Birdy get David to notice her before it is too late (thanks to Hank’s matchmaking)? There are troubling times ahead for the community of Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania with Bishop Freeman and his new ideas. Will David be able to save their community from a split? He might need a little divine intervention. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Imposter. Some parts will just have you laughing out loud. The Imposter is well-written and keeps the reader engaged during the whole book. There are some great characters in this book and a lovely setting. I look forward to returning to Stoney Ridge in the next book in The Bishop’s Family series. I give The Imposter 5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Imposter from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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