Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Revell (January 1, 2011) 298 pages
Description: (from Amazon)
Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.
Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past.
I really liked Suzanne’s The Waiting, but I liked The Search 10 times better!! This book was so fun to read. I absolutely loved reading about Bertha’s character. She was just hilarious, and I laughed many times at some of her comments. I still haven’t read The Choice yet, but I know some of the characters from the 2nd book were in the 3rd. I don’t know about the characters in the 1st book.
This book made me want to cook! So as I write this review, there’s a chocolate cobbler fresh out of the oven. :) (By the way, there’s no cobblers in this book, but I’m not the best pie maker). Roses are one of my all-time favorite flowers, but unfortunately I don’t really know how to grow them that well. I have 3 bushes in my yard, but this book has also encouraged me to do some more research on how to take care of roses, so I can fulfill my dream of a yard full of roses. And I so wish I could taste some of Bertha’s Rose Jam!! I could just imagine the smell of the rose water as she cooked it, too. The Search was just an all-around lovely book to get lost in!
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that surprised me so much. Most books are very predictable and I don’t mind that one bit, but The Search contained a few twists and turns I NEVER would have expected. At one point I was just absolutely shocked at something that happens.
I definitely recommend The Search, and I will remain on the lookout for more from Suzanne. I’m really hoping for at least one more book in this series!
*I received this book as part of the Litfuse Publicity Book Tour. This is my honest opinion.