Saturday, September 1, 2012
"When Sadie Lapp steps off the bus in Stoney Ridge after being in Ohio for the winter, she is faced with a decision–one that goes against her very essence. Yet it’s the only way she can think of to protect a loved one.
Schoolteacher Gideon Smucker has been crazy about Sadie since boyhood. But his response to her surprising decision undermines his own reputation–and his relationship with Sadie.
College student Will Stoltz is spending the spring at the Lapp farm as a guard for a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons–courtesy of the Lancaster County Game Warden. Will needs to get his life back on track, but his growing friendship with Sadie threatens his plans.
The lives of these three individuals intertwine, and then unravel as unexpected twists create ripples through the town of Stoney Ridge . . . and through Sadie’s heart."
The Haven was a quick and simple read! It's always refreshing for me to occasionally visit an Amish story. It's been awhile since I read Suzanne's The Waiting and The Search, but I think some of the characters carry over from those books. I do hate that I hadn't read the first book in this series, "The Keeper". I do think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had. It read perfectly fine as a stand-alone, though.
Here's where I have to get harsh on the book, and I really do hate to. First of all, I do want to say that I greatly enjoyed Suzanne's other two books. The Search is actually my favorite Amish book that I've read so far! I feel it's important to know that I do typically enjoy this author. While I didn't hate this story by any means, I didn't really like it either. It's probably a tie for my least favorite Amish book.
Sadie is very shy, and maybe even has a bit of social phobia. I should have connected with her, but I didn't. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. As far as the love triangle, I wasn't rooting for anybody! I didn't really care who she picked. I didn't care for the ending, but, again, as far as the love triangle, I don't think I would have been happy with either ending.
I did have an easy time picking this book up, though. I never had to struggle reading it, and I did enjoy getting briefly lost in the simple Amish world. If you've been keeping up with the Lapp family in the other books, The Haven is a must-read. I wouldn't start with this one, though.
*I was provided a review copy from Revell through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.
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