Stitches in Time
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Book 2 in The Deacon’s Family series
Wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve read an Amish romance and it did NOT disappoint. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher because her writing is always so rich and full of characters who make me laugh, cry and get frustrated with them. She writes characters that are imperfectly trying to follow God in love and life. This story caught my interest because it involved foster care and adoption which is something I plan to do in the future.
Side note: I read this book without reading any of the other books connected and found that I didn’t get lost in all the characters. She has a long character list with brief descriptions at the beginning that I skimmed but I didn’t find it necessary to refer back to while reading.
This story is mainly about two relationships: Luke and Izzy along with Sam and Mollie. Luke and Sam are brothers. Luke and Izzy are about one year into marriage. Sam is a horse trainer who has a crush on Mollie, the school teacher. After being chosen as the Deacon, Luke’s life changes drastically and he feels very unworthy. He is still determined to find forever homes for all the foster kids in Lancaster county but he is unsure how to go about. One quick phone call changes their lives forever and soon 11 foster kids find temporary housing among the Amish. Mollie takes in two sisters who are challenging – to say the least – and finds she needs Sam’s help. Izzy, a former foster child herself, is adamant about not taking in a foster child. She longs for her mother’s love while she yearns for a child of her own. The past comes to haunt all of their lives in different ways but they must learn to trust that God can make them new – can change their lives – can love them in spite of everything.
Loved reading this complex and layered story. Well written. I will have to read the first book and can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series.
My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.