Excerpt: Lainey felt as if her heart was pounding so loudly that Bertha must be able to hear it. She looked down at her lap and saw that her hands were trembling. It was such a hot day, but she was suddenly cold. For a brief second, the room started to spin and she thought she might faint. "How long...?" Her voice drizzled off.
"How long have I know?" Bertha leaned forward, cool as custard, to take a sip of iced tea. "From the moment I arrived at the hospital, after the accident." The Search, pg 58.
Back Cover: When worlds collide, can the truth set two young women free?
As a child caught up in crisis, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge - the very town in which that decision was made - she is forced to face the past and discover how her decision has impacted so many.
Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother Bertha recover from surgery. It doesn't take long for Bess to realize that her grandmother coaxed her to Stoney Ridge for an entirely different reason. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp, the summer starts to hold some promise.
Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide, and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.
My Review: Though The Search is the third book in the Lancaster County Secrets series, it reads very well as a stand alone novel. Suzanne Wood Fisher does and amazing job showing us the heart of two young woman, both wanting a closer walk with God. The plot twists and turns, and as the characters deal with these changes, we get to see how being Amish is really about the heart. I really appreciated the emphasis that Fisher put on redemption and second chances. It was a good reminder to me not to make a final judgment about a person until I can see them through God's eyes. The Search is well worth the time to read.
My Recommendation: I recommend this book to lovers of Amish fiction.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)