Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review: Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing



Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him--until they didn't. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N' Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She's offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith's son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith's rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else.

While Jimmy's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie's heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly . . . just who is the fox?

My Review

This third book in The Deacon's Family series continues to share the journey of Luke in his role as deacon of the Amish community, assisting the bishop with the concerns and issues in Stoney Ridge. Luke is growing in maturity and confidence, and still has his unique way of looking at things and solving problems. Edith's bitter grudge against Luke's cousin Sylvie was surprising, and it was interesting to learn about the backstory of Sylvie's arrival to the community and how she made a home in a place that Edith coveted deeply. Jimmy's defiance of his mother was hilarious as he chose to work for Sylvie and grew closer to her. I liked their friendship and how they confided in and supported each other. This author has a lovely writing style that brings depth and meaning to the lives of her characters and their struggles that we can all relate to.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

Don't miss the previous books in The Deacon's Family series . . .

Book One

 Book Two

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