Friday, February 19, 2010

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Title: The Choice
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell (January 10, 2010)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3385-8
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
About the book: from Goodreads
With a vibrant, fresh style Suzanne Woods Fisher brings readers into the world of a young Amish woman torn between following the man she loves--or joining the community of faith that sustains her, even as she questions some of the decisions of her elders. Her choice begins a torrent of change for her and her family, including a marriage of convenience to silent Daniel Miller. Both bring broken hearts into their arrangement--and secrets that have been held too long. Filled with gentle romance, The Choice opens the world of the Amish--their strong communities, their simple life, and their willingness to put each other first. Combined with Fisher's exceptional gift for character development, this novel, the first in a series, is a welcome reminder that it is never too late to find your way back to God.
My thoughts:
In this overscheduled, chaotic world we live in, it's such a breath of fresh air to read this book where the characters are rooted in what ultimately is important to survive in this world: family, faith and a community who anticipates your needs before you can articulate your needs. The characters are so precious. I found myself sad at each loss and triumphant at each success. The Choice is just a feel-good book that allowed me to slow down a little and be immersed in a different world. This wasn't a fantasy world, but the way things are in some places, and perhaps the way things could be again.

We have specials on people who live "green," or the newest "green house" in the neighborhood, but I'm fascinated by the Amish lifestyle from this book and eager to learn more about their ways. As a self-proclaimed techie, and gadget hoarder, I was fascinated when Carrie and her new husband Daniel move into their new house and the community comes to work on the house to get it ready for them. Working on the house for them meant undoing all the modern conveniences to make it suitable. They disconnected the electricity, unhooked the telephone jacks, hauled away the washing machine, electric dryer, air conditioning, and even pulled screens off windows. I understand about the washing machine, but I don't get how the screens on the windows are a modern convenience. What could I live without? It really wouldn't be that hard to live in Hawaii without electricity, county water and telephones. It's even possible to live without dryers and stoves. The fishing village of Milolii is totally off grid, but I think the faith and the support of the community would need to be strong in order to live like this.

I think we need more innocent books like this and I can't wait for more books to come out in the Lancaster County Secrets series. 


Jan von Harz said...

I saw this book reviewed on another blog, but I really liked your hook and personal comments. As a bit of a techie myself I know I could not live without my computer, or washer and dryer, or cell phone ...etc. However, this book definitely is one I will be picking up in the near future.

Suzanne said...

Just wanted to pop by and thank you for taking the time to read and review "The Choice." Loved the details you noticed...about "undoing" the house before moving into it. An entirely different way of thinking, those Amish!


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