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February 7, 2013

THE LESSON by Suzanne Woods Fisher

:The Lesson


In her widest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp, never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk.  A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport...just in case.  The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleep Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community.  Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously she, takes matters into her own hands.  Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.

EXCERPT:  part of Chapter One
The year Mary Kate Lapp turns 19 started otu fine enough.  Life seemed full of endless possibilities.  But as the year went on, a terrible restlessness began to grow inside of her, like sour yeast in a jar of warm waater on a sunny window sill.  There were days when she thought she couldn't stand another moment in this provincial little town, and days  when she though she could never leave.

On a sun drenced afternoon, M.K. was zooming along on her red scooter, past as English farmer's sheep pasture, with a book propped above the handle bars -- a habit that her stepmother, Fern, scolded her about relentlessly.  She was just about to live happily ever after with the story's handsome hero when a loud Bwhoom! suddenly interrupted her reading....

The author wrote in very descriptive detail, such as the sour yeast in warm water on a windowsill and the description of Danny Riehl, with a round face, glass held together with tape and hair the color of straw.

M.K. was hilarious at times. It would make you laugh.  Mary Kate, in the beginning had  a bad outlook on life.  She didn't appreciate anything she had.

You want to feel bad for Grace Mitchell who was an addict.  She was headed down the path of self destruction.  Addiction just spirals.

This book was well written with many emotions entwined such as love, sadness, laughter, forgiveness and many more.

It was a realistic read and a light read.  You might want to read it all the way through.  There's something aobut Amish reads that, leaves you at peace when you're done.

I received this complimentary book from Night Owl Reviews for this unbiased review.

I give this book 4.5 stars.

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