I have another great book to tell you about today called The Haven written by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Don't you just love her books? They have given me an insight into a culture that I know nothing about but after reading several of her books, it becomes clear that what I knew was not what it really is. As my usual style of writing, I give you the excerpt from the book and then my opinion of what I thought.
On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.The reason that Sadie was in Berlin, Ohio was because she was helping her sister and her husband settle into her husband's childhood home. While Sadie was there, she met an older woman named Deborah Yoder who taught Sadie alot about healing herbs. She also taught her how to listen to the heart of a patient instead of what was coming out of their mouths.
Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?
Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else....until he befriends Sadie.
As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.
Sadie was coming home by way of a bus and while she was at the bus station she fell asleep and when she woke up there was a baby in a basket at her feet! What she did not know was that the baby was left by her younger brother's girlfriend named Annie. Her brother was born with a little bit of something wrong and he was slow compared to others. Unfortunately, he was killed and when Annie found out she was pregnant, she left the baby with Sadie and ran away.
Sadie also has a sister who is 12 years old and is always getting into things. There was also a housekeeper who was very bossy but she loved the family very much.
Gideon Smucker and Will Stoltz both have eyes on Sadie and she is torn between them. Before she can make up her mind for good, Will's father shows up to take him back home. While he is there, secrets come out that help Will understand his father better and he also understands that they have alot of things to work thru and that he needs to go back with his father for now. Telling Sadie it gonna be hard and he is not sure how she will react. Gideon is glad he is leaving but Sadie is still not sure where her heart belongs. What a mixed up bunch of people they have turned out to be!
I will stop there as you really need to take the time to read this book. It is a nice easy book to read and you will feel invested in the characters. I hope that you will put this on your book to do list and get around to reading it one day.