Title: The Quieting (Bishops Family, #2)
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Published: May 2016
Published By: Fleming H. Revell Company
Format Read: Trade Paperback
Genre: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Date Read: May 11, 2016
I was sent a copy of The Quieting (Bishops Family, #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Quieting picks up shortly after The Imposter (Bishops Family, #1) left off. Like in the first book readers follow David Stoltfuz, a widowed minister raising his family in the Amish community of Stoney Ridge. Another returning point of view is that of David’s son Jesse, who works as a buggy repairman. Several new characters are introduced to the series including David’s socially clueless niece Abigail, who along with her sister and grandmother come to stay and be of assistance.
The Bishops Family series has a cast of characters that rate among my favourites in any genre. They are interesting and complex with wonderful story lines that set them apart, yet at the same time connect them together.
Even under a great deal of stress and commitment David is still a solid and caring father, minister, son, uncle and friend. There is something about his nature that drew me to him from the first book.
At just sixteen years old Jesse is living on his own running a buggy repair shop. He is trying to put his past troubles behind him and be a man. The level of maturity and responsibility for a boy in the Amish faith is quite different than that of their “English” counterpart.
Although I did miss reading from the point of view of David’s eldest child Katrina, I did like the addition of his niece Abigail. This character was quite unlike any of the others. Her lack of social skills was almost comical at times and I was reminded very much of Sheldon Cooper from televisions The Big Bang Theory. Like Sheldon Cooper, Abigail is endearing in her own way and only wanted to be of great help. Her love of knowledge and genealogy added an interesting element to her character, which I really enjoyed. Another new character that aligned with Abigail’s story was Dane. Like David, Dane is a kind soul and quite intelligent too.
I loved being back in their world and the town of Stoney Ridge. Suzanne Woods Fisher sets the stage for a warm and inviting reading experience, that I just become so immersed in. I found The Quieting had less notable quotes of wisdom, compared to The Imposter. However it included more moments of amusement that put a smile on my face.
I would recommend The Quieting for fans of Amish fiction, especially to those who have read the first book in the series.