A novel of secrets, twists and hidden truths, “The Haven”, latest title in the “Stoney Ridge Seasons” series is an enjoyable and likeable read with characters that grabbed my attention as a reader.
The plot’s twists definitely kept me on my toes, never quite knowing what to expect with each new chapter. The nice thing though is that none of the twists felt irrational or against the grain of “actually” happening.
Moments of humor had me laughing at some funny bit of dialogue or character reactions. Being able to enjoy a warm laugh, helped balance out the moments of seriousness in the plot.
While the plot was engaging, the story wasn’t really one that thoroughly captivated me. Yes, the characters were likeable, the story one that would make me wonder how everything would be resolved, but it’s a gentle read, one that doesn’t greatly inspire a strong pull of attention.
However, I will say that as the second book in the series, returning to a familiar setting and characters, it was great to return to “their” story. The ending leaves just enough room for another book and I’d like to bring closure full circle to a warm cast.
This review is my mom’s honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for her copy to review.
**Available September 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishers***~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Spring brings new life, young love, and second chances to Stoney Ridge.
On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.
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.
Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.
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