The Lesson (Stoney Ridge Seasons #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Thoughts Before Reading:
So this book is in a series, but only the third one is marketed as a “mystery”.
In the first Stoney Ridge Seasons book, The Keeper, Amish woman Julia Lapp has had to deal with a lot since her father’s heart trouble. She is trying to keep their farm, Windmill Farm, together against all odds. But luckily she will now be marrying Paul Fisher, who she has been in love with for years. But now Paul has stopped their marriage from happening, and she knows who is to blame, Roman Troyer. Roman Troyer is a unique kind of Amish as he likes to travel around Ohio and Pennsylvania with his beehives. He tells the other men about his travels and convinces many that this is the life. While Roman and Julia are fighting, Roman finds himself settling at Windmill Farm and liking it, but will it be enough to convince him to give up his roaming life?
In the sequel, The Haven, the story focus on Julia’s younger sister, Sadie. Sadie has just returned from spending the winter in Ohio after training under a healing women to learn her ways and bring them back to her community. She tells no one of her arrival, including her somewhat boyfriend Gideon Smucker. Her family is surprised when she arrives early and with a baby! Yes, while Sadie fell asleep waiting for her bus, a baby was dropped off at her feet. Gideon assumes the worse, which angers Sadie and opens a window for troubled college youth, William Stolz.
In this book, The Lesson, Mary Kay Lapp, otherwise known as M.K., has grown up into a woman’s body but doesn’t have the sense of an adult. She still has troubles with long-distance thinking of the consequences of her actions.
After a run-in with the schoolteacher, and accidentally laying her up for the semester, M.K. becomes the next teacher. Much to her dismay as she can’t stand the idea.
But one day as M.K. is continuing along, she finds the dead body of a sheep farmer. This amateur detective has decided it is up to her to discover the truth and who is responsible.
Will M.K. solve the crime? Or will she just get herself into more trouble.
Thoughts After Reading
I didn’t like e how the author wrote M. K. She would use these short choppy sentences that made it seem as if M.K. was that hyperactive squirrel from the Hoodwinked film. It gave me a headache to read.
I thought The Keeper was good, but every book after just got worse and worse. I thought this one was horribly written and do not recommend it.
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