Book Review: Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book:

  • Title: Two Steps Forward
  • Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
  • Series: The Deacon’s Family #3
  • Genre: Contemporary Amish Romance
  • Publisher: Revell
    • Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him–until they didn’t. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N’ Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She’s offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith’s rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else.

While Jimmy’s lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie’s heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly . . . just who is the fox?

Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon’s Family series.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Steps-Forward-Deacons-Family-Book-ebook/dp/B07VPL3X5G

My Thoughts:

I cannot say enough good things about this series. If you haven’t read books 1 and 2, I recommend going back and reading them first. If you have the time, I recommend reading the earlier series, The Bishop’s Family, where many of these characters were first introduced. It has been wonderful watching Luke and Izzy grow and mature in their faith in God and in their love for each other. Two Steps Forward could be read as a stand-alone, but you will get much more from it if you read the rest of the series first.

Two Steps Forward is on point for the time in which we live. It is an emotional story and shows God’s working hand in our lives and in our answered prayers. He knows the desires of our hearts and yearns to make them a reality. The character arcs for both Sylvie and Jimmy were well done. I loved how each of them had to face their past before they could move into the future.

“Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.” This was a beautiful quote and expresses the message this book shares.

Sylvie’s confusion about the “Good Book” added a humorous element to the story, but at the same time, a sobering understand of how many people are being “brain-washed” by religion. They’re told what to believe and that it’s wrong to check it out for themselves.

Two things I noticed, 1) the story calls Sylvie blonde, but on the cover, she has red hair. 2) I’m not sure I saw this in the second book; however, many Amish authors fill the dialogue with Pennsylvania Dutch vocabulary. This author did not. I’m not sure if that affects the authenticity or not, but I will say that it was much easier to read and understand.   

About the Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books (‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series) to novels (“The Choice”) to non-fiction books (“Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World”).

When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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