Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Book Review The Choice
I don't normally rate the book at the beginning of the review but with this one I have to. I think 5 stars is the best you are allowed to rate. So here's 5 stars for the Choice.
I hope you'll stay here a few minutes and read the entire review . . .
I have lost count of how many books I have read and reviewed recently. Reviewing books is something new to me and I am really enjoying it for many reasons. One being it gives me the opportunity to read books I would never have chosen to read. The Choice by Suzanne Fisher isn't one of those. I probably would have purchased this book or gotten it at the library because I am a fan of romances, and romantic suspense.
I was a little weary though when given the option to read this book because I wasn't sure if I wanted to read another book about the Amish. I had just reviewed another book and I was wanting to read something a little different. But I decided I would go ahead and I am glad I did.
The Choice was a great book from beginning to end. I read it this weekend. It was one of those books that causes the laundry, supper and everything else to suffer. The funny thing is with this book because of the subject content you feel even more guilty when you can't put it down and allow your life to go on hold while your reading it.
Here's what the back cover says about the story:
One moment, Carrie Weaver is planning to elope with Lancaster Barnstormer Solomon Riehl, leaving their Amish community behind. The next, she is staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now Carrie faces a choice. An opportunity. But will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?
When I began this book I expected it to be predictable. And I have said before in my reviews those of us that read romances should expect predictability. I mean we read them because we expect the girl to get the guy in the end. And so yes The Choice is predictable in that manner. But that is where predictability ends.
I was caught up in this story. There are twists and turns throughout. I was totally surpirsed by the event in Chapter 14 and how it turned out. I never realized who the villian was. In fact I thought I knew who it was and boy was I wrong.
Fisher has a great way of weaving Carrie's story and the other characters stories together. There are characters like her stepsister Emma that you want to know more about. Even her stepmother Esther you become intriqued with and want to hear the rest of her story. Then there is Grace your left wanting to see what happens with her. You are wondering how her relationship with Carrie and her family changes Grace's life.
As the cover description continues this is . . . a tender story of love, forgiveness, and looking below the surface, The Choice covers the sweet simplicity of the Amish world and shows that it's never too late to find your way back to God.
And, I think the best part is that The Choice is book one in the series The Lancaster County series.
The Choice is an easy to read wholesome book that anyone from teenager to older adult would enjoy. It would be great to use for a reading group. (Discussion questions are included)