Amish

Stitches In Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher. A Review

Keeping people at arm’s length had worked well as a life strategy for Sam Schrock.
Until he met Mollie Graber.

Schoolteacher Mollie Graber has come to Stoney Ridge for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together. Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What she gets are sleepless nights and police at the door.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shells–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, horse trainer Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish community of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.
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My Thoughts

This book was a journey of growth and learning to trust God with everything that concerns us.
Luke’s life is thrown for a loop he doesn’t expect when he is nominated and becomes the deacon of Stoney Ridge. All he feels is inadequacy not sure he can take on the task due to his past but this just proves that God can use anybody despite their past. His growth throughout the story as he tries to navigate deaconing and his marriage is wonderful to read about. He made mistakes, he got discouraged, his marriage suffered but he didn’t give up and instead asked God to direct him especially when he took on tasks too difficult for him to handle.
Mollie on the other hand was so sure of what she wanted. Convinced she was ready to handle foster children, prodded Luke until he made enquiries and she got the opportunity. But it wasn’t all picnics and pillow fights like she dreamed. She struggled more than anyone and had to learn to ask for help to trust that God had a plan for the children in her care even when they tried her patience at every turn, to love them despite their attitudes and she grew in the process.
Sam too was another character that grew through this book. He had always lived in the shadow of his older brother Luke and family dealing with the lies people said that his family won’t amount to anything wanting his life to be predictable and manageable even his love for Mollie. When his carefully planned out life is shattered he’s ready to pull away from all he knows and try as hard to get it back but Luke doesn’t let him and I like that he learns to let go and trust that God’s plans are always better than our plans.
The authors insight on foster care is only too real. It’s not all rainbows and roses. Sometimes it’s hard and painful work because we are all broken on the inside. Just loving the children goes a long way.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Revell via their bloggers program. All opinions expressed are solely mine

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California.
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