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The search : a novel
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Revell, c2011.
Physical Description:
298 p. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes reading group guide (p. 296-297).
"As a child caught up in a crisis, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, she is forced to face the past. Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp in Stoney Ridge, the summer starts to hold some promise. Now Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide, and the secrets that come to light will shock them both."--Publisher's information.


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Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many. Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.

Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

Beautifully written, The Search is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past.

Author Notes

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters , The Calling , the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace . She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search , a Carol Award finalist for The Choice , and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting . She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Booklist Review

Lainey O'Toole is harboring secrets that could tear Bertha Riehl's family apart, but she's inescapably drawn into their circle when young Bess Riehl arrives in Stony Ridge, Pennsylvania, to spend the summer with her grandmother. Raised in Berlin, Ohio, by her widowed carpenter father, 14-year-old Bess finds much to interest her at Rose Hill Farm, especially handsome Billy Lapp, the farmhand. And when Bertha gets herself and Bess arrested to convince her son to return home, Jonah and Lainey find themselves keeping company more and more often, although she's necessarily cautious about sharing her thoughts with the one man she could hurt. Fisher's newest Amish romance is set in 1972, which makes the casual treatment of her bone-marrow-transplant subplot somewhat problematic, but overall this is a thought-provoking contribution to the genre, especially as it taps into recurrent themes of modern American women converting to Anabaptist ways, and into questions of genetics and nature versus nurture.--Welch, Lynne Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

In this third series title (after The Waiting and The Choice), Bess Reihl is spending the summer helping her grandmother Bertha work Rose Hill Farm. Lainey O'Toole is on her way to culinary school when her car breaks down in the Amish community of Stoney Ridge, the very town where she made a fateful choice 15 years before. Now she will have to face her past as the separate worlds of both these women collide. VERDICT This pleasant tale of love and forgiveness has a homespun feel that will attract readers who like character-driven stories with a relaxed pace. And, of course, bonnet fiction is always popular; fans of Marta Perry will snap this one up. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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