01 October 2015

Diana's Review Of THE IMPOSTER By Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Imposter By Suzanne Woods Fisher
Revell, September 2015

Reviewed by Diana Flowers
5 stars~
(No Spoilers!)

A Heart Once Deceived...

In the exquisite, unique style she is so well known for— best-selling author Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a tale of unrequited love, betrayal, and secrets—set amongst the seemingly idyllic Amish community of Stoney Ridge—where Jersey cows and horses graze on lush, verdant grass alongside of placid streams and creeks twisting into the thick woodlands.

Widower, David Stoltzfus, feels blessed to be summoned to this veritable paradise as the new preacher, but it is not long before serious problems begin to develop. His daughter, Katrina, has her heart set on marrying John, her handsome boyfriend—and live happily ever after. However, a bitter betrayal leaves her heart shattered with nowhere to turn. Feeling suffocated by her concerned father, she decides to move in with a widow in the community and help her in a new business venture.

There she meets Andy Miller, a farmhand who appears suspiciously too good to be true. Katrina is not about to let a man deceive her again and tiptoes cautiously around Andy. Then there are those who want to be rid of David Stoltzfus; who believes in walking close to God, worshipping Him daily, and meditating on His word. As wickedness seeks to envelope him he discovers an unlikely friendship in Birdy Glick, the plain-faced but kindhearted, 6 foot 2 inch tall school teacher. However, someone is not who they portray—there is an imposter in Stoney Ridge, but who could it possibly be...?

Beginning with the first book she ever penned, Suzanne Woods Fisher has long since been a favorite Amish author of mine. Her grandfather was raised Plain which lends a realism to her books that many other Amish novels may not have. Her ability to write so many sub-plots integrated into one...and many a romantic entanglement simply amazes me! Even if you aren't an Amish fiction fan—you'll love the aura of mystery, multi-faceted characters, the rocky road to more than just one romance, and the spiritual theme interwoven throughout The Imposter! Oh, and let me not forget the humor interspersed amongst the colorful scenes in this splendid novel and a huge surprise twist I did not see coming! Highly recommended!

~*~ “Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.” Amish Proverb ~*~


Dairy Farm In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

This book may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, BAM, and your local bookstore!
 
 
GIVEAWAY: Suzanne Woods Fisher is generously offering a paperback copy of The Imposter to one blessed commenter! To be eligible, please leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers.
 


94 comments:

  1. Thank you Diana for this stunning review of The Imposter!! Though I am not usually an Amish fiction fan, I have read one of Suzanne's books before that just blew me away! And after reading about this intriguing plot and characters, I am more than keen to read this book too! :) Thanks for telling us about it, Diana!

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    1. Noela! What a lovely comment to read this morning. It means so much to me to hear from non-Amish fiction fans! It really does. I understand the reluctance to read the genre. So glad you gave my book a try! Warmly, Suzanne

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    2. NOELA, thank you for your sweet words!! Suzanne's books are unique and "out of the box" and that's why I love them so!

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  2. Wonderful review. Sounds like a great read. Would be thrilled to add this book to my collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. Hi Mary Ellen! Thanks for being such a faithful and supportive reader. XO Suzanne

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    2. Thank you, MARY ELLEN! Good luck in the drawing!

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  3. Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh this sounds so good!!! I hope it comes out on audio. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the great review, Diana!

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    1. I think it will, Carrie! Thanks for all you do for authors--such a gracious attitude toward your colleagues. Truly inspirational! XO Suzanne

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    2. Thank you, CARRIE! I agree with Suzanne -- you truly are an inspiration!

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  4. Diana...I read and re-read your review! Loved the details you noted...I had to write a few down! You should be writing back cover copy. :) So glad you enjoyed the story of the Stoltzfus family...I loved their characters. Sounds like you got a kick out of Birdy! She's my fave. Thanks, Diana, for all you do for authors. SO grateful! Warmly, Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, SUZANNE! You have made my day! I have done an endorsement for back cover and inside of books, but as wordy as I am I'd for sure have to learn to be more brief. Those endorsements were tough for that reason. lol A couple of sentences--me? eek! Oh, I LOVED Birdy! Would that I had her attitude on life every day! Thank you for writing such wonderful Christian fiction, Suzanne -- that takes us away from it all for awhile! :)

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  5. This book sounds like it will be a good read !!! Blessings DanaGir jashbk(at)earthlink(net)

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    1. It surely is, DANAGIRL! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. sounds like a winner!! mamawings(at) hismercy dot net

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    1. It literally probably will be an award winner, WILMA! Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Sounds like another great one
    suedotwhitmarshatyahoodotcom

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    1. That it is, SUE! Tossed your name in my cyber-hat! :)

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  8. This sounds like another great story by Suzanne totally intrigued as to who this imposters going to be

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    1. It's very surprising how it all plays out, LAURIE! Can you pretty please come back and leave an email addy for contact purposes in case you're our blessed winner? Thx! :)

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  9. I'm looking forward to reading this book. If I win, the book will be a wonderful addition to the Church Library. If I don't win, I will be buying this book for the library.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. JANET, what a lovely, unselfish thing to do! Good luck in the drawing!

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  10. This sounds like an awesome Book. I have read several of her books. She does a great job. keanusmom(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Indeed she does, DEBI! This one doesn't disappoint!

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  11. Diana this is a wonderful review and certainly makes me want to read the book. Some of the Amish fiction is very redundant...the same story line and same plot. This one sounds more than interesting. Would love to win this. stella06 at comcast dot net.

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    1. It is very unique, STELLA! I believe you'll really enjoy it!

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  12. I love the Stony Ridge books. I love all of Suzanne Fisher Woods books and look forward to reading "Imposter".

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    1. She is awesome, WEN DEE! Please be sure to leave your email if you would like to be entered in the giveaway! Thx so much for your encouraging comment!

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  13. Great author. Nice to read her books and getaway from the day to day grind for a bit. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. I totally agree with you on that score, KIM! And the humorous parts are very much needed right now - for everyone!

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  14. Beautiful, compelling review - Diana - thank you!!

    I've seen those beautiful Amish farms in Lancaster Co. - loved touring the area, buying crafts and baked goods from the roadside stands, eating in their restaurants - a beautiful area.

    Love those books with sub-plots and surprise twists!! Suzanne has written so many wonderful books - I'm adding 'The Imposter' to my TBR list, anxious to solve the mystery it poses!! The cover is beautiful, also.

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    1. Thank you so much, BONNIE! To visit Amish country is on my bucket list and I'm so pleased you have been able to go! My hubby used to live in that area and saw many Amish and of course, the beautiful countryside. I didn't quite have this one figured out...maybe you will. lol

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  15. I just want to remind everyone to get a mammogram since this is breast cancer awareness month. It can save your life. Now, thank you for this opportunity to win this lovely book! Can't wait to read it! Blessings!

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    1. YES! Thank you for that reminder, LINDA! I got mine in March! You're quite welcome and hope you get the chance to read it ASAP!!

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    2. Oh, and please come back and leave an email addy, LINDA, so I can contact you should you be our blessed winner! Thx! :)

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  17. A great review Diana, as always....I always enjoy reading your reviews.
    Suzanne W. Fisher is one of my favorite authors. This book sounds really, really good. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Oh, TINA, thank you! That's music to my ears on this dreary, gray day in SC. I know you'll enjoy this new one by Suzanne!

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  18. I sounds like Suzanne has another winner here, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're the 2nd person who has mentioned winner here, WENDY! Maybe that's a good omen for Suzanne! lol Perhaps she'll win a Christy -- you never know. :)

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  19. I loved your review of Suzanne's book. I have not read it, but I have read many of her books and have never ever been disappointed! Looking forward to reading this one, too! ReadingMama922@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much, DEBBIE! This one doesn't disappoint either! Good luck in the drawing!

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  20. Diana Flowers' OWG reviews are always so skillfully written as she introduces the characters lovingly and tells you just enough of the plot to entice you without giving too much away I am enchanted by the review and will soon become a new reader of Suzanne Woods Fischer's Stoney Ridge books. I can hardly wait to get started! Thanks, Diana! Joyce - Heart"wings"
    graves1425(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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    1. JOYCE, your comment is truly music to my ears. That's why I do what I do. I love introducing great Christian fiction authors and their books. It thrills me to no end just knowing that someone is going to buy a book from reading my review! Thank you so much!

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  21. I need to know who the Imposter is! :)
    Will have to read this to find out!

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    1. Hmm...wonder who it could be, LORETTA? (wink) I need your email addy for contact purposes. Hugs and blessings!

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  22. I would love to win a copy of The Imposter! Thanks for sharing your review & chance to win!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi, ROBIN! You're so welcome and good luck in the drawing!

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  23. Love, love, love Christian Amish fiction books! I also love books by this author. Thanks for this giveaway.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Aren't they just the best, SUSAN? Especially with people like Suzanne writing them!

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  24. One of my favorite authors! thanks for gifting someone a copy :)
    dkstevensne AToutlook(D0t)com

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    1. Suzanne is the BoMb, isn't she!? So talented and a sweet lady as well! You're so welcome and good luck, DEANNA!

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  25. Anything by Susan is a must have :-) Thanks for the chance at "The Impostor"....great review!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, TRIXI! I quite agree! Hope you get the chance to read this wonderful book ASAP!

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  26. I adore Suzanne's stories and am eager to read The Imposter! Thank you for sharing your beautiful review, Diana!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're so welcome, BRITNEY! Thank you for your kind words.

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  27. Can't wait to read this one! Thank you for sharing, Diana!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure, MELANIE! I hope you don't have to wait too long! :)

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  28. I am always looking fir your books at the library. I am looking forward to reading this new one. You are such an awesome writer. Keep up the good work.
    dbritzius at gmail dot com

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    1. DBRITZIUS, on behalf of Suzanne I thank you. I know she will appreciate your kind words!

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  29. Thanks for the review Diana. Sounds like a great read and I love the cover. Makes me want to immediately go out and get the book. Hopefully I might win it. I don't believe that I have read any of Suzanne's books before. Although, I have seen them at the Christian bookstore. clarkkc at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Oh, KATHLEEN! You have been missing out! I hope you get the chance to read them soon, my friend! I'm pretty sure you can get her first series at the library, so you may want to check on that, too. Blessings~

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  30. I love amish stories and this one sounds great.I am looking forward to reading it.Thanks for sharing.

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    1. JACKIE, thank YOU for sharing, my friend! The luck of the Irish to you in the drawing! :)

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  31. "Seemingly" you say? I am intrigued.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Very seemingly, MARY. I don't think that's grammatically correct, though. LOL! I'm happy you're intrigued. ;)

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  32. Sounds good! I love Reading Amish fiction and Suzanne is one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed every book I have read by her and am sure I will love this one as well!!

    Pjcbaker(at)yahoo(com)

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    1. Hi, JESSICA! I'm so glad you have enjoyed reading some of Suzanne's books! I was tickled pink when she decided to do an Amish historical and she blessed my socks off with that one as well!

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  33. My all-time favortie Amish fiction book is Suzanne's, The Keeper! Adored that story. I would love to read The Imposter.

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    1. I LOVED The Keeper! Hope you stay safe on the coast in the wake of that hurricane that's coming. I have been praying, ANNE!

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  34. Thank you. Will be on my list of must reads. Thanks to those who also shared other fav's. Thank you!

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    1. You're so welcome, NORA! Thanks so much for sharing and if you would like to be entered in the giveaway, please leave your email addy for contact purposes should your name be drawn. Have a blessed day!

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  35. This will definitely be on my list of books I want to read. I love a story where I can picture in my head the story unfolding right before my eyes and this one is one of those stories!!
    Angie M
    angelicamac77(at)msn(dot)come

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    1. Yes, indeed it is, ANGI! You'll enjoy the serious issues covered in this book as well as the funny moments, too. Thx for stopping by OWG! :)

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  36. Nice review. Will read it one way or another.kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Thanks, KIM! I really love your spirit of determination!

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  37. Would love to win and find out who The Imposter is.
    seraphinangel7(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. This is JUANITA, right? I hope. LOL! I would love for you to find out who he/she is as well! ;)

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  38. Dianna, I agree with everyone you have a wonderful gift for writing reviews. The story sounds great. I love Suzanne's books, always hard to put them down with the interesting characters and inspiring stories. I am looking forward to reading this very soon !
    Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(AT)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, such sweet words, JACKIE! Thank you. I agree...I think I read this in 2 evenings and it's a full length novel! And I sure hope you get a chance to read this one very soon. Good luck!

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  39. I am so sorry I misspelled your name Diana in my comment.

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    1. Would you believe I never even noticed it!? I'm blonde so that explains a lot of things. Lol No worries, Jackie!

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  40. Diana, Loved your review, I Love Suzanne's books and can't wait to read The Imposter. Amish books are my favorite genre to read. Have a Blessed Day.

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    1. Forgot my email dsimmering68atgmaildotcom

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    2. Thx, DEB! I believe you will enjoy this one of Suzanne's -- a bit different and the end leaves you wanting more. I HAVE to read the next book!

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  41. Ohhh....would love to win this one! Thanks for the chance! Sounds like a great read! meshell_2006atyahoodotcom

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    1. Ohhh...it is, MICHELLE! Your enthusiasm is catching! Lol Keep your fingers crossed! ;)

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  42. I would love to win this! I love Amish/Christian novels. joygibsonathighlanddotnet

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    1. Hi, JOY! I do as well...especially Suzanne's! Hoping for a win for you!

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  43. I would really love to win this great book. I love Suzanne's books. She is such a great writer. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

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    1. Thx for your encouraging words for Suzanne, TAMMY! She definitely is a great writer!

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  44. Congrats to Britney Adams for winning The Imposter using random number.org! I will be emailing you!

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  45. Love Amish fiction. Love Suzanne's books, she is a great author. dsimmering68(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, indeed she is, DEB! Here's hoping you get a chance to read her book soon!! Thx for visiting OWG!

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