The Haven


Title:  The Haven
Author:  Suzanne Woods Fisher
Pages:  314
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Revell
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                Over the winter, Sadie Lapp has been in Ohio to help her sister and husband settle into their home.  When Sadie returns, unannounced, it is with a baby boy in tow.  In her Amish village, they hear about the baby and assume that is why Sadie has been gone all winter.  The real story of how Sadie came home with this little one has yet to be told outside the Lapp household.
                Amos is the father of Sadie.  He has had a heart transplant and takes many pills daily to keep his body from rejecting the new heart.  The heart belonged to his young son, Menno, who loved to watch and keep a diary of sorts of all the finds on the Lapp ranch.  Since his passing, Fern has lived there to take care of Amos and the household as well as the children.
                Gideon has become the local school teacher under compulsion because no one else can take the regular teacher’s place until she has healed.  Gid, as he is fondly called by some, has wanted to marry Sadie for many years.  When she went to Ohio he thought all was lost.  Now she is home, but with a baby?  Regardless of who the father is, in his mind, he believes he will forgive and marry Sadie to stop the town gossip.  What is it that Gideon doesn’t know? 
                There is a pair of rare falcons that decide to nest on the Lapp farm.  Since they are known by the Audubon Society, the game warden decides to protect the pair of falcons.  How does he do this?  Will Stoltz is the game warden’s assistant who comes to live on the Lapp farm in an old cabin to help protect the birds.  He is there because of the flack his boss got from a prior incident.  Will though is there for far more mysterious reasons than the Lapp family knows.  There is hope for Will while he lives among these simple people and is introduced into the lives of a family he never had growing up.  Will receives calls on his cell phone demanding updates.  Who wants updates and why?
                M.K., Mary Kate, is Sadie’s younger sister who fancies herself a detective of sorts because of what she learns as she reads books.  Mary Kate loves to tell others about anyone as well as any event that happens without thinking of the possible consequences to her sharing of events.
There is more to this work of fiction than I have revealed in this review.  I hope you take time to enjoy this book.  To say the least, there is much activity and mystery that occurs in The Haven.  Suzanne Woods Fisher does a wonderful job weaving a story that will keep readers turning page after page until the last one is turned. 
My rating is 4 stars.
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