I recently had the pleasure of reading The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher, which is a novel set in Stoney Ridge, the fictitious Amish village create by Fisher and written about in several other books. This is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. The book revolves around David, an Amish minister who must make the difficult decision whether to seek a quieting or not, the Amish method of removing a church leader from leadership, in this instance due to dishonesty and pride.
Abigail, David’s niece, is an inquisitive, unusual Amish young lady who seeks to help her father uncover some genealogical secrets for a client. But when her grandmother takes her from Ohio to Stoney Ridge to visit her uncle David’s family during a difficult time, Abigail’s plans are completely upset.
I’ve read several Amish fiction books, and while I like them and the unique look into a simpler, unusual lifestyle, most of them tend to have similar characters, settings, and plots. The Quieting is a different story, focusing on an aspect of Amish life that I’ve never heard of or read about: a quieting. Furthermore, the characters were strikingly different than many Amish characters I’ve encountered before: complex and surprisingly realistic.
This novel was a joy to read, and I look forward to finding more books from Fisher, as well as reading further books in The Bishop’s Family series. Based on this novel, more great books, characters, and twists and turns are bound to come with future books from Fisher.
I’d recommend The Quieting to anyone who enjoys a good work of fiction, particularly Amish fiction. While there is an element of romance in the novel, it’s not the central story line, so I wouldn’t call it a romantic fiction. If you pick up this book, you’re in for a great read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links are used in this post.