In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher’s desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.
The Lesson has more twists and turns than a rabbit hole, keeping readers turning pages in total suspense. I loved it! With a wide cast of familiar characters who become totally intertwined in some really creative and zany ways, this book is both heart-wrenching and fun.
M.K. is almost grown up, nearing twenty years old and still feeling restless. This translates into adventures for the readers as she careens around on her scooter and takes quick action on snap decisions. Because this carelessness is balanced with true heart, M.K. makes a loveable lead character as well as a fun one.
These adventures and side trails translate into what makes Fisher’s books so wonderful. With each character innately involved in advancing the plot and putting their own spin on M.K.’s antics, the Stoney Ridge series is unlike any other Amish book that I’ve read. With meaningful spiritual lessons wrapped in a fun package, The Lesson is unique but packed with realistic action. Simply put, The Lesson is captivating.
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I received a free copy of The Lesson from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.