The Devoted / by Suzanne Woods Fisher. (The Bishop’s Family, 3) 10.25.2017

Revell ISBN 978080072320

Adult Rating: 5

Upon return to Stoney Ridge In this third book of The Bishop’s Family series, Ruthie Stoltzfus, a young Amish woman on the cusp of leaving the Plain way of life, and Patrick Kelly, an Englischer on his own journey, are on a collision course to crash into each other. Ruthie has done all she can to pave the way for her departure but cannot make that final decision to go. Patrick, on the other hand, wants to live Plain and is attempting to learn all he can in a very short time span, especially relishing the time he can spend with Ruthie who is tutoring him. But there is another element afoot–Ruthie’s ex-boyfriend Luke Schrock who seems to attract trouble at every turn. He wants Ruthie back and is not going to let some Englischer fly-by-night step in and steal his girl.

As this is part of The Bishop’s Family series, the reader will be pleased to again meet up with familiar characters from the first two books, including the Bishop himself, a wonderful, godly man.

The stories of each of these three main characters are woven together beautifully. The reader wonders how the author can bring each of these plot lines to completion in a satisfying way and every time, Fisher accomplishes just this.

Ceil Carey, CLJ

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed by CLJThe Imposter and The Quieting (Apr/May/Jun 2017).