Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in her The Deacon’s Family series. It is a fine example of Amish fiction, as is book one in the series, Mending Fences. Many of the characters in this series are old friends from previous series. The novel can be read as a standalone, but the background from book one will enhance the reading, so I suggest reading the series in order. Stoney Ridge, the setting for the series, feels like home. Book three, Two Steps Forward, is definitely on my to-read list.
Mollie Graber, teacher at the Stoney Ridge school and horse trainer, Sam Schrock, are drawn to each other but have fundamental differences. If they are ever to have a lasting relationship, Sam must break out of his protective shell so he can understand Mollie and her view of life, and Mollie must release the fears from her past and make Sam an integral part of her life.
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written another bestseller. There are many characters in this novel, but the listing of characters at the beginning is very helpful. The plot is interesting. There is a continuing theme of God as shepherd and humans as sheep with a focus on the Bible’s twenty-third Psalm. Of course time is also an important theme. The example of dropped stitches in knitting is used metaphorically.Those dropped stitches have to be repaired. Some situations are just stitches in time or maybe a stitch just in time. Most importantly with time a life can be rewritten. This time theme reminds me of the mythological Fates who spun, measured and cut the thread of each life, thereby determining a person’s destiny.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a master of Amish fiction and Stitches in Time continues her legacy in the genre. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the continuation of the series. Included in the novel is an intriguing teaser for the next book. Fans of chaste romance and/or religious fiction, especially Amish fiction, will enjoy this novel. Those bothered by religious themes may want to skip this one.
My thanks to Revell and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019