Book Review and Giveaway: The Search

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Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3387-2
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3387-8
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 304
Carton Quantity: 48
Publication Date: Jan. 11
Formats: Paperback


Bess Riehl is sent to Rose Hill Farm to help her grandmother for the summer.  As she learns about roses and bees, Bess also learns about love.  She gradually realizes that her grandmother’s rough exterior hides a heart of gold.

Lainey O’Toole’s car breaks down in front of The Sweet Tooth Bakery and when she goes in to use the phone, finds herself accepting a new job and a place to live.

Eventually, these two women, Bess and Lainey, find out they have much more in common than just spending the summer in Stoney Ridge.

The Search, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is the third in a series, Lancaster County Secrets, but it can be read independently.  Some of the characters continue from the earlier books, but you don’t need to read them in order to appreciate this one.


“Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grandbaby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and was a free-lancer writer for magazines while her children were growing up.” (from her website) Suzanne’s grandfather was raised Plain (Amish) and Suzanne writes both fiction and non-fiction about these fascinating people.


Character development is one of the strongest features of this book.  The characters in The Search, have a depth and level of detail that encourages the reader to explore their decisions and care about the consequences of their choices. When I finished the book, I was sad to leave them – always a sign of a good book!

The descriptions in the book created a rich visual image for me – I felt like I was watching a movie and could see the scenes in my head.  When Bess’s grandmother of Mammi is trying to get her son to come to Stoney Ridge, she uses a very unusual way to reach him that had me laughing out loud!  I could just picture the scenes, it was one of my favorites in the book.  Mammi also had a unique way of using the wrong word, that turned out to be strangely appropriate.  Her character was one of my favorites in this book.

There is a deeper description of the Amish way of life and philosophy in this book than I’ve found in some others, without being overwhelming.  Lainey as an outsider, learning about the Amish, gives us an opportunity to learn along with her.

I liked this book very much and read it in three sittings – it was that difficult to put down.  The Search had some twists and turns that I did not see coming at all.  It’s fun to read a book that surprises you!  The author did not take the easy path of an obvious resolution.  I hope you read it and come back and tell me what you thought!


“Fisher writes with a fresh mix of humor and depth, splashing raw emotion onto the pages.  I guarantee your heart will be touched.” – Ginger Kolbab, founding editor,

“Fisher writes with her heart and soul.” – Romantic Times Book Reviews


Suzanne Woods Fisher is having a contest and the prize is an iPad!!  It’s easy entry, you just have to tell at least five friends.  There’s more information here:  When I just tried to enter, it said that there were changes being made to the form, but I’ll be sure to check back before the contest ends on 1/31.


Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.


Enter here to win my gently read copy of The Search, by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Main entry

1. Go to the author’s website, Suzanne Woods Fisher, and tell me something you learned about her.

Additional entries

2. Subscribe to Kelly’s Lucky You by email or rss feed.

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4. Put the Kelly’s Lucky You button on your sidebar or blogroll page.

5. Blog about this giveaway and leave the link to your post in the comments.

6. Follow Kelly’s Lucky You on twitter.

7. Tweet this giveaway (RT 1x per day).  You can use this sample, if you’d like:

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9. Add this giveaway to any giveaway linky (unlimited entries). You can use this list!

Leave one comment for each entry. Contest ends January 30th at midnight EST. A winner will be chosen by and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. The winner must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure: Thank you to Revell Books for sending me a copy of The Search to review.


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    Hi Kelly! Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful review of “The Search.” Oh…you made me so happy when you said that the grandmother mangled the English language in oddly appropriate ways! Yea! So few people got that! They’re called malapropisms. I would love to see your review up on Amazon/CBD, if you have a minute to spare. Thanks for being part of the blog tour! Warmly, Suzanne Fisher

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