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Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pre Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting. When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters--and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another? Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.


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Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pre Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting. When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters--and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another? Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.

30 review for The Quieting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    Once again I was swept away to the slow and steady pace of life in Stoney Ridge. The storylines from the first book in the series, The Imposter, continue as the minister David struggles with what to do about the bishop's unrepentant heart. The bishop's sister Birdy brings him peace and helps him see life in new perspectives. Katrina and Thelma implement a new source of income on their oil-rich land that has the potential to solve the church's financial problems. Jesse learns to stay out of troub Once again I was swept away to the slow and steady pace of life in Stoney Ridge. The storylines from the first book in the series, The Imposter, continue as the minister David struggles with what to do about the bishop's unrepentant heart. The bishop's sister Birdy brings him peace and helps him see life in new perspectives. Katrina and Thelma implement a new source of income on their oil-rich land that has the potential to solve the church's financial problems. Jesse learns to stay out of trouble- for the most part- as he works to make his buggy shop a success. I thoroughly enjoyed the new characters who joined the community, David's mother and nieces who both help and make life difficult for members of David's family. His mother has his best interests at heart, but her disapproval turns his store upside down and disrupts his relationship with Birdy. So many times I just wanted him to stand up to her and shut down her meddling! He does his best in his own quiet way though. Abigail's point of view was especially interesting since she views life so literally. She thrives on order and organization, and her quest to fill the mystery gap in the Glick family tree for Dane bring the two closer together. She doesn't quite know what to make of his happy personality and is surprised by his kindness toward her when she has endured criticism her entire life. Her mannerisms are funny and bring a subtle humor to the narrative. I loved her enthusiasm for genealogy and the idea that seeking out our ancestors helps us understand our roots and ourselves. David's anxiety over following the Lord's will in resolving the problems of the church is compounded by pressure from his domineering mother. He wants so desperately to do what is right, but feels strongly that he must wait on God's prompting. The way he continually turns to scripture and prayer is inspiring and I loved the passages from the Bible he drew comfort from. The compelling drama from multiple points of view kept me enthralled and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Devoted, which will be released this October. (Thank you to CelebrateLit Publicity and Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Entertaining and heartfelt best describe this second book of the Bishop's Family Series. After finding the first in the series to be just o.k., I was delighted in my enjoyment of reading The Quieting. In the Quieting, there are a few new characters including David's mother. His mother is known as a meddler and she definitely lives up to that description within the pages of the novel. My favorite character, by far, was Abigail. She is David's niece from Ohio who has come to visit with her grandmot Entertaining and heartfelt best describe this second book of the Bishop's Family Series. After finding the first in the series to be just o.k., I was delighted in my enjoyment of reading The Quieting. In the Quieting, there are a few new characters including David's mother. His mother is known as a meddler and she definitely lives up to that description within the pages of the novel. My favorite character, by far, was Abigail. She is David's niece from Ohio who has come to visit with her grandmother to help "fix things" in David's family. In reality, Abigail has been sent to Stoney Ridge by her family to find a husband. Abigail is singularly focused on a genealogy job that she is helping her father with and has no interest in dating. These lines from the novel describe Abigail "Order was the greatest love in her life. Order and structure. It was unthinkable to her that others didn't hold these values in similar esteem." Likely, I loved Abigail so much because I can relate to her very well. Both of these characters bring a lot of humor to the novel and I found myself laughing out loud at times. A few stories continue from the first novel: David and Birdy and Katrina and Andy. We also see Jesse continue to mature in The Quieting. As with The Imposter, there are many spiritual gems in its pages. It was a fun novel and I highly enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)

    Suzanne Woods Fisher has long been one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. She has a knack for using interesting situations in the context of an Amish setting. This time around she uses the topic of genealogical research. Abigail Stoltzfus has joined her father in his research endeavors. Unfortunately for her, her mother and grandmother think she needs to settle down and get married. In order to achieve that her grandmother has insisted she accompany her to Stoney Ridge. Stoney Ridge is in t Suzanne Woods Fisher has long been one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. She has a knack for using interesting situations in the context of an Amish setting. This time around she uses the topic of genealogical research. Abigail Stoltzfus has joined her father in his research endeavors. Unfortunately for her, her mother and grandmother think she needs to settle down and get married. In order to achieve that her grandmother has insisted she accompany her to Stoney Ridge. Stoney Ridge is in the midst of it's own controversies. Bishop Glick and minister David Stoltzfus continue to see things differently and the tension in the community is mounting. Unfortunately Abigail is David's niece and the only eligible bachelor seems to be Dane Glick who is from the bishop's family. As events unfold it looks as if there is going to be a quieting among the people. I found this to be especially interesting. I've read many stories about shunning and banning but this is the first I've read about a quieting. A quieting is when a church leader is removed and it is a very serious and solemn event that grieves the entire community. Fisher explores how misplaced pride really does lead to destruction. Not only for the individual but for the community. Once again this is a solid book that is both entertaining and introspective. If you like Amish fiction with more of a contemporary flair I think you will enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    As the second book in this series opens we are back in Stoney Ridge, and back with the problems that arose in the first book, the fixing of the lot. David and his family, whom we met previously, are struggling with the arrival of their mom/grandmother, and she sure has them jumping. When grandma arrives she brings two of her other granddaughters with her. Families cross here, and I cringed with delightful Birdie was instantly disliked by grandma, and I felt it was because she was a Glick. David is As the second book in this series opens we are back in Stoney Ridge, and back with the problems that arose in the first book, the fixing of the lot. David and his family, whom we met previously, are struggling with the arrival of their mom/grandmother, and she sure has them jumping. When grandma arrives she brings two of her other granddaughters with her. Families cross here, and I cringed with delightful Birdie was instantly disliked by grandma, and I felt it was because she was a Glick. David is struggling with the knowledge he has about the bibles and the papers rigging, and when Bishop Glick doesn’t seem inclined to do anything about it, prayers and soul searching begin. Pride is one of the big struggles here and we hope that no one gets hurt, that the district isn’t torn apart and that God is put first here. Add another Stoltzfus and Glick relationship to the mix with granddaughter Abigail doing geneology and ends up working with Dane Glick. Seems the town is full of Glicks, and if that isn’t their last name they are related. Watch as this story unfolds and God places his hand on these people, we might not get the answers we are hoping for, but this is what is planned. Enjoy! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. Reading the first book in the series, The Imposter, is fairly important for understanding the continuing story line in this book. While I enjoyed reading The Quieting, I actually enjoyed The Imposter a lot more than this book. But, even so, the writing was very good and I was interested in the various relationships and situations that were dealt with in this story. I was glad to see more of David and Birdy, but would have loved more t The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series. Reading the first book in the series, The Imposter, is fairly important for understanding the continuing story line in this book. While I enjoyed reading The Quieting, I actually enjoyed The Imposter a lot more than this book. But, even so, the writing was very good and I was interested in the various relationships and situations that were dealt with in this story. I was glad to see more of David and Birdy, but would have loved more time with Katrina and Andy. I really liked Dane, but did not care for Abigail. I understood and could even laugh at her literal way of dealing with life and people, yet I just could not connect with her. I did enjoy the genealogical research and discoveries that Abigail made and found that portion to be a very interesting part of the story. Even though The Quieting was not my favorite of the two books so far, it was an overall enjoyable story that does add to the series. I am looking forward to the next book and to seeing how things come together for the various characters that the author has introduced us to. (3.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Baranski

    The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in The Bishop’s Family series. Suzanne has done it yet again. She has written another masterpiece. This is a book that will surely capture your attention right from the start and not let you go until the very end. This book is full of love, heartache, pain, faith. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride with this captivating story. This story does a wonderful job of touching on a subject that many shy away from. Grab your glass of sweet tea as y The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in The Bishop’s Family series. Suzanne has done it yet again. She has written another masterpiece. This is a book that will surely capture your attention right from the start and not let you go until the very end. This book is full of love, heartache, pain, faith. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride with this captivating story. This story does a wonderful job of touching on a subject that many shy away from. Grab your glass of sweet tea as you kick back to enjoy this most captivating book. Be sure to order your copy of The Quieting today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    All is not well in the Amish community in Stoney Ridge. There was something amiss in the choosing of lots for the ministry, and it’s a secret that goes back for many years. David is praying about what he should do to resolve this matter. Adding to his distress is his mother’s lengthy visit. She is determined to reorganize David’s home, his store, his children, and David. She is determined to find mates for some of grandchildren and for David, ones she deems suitable. Life still moves at a slow p All is not well in the Amish community in Stoney Ridge. There was something amiss in the choosing of lots for the ministry, and it’s a secret that goes back for many years. David is praying about what he should do to resolve this matter. Adding to his distress is his mother’s lengthy visit. She is determined to reorganize David’s home, his store, his children, and David. She is determined to find mates for some of grandchildren and for David, ones she deems suitable. Life still moves at a slow pace, but his mother has certainly created her own measure of havoc. The characters are quite interesting, as is life in this quiet town. There are a few surprises that are revealed in this installment, which should make the concluding novel even more entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Bartlett

    I can't say it enough - I LOVE the characters of Stoney Ridge! I have read all the books that have revolved around this town except the next one which is The Devoted, and they are all amazing. They are funny at times and also so full of emotion and thought. This is such an excellent series - it's honestly my favorite. I can't say it enough - I LOVE the characters of Stoney Ridge! I have read all the books that have revolved around this town except the next one which is The Devoted, and they are all amazing. They are funny at times and also so full of emotion and thought. This is such an excellent series - it's honestly my favorite.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I received this book from Celebrate Lit Blogging Program and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. Book Description: The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most p I received this book from Celebrate Lit Blogging Program and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. Book Description: The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting. When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters--and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another? Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore. My Thoughts: The Quieting is the second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest series, The Bishop's Family, and it is fantastic. As a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction, Suzanne Woods Fisher is in my top 10 must read Amish Authors. I had the privilege of reading and reviewing the first book, The Imposter, so I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this latest book. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes with authority about all things Amish including their beliefs, their lifestyles, their jobs, and how their families are. She also writes with authority about oil wells, moss gardening, drilling, genealogy, buggy repair, running a grocery store, and the practice of quieting. Before I go any further here is the definition of a Quieting from Suzanne Woods Fisher website: A Quieting revokes the ordination of a bishop, minister or deacon so that he returns to being a church member, but not a leader. One Amish woman thought the process of Quieting most likely came from the books of Timothy in the New Testament, however there are many biblical passages in which guidance was provided to protect the young churches from false teachers and cancer-like sin. A Quieting is not done in haste. It’s a serious, heart-wrenching step for an Amish church. In my interviews with the Amish, it was obvious that the entire church felt the impact, the pain, of this action. It reminded me of how my church felt after the awful ordeal with our unrepentant pastor. I found myself drawn into the story right from the start and could not put it down. The book definitely had twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I love this series, it takes place in Stoney Ridge which is the setting for a few of Suzanne Woods Fisher's series so I LOVE reading about old friends from these previous series, learning all about how their lives have progressed. In The Quieting we meet new friends also. I have to say in this book my favorites would be Abigail Stolzfus, one of David's nieces who shows up to "help" the family and to help complete a genealogy report for her father and Ruthie Stolzfus, one of David's daughters who takes her responsibilities seriously. I loved the interactions between Abigail and Ruthie. Abigail is a born organizer and took it upon herself to organize the Stolzfus house and tell Ruthie how to do things better so they hit heads a lot. They definitely gave some comic relief but also dealt with some heavy things between them. I definitely found myself laughing in many parts, sad in others, and holding my breath in others. I enjoy Suzanne Woods Fisher's style of writing, really makes me feel like I am right there as the events unfold. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, The Devoted, coming out in Fall of 2016. I HIGHLY recommend this book, series, and author to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I give this book 5+ STARS.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    Suzanne Woods Fisher takes us back to Stoney Ridge and the struggles David Stolzfus is facing. He's a widow and raising 6 children on his own, but he's also a minister and the owner of the Bent N' Dent store. David has been facing a crisis in his church. Freeman Glick, the Bishop, made a grievous error in his duties by switching the lots in the hymnals during the choosing of a minister or bishop. Freeman refused to believe he had done anything wrong because he only modeled his behavior after t Suzanne Woods Fisher takes us back to Stoney Ridge and the struggles David Stolzfus is facing. He's a widow and raising 6 children on his own, but he's also a minister and the owner of the Bent N' Dent store. David has been facing a crisis in his church. Freeman Glick, the Bishop, made a grievous error in his duties by switching the lots in the hymnals during the choosing of a minister or bishop. Freeman refused to believe he had done anything wrong because he only modeled his behavior after the former bishop, Elmo Beiler. This wasn't a decision for an individual, but rather the voice of the church. David knew this was a problem that needed to be not only addressed, but also dealt with for the good of the church. The one thing he hasn't anticipated is the arrival of his mother and two nieces from Ohio. Tillie Yoder Stolzfus is a wonderful mother, but also has the nickname of Meddler and she has arrived for a long-term visit. His two nieces are Laura and Abigail which are around the age of his oldest daughter, Katrina. Abigail is a literal person and only sees things in black and white. While she might get on some people's nerves for her literal talk, that's what draws Dane Glick to her. Of course at present the very last thing on her mind is courting, because currently she is trying to help her father with his genealogical research. Mammi, Tillie, basically finds fault with everything and everyone in the house. She even tries to take over the Bent N' Dent. It seems like she's trying and succeeding in ruffling everyone's feathers. I loved this story. I was immediately drawn in from the first page. The storyline brings elements of mystery, suspense, humor, and faith. The characters are both engaging and complex. David is so easy to love with his easy going personality. He truly wants to do what's best for the church. Abigail is a really strong girl without even knowing it. Her honestly brings complications in various forms, but it's probably what I like best about her. Dane is a character that will sweep you off your feet. He knows what her wants and plots his course to get it. The plot is full of twists and turns involving the family that it kept me turning the pages until the end. To be honest, I love learning about the Amish and since I am new to the genre I had not heard of a "Quieting" so I found that aspect of the story very interesting. Every church has problems because as members we are all human. I know every church handles things, but I liked how David went about finding the right answer for his church. To me it showed a true spiritual leader. This book is part of a series and I have read the first one, but with that being said I still feel that it is a story that can stand alone. The author give enough background in this story that the reading the first book is not necessary, but I would recommend it because it's such a great book. Of course I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the Amish genre or loves a good story. **I recieved this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Just Commonly

    Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Quieting continues on from what happened in The Imposter, as the church in Stoney Ridge faces a disheartening dilemma with its leadership. Even though this is Book 2 of The Bishop's Family series, it can still be read as a standalone, as Suzanne so artfully included information from The Imposter (click to see my review). With the underlying issue David Stoltzfus face in terms of the church, the arrival of new characters, David's overbearing mother and his two nieces, Ab Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Quieting continues on from what happened in The Imposter, as the church in Stoney Ridge faces a disheartening dilemma with its leadership. Even though this is Book 2 of The Bishop's Family series, it can still be read as a standalone, as Suzanne so artfully included information from The Imposter (click to see my review). With the underlying issue David Stoltzfus face in terms of the church, the arrival of new characters, David's overbearing mother and his two nieces, Abigail and Laura, brings a whole new set of problems, both personally and professionally. Abigail's story to find the past in conjunction and in relation to the present takes center stage, while we continue to read on about David, the church dilemma and the effect it has on the community. Direct and determined, Abigail with her OCD tendencies seems to me as someone who'll lose sight since she's so focused, and because of it, as a reader, I can relate to how we lose sight of what's important right in front of us. Her straightforward and relentlessness makes for some comical moments, but there's always something you can take away. For example, I now know the proper way to hand dry clothes! Dane Glick is one sweet and thoughtful character, reminding me of David Stoltzfus at times, and what a great match for Abigail! Birdy is still my favorite character in the story, and though her appearance in The Quieting is limited, her presence is known, especially to David. As those two dance their ways together, will disapproval by David's mother hinder their growth? As pride makes a prominent theme in The Quieting, will the people and the leaders of Stoney Ridge trust God to lead the way? As leaders are voted in "office" to serve as a minister, a deacon or a bishop, they are entrusted with the hope to lead the community in faith. Yet when pride takes over, how can it be God leading? I've always admired the simplicity and focus of the Plain community, because faith plays a large role in their lives. And in this book, we read about the struggles the Plain community also encounters. Concept of free will and the greed of power takes hold, and The Quieting seamlessly interlace each of these themes, giving readers a page turner and a lesson in choice and humility. This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    I am so enjoying The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! So many fantastic & dimensional characters in these books! When you’re reading, you really do feel as they are people who could live next door or down the road. Amish characters, yes, but ones who struggle with flaws and sin and “life frustrations” and family dynamics just like we do. While a few of the main threads from The Imposter continued in The Quieting (yay!), we were also introduced to several new characters. Particular I am so enjoying The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! So many fantastic & dimensional characters in these books! When you’re reading, you really do feel as they are people who could live next door or down the road. Amish characters, yes, but ones who struggle with flaws and sin and “life frustrations” and family dynamics just like we do. While a few of the main threads from The Imposter continued in The Quieting (yay!), we were also introduced to several new characters. Particularly extended members of the Stoltzfus family. (On that note, The Quieting could be read as a stand alone if you really must, but I think you would lose so much of what makes the series as captivating as it is. It’s best to first go back and read The Imposter if you haven’t already done so.) I adored Abigail! She’s like Temperance Brennan (from the books & TV series Bones) … except Abigail is Amish…. and not into bones or dead people and she doesn’t have an FBI agent as a partner. She does however have Dane, and I found their friendship to be full of subtle humor and sweet heart and just truly delightful to read. I also loved the genealogy research angle and the mystery to be solved. David remains one of my favorite Amish characters, not just in this series but in any book I’ve read. He’s full of quiet wisdom and faith, and he’s a man of prayer – the kind of prayers that flow spontaneously and naturally and come from a relationship with God that is active and intimate. The way he handled the conflict with Freeman is something that we all can learn from and take to heart. But I also love that he has flaws… he makes mistakes… he worries… he has stress… he’s real. The Quieting exceeded my expectations. I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to seamlessly weave laugh out loud humor (the way she writes Hank gets me every time), adolescent angst, and tender moments of faith and family – sometimes in the same chapter – to create a story that engages all of my emotions and provides a really enjoyable reading experience. The Quieting is a mix of fantastic characters, spiritual life lessons, and memorable scenes not to be missed. Make sure this series is on your TBR list! Even if you’re not typically a fan of Amish fiction, I encourage you to give this series a try!! (I received a copy of this book for only my honest review.) Read my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I have read a lot of Amish fiction books and thought I knew about most of their beliefs , but I was pleasantly surprised to learn something I have never read about them before. I know about shunning and how it distances the person from the community, but I have not heard the word quieting before. As explained in the book it is basically removing an Amish bishop that has done something wrong and will not repent for it. This made for a very intense story that completely engrossed me. What did the I have read a lot of Amish fiction books and thought I knew about most of their beliefs , but I was pleasantly surprised to learn something I have never read about them before. I know about shunning and how it distances the person from the community, but I have not heard the word quieting before. As explained in the book it is basically removing an Amish bishop that has done something wrong and will not repent for it. This made for a very intense story that completely engrossed me. What did the bishop do that would cause quieting to be informed? I can't imagine what turmoil the community was in as they faced this very hard decision to remove a bishop. The author does a great job in sharing the characters feelings and how they anguish over this very seldom action being enforced . What will the decision be from the community? Can they repair the damage done to the community? Will it tarnish the trust in the community? The story was very intense and I couldn't stop reading it because I had to see how the characters would each deal with this. The characters are very well written and I admire the way the author wrote such a moving story that showed deep rooted faith. There is another part of the story that is so well written and made me really like Abigail. Her main focus is to finish her ill father's genealogy work for a client. On top of this is a cute little diversion for Abigail from an admirer. She has a hard time communicating with others and sometimes is a bit shy. I loved the story and all the twists it took. We all have pasts we sometimes have a hard time letting go of. Will there be secrets revealed as Abigail digs deeper in the genealogy research she is doing for a client? Will she let someone into her life and find love? The story is filled with intrigue, redemption and forgiveness. It gives a glance into a bishop's life as he juggles serving the community while meeting the needs of his own family. You will find many characters in the book that at first confused me, but as I really got into the story I understood the importance of each character. It is a well written book that shows the struggles of relationships and how a community comes together to support each other. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit an honest review .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Last year, I read and loved Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Imposter, the first book in her new series, The Bishop's Family. I really, really, really LOVED this second book in the series. (Though perhaps I think the title says perhaps a little too much about the plot.) The Stoltfzfus family is "in trouble." Apparently, the news has spread to their family in Ohio. Help--or should I say "help" is on the way. David's MOTHER, Tillie (aka MAMMI), is coming with two of her granddaughters: Laura and Abigail. Last year, I read and loved Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Imposter, the first book in her new series, The Bishop's Family. I really, really, really LOVED this second book in the series. (Though perhaps I think the title says perhaps a little too much about the plot.) The Stoltfzfus family is "in trouble." Apparently, the news has spread to their family in Ohio. Help--or should I say "help" is on the way. David's MOTHER, Tillie (aka MAMMI), is coming with two of her granddaughters: Laura and Abigail. David will struggle most with his mother who is without a doubt a FORCE. His mother has ideas on how his house should be managed, how his store should be managed, how his church should be managed (well, maybe this one is a stretch), and how his love life should be managed (this one is NOT a stretch). And it's not just David she's looking to transform. Abigail, her granddaughter, is her second priority--behind her son. A husband must be found. The sooner the better. And she has one or two possibilities in mind... Abigail. I just want to say that as much as I enjoyed all the characters in this one--and I do mean it--I think Abigail may just be my FAVORITE AMISH HEROINE EVER. I adore her. Truly I do. I also enjoyed Dane Glick. (Let's just say that he is not on Mammi's approved list. And that Abigail isn't interested in making a list of her own--of eligible possibilities.) He raises sheep, but, really, truly dreams of working with horses, of healing them. Readers actually meet Dane before meeting Abigail. In the first chapter of the book, I believe, he comes into David's store and pronounces that he's SEEN THE ONE HE WANTS TO MARRY. He doesn't know her name, or, anything about her, just that she's new in town, visiting SOMEONE. So. There is a LOT OF drama in the community as David tries to figure out what to do with what he knows--information about the personal lives of the current bishop and his family. I loved this one so much. I loved that it was character-driven. I loved that the focus is on the family and the community. I loved the flawed characters. I loved the drama--when it came. This one is just a compelling read set in a community I've come to love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I gave this book a 5 star because I thought that this was the best Suzanne Woods Fisher has written yet!! I couldn't put this book down. I'm thinking that Abigail is my favorite character. I'm not cod but there are a lot of things that I can relate to her. Family history is extremely important and very interesting. Freeman has a lot to learn from this. I didn't like Freeman much at first but then I came to respect him because he admitted to things that weren't right. I admire him because that wh I gave this book a 5 star because I thought that this was the best Suzanne Woods Fisher has written yet!! I couldn't put this book down. I'm thinking that Abigail is my favorite character. I'm not cod but there are a lot of things that I can relate to her. Family history is extremely important and very interesting. Freeman has a lot to learn from this. I didn't like Freeman much at first but then I came to respect him because he admitted to things that weren't right. I admire him because that what I think a man should do. Getting help isn't a bad thing. David is a good person too. I've liked David from the start if this series. However; I hated the way he back down on certain individual because sometimes I do too. Maybe it's called respect maybe not but I think this individual went too far on some things. I wasn't going to do a review on this novel since I checked it out of my library but this morning I changed my mind. Thank goodness for public libraries! I did laugh through some parts of this novel. I liked the nickname Suzanne gave Davids mother. I did snicker at that one I think it's wonderful the way God shows His grace throughout this novel and even in our own lives. He us a forgiving Father. All we need to do is ask. I'm glad I started reading Christian fiction. Thank you Suzanne Woods Fisher for another wonderful book! Looking forward to the next one!! I would reread this novel because I loved it so. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves to sit and read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop's Family series and I think it's best to read the books in order. Events that occur in The Imposter carry over into this book and will make more of an impact if a reader has the full background, which includes an extensive cast of characters. I love the way Fisher spins a tale. It's so easy to slip into the story and lose myself in the fascinating details of life in Stoney Ridge. Such a host of characters who make up the close-knit Amish community! T The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop's Family series and I think it's best to read the books in order. Events that occur in The Imposter carry over into this book and will make more of an impact if a reader has the full background, which includes an extensive cast of characters. I love the way Fisher spins a tale. It's so easy to slip into the story and lose myself in the fascinating details of life in Stoney Ridge. Such a host of characters who make up the close-knit Amish community! The whole story is told through multiple viewpoints, bringing together diverse plot lines in an impactful way. This is so much more than Abigail and Dane's love story and I have to confess that patriarch, David Stoltzfus, longsuffering widower with an engaging brood of daughters (and one son) continues to steal my heart. Recently appointed as minister, he struggles with some weighty church matters as he tries to balance not only family matters but a fledgling romance as well. Fisher has liberally peppered her story with Amish sayings and I think my favourite is "There's a lid for every pot." And that certainly applies to awkward Abigail whose serious nature and practical mind tend to alienate people. But not Dane. He has a gift for understanding the deeper roots that prompt behaviour. He pursues Abigail with a tender determination that surprises everyone. Including this reader. A story full of love and laughter, angst and hope. And the enduring love of family.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Kilsby

    Reluctant people find love wriggling its way into their heart, unexpectedly! These characters also wriggle their way into your heart and make a lasting impression. One you can't quiet. Every single character is truly unforgettable. Mammi and Ruthie are the most outspoken. For some reason, I love that. They speak their mind and it makes for great reading :D Abigail is wonderful!!! Simply wonderful. She is so naive and yet so as-matter-of-fact type of girl. A great organizer and the scene where she Reluctant people find love wriggling its way into their heart, unexpectedly! These characters also wriggle their way into your heart and make a lasting impression. One you can't quiet. Every single character is truly unforgettable. Mammi and Ruthie are the most outspoken. For some reason, I love that. They speak their mind and it makes for great reading :D Abigail is wonderful!!! Simply wonderful. She is so naive and yet so as-matter-of-fact type of girl. A great organizer and the scene where she fixes Dane's office had me in a gut roar of laughter. Her character speaks to me the most, because I think like her often! Dane like rain was great too. David is a sweet soul. A sweet father. I appreciate him. A very well written character and I could imagine him (actually all of them) so well. I don't know if we needed 3 P.O.V's. But, it wasn't too distracting and I am assuming it will play out in the next book to come. Or, so I am anticipating! I LOVE genealogy. It is a new passion for me, one that plays a great role in my next book and played a crucial key role in this book, which of course was a wonderful highlight for me!! 13+ Recommended as a Christian Historical Romance Fiction Novel

  18. 5 out of 5

    ASC Book Reviews

    GREAT READ! I'm really loving this series! :) Coming back to these characters is like meeting up with old friends! The Stolzfus family are some of my all time favorite characters! And Suzanne just keeps introducing us to more! There were times that I really connected with Abigail and her only black and white point of view and was really happy with how she grows through these circumstances! Returning characters from David and Birdy to Katrina, Andy, Jesse, and Mim make for someone mighty entertai GREAT READ! I'm really loving this series! :) Coming back to these characters is like meeting up with old friends! The Stolzfus family are some of my all time favorite characters! And Suzanne just keeps introducing us to more! There were times that I really connected with Abigail and her only black and white point of view and was really happy with how she grows through these circumstances! Returning characters from David and Birdy to Katrina, Andy, Jesse, and Mim make for someone mighty entertaining reading! :) Twists, surprises, and hilarious scenes flow from character to character. I love the way Suzanne writes. How she keeps up with all these characters is beyond me, but she switches from one character to the next in a way that keeps you wanting to read on and on! I CAN NOT WAIT for the next book! Songs: "God Is on the Move" by 7eventh Time Down Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC Philippians 4:6-7 ~ASC *I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Quieting. ~ASC

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Paavola

    I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in The Bishop's Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I loved meeting the familiar characters from the first book and seeing who showed up in their lives in this one. The largest character is Mammi, David's mother who comes to stay along with two of the cousins to help fix the Stoltzfus' challenges. One of the cousins, Abigail discovers new things about herself and may find what she was not looking for at all! She's helping her father with his genealogical I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in The Bishop's Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I loved meeting the familiar characters from the first book and seeing who showed up in their lives in this one. The largest character is Mammi, David's mother who comes to stay along with two of the cousins to help fix the Stoltzfus' challenges. One of the cousins, Abigail discovers new things about herself and may find what she was not looking for at all! She's helping her father with his genealogical research but has no idea what is in store for her. The usual comedic voice throughout the book by the author adds a delightful tone amidst a crisis in the local congregation. I look forward to the next installment in The Bishop's Family! I received a copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    THE QUIETING is the second book in Ms. Fisher's The Bishop's Family series. Readers will want to read the first book The Imposter as this series does not stand alone. I enjoyed getting reconnected with David Stoltzfus life, family, and community, and have to say I connected with both Abigail and Dane both. It was nice seeing how Abigail went about trying to solve the broken gap in Dane's family tree, despite obstacles keeping her from the normal way. Add a meddling grandma, thefts from the buggy THE QUIETING is the second book in Ms. Fisher's The Bishop's Family series. Readers will want to read the first book The Imposter as this series does not stand alone. I enjoyed getting reconnected with David Stoltzfus life, family, and community, and have to say I connected with both Abigail and Dane both. It was nice seeing how Abigail went about trying to solve the broken gap in Dane's family tree, despite obstacles keeping her from the normal way. Add a meddling grandma, thefts from the buggy shop, discord among the church leaders as well as David's store and household, and the discovery of oil, the book is hard to put down. I picked this up expecting a good read and it didn't disappoint. I am anxious to read the third book in this series, probably coming later this fall. A great book from one of my favorite Amish authors. Highly recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannah Mauney

    I was so excited to get this book! I loved the first book in the Bishop Family series, The Imposter, so I jumped at the chance to review The Quieting. I was not disappointed. I was so excited to return to Stoney Ridge and the Stoltzfus family. Their family dynamic is very interesting for an Amish family, and became even more interesting with the addition of David's nieces and mother. As with The Imposter, there are many lessons to be learned from this story. Overall, I loved this book. It's an ex I was so excited to get this book! I loved the first book in the Bishop Family series, The Imposter, so I jumped at the chance to review The Quieting. I was not disappointed. I was so excited to return to Stoney Ridge and the Stoltzfus family. Their family dynamic is very interesting for an Amish family, and became even more interesting with the addition of David's nieces and mother. As with The Imposter, there are many lessons to be learned from this story. Overall, I loved this book. It's an excellent addition to the Bishop Family series and I can't wait to read The Devoted, book three (coming Fall 2016!!). Read my full review: http://faithlovebooks.blogspot.com/20...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The Quieting is the second installment from the Bishop's Family series. I enjoyed this book. The characters were wonderful and I felt an instant connection with them. I cannot wait to read the next in the series. 5 stars. The Quieting is the second installment from the Bishop's Family series. I enjoyed this book. The characters were wonderful and I felt an instant connection with them. I cannot wait to read the next in the series. 5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    Another excellent book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book picks up where book 1 left off, with Minister David Stoltzfus trying to keep his Amish community together after the Bishop's secret was revealed. (It's okay...no spoilers!) When his mother arrives from Ohio - unannounced - things get more complicated. I must say, even I was getting frustrated with that man's mother, which speaks to the author's ability to bring her characters to life. Once again, the decisions the characters have to make Another excellent book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This book picks up where book 1 left off, with Minister David Stoltzfus trying to keep his Amish community together after the Bishop's secret was revealed. (It's okay...no spoilers!) When his mother arrives from Ohio - unannounced - things get more complicated. I must say, even I was getting frustrated with that man's mother, which speaks to the author's ability to bring her characters to life. Once again, the decisions the characters have to make had me thinking about how I react to my circumstances and whether or not they are pleasing to God.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Larisha

    The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. She is an author that has the power to transform lives. I thank God for giving her the gift of story telling to new heights. She creates such believable and full characters, so that the stories fly along at an even pace but end much too quickly because I am enjoying the stories so much. I laughed out loud at several points in this book as in her others. This book was a pleasure to read. I especially enjoyed the The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. She is an author that has the power to transform lives. I thank God for giving her the gift of story telling to new heights. She creates such believable and full characters, so that the stories fly along at an even pace but end much too quickly because I am enjoying the stories so much. I laughed out loud at several points in this book as in her others. This book was a pleasure to read. I especially enjoyed the character, Abigail.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Another enjoyable read about the Stoltzfus family. David needs help in trying to keep the family business and life going after the death of his wife. David's mother comes to help as well as nieces from Ohio. Abigail is there to complete her father's genealogical research and to find a husband. There is problems in the church and David takes it all in stride. This is a Warm-hearted fast paced tale of an Amish family and community. It is an easy read while watching the relationship that grows between Another enjoyable read about the Stoltzfus family. David needs help in trying to keep the family business and life going after the death of his wife. David's mother comes to help as well as nieces from Ohio. Abigail is there to complete her father's genealogical research and to find a husband. There is problems in the church and David takes it all in stride. This is a Warm-hearted fast paced tale of an Amish family and community. It is an easy read while watching the relationship that grows between David and Birdy. Enjoy!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Lowery

    Book 2 in a series (that I didn't read book 1). Amish book. Very slow read until about 3/4 of the way through. Then it picked up a bit. A lot of talk. Not a lot of action. Book 2 in a series (that I didn't read book 1). Amish book. Very slow read until about 3/4 of the way through. Then it picked up a bit. A lot of talk. Not a lot of action.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine Hayes

    Was ok.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    Fun

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Thomas

    Great story I love this series.wanting to read the next one! I don't really know how many this series contains.it could be quite a few. Great story I love this series.wanting to read the next one! I don't really know how many this series contains.it could be quite a few.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy A

    A good read. Wasn't sure I liked one of the characters, but gave the book a chance and enjoyed it. Am starting the next book in the series. A good read. Wasn't sure I liked one of the characters, but gave the book a chance and enjoyed it. Am starting the next book in the series.

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