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The Haven

The Haven

Written by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Narrated by Amy Rubinate


The Haven

Written by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Narrated by Amy Rubinate

ratings:
4/5 (35 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Aug 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781455887729
Format:
Audiobook

Description

On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.

Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?

Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else…until he befriends Sadie.

As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.

"A heartwarming story of faith, family, and renewal filled with characters that come alive on the page like old friends, The Haven will captivate fans of Amish fiction and readers who love an endearing romance." -Amy Clipston, bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series

"The Haven is a warm, touching novel about the power of familial bonds. Once you dip into this novel set in the charming town created by Suzanne Woods Fisher, you'll be hooked." -Beth Wiseman, bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise series

"Suzanne Woods Fisher's novels are always such a joy to read! I found The Haven charming, humorous, and compelling-so much so that I had to remind myself to put the book down and get back to work! I'll be joining her many fans by the calendar, anxiously awaiting her next book to be released." -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Released:
Aug 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781455887729
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School and the Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, The Deacon's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and picked it up as often as I could. It is one of those stories' that grabs you from the first page to the last page.Sadie Lapp returns home after spending the winter in Ohio with her sister and brother-in-law. She brings a surprise with her that causes tongues to wag in the community. This causes much distress for Sadie to think that people could actually think the worst about her.Mary Kate (MK) is up to being her same old self when it comes to spying on others and spreading gossip. I loved her in "The Keeper" and she is still one of my favorite characters.This is a heart warming story about God's grace and forgiveness. It is always easy to see other's that need to forgive but how often do we see it in ourselves? It's about doing the right thing. We find that God's love comes through once again.I can't wait to read book 3, The Lesson.
  • (3/5)
    The small town of Haven hides a very deadly secret. Jessie Rayburn left Haven in a hurry years before. Now she knows she has to go back and face whatever it was that made her run. But she can't quite remember...Emma Rayburn doesn't know what to make of her sister's return. Or of the appearance of Nathan Navarro, who wasn't using that name the last time she saw him. But she's more concerned about the disturbing dreams she's been having, dreams in which women die. She'd like to trust someone, but her sister doesn't want to listen, and she doesn't know Navarro well enough.This should have been a gripping read, but Jessie and Emma both left me cold.
  • (4/5)
    When Sadie Lapp returns home after several months of living with her newly-married sister, she comes bearing a foundling baby. She wants the baby to remain a secret until she can discover who the mother might be, but to her dismay rumors immediately start flying around town that she is the mother. On top of all that stress, Sadie is now questioning her own interest in Gideon Smucker, who has been in love with her for years. Does she like him? Or does she prefer Will Stoltz, the city-boy who's living on the farm as a wildlife intern who babysits a pair of endangered falcons that are nesting in the area? This is a sweet romance about the painful effects of gossip and the power of forgiveness. I think this was a wonderful follow-up to the first book in the series, The Keeper. Although you could, theoretically, read The Haven as a stand-alone book, I'm really glad I read The Keeper first. Reading The Keeper helped me to understand some issues that would have gone right over my head if I hadn't read it first. On the other hand, although The Haven continues with themes introduced in The Keeper, The Haven is a very different book because the lead characters are so different. Sadie is a cautious, awkward, unobtrusive girl who (at the beginning of the book, anyway) allows people and circumstances to take advantage of her. She needs to blossom into a more assertive young lady. Although I've read reviews which criticized her personality, I rather liked her. She reminded me of myself when I was that age. Fisher did a wonderful job of portraying the tortured shyness of Sadie - and then Sadie's transformation into assertiveness was very touching. No, her character isn't perfect, she made mistakes - as everyone else in the book did - but she was a realistic character. And one that I loved. If you like Amish romance, you'll like this series. (These were my very FIRST Amish books, to be honest!)
  • (3/5)
    A Kay Hooper Bishop novel without Bishop. He comes in on a phone call. Something happened years ago to two sisters. One blocked it out the other turned it into a psych talent. It's kind of a blah read and the denouement is terrible.
  • (4/5)
    4 STARSHaven investigator Jessie Rayburn is returning home to Baron Hollow after being gone for 15 years. She needs to find out what happened 15 years ago that made her runaway.When she is walking in town she saw a ghost and heard her say she needed to stop the murder before he kills again.Emma Rayburn turned her house into a bed & breakfast. She fell two years ago off a horse and since than she has nightmares of women being killed. Thier is no missing women around her town she has talked to the sheriff about them. Nathan Navrro works for Haven too but he has never met Jessie and his talent is finding dead bodies. If thier is a serial killer in that area he could find the bodies and get proof to get the help. Thier are a lot of missing people in the state.Bishop is back in the background and keeping secrets. Even when asked right out if he has agents in the area.I enjoyed reading Haven and will keep reading Kay Hooper.
  • (3/5)
    This is the second in the Stoney Ridge series from Ms. Woods Fisher, the first was The Keeper (see my review HERE). This tale focuses on Sadie Lapp as she returns to the community at Stoney Ridge after having spent time in Ohio with her sister - she had been studying with a healer there but felt very strongly that it was time to return home. On the return trip, while napping in the bus station she is presented with basket that contains something that will upset family and ruin her homecoming reunion with her boyfriend Gideon but she feels she has no choice but to take it with her.As she arrives home Sadie finds a large crown at her family farm. It seems a rare pair of Peregrine falcons have chosen the farm as a nesting spot and bird watchers from all over are coming to see the birds. The local Game Warden wants them protected so he leaves his intern Will at the farm to make sure nothing happens to them and to monitor their progress.Will has many issues he needs to work out as his life is a general mess; he and his father do see eye to eye, he has been suspended from school and then there was that DUI. But he finds talking to Sadie so easy and suddenly a simple farm life is seeming very attractive.I enjoy Amish fiction. It's simple, it's escapist. Ms. Woods Fisher's books are generally very enjoyable with solid plots and likable characters. They always contain interaction between the Amish and the Englitsch with a pseudo romance of sorts to test the Amish person's faith. I like them for a peak into a world that was not too far from where I grew up in Philadelphia. This book however was not as good as past novels. The plot seemed overly contrived and Sadie was and her sister, MK are not as likable as past characters. I really had to force myself to finish this one and I feel badly about that because all of the other books I have read from Ms. Woods Fisher have been so very enjoyable. I just think in this one she had a poor heroine.
  • (5/5)
    This book continues where The Keeper left off...I recommend you read that book...but you can read this one alone. Enough facts are given to make this a great read.Sadie Lapp arrives home to see people all over her farm. She is a quiet soul and does not like attention. When Mary Kate sees her, the rest of the family do too. We find that Sadie is not alone, she has brought a basket with a baby in it??M K does what Mary Kate does best and starts the Amish Grapevine going. Poor Sadie is beside herself, but she does not want to part with the baby.Also new to the farm is Will Stolfz...he is there to help on the farm, and to watch the Falcons, which look like they are going to nest. Hence the many people on the farm...looking to see these rare birds.Gid Smucker has loved Sadie forever, and is thrilled to have her home, but does Sadie still have the same feelings for him?This one has a lot of questions being asked, and it finished with more questions.Will Sadie be shunned? Does she choose Will or Gid, also will Amos declare his feelings for Fern? or will Ira win her heart?Don't miss this book, you will wish it would never end..a real page turner. Enjoy....and then pray for the next book to be out soon!!I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Tours, and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
  • (1/5)
    I'm stubborn about reading series, once I get started I tend to keep on despite up and downs. Not the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit. Did finish this book, sort of, I skimmed it to see if it got better, it didn't. Lots of authors recycle plots, repeat themselves but Hooper must have worn out the copy and paste.
  • (5/5)
    This was a wonderful story of a lot of forgiveness & learning.
  • (3/5)
    Glad I listened to this vs reading it.

  • (1/5)
    I grabbed this from the library's paperback exchange when I didn't have a book on hand, but I put it down two weeks ago and I haven't been able to convince myself to pick it up again. It's predictable and not very well written; time to move on to something more appealing.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book. I think it is one of my favorite books in this series. I can't wait for the next one in this trilogy to come out.

    I liked both of the women, Jessie and Emma. I wish their relationship could have been a little closer, but this is after all a story of damaged people. I liked Navarro too. I wish they could have explained more of his relationship with Emma.

    The serial killer in this one is a real sociopath. There are really not that many potential suspects, so it is pretty easy to guess who the killer is, or at least narrow it down to two choices. I also didn't like that Jessie continued to investigate on her own, even after she finds evidence of what a monster he really is.

    A lot is made of Jessie recovering her lost memories of a traumatic night 15 years earlier. When we finally do learn what happened, it was a surprise to me. I did not see it coming.

    I read this book very fast, and wanted to see what would happen next. To me, that is a mark of a good book.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book. It does say it is #13 in a series yet she has written it so you don't feel like you have to read other books to understand what is going on. Haven is a group of psychic investigators and Jessie goes home to Baron Hallow and to her younger sister Emma to figure out what she is forgetting about from 15 years ago that is blocking some of her abilities. There is also a serial killer in the small town that could be tied to what happened. Kay did a great job making you wonder who the serial killer is and what really happened 15 years ago up until the very end. I found this an enjoyable read. I will probably read more of her books.
  • (3/5)
    I discovered Kay Hooper purely by coincidence a couple of years ago, and I promptly devoured her backlist. But then, she switched publishers and moved to hardcover, so I decided to wait until this book was out in mass market. And after reading it, I have a bit of mixed feelings.

    It was interesting to explore Baron Hollow from Jessie's POV and see how it had changed from the last time she was home. I liked how not all of the changes were good changes.

    It was interesting to follow Emma and Jessie as they tried to build a relationship. What I also liked was that it didn't happen over night. I liked Jessie's motivation for returning sense, which made sense. But... sometimes I wished Jessie wasn't so secretive. That she dared to open up, to talk to Emma. Emma had her own issues that she struggled with, both the fact that they existed, and that she wasn't sure if she should tell Jessie or not.

    Nathan was an outsider, and had his own reasons for being in Baron Hollow. I liked him. He felt... grounded in away that Emma needed.

    The plot was well crafted, and I really liked how the different plot threads were connected. From Jessie's poking around, to Emma's secret and Nathan's blood hound gift. All of them contained a part of the solution. The romance between Nathan and Emma was sweet, even if it wasn't without issues.

    That said, I had one big problem with this book. It didn't feel like a Romantic Suspense novel. It felt more like Mystery novel, with some paranormal elements tossed in. Maybe a big reason for that was that it felt like Ms Hooper had picked several plot elements from her previous novels and reused them. And, to be frank, those previous books were much better.
  • (4/5)
    An intense beginning, as the story paints a picture of a victim running for her life. We see her wandering aimlessly through the woods... then we are back to the real world. The drama begins. You will keep reading, anxious to discover the story behind the forgotten memory. Hooper ends the tale with a nice twist that was totally unexpected. I love the Paranormal Unit, and the story told through a clairvoyant's eyes. Kay Hooper has set up a great series with the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit and I recommend this book for anyone who likes paranormal.
  • (2/5)
    This was my first and most likely last Kay Hooper book. I didn't realize that it was in the middle of the series until too late, but really I wouldn't have known if not for goodreads. It doesn't matter if this was a standalone or a series, this book sucked. Character development was minimal, the plot was laughably bare, and too much of everything was obvious. I straight up did not care who lived or died in this. Emma Rayburn fled Baron Hollow when she was a teenager and ever since she's been plagued with nightmares and dark visions. Her special crimes unit (full of psychics and shit) sends her back to her hometown to uncover why she really ran away and while there a body turns up. Oh no! Ugh., I can't use anymore brainpower on this one. Soo not a fan!
  • (5/5)
    What happened to Jessie 15 years ago was only the beginning. His first. But he was younger then, and even if he had been ready, he didn't dare kill. Not a local girl. Not someone easily connected with him. He was smarter than that even then. he was always in control, always had his monster on a leash. But Jessie is back and could ruin everything for him. Haven is one of the best of the Special Crime Unit books I have read in the series. Even when you think the identity of the killer is obvious - it changes. keeps you guessing right to the end.
  • (4/5)
    Good story with an underlying theme of forgiveness. Sadie returns to Stoney Ridge after a visit with her sister in Ohio and the opportunity to learn methods of healing from one of their best. By the time she gets home she is accompanied by an infant that was left in her care at a local bus station. Her arrival home is somewhat overshadowed by the news of a pair of endangered falcons nesting on her family's property. Also resident on the property is college intern Will Stoltz, who has been assigned to study and watch over the birds. Gideon Smucker, the young man who had been courting Sadie before she left, has also been waiting anxiously for her return.Sadie's return gets off to a rough start when everyone assumes that the baby is hers and she becomes the subject of gossip. She is especially hurt when even Gideon makes the same assumption. It feels like the only person she can really talk to is Will, who always seems to be there when she needs him. He is charming and funny and skilled at getting Sadie to relax and have a little fun. Will has come to work with the birds and try to recover from some trouble of his own. He made some foolish decisions during his last semester which have gotten him suspended from school. His father has cut him off financially, and set up this internship to give him something productive to do. But Will has also come with some secrets of his own that begin to weigh on his conscience. His growing friendship with Sadie opens his eyes to another side of life and he's left questioning what he should do.Gideon has always been shy and rather tongue-tied around Sadie. He loves her but has never been able to get the words out. Jealousy hits him rather hard when he sees Sadie with Will and he makes some assumptions that gets him into trouble with her. Every attempt he makes to fix things seems to go wrong for him and just make things worse.I enjoyed this book and seeing the changes that each of the characters goes through. Sadie starts out as very shy and doesn't seem to have a lot of confidence. She also seems to have a bit of trouble with being judgmental. Taking care of the baby and using her healing skills starts to change things, as does the admiring attention of Will. I liked seeing the way he encouraged her to stand up for her wishes. I liked seeing the influence she had on Will. I have to admit that Gideon was not my favorite character. For someone who claims to love Sadie, he was awfully quick to believe the rumors. He didn't even bother to ask her about the truth. I really didn't see that he had much in common with her to make a successful relationship.Will was pretty interesting. His attitude at the beginning was pretty bad, and he certainly came across as selfish. But he did seem to care about the birds he was watching over. I liked his willingness to jump in and help Sadie with the baby. I really enjoyed their developing friendship and how they were able to talk about anything. He was surprised by how much he opened up to her, and the effect that it had on him. He seemed to be developing a real caring for her, even though their lives are so different. The secondary characters all add depth to the story. Sadie's little sister M.K. seems to be the catalyst for many of the things that happen. She has the habit of speaking before she thinks which creates some trouble for Sadie. But she has a good heart and always means well. Their father is loving and wise, but also somewhat clueless, especially when it comes to women and their actions and feelings. I liked their housekeeper, Fern, and her way of guiding people the way she thought they should be.There are quite a few interesting plot twists and turns in the story affecting the main characters and others. I was surprised by the one involving the baby. Will has several things going on in his life, one of which is his relationship with his father. That takes an interesting turn, especially with a revelation about his father that explains several aspects of Will's life. His story seems to have been left hanging, so I'm curious to see if he's in the next book.
  • (3/5)
    Sadie Lapp returned home from her visit to Berlin, Ohio with a surprise. Not a large surprise in size, but huge in the effect it had on her, her family and the community. When she arrived with a baby in a basket, she never imagined the chaos and confusion that would ensue.Gideon Smucker has been waiting for Sadie to return from her trip, but he never dreamed she would not be coming home empty handed. Gideon's assumptions and well-meaning attempts to help only hinder his pursuit of Sadie. Gideon has a rival in Englischer Will Stoltz, who is working for the Game Warden. As the three lives entangle, Sadie has to make a decision which will affect her entire future.First, I would like to say that this is Book Two of the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, a fact of which I was unaware when I began reading the book. Therefore, for the first few chapters, I was "plumb ferhoodled". When I got the characters straightened out and understood the background a little better, I began to enjoy the story. There was a little more comic relief than I prefer in these series, but this is not a terrible problem. I enjoyed it enough to know that I have to look for Book One before Book Three becomes available.3 stars“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.