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Mending Fences

(The Deacon's Family #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four
Paperback, 329 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Oh my word, this book was amazing!!! This was my first ever Amish fiction and this most definitely will not be my last. I love how the Amish live, not saying I personally could ever do it, but they live such simple plain lives. Hence the name, Plain people. 😂

Everything in this book keep me flipping pages. I really love how the Amish church was portrayed. I really loved how Amos has a change of mind about Luke. I really, really loved seeing his character development. It was amazing to see just h
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I struggled reading this one. I think it was just that I had read an over load of Amish One can only read so many at one time. The story was unique in it's own way. I just wish that it had held my attention better. ...more
Kelsie Maxwell
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book one in her The Deacon’s Family series. This series is new but many of the characters are old friends from previous series. Stoney Ridge is the setting for these series, and it feels like home.

Luke Schrock is returning to Stoney Ridge after his latest trip to rehab. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he finds himself boarding with the Lapps, who own Windmill Farm. As part of Luke’s recovery from alcohol addiction he’s working on the Twelve Step Progra
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviews, owned
I typically dislike Amish fiction, but I loved this book.

The redemption and healing displayed in this book was shocking but so, so well-done. I don’t cry easily at books, but Mending Fences would easily send any “normal crier reader” into tears because the character development and forgiveness was extremely touching and poignant.

Let’s talk about the hate-to-love friendship / romance. I absolutely love how the book was pretty much completely free in the romance department. I mean, yes, there is a
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I love this author's books for the deep themes she deftly explores. Normally I want romance to be the focus of a book, but the author did such a fabulous job showing the redemption journey of Luke and how he changes. I love the balance of subtle nudges and more attention-getting epiphanies that contribute to the opening of his eyes, the development of his conscience, and compassion for others. It was so thought-provoking and I appreciated that it was not an instant or overnight change, but a mor ...more
Aaaahhhh, this book was so sweeeeeet!
// My Thoughts
From the moment Luke steps into Windmill Farm, I was absorbed in the story!
Fern and Amos were so kind and caring to both him and Izzy and you could definitely see the change in their lives upon arriving at Windmill Farm.
Luke had such a unique personality. He was a former trouble maker in the community and he completely changes around and becomes a fabulous character! His background and rehabilitation story was very well written in a good, ins
Deanne Patterson
This is the first book in the Deacon's Family series. I really like that characters in her past series show up in this book. The author has a wonderful understanding of the Amish and their faith and lifestyle.
The recent Amish books are different than the Amish writing style from when I first started reading them. The Amish are more relaxed and understanding, the bishop's are not so uptight and more Englisher like. The book has some pretty unexpected events and a beautiful miracle at the end. Tw
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MENDING FENCES is the first book in an outstanding new series by one of my favorite Amish authors Suzanne Woods Fisher. Those who've read her books know all -- or most of the characters in this new series and I quickly fell in love with bad boy Luke and hurting Izzy and was glad to reconnect with many old favorites. Like Bishop David. Such a wise man. And Amos. I was praying for him in this book.

I couldn't keep from laughing out loud of some of Luke's mistakes. Drunk cats. A snake, lose in a wo
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I've yet to meet a Suzanne Woods Fisher novel I don't like.

In Mending Fences, readers are back to Stoney Ridge. This quote sums up the novel nicely: "Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future."

Luke Schrock has wreaked a lot of havoc in his short life. He returns to Stoney Ridge after his third time in rehab.

Izzy Miller grew up in the foster system and feels so fortunate to be a part of the Amish community in Stoney Ridge. She first met Luke in rehab.

I loved how Luke lived out AA step 8 a
Jan 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Mending Fences is sort of like a 12 step program for the Amish. After rehab from alcohol, an Amish man returns to his community to apologize and make amends for all the stupid things he did. It's not an easy task, and the story is well written to show the struggle of this. The characters grow and learn. They are thoughtful and kind and refreshing. I enjoyed this story of redemption. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy this one. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Karen R
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story with an uplifting redemptive theme!
The Amish community of Stoney Ridge warily welcomes back its local 'bad boy', fresh out of rehab. Luke has a lot of personal challenges to face in order to win back their trust and move on in his own life.

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
This well written story never lagged, and the character development was perfectly paced, with some humorous moments to balance out the serious side. Addiction, abandonment, dealing with
I am sure if you have read Suzanne Woods Fishers book or a few you may have read a book about Luke Schrock in one of her books. Then you ran into Stoney Ridge community. I know I did. It nice to see Luke and see if he make it in the world.

He is mentioned in the “The Queting” in the Bishop series. This book is mostly about Luke and him making amends. Though we meet someone new named Issy? Luke seem to want to be friends with this girl that at windmill farm.

There seems to be a story behind Issy an
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a delightful contemporary Amish novel about healing and new beginnings. It is the first book in a new series, The Deacon’s Family and I cannot wait for the subsequent books.
Broken people are at the heart of the story. Some are broken due to poor choices, others have been broken and shaped by childhood. “God does His best work with messes.” Events have coloured our view of ourselves. We need others to point out our true worth. “You’re not just a girl on t
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
Holy buckets, this is a good book! Mending Fences is unlike any Amish fiction book I have ever read. I devoured it in one day. The characters are real, brutal and fascinating. What an amazing writer Suzanne Woods Fischer is, I cannot believe I have never read a book of hers before. She wrote characters I instantly connected to, feel in love with, got irritated with and wanted to know more about their lives. I loved the ending; however, I really hope this is just a set up for a new series
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books and I have to say that this has to be her best one yet! She shows us the the brokenness of the characters and makes it so real! Her characters had to face some really tough situations in this book. There was such a powerful message of forgiveness here! We have to learn to forgive others, but most importantly, we have to learn to forgive ourselves. I loved these characters and can’t wait to see what comes next for them in the next book! This is on ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Mending Fences begins with the unique plot of Amish Luke Schrock returning to his hometown, after a stint in rehab, to make amends for his past pranks. He ends up sleeping in the barn on the farm of Amos and Fern Lapp, where he meets Izzy Miller, a young woman the Lapps are also sheltering. It was interesting watching Luke try to make friends with Izzy, but she was a little too street smart for the handsome smooth talking Luke. Luke is rooming at the Lapps in exchange for helping Amos on the far ...more
Melissa Henderson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A touching story of forgiveness and redemption. Would you be able to find people you have hurt in the past and ask for their forgiveness? Could you reach out and ask for a second chance? In this story, an honest vulnerability is found when Luke finally hits rock bottom and is given a choice to begin again. Each one of us can learn from this story. Great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest personal opinion. No review was required.
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher takes us on a journey to Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. Luke Schrock has just finished rehab for the third time and is returning to his hometown. Luke is not sure of the reception he will receive after the various stunts he has pulled over the years. Bishop David Stoltzfus meets Luke’s bus and takes him to Windmill Farm owned by Fern and Amos Lapp. Luke will live in the barn since the Lapp’s have Izzy Miller, another recovering alcoholic, staying in their home ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Amazing. Intense. Words cannot describe this fabulous Amish Christian novel! It is about repentance and seeking forgiveness, grace and acceptance. It shows how alcoholism and substance abuse are often family diseases. We see the model for recovery in the twelve steps, how a person in recovery is helped with love that is tough, and how the Lord works through His people to bring healing to those who want it.

Luke spent most of the past year in rehab, the last stint being six months. He wa
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any day I can travel 'home' to Stoney Ridge is a good reading day! Absolutely love that this new series -- The Deacon's Family -- is set in this much-loved fictional town with lots of carryover characters from previous series to catch up with. I'm still giddy over my Stoney Ridge bookcation!

While Mending Fences can be read as a standalone, I think you'll appreciate all the delicious nuances even more if you've familiar with some of these characters already. Like David and Amos and Fern...and esp
Robin Reynolds
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: revell-reads
*received from the publisher for review*

Luke Schrock and Izzy Miller are two lost souls, and a little unique, at least in my experience. I don't think I've ever come across a main character in an Amish story who had a history of drug/alcohol abuse. But both Luke and Izzy have been in rehab. It was refreshing.

Izzy is a sweet character, young but not idealistic. She had a rough childhood in the foster care system. She's happy with her new life, and grateful to the community for accepting her and
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read by Suzanne Woods Fisher!!! I think that this will be by far my favorite one by her!l
She never disappoints me with her stories!!! Her writing style is impeccable!! I love it!!!
I think this is the perfect title for this book.
She has written some humor into this one too.
Poor Amos and David!! I love these kind and bravehearted souls.
There were times when I wanted to shake Amos Lapp until his teeth rattled. I'd love to it for Fern who has a big heart of her own! Fern who rarely cr
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it again! I just might believe her latest book, Mending Fences, is my favorite. In the book, she takes us back to Stoney Ridge, where we get to spend time with all of our favorite characters: Amos and Fern Lapp, David Stoltzfus, Hank Lapp, and Luke Schrock. We also get to meet Izzy, a young girl with a troubled spirit and a childhood that haunts her. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud or cried while reading it (which I did in one day ...more
Carole Jarvis
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an incredible book and I hardly know how to do it justice. Amish fiction fans will be thrilled with this story, but I’ve always said that Fisher’s books have an appeal that reaches far beyond the Amish fiction audience, and that is certainly true with Mending Fences. The reason is simply that her novels are relationship/character driven and filled with complexity. Readers can connect with people just
Maureen Timerman
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is a wonderful new series by this talented author, but some of the characters are old friends, or ones that I had an opinion of previously, and I was quickly engrossed in this book!
There is an old saying that “for every action there is a reaction”, which I believe is attributed to Newton, but in this case where forgiveness is asked for and according to Amish faith, is freely given, a second request of how the action affected the lives of those accosted, and there are surprises here both goo
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mending Fences is a very well written inspirational romance. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters as well as the author’s writing. Fans of Amish fiction will really enjoy this book. I received an arc from Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mending Fences is the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest series, The Deacon's Family, and it is fantastic. As a huge fan of a Amish Fiction, I have read most of Suzanne Woods Fisher\s books and when offered the chance to read this book and series I was ecstatic. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes with authority about: The Amish Faith, the different districts of The Amish, addiction, recovery, making amends, orchards, running a farm, adoption, and the legal system. I have had the pleasure of re ...more
Chautona Havig
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is Amish Fiction on the Way Out?

Confession time: I didn’t read the synopsis. I just clicked and asked for a review copy when it came up and took a chance that I’d like it.

The first page offered me something I hadn’t seen before. An Amish kid just out of rehab. For the third time.

That said, Ms. Fisher did a fabulous job of making me despise the main character. I couldn’t stand him. For the curious, that’s a good thing. We’re not supposed to like him. Not at first.

This book took me a little bit to
June Jacobs
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read dozens of Amish romance novels in the past two decades or so, and this book is in my Top 5 of my favorites in this genre!

The story begins with the main male character, Luke Schrock, exhibiting arrogant, obnoxious, and self-centered behavior in just about every encounter he has with others. He is an alcoholic who has been in and out of rehab three times.

When he is released this time, he moves back to his Amish community to live with a middle-aged couple, Amos and Fern Lapp, who believ
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I'm so happy to have another chance to return to the Stoney Ridge Amish community! Mending Fences is the first book in Fisher's new Deacon's Family series, and it could be read without knowledge of her prior series, but longtime readers will love checking back in with some beloved characters, including Amos & Fern Lapp, David & Birdie Stoltzfus, UNCLE HANK, and main character (and former hooligan) Luke Schrock.

Mending Fences is largely Luke's story. Fresh out of rehab, he returns to Stoney Ridge
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to inc

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