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Two Steps Forward

(The Deacon's Family #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him--until they didn't. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N' Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She's offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock
Paperback, 317 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published February 2020)
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Deanne Patterson
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The third book in the Deacon's Family series was highly anticipated by me and it fully lived up to my expectations.
While the main character is not Luke in this book I've really enjoyed seeing his story unfold from troubled and trouble causing teen to a strong faith journey. He gets his strength in the Lord.
This is Jimmy Fisher and Sylvie Schrock King's story.
Jimmy returns home after being in the Englishger world for some time.
His mother is not the nurturing type and always seems to find fault i
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This third book in The Deacon's Family series continues to share the journey of Luke in his role as deacon of the Amish community, assisting the bishop with the concerns and issues in Stoney Ridge. Luke is growing in maturity and confidence, and still has his unique way of looking at things and solving problems. Edith's bitter grudge against Luke's cousin Sylvie was surprising, and it was interesting to learn about the backstory of Sylvie's arrival to the community and how she made a home in a p ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Jimmy returns home to Lancaster County after the ranch where he worked closed. He meets Sylvie, young widow of Jake, and her young son. Sylvie wants to breed her Arabian horse with an Amish carriage horse, but Jimmy knows the horse is worth much more. The two are drawn to each other, but will Jimmy get cold feet or be able to go against his mother's wishes? The book contains a pro-life message. Readers of earlier installments in the series will be happy to find Bishop David as well as Luke and I ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I loved going back to Stoney Ridge. Fisher is a great Amish author, she can write with such emotions that you feel it on every page. This was a real page turner. If you have not read the first two books in The Deacon's Family you can still read this one as a stand alone. You will not be disappointed.
I gave this book and whole series 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Melissa Henderson
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From family secrets to past mistakes to searching for forgiveness, this story is filled with unique relationships. Determination and fortitude are found in strong characters. I enjoyed this story. Great read. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
4.5 stars

Wowza....a lot happened in this a lot. Those last 50 pages were insane man. I went from rejoicing to nearly crying to being happy again. SO.MUCH.EMOTION! Though, this wasn't my absolute favorite, I really did like this book. There were so many aspects that I just loved.

As much as I loved reading about Jimmy and Sylvie, I think I was more invested in Luke and Izzy's story, lol. I really did love Jimmy and Sylvie though. I loved seeing their character development, especially
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two Steps Forward is penned in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s style with dimensional characters with flaws, secrets, determination, flexibility and a love for God brought realistic issues to life. Jimmy was immediately attracted to a beautiful Arabian horse owned by widow Sylvie who lived on the farm next to his mother and step-father. He needed a job and she needed someone to clean up Rising Star Farm and all the junk Jake King had accumulated. The underlying attitude of his mother against Sylvie broug ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of this author's. If you enjoy reading Amish stories or just a good story in general, than, you will want to check out books from this author. This is the first book I have read in this series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel.

I instantly connected with the characters. Although, I must admit that Hank did get on my nerves. He was always talking in CAPS as if he was yelling. In a way, he may have been yelling or just really loud. I just did not like whenever he talked it wa
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful set of characters and I was happy to see some of the old ones too!!
I enjoyed returning to Stony Ridge again.
This is an excellent story and I feel that is a wonderful conclusion to this series!!
I was so sad to see this book and the series end.
I'm wondering if anyone notices that there is a theme here? At least it seems to me it is.
The son returns home after being gone for years flat broke etc.
I thought it was interesting to read how Fisher puts these lovable characters through
Maureen Timerman
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I loved being back with this group of Amish, they now feel like family, and I have come to know them.
Our bad boy Luke is now back, and wow, what a change, he has now grown up, but the story does focus a lot on his loving wife Izzy.
The author also gives us Sylvie, and Edith’s returning son Jimmy, and how they try to save Rising Star Farm, watch out for termites!
Now if you haven’t read the past two books, don’t worry enough information is given that you won’t be lost, but warning you will have to
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Two Steps Forward" is a charming finale to the Deacon's Family Series. I have enjoyed my visits to Stoney Ridge with Luke, Izzie and the rest of the the characters that make up this lovely series. This book was a perfect finale to the set. It was a little slow going for me at first but once I got a little ways in, the story absolutely hooked me-so much so I read the last 200 pages in one setting! I loved Izzy's story in this book and meeting Sylvie, Joey and Jimmy was a pleasure. I am not usual ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
While I'm not a fan of Amish novels in general, I'm always up for a return to Stoney Ridge! And the fact that this book is largely about Jimmy Fisher, first introduced clear back in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, just made Two Steps Forward more attractive to me.

Upon his return to Stoney Ridge, Jimmy immediately meets widow Sylvie Schrock King, who owns the farm next to Jimmy's mother Edith and stepfather Hank's and is despised by Edith. When Sylvie offers Jimmy a job, he accepts—partly to hel
Have you ever been caught off guard, that you got emotional from a book? Well if you did not know Suzanne Woods Fisher books. This one made me get emotional in a good way. Though I was in tears trying to read a few chapters. I would wipe them away and try and continue reading the book. Well, this did not help. It just keeps happening. Though I can say they were happy tears over sad ones. What triggered them I do not know.

It was something that the author wrote in the chapter that made me start th
Rachel DeVaughn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the main character Sylvie as she struggles to raise her son as a single mom on a farm after the recent death of her husband. She offers Jimmy a job on her farm when he arrives in town, much to his mothers dismay. She was a wonderful, strong character who was not afraid of work or personal sacrifice.

I liked the funny interactions (and misunderstandings) between the two of them and the eye winking part throughout the book was hilarious!

I enjoyed reading about the farm, daily work, a
June Jacobs
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Mending Fences, as part of the Revell Reads Blogger program in 2019. Click on this link to read my review of Mending Fences. Two Steps Forward can be read as a standalone, but I recommend you read the previous books in the series so you can enjoy the entire trilogy!

I have read many of this author's works. I enjoy her Amish fiction and her contemporary fiction. This book has the depth and emotion I have come to expect and enjoy in this author's
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful read by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
Sylvia King has recently been widowed and is trying to keep her husband's farm solvent through her new horse breeding business. She works long and hard but there is so much to b e done. When she notices a new young man in town she offers him a job helping her with the farm.
This is a well written story, paced well, and a fun read.

*Library Thing win
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
TWO STEPS FORWARD is the conclusion of The Deacon's Family series. It does stand alone but fans will want to read Ms Fisher's other books as the community is close-knit.

There were plenty of smiles, a few chuckles, and some surprises, but mostly sweet moments when secrets were revealed and family ties strengthened.

I loved how Izzy's story was wrapped up. And Jimmy is just Jimmy...but curious minds want to know, is Hank Jimmy's dad?

I love Ms. Fisher's books. She is one of my top five Amish author
Connie Saunders
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two Steps Forward is proof once again that Suzanne Woods Fisher is a masterful storyteller and this time, she shares a romance between a young Amish widow and the 'once rebel' Amish cowboy Jimmy Fisher. Sylvie Schrock KIng has a young son and she is trying to raise him and a special breed of Arabian-Amish horses on her "desperately in need of a fixer-upper" farm. Jimmy becomes interested in Sylvie after he returns to Stoney Ridge but his very domineering mother seems determined to keep them apar ...more
Karen R
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Growing up is hard on a man." Jimmy Fisher definitely has some growing up to do. Motivated to gain back his independence, he works hard to help out a neighbor, the young widow, Sylvie, and her precocious son, Joey. Another delightful book in the Deacon's Family series! Continuing the story begun in the first two books, with a bit of recap to refresh the memory. I loved this one too, picking up with Izzy and Luke's lives again a year later.

“For in you the fatherless find compassion.” Told with
Abigail Harris
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a while now I haven't been able to read Amish fiction, after reading several boring Amish novels -- I was in a Amish reading slump. Two Steps Forward brought back my enjoyment of Amish fiction. Fisher brings you an Amish book that is different from nearly all I have read, she wrote a series I have fallen in love with. Most times I come to lack any positive feelings towards the Amish characters because I dislike their beliefs.

In Two Steps Forward I found relatable characters, a beautiful sett
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
First Initial Thoughts

Sylvie is a young widow with a young boy who wants to create a horse ranch. Her late husband, which wasn’t quite clear in the beginning but we find out later was actually quite older than her. He took her in when she came back to Stoney Ridge a couple of years ago because of her situation. Her son, Joey is not Jake’s, her late husband. She never really loved him but appreciated his generosity and kindness. Her neighbor Edith is a pain in the backside. She wants Sylvie’s lan
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
"Growing up is hard on a man. If he'd done well for himself, coming home again should be one of his finest days. The kind of day that kept him buoyed up with hopeful visions to survive his lowest moments: A mother peering out the kitchen window, eager for the first sign of her returning son. A sweet aromatic cinnamon cake baking in the oven. A loyal dog, muzzle now gray, sitting by the mailbox. Unfortunately for Jimmy Fisher, he hadn't done terribly well for himself since he'd left Stoney Ridge. ...more
Randi Sampson
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two Steps Forward is the third and final book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Deacons Family... and I must admit I'm sad to see it end as I've really enjoyed this group of characters that we have gotten to know throughout. And yes, we get to revisit those characters in this book as well. Still, if you haven't read the previous two books, I think this would read just fine as a standalone too. I had personally only read the second book, and find that while you might miss some good backstory on some ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
For years now I have been enjoying trips to Stoney Ridge through the pages of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books. It's always nice to catch up with the characters and get introduced to new members. While this is an Amish community and I'm not Amish there are so many ways that I can relate to this group of people.

Ms. Fisher does a marvelous job of reminding us that even though we live a bit differently we still have a lot in common. Being Amish doesn't keep you from sorrow or strife. But it also doesn'
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, revell
Able to be read as a standalone, Suzanne Woods Fisher’s “Two Steps Forward” is the third and final book in the Deacon’s Family series. Having read the previous book but not the first one, I was still able to follow along without any trouble. This is one aspect of Fisher’s writing that I appreciate the most, that the characters are fluid throughout the various series, yet the books can be read out of order. Appended to the front of this story is a cast of characters list, which I always find help ...more
Pam Pavkov
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two Steps Forward is the third amazing book written by Suzanne Woods Fisher in her The Deacon's Family series. This story takes us back to Stoney Ridge and all the creative characters from previous books. The cover tells a story all on its own. I enjoy knowing the person on the cover is the character in the story. It helps to bring the story to life.

The story opens with the arrival of a stranger to a few people but well known to others. Jimmy Fisher who we became aquatinted with in a previous bo
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since I haven’t read any of the earlier books in this series, my review will be my thoughts regarding just this book. And as you know, sometimes being familiar with the characters and their backstories can make a difference.

To be honest, the book started out interesting, but rather slow. However, as I continued reading it did begin to pick up and interest me. There are moments where secrets come to light and faith is addressed. But it is all balanced with a touch of humor.

The various characters
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked visiting Stoney Ridge and catching up with all of its characters. This story starts off with Jimmy Fisher coming back home and his first meeting with widow Sylvie King. She thinks he is homeless and he thinks she keeps "winking" at him. More on that later.

This town has a lot of colorful characters and on more than one occasion I found myself laughing out loud. This story focuses on Sylvie, her son, and Jimmy. How they begin to work together to clean up her ranch and start a business with
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm quietly sobbing into my lace handkerchief because this is the last book in The Deacon's Family series and I'm not ready to let these characters go! I can only hope that Suzanne Woods Fisher continues the pattern and returns to Stoney Ridge for her next series! You can totally read Two Steps Forward as a standalone but if you've been keeping current with the Deacon's family and the Stoney Ridge community you will be over-the-moon ecstatic with this story.

Luke is continuing to find his bearing
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's all about letting folks carve their own path, stumbles and all. When people come to the end of themselves, that's where they'll find God.

Jimmy Fischer has come back to Stoney Ridge. An Amish cowboy that tried his passion in Colorado. Raising horses and coming back to Stoney Ridge he encounters a beautiful horse owned by his mother's nemesis Sylvia. Sylvia has her own past but is looking toward the future in raising Arabian stallions and her son. Not normally the Amish way, she is drawn to
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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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