About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Anything But Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anything But Plain

It's not easy being the bishop's daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She's not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappointing others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse.

Knowing Lydie is "between" jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she's going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder--the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he's in love with her, but she knows she's not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan's father reminds her frequently.

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge, a small town that feels like an old friend.


'Something was always happening to Lydie.'
This is why she plans to leave Stoney Ridge. Not because she wants to, but because she doesn't want to keep disappointing her family. She knows she will be leaving much of her heart behind, including the part that belongs to Nathan Yoder, but this is what she must do. Nathan is a young Amish farmer who wants to restore his mother's family farm to its former glory and believes that organic farming is the way to achieve this. He also believes that Lydie is the girl for him! Both of them have so many obstacles to overcome but can they conquer them together?

I loved this book! The characters, being able to return to Stoney Ridge, and the multi-layered plot that is so thought-provoking. Anything But Plain gives us an in-depth of Lydie's struggle with ADHD and the treatment that is recommended by Dok Ruth. How many times have you seen an Amish character with ADHD? Nathan's desire to practice organic farming is ridiculed by his father and brother, and I found myself extremely irritated with his father Walt Yoder. Guess all Amish people can't be as kind and likable as Bishop David Stoltzfus! And then there's the romance! Lydie may doubt herself but Nathan loves her just the way she is. There are a lot of misunderstandings between them but I just kept hoping that they could finally be together!

Faith, wisdom, and a genuine love for the Amish people are a big part of this delightful story and I'm always inspired after I read a book by this author. Well done, Suzanne Woods Fisher!

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With over 1.5 million copies sold, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of over 30 books, ranging from novels to children’s books to non-fiction. She is a Christy Award finalist, a winner of Carol and Selah awards, and a two-time finalist for ECPA Book of the Year. She writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. Suzanne lives with her very big family in northern California.

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