Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher, ©2014

The Inn at Eagle Hill, Book 2
   "I take all these scraps and leftovers and odds and ends, and turn them into something beautiful. Something useful and purposeful. It just seems like that's what God is always doing, all around us. Taking our jumble of mess and transforming it into something wondrous."
   --Naomi and quilting, The Calling, 189.
Sequestered at the Inn at Eagle Hill, a lone guest continues to experience the freedom and love shown from her innkeepers. Reverend Geena Spencer had been given a gift certificate for the inn and because of the heat, other reservations canceled giving her a continued stay. Perhaps this is where she was meant to be all along, to refresh and to refocus on her calling to serve youth. Separated from her church, fired actually for lack of sermonizing skills, Geena longs to find her place.

I wonder if the family at Eagle Hill know the legacy they are leaving for others? Sisters, Mim and Bethany, visit at the Sisters' House. Bethany tries to help the elderly sisters clear their comfortable home to invite others in ~ but... they keep snatching things out of the keep, throw, give away boxes! Mim likes to come and visit with Ella, "the oldest of the five ancient sisters who lived together in an even more ancient house." Mim is the silent "Mrs. Miracle" at the local newspaper, the Stoney Ridge Times, as Bethany, 20, collects the filled manila envelope for Mim to answer inquiries. Mim is fourteen years old and keeps her ears open to wise comments around her that will be just the thing to tell in her advice column she mails in to the paper. Brother, Tobe, has answers of his own to give to solve the dilemma of their failed securities family business, and returning invested money to their contributors.

Seeing needs beyond their own homes, Stoney Ridge residents care for others. Despite struggles, help comes without thought of recognition as they steadily work together giving for the betterment of others. This is a true revealing of hearts.

The Calling may be read as a stand-alone, continuing the story from Book 1, The Letters, which tells about the beginning of the inn and introduces you to the care of this family.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist, a Carol Award winner, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

The Revealing
Look for Naomi's story this summer in the conclusion of the Inn at Eagle Hill series ~ The Revealing.

***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to review The Calling and to Revell for sending me a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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  1. I haven't got this series yet but love the author and will be looking for them, thanks for sharing your comments.

    Paula O

  2. Thanks, Paula. This is a family story and follows them from the reason for beginning the Inn, and the second story of their involvement in the community. I like the gentleness in her writings, and especially this second book with its humor. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House