Friday, April 5, 2013


Story Description: 
Baker Publishing Group|January 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1989-0 
In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a school teacher’s desk.  A run-in (literally) with the school teacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport…just in case.  The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community.  Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands.  Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K. she jumps headlong into trouble. 
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated.  The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world – with surprising results.  Fisher’s trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. 
My Review: 
Every time I read one of these novels with M.K. as the star I just shake my head.  M.K. or Mary Kate Lapp is now nineteen-years-old but still has the propensity for getting herself into trouble.  At every single turn of the page she is into someone else’s business and accusing someone of something only to find that she jumped head first into the fire and should have waited, then spends half an hour saying “What have I done….what have I done now?” 
After running into the school teacher with her scooter, the teacher needs time off to recuperate and the Board of Education believes that M.K. would be the best person to fill-in as a substitute but M.K. does not want to teach school and is dreading every single moment of it.  She was slowly counting down the days until her time was up when she overheard one of the students say something terribly derogatory about her teaching ability that soon changed her tune and she began to take the job more seriously. 
Then, a young man moves into the community just as a farmer is killed and of course good ‘ol M.K. doesn’t think the Sheriff is doing a good enough job at solving the crime and decides to get involved herself.  Next thing you know some innocent person is being dragged off to jail in the back of a police car all thanks to her.  Once again, “what has she done!” 
M.K. makes me laugh out loud.  She just can’t seem to mind her own business and is so busy conducting everyone else’s that she doesn’t pay enough attention to her own. 
My only complaint with this third in the series was the ending.  It was totally abrupt.  I turned the page expecting to read more and there was nothing.  I felt the author left us hanging and should have added at least another chapter at the end to tie up some loose ends but I suppose it’s been left up to our imaginations.  I, personally, would have preferred to see the story continue on for a bit.  Other than that, this was a crackerjack read and you’ll enjoy it immensely!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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