Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .
New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.
Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.
There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.
Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.
Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a sweet yet funny Amish tale. The cast of characters have a way of making laugh so hard, cry along with them, and fall in love with them. Troubled times have come to this particular Amish community. A new deacon has been appointed. Yet the young man feels he is not up to leading his church. Yet he was nominated. Luke feels worried about failing his church and community.
His wife is going through a rough patch. She still feels like she is to be unloved by others. She once was in foster care herself. Remembering those terrible times, has gotten the worse of her. Then, there’s the baby making time…so far, she and her husband haven’t had a child of their own.
Foster care children in the surrounding area, need a new home. Luke leads his church into the fostering of these kids. So far, some have taken it kindly. Others like the twin girls that the school teacher fostered, are struggling.
Suzanne Woods Fisher knows how to bring her characters to life. I felt like I was their experiencing it all first hand. The worries, the fear, the hope, and the love this community has and gives was beautiful. Overall, I do recommend this novel to all readers.