The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell) is the satisfying, well written conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series. The book really should not be read as a standalone as it is so much more interesting and meaningful to read the entire series in order. The Revealing is filled with humor, romance, reconciliation, and mystery with a consistent message of forgiveness woven throughout the novel.
The book opens with Naomi King keeping secrets from her older brother, Galen, about who she has fallen in love with and how she has been sneaking out to visit him in prison. Toby Schrock will be getting out of prison soon and Naomi vows to be his wife when that happens. Just before Toby is released, a very strange, very pregnant Englischer girl, Paisley, comes to the Schrock farm and announces she is about to have Toby’s baby and she will be marrying him as soon as Toby comes home.
Paisley seems to know quite a bit about Toby but she is extremely interested in how much the Schrock farm is worth. She is totally disinterested in doing any chores or helping out in any way. When Toby’s sister tells Naomi what is going on, Naomi immediately makes arrangements to sneak out to the prison to ask Toby about Paisley. Toby admits to knowing Paisley but denies that he is the father of her baby. Upon reflection, he admits there is a slim possibility, but any time spent with Paisley had happened before he and Naomi had become a couple. Naomi is sickened and filled with anxiety to think of her Toby with that Englischer girl, Paisley. Within a few days Naomi becomes determined not to be afraid of Paisley.
Paisley goes into labor before Toby is released from prison. Toby’s mother, Rose Schrock gets Paisley to the local hospital where she gives birth to a baby girl with Down syndrome. Paisley has no interest in the baby, won’t hold her, she refuses to care for the baby. Right before Toby comes home from prison, Paisley takes off in the middle of the night, leaving her baby girl behind with the Schrock’s. Toby decides to get a DNA test done. What will the DNA test results reveal? Will Toby bond with the baby? Will Naomi and Toby reconcile?
Suzanne Woods Fisher has given her readers several fascinating multi layered plots and subplots in The Revealing. The book boasts thorough characterization as well as overflowing spiritual depth. Readers can expect to be chuckling one minute and getting misty eyed over the sweetly written romance the next minute. This book has it all and is highly recommended for all readers. The Revealing was published July 1, 2014.
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