Book Beat - The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher

**Last-minute addition!** Suzanne Woods Fisher is giving away a copy of The Lesson. Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. Please include your email address in the following format: sarah[at]sarahsundin[dot]com, so we can notify the winner. US only please. I'll post the winner on Tuesday January 29, 2013.

Precocious, funny, and strong-willed. When I "met" Mary Kate Lapp in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Keeper and The Haven, I hoped M.K. would get her own book. And she did.

In The Lesson, M.K. runs down the schoolteacher on her scooter and is assigned to replace that teacher in the classroom--the last place she wants to be. Meanwhile, close-mouthed new-to-town Chris Yoder goes to work for M.K.'s father. Mysterious things begin to happen in their quiet town, and M.K. is determined to find out who's responsible. She finds herself increasingly drawn to Chris as a handsome young man--and her most likely suspect.

Three hallmarks of Suzanne's writing draw me to her books--her multi-faceted characters, her delightful sense of humor, and her willingness to tackle tough subjects. All three are showcased in The Lesson. M.K. is a charming troublemaker and makes humor abound in the story, but she also grows and learns to take responsibility for her actions. And Chris is fascinating, torn between love for his chosen Amish community, duty to protect his younger sister, and loyalty to his drug-addicted mother. The story explores the heartbreak of addiction and the children left behind when parents are incarcerated - and the reality is not sugar-coated.

Even if you don't ordinarily read Amish fiction, I highly recommend this novel.

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