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  • Series: Stoney Ridge Seasons (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Sometimes love shows up when you least expect it.

Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp yearns for adventure, but all she seems to find is trouble. Her dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. And nothing ever seems to happen in her sleepy Amish community.

But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, M.K. is frustrated that no one takes it seriously. She's determined to take matters into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. Will she find more than she bargained for?

Centered on one of bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the Stoney Ridge story you have been waiting for. With a surprise at every turn, a gentle romance, and a shocking answer to an old family mystery, The Lesson is the dramatic conclusion to the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, 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 Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

More About the Author

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

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I absolutely loved M.K.'s character - she had me laughing a lot!
Melanie
This author draws the reader into her stories with her strong characters and interesting and intriguing plots.
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I read and reviewed the first book in this series and of course had to buy the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pleasantly surprised by The Lesson! I'm pretty sure this is the third book I've read by Suzanne Woods Fisher and it may be my favorite! I absolutely loved M.K.'s character - she had me laughing a lot! I also really liked Chris's character.

There were some surprises in The Lesson that made my enjoyment of the book go even higher. I also loved the mystery surrounding the unexplained death that had happened in Stoney Ridge.

Even though I don't read that many Amish novels, I do enjoy a few every once in a while, and The Lesson was a great one. I recommend it if you enjoy Amish fiction.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

"Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Mary Kate Lapp (or as her family and friends call her, M.K.) is a nineteen-year-old yearning for a mystery in the third and final book in the popular Stoney Ridge Seasons series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

M.K. plans of leaving her small Amish community comes to a crashing halt as she literarlly crashes her scooter into the schoolteacher, Alice Smucker, causing the old woman to abandon her teaching duties for ten weeks because of her injuries. The Bishop orders M.K. to become the substitute teacher since she was the one that ran into Alice.

The poor girl had recently found the body of a farmer that had been shot to death and she eagerly wants to investigate it, but the authorities, her family and friends tell her not to get involved.

Teaching was something that has never interested M.K. and she doesn't enjoy becoming the new schoolteacher at first, but eventually she enjoys it.

The mysterious Chris Yoder and his younger sister, Jenny, arrive in town. Jenny becomes one of M.K. students. M.K. knows that there is something odd about them, but she can't figure out what.

Who are Chris and Jenny Yoder?

Why is Alice Smacker taking so much time off?

And who is behind the murder?

I was more than glad to see that M.K. finally get to be a main character as she stole every scene she was in during The Keeper and The Haven. The author does a wonderful job of adding suspense, humor and romance in the final Stoney Ridge Seasons book. The supporting characters are nicely written as well as the dialogue. The Lesson is fast paced sequel that I read in one sitting and I'm hoping that the author will write some sort of spin-off with M.K. in the near future. Overall, The Lesson is my favorite out of the series and I recommend it to other Amish fiction readers.

Note - I received the book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
You are going to LOVE the conclusion to the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. As with any of Suzanne's books I could not put it down. I loved Mary Kate Lapp and Chris and his sister Jenny. I feel in love with all three of them right off the bat.

This is a must read series. Best book hands down in the series.
If you have not read Suzanne's books before, this is fantastic series to start out with.
I gave this book 5 stars
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on January 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Another great book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is Mary Kate Lapps story, a free spirit, as you know if you have read the other books in this series. She loves her brown bees, and her red scooter. Can just picture her riding down hill with her eyes closed on this scooter...when she collides with Chris Yoder. Another collision with the then teacher, ends up making her the teacher!
You have to "love" Fern, she seems to have it all...a Love of God, and family. She seems to be able to see into another person's heart, and loves her step-children as her own.
M K is still a bit flighty, and of course, things happen to this young woman, and she doesn't always use the best judgement. She really does have a big heart, and she cares. When she makes a mistake, she is often devastated and remorseful.
Enjoy a great look into the Amish way of life, you won't be sorry.

I received this book Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading all of the Stoney Ridge Seasons novels. I'm reviewing The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher for NetGalley, but hadn't read The Keeper and The Haven so over the last week and a half I read them.

With all three books I quickly found myself caught up in the stories. Suzanne does a great job of weaving people's lives together, throwing in some conflict and a little bit of romance. You don't get a wedding story in any of the books; I was slightly surprised and disappointed by this. I always want to know if they had kids, how many and so forth. I spend a lot of time getting to know the characters and cheering them on so I like to be rewarded with a "happily ever after". In The Haven we learn Julia and Rome got married and moved to Ohio, but nothing else is mentioned about them. Did they have kids? In The Lesson we learn during the seven year span between The Haven and The Lesson Amos and Fern got married as well as Sadie and Gid. Sadie and Gid live local and have redheaded twins; a boy and a girl. I felt more informed about Sadie then I did Julia, but we eventually learn that Julia has four boys. We didn't hear anything about Joe-Jo until the end of the book. =( I was really hoping to hear he lived close to Amos and Fern or at least know how he's doing.

In The Lesson we get to know Mary Kate (M.K.). She's 19 and still acts like a kid. She's VERY irresponsible. How many 19 year olds do you know would ride a scooter down a hill with their eyes closed? Well, her immaturity cost her big time when she runs her scooter into the Amish teacher and is forced to grow up and take her place. At first she's lousy at it, but after hearing some of the kids opinions of her she decides she wants to be the best teacher she can.
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