In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher 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.
And, perhaps, that is the problem.
For Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Lesson (Revell, 2013) to really work as a romance, M.K. must grow up. By that I mean that M.K. must be believably presented as a nineteen year old young women from the outset, rather than the tween she was when she appeared in the previous two books To me, she's not. It's as if the M.K. character was too beloved to risk tampering with too much. That, unfortunately, leaves The Lesson a pretty good story without a believable lead to carry it.
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I received a complimentary copy of The Lesson to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. For full disclosure, see the sidebar.