My Review of The Lesson:
Mary Kate Lapp has one of those days that can be considered terrible. She calls to report a murder, is accused of running her scooter into Alice Smucker, and is now expected to be a substitute teacher. She sees an end in sight to substituting and gives it a try, even though some of her students are difficult and think that she is not capable of teaching. She finds that she has students that haven't found their talents and she tries to help them discover them. Chris and Jenny are orphans and do not want to reveal much about themselves; Chris gained the responsibility of looking after his sister. Jenny happens to be a student in the class that Mary Kate (M.K.) teaches in and she knows of Chris in another way; when she finds out that they are related it adds a new depth to the story.
I liked how M.K. thought of her students as "scholars", that shows me that she understood that each and every student was capable of being intellectual and was in their own unique ways. There was also a feeling of mystery of a case that hadn't been solved throughout most of the story. M.K. went the extra mile for her students in some cases, which to me showed she grew into the teaching job without expecting to. It also shows me that when we are given an assignment and the timing and the reason why we are given the job doesn't make sense to us that we shouldn't always write it off but in some cases should give it a try.
I was so grateful to be able to review this third book in the "Stoney Ridge Seasons" series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Readers of past books from this series will notice reminders from some of the other stories. Readers can read it as a stand alone novel as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
More About The Lesson:
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
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.
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