Anything but Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ Book Review

November 11, 2022


About the Book 

Book: Anything but Plain
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian Amish Romance Fiction
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Publisher: Revell

It's not easy being the bishop's daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She's not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappoint others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse.

Knowing Lydie is "between" jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she's going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder--the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he's in love with her, but she knows she's not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan's father reminds her frequently.

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge, a small town that feels like an old friend.

My Thoughts 

It's been a while since I've read an Amish Fiction story and this one did not disappoint. This was nothing I have ever read and the author tackles a topic that I don't think has been tackled to this detail in Christian Fiction. 

In this story we meet Lydie who suffers from ADHD. This is something that the Amish don't believe can happen to them and pretty much ignore. Sadly this causes Lydie to be misunderstood and categorized into something that she isn't. She can't help the way her mind works. Having a kiddo with ADHD myself I definitely could see the similarities. It became that much more enjoyable for Lydie to find a resolution because we have lived this. 

I really enjoyed Dok and how she helps her see the potential that is inside her once she applies herself. Another character I enjoyed was Nathan. He was perfect for her despite her staying away from him I was so glad that he never gave up on her and kept on pursuing her in his own way. 

Overall I thought this was a great story and if you are in the mood to go into Amish country then definitely grab this book!!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living.

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

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