"The Lesson" is the conclusion to Suzanne Woods Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons. As much as I looked forward to reading this book, it was also sad to end it knowing this is it for the series. M.K. is still so interested in reading and detective work and finding herself in the midst of trouble. When M.K. has to take over teaching school she cannot believe that this is something she has to do, but of course wise Fern knows that this is what M.K. needs at this time. M.K. not only learns about teaching, but she learns about herself and others as well. Chris and Jenny are new to the community and appear to be full of secrets and M.K. is determined to discover the cause of the sheep farmer's death and Chris' connection to this as well. However, M.K. is reprimanded many times to leave the detective work to the police and she has more important things to focus on such as surviving as a teacher and helping Jimmy Fisher meet his future wife. When Chris and Jenny become closer with the Lapp family and Amos learns the truth about his wife's death, he must decide what to share with others and how he feels about Chris and Jenny. Jimmy discovers whom he really loves, and then life becomes a lot more crazier for M.K. as she decides she must make decisions for herself and search her heart as well.
I have loved this series! The books are filled with so much - romance, secrets, family relationships, medical conditions, addictions, suspense and learning to live life to the fullest. The Lapp family is really a "normal/typical" family that they are easy to relate to. I was glad that Julia and Sadie were mentioned throughout the book so that I was able to know how their lives as turned out as well as Annie. The character Old Deborah plays a huge role in this series, although the magnitude of her influence is not discovered until the end of this book, but she is a great additon to the series as well. I look forward to seeing what this author writes next!
“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”