Meet a shy young girl in
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s
Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can’t see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don’t know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether. When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can’t ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work– something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe. As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments’ downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.
Brief physical description
Everything about Naomi King is soft. Around 19 years old, she has the kind of features you might overlook. Pleasant but not remarkable. But…look again. Naomi has a settled soul; she radiates peace.
Resembles… There’s a British actress named Jenny Agutter—she began her acting career in a “Railway Children.” She’s the one I have in mind as I picture Naomi King. A calm, serene, wise-beyond-her-years teenager.
Strengths and weaknesses
Let’s start with weaknesses: Naomi is painfully shy, sheltered, inexperienced with life. She lives at home, keeps house for Galen, her older brother, Galen who overprotects her, and suffers from migraines.
Now for the strengths: Naomi has a rich interior life. She’s a deep thinker, has big dreams for herself, and relies heavily on her intuition—something most of us squelch.
Quirk (if any)
As a young teen, Naomi nursed a secret crush on Tobe Schrock—the neighborhood “bad boy.” When he returns to the Inn at Eagle Hill after a tangle with some legal trouble, Naomi’s crush turns serious.
Your inspiration for the character
Before I began the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series, I happened to watch a segment on the Today show about women and intuition. A study found that women’s gut instinct about people is usually spot-on, but—trained to be polite—we override it or ignore it. A few years ago, I was staying in a nice hotel. It was very safe, very oriented to business clientele. As I went into an elevator, a hotel employee came in behind me. He waited until I pressed a button for my floor, then he smiled, as if that was just the floor he needed. In my head…a warning bell went off, but I wasn’t sure what to do. (Looking back, I should have stayed in the elevator and gone right back down to the lobby.) Instead, I hurried went to my room and locked the door. Each of the rooms in the hotels had a small box for newspapers to be delivered or to leave shoes to be shined, that sort of thing. Through the peephole of the door, I saw this employee peer into each mail chute. I wasn’t sure if he was just watching women or checking to see if they were alone—or who knows what else. I called security right away. Thankfully, nothing happened to me, but the point was . . . I knew the minute that employee got into the elevator that something didn’t feel right. I wanted to create a character who listened to her intuition and acted on it—even if everyone disagreed with her. Naomi stands firm! Lo and behold—her instincts about a conflict were right. And that’s the inspiration behind the character of Naomi King.
Background to the story
The Revealing is the third of the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series, so there is a story arc that wraps up, answering some dangling questions. But within that larger story arc, there is a new character, Brooke Snyder, who enters the scene with a story of her own. Her job was to be a professional art restorer, but her talent took her a little too far—she became a forger. And…got caught. Brooke was fired from her job. She’s staying at the Inn at Eagle Hill to lay low for a while—she’s supposed to be rethinking the direction of her life. That’s the plan, anyway. Instead, she walks right into a “gray area” and gets embroiled in another forging scheme. This one involves a signature that threatens to Schrock family. Though my stories all take place in Stoney Ridge, and all are based on Amish characters, I like to study a new topic to include in each novel. The Revealing brought in art restoration and the slippery world of forging. Fascinating! And seemingly so contrary to a pastoral Amish farm. In the end, it all tied together in a neat bow. A satisfying end to the series!
Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlights on Sadie (The Haven), Roman & Julie (The Keeper), Jaime & Mattie(A Lancaster County Christmas)
Reviews of The Choice and The Waiting
Visit Suzanne’s website and blog
Buy at Amazon: Revealing, The (The Inn at Eagle Hill Book #3): A Novel or Koorong