Monday, August 21, 2017

The Return - Amish Beginnings 3 - by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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About the book:

In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans--but then she never had to. Not until the night she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she's developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.

Greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

My review:

This was a fascinating book I found hard to put down!  I loved how we get Betsy'sIt was hard to fathom how terrifying it would be to live through an Indian attack where your parents were killed, then be taken captive by those same Indians.  I really felt for Betsy as she went through trial after trial but admired her, too, because she was incredibly strong.  It was interesting to learn more about the culture of the different Indian tribes and about some of the terrible events that occurred on both the Indian and whites' side.  There were some good discussions as people who wanted to eradicate all Indians were debating with those who wanted peace and who pointed out that not all Indians were attacking the white settlers.  There were also good spiritual discussions; I really liked how it was pointed out that trials teach us to rely on God.  I felt  really frustrated with Hans.  He kept making stupid decisions or saying stupid things.  Tessa also had her moments!  I also felt a bit frustrated with what the Amish church believed, especially in one instance  There was some humor, hints at romance, action and history.  There was, however, one spot where it felt like God's name was taken in vain.  There were good themes of trusting God and not letting jealousy or vengeance get a foothold.  I would say this book worked pretty well as a stand-alone.  I did read book one and there were references here to situations that occurred then, and the main girl from that story is the mother of Tessa here, so it was nice to get caught up on their lives.  I missed book two, however, and I didn't feel lost.  I would highly recommend this story if you like books about the Amish or historical books.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill...

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