The Newcomer, the second in the Amish beginnings series by Suzanne Fisher Woods holds more than an Amish story. Finding your true self, staying loyal to family, or holding onto the past are themes throughout the novel. Anna has loved Bairn since her time on the ship coming over to America but he has changed since finding his real family. Bairn only knows the sea and remains in turmoil with his choices now that he has found his kin.
As the settlers land, they discover their dreams will be harder to accomplish and many obstacles unknown to them stand in their way. Someone new to them helps them on their way, but Bairn's parents seek the land that his father purchased for the community and he opposes their decision. This fascinating story even includes Benjamin Franklin and held my attention to the last page.
I look forward to the next installment of the Amish Beginnings series.
I received a copy of The Newcomer from NetGalley for my honest opinion which I have given.
This book was very well written with great characters and an unusual storyline. These immigrants had huge dreams and worked hard to make a place for themselves despite the problems they faced. I especially liked that Felix was included - a most adventurous youngster who was always getting into trouble - big trouble! I didn't read the first book in this series but this is a great story on it's own. Thanks to the author for this most interesting book!
While this is a sequel to Anna's Crossing, I think it could be read as a standalone, though you'll have a clearer understand of Anna and Bairn's relationship if you've read the first book. Still, the author does a great job of catching new readers up to speed.
I love the mix of Amish and Historical. Such a fascinating time in America's history. So many immigrants arriving with hopes and dreams for a better future for a variety of reasons. It was interesting to learn more about how the Amish settled into their new land. The author has done her research and based her story on facts though she does also take some literary license. Love the scenes with Benjamin Franklin! And the details on the Ephrata Cloister (which I have never heard of) was intriguing. So I learned a lot while being entertained. Love history lessons that come in a novel!
Told from multiple points of view, Fisher weaves a compelling tale of heartache and loss and tremendous courage. She creates such vivid characters that I'd be hard pressed to label any of them as secondary. Young Felix Bauer is one of my favourites. He's such an adventurous scamp, getting into one scrape after another and driving all the adults to distraction. He provides comic relief while highlighting aspects of the colonies we'd never get to see otherwise.
There's romance and danger and even a bit of intrigue as these Amish immigrants learn to place their trust wholeheartedly in the Lord and the enduring hope of a future in their very own chosen land.
The Newcomer, an Amish Beginnings Novel, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a historical treasure! There is so much rich and fascinating Amish history in this book!
Bairn Bauer wants to leave the sea and sailing for good and settle with his family and his one true love, Anna Konig, in the New World. However, there is one final trip back to England he feels he must make. Something is still unsettled inside of him. Anna is devastated, but she continues to press on for her church, her community. Will Bairn ever return? Will Anna continue to wait for him?
This book is one that you will have a hard time putting down once you start reading it! There are unexpected surprises throughout the story. Suzanne Woods Fisher does a great job of bringing the characters to life, you will feel like you are right there with them in this beautiful, yet uncertain New World!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from NetGalley and have given my honest opinion.
Enjoyable, truly categorically memorable, dangerous at times, educational, and a kaleidoscope of emotions, problems and situations that they go through going to America to escape persecution. Some show they can be deserters, leaders and some can be led, some can be chivalrous, debonair, enchanting, frightened, frustrated and most of all lovers of the LORD and without HIM they could not be doing what they are doing and succeed in doing it. Anna and her people - the Amish are looking to find America to escape persecution in their country - so they start on their way- well as they get started the leader well he goes and............ You absolutely will not believe what he does it totally blows the mind, you have to get the book in order to believe with your own eyes what that guys does. I seriously could not believe what I read. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.