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The conclusion to The Amish Beginnings Series, takes place twenty-five years later as the first groups of Amish leave Germany and settle in the New World during pre-revolutionary Pennsylvania.
Betsy Zook is a seventeen year old whose family is one of the more recent immigrants. Her parents die in a fire set during an Indian raid and Betsy, her brothers and several others are held captive. While she is away, the man she loves finds comfort in Tessa who is the daughter of Anna and Bairn Bauer. When Betsy is able to return, she must decide where she fits in.
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish Beginnings
Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?
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.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The ReturnAugust 22, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh wow, what a heart touching story. This is the third installment in the Amish Beginning series. It can be read as a stand alone story with all the background she weaves into her story, but I would encourage you to read the first two books so you will get the full impact of the series. This story centers around two young women who come from similar backgrounds, but nothing alike. Betsy Zook lives in the area north of Lancaster with her parents and two brothers. They are recent immigrants from Germany and are practicing Mennonites. Tessa Bauer is the daughter of the minister of Stoney Ridge Amish church. Tessa is an only child and holds Hans Johnson Bauer, her father's foster brother, in high esteem. Betsy's home was attacked by Indians. Her parents were killed and one younger brother, Willie, escaped. She and her other brother, Johnny, were taken captives by warriors. Tessa sees Betsy abduction as a way to finally have Hans see her as a possible woman he could marry, instead of a young girl. Tessa spends more time with Hans and offers her support to his feelings of desperation and suddenly they become closer. This was her greatest hope come true come true. This story has elements of anguish, anger, fear, jealousy, faith, but most of all love. The plot immediately takes you back to prerevolutionary life and gave me a glimpse of how hard it can be in many ways. I loved both main characters for many reasons. Betsy wanting to go back to the life she knew and was comfortable, but when you leave can you truly go back. Betsy shows how she has matured in her thinking and reasoning. Tessa was a young girl learning about life through making mistakes and dreams as many of us done while growing up.
A wonderful story I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good Amish story. The only thing I didn't like was that this would be the end of this series.
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Laura5 Stars Out Of 5Fisher Delivers AgainAugust 21, 2017LauraQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read The Return, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, as part of the Revell Reads blogger reviewer program and I'm happy to say that Fisher has delivered yet another wonderful novel. Though there are parts of the story that I would have preferred to know more about, I enjoyed the picture painted in this book and the part it plays in the greater story of the Amish of Stoney Ridge.
This one is a fairly quick and easy read, but the pace does not come at the cost of the story; Fisher's plot lines as always are both realistic and engaging, as are her characters. Overall, a great read and a welcome addition to my library.
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5The ReturnAugust 20, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Fisher's wonderful storytelling brings history to life in The Return! Betsy Zook and Tessa Bauer are two young women who experience tumultuous journeys. Inspired by true events, the details of their stories are affecting and emotional. I was fascinated by this glimpse into the past and enjoyed the intertwining of historical and Amish fiction in this compelling tale. Although The Return revisits characters found throughout the Amish Beginnings series, this novel takes place many years later and can also be read as a stand-alone story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Great Historical BookAugust 20, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In the third installment in the series called An Amish Beginning the author takes us back to the late 1700s. I was so fascinated by the history in this book that I couldn't put it down. It is obvious that the author has done great in -depth research about this time period. I learned about the Amish during this time. They were God fearing people who believed that a woman should be seen and not heard. I was astounded at that. In those days the women' s duties were to cook , clean and take care of the family. The men were the only ones to have any significant place as leader in the church. In contrast the women are revered in Native American culture. I didn't know that and was quite surprised to learn how important they were to the tribe.
Each character was written with clarity and I loved how the author gave us details about their daily life's. It was interesting to read about Benjamin Franklin and other well known men that became a big part of our history. I was captivated by the Native Americans and how they survived off the land. When a young woman is captured by a tribe I found their compassion for the girl to be genuine. Betsy at first was frightened but as the days and weeks came and went, the author showed us how Betsy had matured and began to love the people she was with.
There was lots of danger surrounding the towns as rumors of vicious attacks were imminent. The times were heard for the town and I loved how they protected each other. I was completely engrossed in this book because it was so well written with historical events and how people survived during attacks on their families. There is so much to this story that had me on pins and needles.
I have to mention Caleb because he was my favorite character. He was called a half breed and not really accepted anywhere. His heart was full of God and he never forget his mother bringing him up as a Christian. He will be a very important part of the story but I won't give it away. One thing that someone said in the book really stuck with me. One of the characters said," The worst thing to do is to assume all people belong under a defining label." That one statement really sums up the story for me. There was much prejudice in the story as people assumed since you were a Native American you were a savage. It struck me as what we do today. We label people because we think because of their color, religion or their ancestors make them something that is perceived and not always true. In the story people would say that all Native Americans were savage and needed to be killed. There were some bloody scenes but I thought the author did an amazing job of describing them in a delicate way.
I found this story to be very powerful and true to the time period. I look forward to the next book in the series. It promises to be just as powerful and filled with historical facts that define our nation.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing Group. The review is my own opinion.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Compelling!August 19, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Return is a book that really grabbed my attention once I started reading it. It is part of the Amish Beginnings series, however, it is set quite a while after books one and two. I have read the first two books, so I knew the original characters. However, I think I could have picked this book up and enjoyed it even without having read the other two books.
I really enjoyed that there were two main storylines. One was set in the Amish community and was viewed from Tessa and her mother, Anna's, perspectives. The other storyline followed Betsy, and what she went through while she was a captive of Indians.
The author did a great job of making me feel that I was back in the time and place of these characters. I also felt very connected to some characters and it was hard to find that the novel was coming to an end. I'd love to read more about these people. I was left wanting a bit more to this story when the final page was turned.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.