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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.
Readerofbooks4 Stars Out Of 5The Return by Suzanne Woods FisherJuly 27, 2017ReaderofbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This story draws us deep into a dark period of America's history as white settlers and Native Americans fight for the same land. It was a time of intense unrest, distrust and often violence. The characters in this book come from both sides of the line drawn by this turbulence. Beware for there are graphic depictions of the savagery inflicted by one upon another. The author did an excellent of showing that you cannot lump all people into one kettle. There were good and bad in each culture as well as innocents who paid the price for those who were bent on evil. Through her riveting story of love, loss, betrayal, reunion and restoration she weaves together a brilliant revelation of what it was like to live during those years. Through the characters' self reflection and self revelation we begin to understand the immense struggle for peace and justice. She also taps on our hearts for a deeper level of compassion and forgiveness and self-sacrifice for others.
I received this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review.
sgreene015 Stars Out Of 5Great Historical, Amish ReadJuly 24, 2017sgreene01Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At this time, there were many Indian raids on the white settlers. The story teaches us this sad part of history and how these particular Amish settlers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania came to deal with it.
When their parents were killed in one of the raids, Betsy Zook, along with one of her brothers, was taken hostage by the Indians. Their other brother was able to escape by hiding from the Indians and then lived in the Amish community. Betsy was separated from her brother and taken to a village where she was readily accepted and treated very well. While there, she befriends one of the Indians, Caleb, who was a half-breed. In spite of being part Indian, his mother had raised him to believe in God and he helps Betsy to see that she has to put all the areas of her life in God's hands. Before the raid, Betsy had been planning to marry Hans. When she is taken in the raid, Hans becomes very resentful and wants to see revenge to the Indians. During the time Betsy is gone, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Tessa has loved him from afar most of her life and is thrilled by his attention. When Caleb helps Betsy escape and return to the Amish Community, how will Hans, Tessa, Caleb and Betsy react to all the changes that have occurred in their lives? When more raids occur, we see dramatic events that lead them to question their faith and relationships with each other.
I found this to be a powerful book that was hard to put down until I found out how all these relationships are solved.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys both the genres of history and Amish books.
I was given a copy of this book by Revell publishers, through Netgalley. I was not required to give a review.
dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enthralling!July 22, 2017dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Suzanne Woods Fisher has shown her versatility and expertise as an author as never before in her enthralling new saga, The Return. The readers' emotions are immediately swept away on a violent incursion by savage Indians against the first Amish settlers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beautifully kind-hearted, Betsy Zook, is brutally captured by Indians and her devout Amish faith is put to the ultimate test. My heart was broken for this lovely, courageous young woman just on the threshold of new love...so not deserving the cruel injustices inflicted upon her. Enter two handsome, brave heroes -- Indian native, Caleb, brave, strong, and tender-hearted...and passionate, loving Hans, the man Betsy unwillingly left behind. In my initial estimation both are worthy of her love, but which man will capture her heart?
In my opinion this is Suzanne Woods Fisher's best novel to date and I have been a fan of hers forever! Impeccably researched and inspired by true historical events, this novel may be enjoyed by both men and women alike. Not your cushy, cookie-cutter Amish fiction novel, Ms. Fisher tells it like it was and the picture she paints isn't always pretty. Certain secondary characters add humor and warmth to the story, and I was so intrigued by the huge, wild black stallion! Although The Return reads well as a stand-alone, I hope readers will be sure to order Anna's Crossing and The Newcomer (Books 1 and 2) to get better acquainted with these unique individuals!
hplady5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Ending to the SeriesJuly 16, 2017hpladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Return
Suzanne Woods Fisher
In this heartfelt conclusion to the best-selling Amish Beginnings series, Fisher brings her characteristic heart and warmth, while tackling tough issues and giving us a history lesson all in one. This story takes place several years after The Newcomer, which ended with Anna and Bairn starting their life together. In this story, we meet Tessa, their daughter, as well as Betsy Zook, a young lady from a neighboring community. Tessa has always loved Hans, the young man raised by her grandmother, and has secretly wished he would notice her for as long as she can remember. However, when Hans meets Betsy it becomes apparent that they are going to build a future together. When a hunting party of Indians comes along and takes Betsy and one of her brothers as hostage, Hans finds his world rocked. He turns to Tessa for comfort, which makes her giddy with excitement. However, Hans is not the same. He is angrier and desires revenge.
Meanwhile, Betsy finds that she is not a prisoner, but treated as a member of the family. She finds love and acceptance among the Indian tribe and meets Caleb. He is half Indian and half American and helps her to accept her situation. She longs to return to her own people though. When he helps her return, she is grateful and happy to be home, but also confused. Has she changed too much to be herself now? What about Hans and Tessa? What will become of the relationship they were forging? Also, what of Caleb? She finds that she misses him and wonders what he is doing. Will these four hearts find happy endings? A must read and an excellent conclusion to the story! I am so grateful to Suzanne for sharing her stories with us!
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from NetGalley.
Grams4 Stars Out Of 5Fisher Grabs You Before the EndJune 12, 2017GramsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I first met Anna in Anna's Crossing, a story of one of the first groups of Amish to leave Germany to settle in the New World. The Return is largely the story of Anna's daughter, Tessa, although many others play major roles in the story's development. The story is one of finding one's self and one's place in the world. Some discoveries are made quite by surprise, some grow out of tragedy, and some are slowly revealed. Not all those seeking to know themselves and the direction of their future are as young as you might anticipate.
While this book, in my opinion, got off to a slow start, by the end of the book, I was lost in the story, unable to put it down. Fisher develops the characters in a way that causes her readers to care about what happens to them, both those they have a strong compassion for, and those they find a bit irritating. The scenario they find themselves in during the last third of the book compels the reader to read on to find out how things work out. For some the ending is tragic, while others discover possibilities that didn't exist before.
I would encourage readers of The Return to hang in there if they too feel like the book is a little slow at the beginning. It is well worth reading to the end. There is enjoyment to be had and lessons to be learned. I thank Revell publishing and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing a review of this book.