So much history within these pages! Excellent story!
September 11, 2017
I was simply amazed at the amount of history that was put into this story. I feel like I learned so much about the Conestoga wagon, the Indian tribes, and about the whole land deals that William Penn made with the Indians. There were a few times that I couldn't help but set the book aside and look up some of these topics to learn more about them. I fully intend to dive a little deeper into my learning about this time period because I did not know a lot about any of this! I love historical fiction that drives me to learn more.
With that said, this can't be where the story ends! There's no pretty tie stuck at the end of the story to make the readers feel better. There are some unknowns but the reader is led to think a few different thoughts. My inital thought was "No! It can't end like this!" Then it moved to "Okay...maybe there's another book." After a day to process, I've resolved myself to the fact that life isn't always full of happy endings, so why should books?
Fisher did an excellent job with portraying her "villian" in the book. I'll admit. I was a bit partial to the villian. I liked him a lot at the beginning of the book. To be honest, I still liked him at the end of the book. I didn't like how he treated the Indians and his hostile attitude towards them. He did redeem himself at the very end, though.
There were many heart-wrenching scenes throughout the story, but I think that worst one was towards the end. I had tears in my eyes when the story took a turn. Just when you thought things couldn't possibly get worse, it did. I couldn't even begin to imagine life at this time and all the fear and prejudice that was all throughout the lands.
At the end of this story, she previews her next book, which makes me think there is no more story to tell in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Anna and Bairon's journey together. I enjoyed seeing their start in life and now reading how it ends. If I had a favorite character, it might be Rumpled Martin. I just loved his and Tessa's interactions!
When you start this series, read all 3 close together! Have your phone handy so you can look up some pictures from this time period!
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
The return is the third book in Amish Beginnings Series. It was well written series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Love the interesting historical facts. This story has characters from the other two books plus new ones. It tells the story of Betsy Zook and how her family were attacked by Indians and her parents were killed. Her brother William escaped and hit. She and another brother were taken hostages. It is a beautiful written story of Amish immigrants . I would love to see another book written in this series to find out what happen to Caleb?
A wonderful mix of laughter and tears and tons of fascinating history
August 28, 2017
The Return is Book Three in the Amish Beginnings series and though it reads perfectly fine as a standalone, readers who have been following this series will be thrilled to recognize some beloved faces among the characters in Stoney Ridge circa 1762. In particular Felix, that mischievous bundle of energy that exasperated all the adults and provided so much entertainment for readers in previous books, is now a grown man with sons of his own. He's even a deacon! But there are still glimpses of the rascally boy in thought and deed. I think I loved those bits the best.
Anna and Bairn are in their forties, parents of a teen-aged daughter. Their happily ever after hasn't gone as smoothly as I imagined at the end of The Newcomer, but they are just as in love as ever -- more really, as their love has deepened through shared experiences -- hardship and pain, joy and sorrow. I loved being a party to their mature love.
Despite the blurb on the back of the book, I really feel that this is largely Tessa's story. (Anna and Bairn's daughter.) We get a lot of her point of view, as well as Betsy's and several others. Fisher has interwoven layers of individual stories that ultimately come together in an astounding way.
"What life does to you depends on what life finds in you." (p. 109) plays out brilliantly in the lives of these early settlers as they face challenges, danger and ultimately truth in a tumultuous period of America's history. A wonderful mix of laughter and tears and tons of fascinating history make for a riveting read.
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
The Return is Historical Fiction at its finest! Suzanne Woods Fisher used true events once again as inspiration to create the third book of her Amish Beginnings series. It includes many characters from the start of the series, along with new ones. The Return is the story of two young women, Tessa Bauer and Besty Zook, discovering where they belong and to whom.
Suzanne adds a few twists to this story I didn't see coming. She does a great job describing all the people, the land, and their way of life. Felix Bauer is still one of my favorite characters in the series. He was a lot of fun as a youngster and twenty-five years later as a dad he still brings a smile to my face when I read about him. The one thing that really stood out to me was that the way we see people probably is not who they truly are. We need to look at everyone the way God sees them, not through our rose-colored glasses or our prejudices. I don't think you need to have read the first two books in the series to fully enjoy The Return. Though I do recommend reading them because they are very good! I also feel you don't have to be an Amish Fiction fan to enjoy this historical tale. I was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
I have completely enjoyed this series! I've been reading Suzanne's books for quite some time so I am familiar with the Stoney Ridge community. It has been interesting to go back to the beginning and see how the community was established and meet the people who through faith and endurance brought it about.
The Return is the third and final book in this series. I think it can be read as a stand alone novel but of course you'll miss out on all the tidbits of what has gone on before to bring them to this point. Of the three books I felt like this one was the most dramatic and compelling. I hope that Ms. Fisher writes a follow-up series that continues on from here. While the story itself is complete there are still threads that I would like to follow and see where they lead.
One of the most interesting aspects of this novel was that it was based on factual happenings. The author's note at the end explains what parts of the story were true. In my opinion that is what gave this story and series such an intriguing sense of authenticity.
If you are a fan of historical fiction then I think you will like this book. The triumphs and pitfalls of our forefathers are presented in a compelling way and should make for a very compelling read.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.