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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.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this Book!August 16, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a compelling story in this third installment of the Amish Beginnings series. I enjoyed walking through this story with beloved (or not) characters from the previous books in the series, however, someone who picks up this book will easily be able to read it as a stand-alone. Even in the beginning of the Amish in America, the importance of community was emphasized. From other books I have read about this period in our country's history, I think that I would have been fearful because of the unrest with the Indians. The calm strength of the Bauer family was inspirational. As a history fan, I also appreciated the history within the history of this early American tale.
Fans of history, romance, and Amish will all appreciate story and the careful research that went into this book.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fabulous last book in the Amish Beginnings series!August 16, 2017MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fisher brings her characters alive and stays true to their character traits even when they have grown older; like it is the case in The Return. I am sad to say goodbye to these beloved characters.
In The Return, I loved how we got a glimpse of life with the Indians. Sad how two different cultures would try to finish each other off.
Fisher's writing is exceptional and draws the reader in. Even if you do not care much for Amish fiction but you enjoy historical fiction, I think you might truly enjoy this series.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Amish and IndiansAugust 15, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Return is so enormously intriguing, abundantly absolutely adventurous, yet blissfully romantic and complicated yet contemplative. It's about poor Betsy taken by the Pennsylvanian Indians and taken in a very brutal harmful way. She was taken by and Indian and he kept her alive - but GOD is the one who actually kept her alive and her faith and trust in HIM is what kept her continually surviving while being held captive - but will she stay alive? On the other hand you have Hans who wants revenge very badly for what happened. He wants Betsy back but in her abs cense he turns to someone else - does he betray the love they had? Does he get his revenge? if he does and he gets Betsy back what happens with Hans and the other girl? That is - if Betsy is still alive. This book is so true to life and guys will love it just as much as girls - not all mushy - not all men and Indians - This is one of the best. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5evil will not have the last wordAugust 15, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher, 2017
Amish Beginnings series, Book 3
I enjoyed this novel very much because it was true to historical events we might not be aware of in detail. So well written, the days opened and closed awaiting the next day. The story surrounds three brothers and their families continuing from the first two books. This may be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy the background in Suzanne Woods Fisher's Anna's Crossing, of Amish coming to the New World, and settling in Penn's Woods in The Newcomer.
The beginnings of Stoney Ridge. I especially liked how each character's skill fit into the daily life of the whole. Community. Revolving around each other and fulfilled, because they did not stand alone. They were aided by Indian families nearby when they came; learning about the Three Sisters ~ beans, corn, and squash and the merging of their qualities.
The beans fed the soil for the corn, and the squash vines provided shade for the roots of the corn.
The Return, 241
I think of corn as a main staple for its many uses. All three interwoven to protect and nourish the whole.
Very synonymous with our lives. We need each other. Not separate, merging skills and prayers.
(1762-1764.) This story begins twenty-five years later than the last book in the series. There is encroaching into the Indians' hunting lands set aside by treaty early in the 1700s designating borders for settler lands.
With the ensuing dangers brought on by both sides, threatened existence caused changed lives. Though taken as an exchange, Betsy Zook finds she is cared for in place of another. Revolts continued as those ensuring peace come against agitators proclaiming warring forces.
***Thank you to Revell Reads for sending a print copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Return. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BeginningAugust 15, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As I turned the final page of this three-book sage, I reflected on how things had changed and how the people we have come to know and love have matured and some have died, and others are just beginning their lives.
What a journey the author has brought us on, and one that will linger for a long time, but alas it is saying goodbye, but with love at new lives starting and hope for the future. As sad as some of the things that happen in this story, and the fact that they are based on truth, if we could only change history, but we hope we learn from events, but somehow some things keep getting repeated.
There are a few chuckles here, and some past perceptions are no longer viable, and we sure get to see some of the changes that have happened in the people that we have come to know.
These books are not the ordinary Amish stories, of romance and mystery, but a look into how they arrived in American, and where they settled, and how they were able to cling to their beliefs and survive here.
I will miss this family, as I feel I have become a part of, and can see the future in where we left off. I thank the author for the wonderful journey and a glimpse into the past.
I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Bloggers tour, and was not required to give a positive review.