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The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Betsy Zook feels like her life is coming together—she has a wonderful family, beautiful looks, and the attentions of the handsome and devoted Hans. But her life is suddenly changed forever when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid and removed from all she holds dear. She is stunned to meet a comfort during her captivity, a native who encourages her to seek God despite her circumstances. Tessa Bauer is jealous of Betsy’s perfect life and particularly envious of Hans’ devoted attention. When Betsy is taken captive, she is ashamed but thrilled when Hans turns to her for comfort. She overlooks Hans’ simmering anger as she grows closer to Hans during Betsy’s absence. Inspired by true events, Betsy and Tessa maneuver life in prerevolutionary Pennsylvania among the Amish and the Native Americans, growing and maturing in ways they had never imagined.

I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I particularly liked this third installment and think it is my favorite of the series. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried—often—during this novel. The author does a phenomenal job of crafting deep emotions that encourages the reader to feel the same feelings as the characters. I loved Betsy and admired her strength and ability to overcome her circumstances. Even though Tessa made mistakes and errors, her actions are not unlike shameful sins I too have performed, allowing me to connect with her as well. I also find it fascinating that many of the events in the novel are based on true events, a testament to the author’s ability to perform research of interesting history. Not everything works out perfectly in the end (although the story does have a good conclusion), which I always find to be a more honest and relatable way to write books. It is not necessary to read the first two books to understand this third one, but I do encourage readers to also give those books a try. I truly cannot recommend this novel enough, even for those who do not consider themselves fans of Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Ruthie Stoltzfus is ready to begin her life and start a career doing something that will matter. She has managed to pass her GED and is saving money to get a job and make a difference. She first meets Patrick Kelly, a Canadian who desires to learn the ways of the Amish lifestyle and asks Ruthie to teach him Penn Dutch, all within a mere thirty days. While Ruthie cannot fathom why a stranger would want to belong to their community, she is surprised when she finds herself drawn to Patrick, especially since she is not quite over her dashing, daring, and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock. As Ruthie’s heart is torn in different directions, she learns the importance of patience and hope.

This novel does a fantastic job of incorporating so many different characters that are all distinctively connected in their spiritual and emotional struggles. I loved catching up with old characters from the first two novels in the series, but the author does a great job of creating a story for Ruthie that does not require readers to read the other books first. The depth and development of the characters is truly remarkable and allows readers from all backgrounds to connect with at least one (although most likely all!) of the characters. There are great spiritual lessons and unusual Bible verses that are used to help the individuals overcome their current circumstances, which added to the uniqueness of the story. I loved David’s heart but I also adored the graciousness and joy of his dear wife, Birdy, and found myself desiring to emulate some of her positive characteristics. This novel has something for everyone, even those who are not avid Amish fiction readers, and I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Abigail Stoltzfus is content attempting to help her father with his genealogical research, hoping that her assistance may help lift his depressed mood. But her grandmother insists that Abigail come to Stoney Ridge so she can marry her off to the first eligible bachelor. Abigail, however, is not impressed with any of the bachelors in Stoney Ridge. Dane Glick may be eligible to her grandmother’s eyes, but he is related to minister David Stoltzfus, the bishop at odds with Abigail’s’ uncle over a church dispute. As tensions rise, Abigail fears that the situation may lead to a Quieting, a removal of the church leader, but the issue remains as to which leader is to blame. In addition, Abigail’s genealogical research leads her down a concerning path, one that may open doors she can never close again.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but I have enjoyed a multitude of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novels as she writes such deep characters with realistic problems that are applicable even to modern society. Her words flow with a quiet seriousness as she mingles in Christian concepts and issues. This particular novel was interesting in its setting and allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the Amish culture. The first book in this series had characters with which I could connect with better, but I still enjoyed this second installment. Certain portions were also a little slow for me. Although they do not have to be read in order, it is certainly helpful to understand all the characters. I recommend this novel to those who love Amish fiction or who wish to perhaps give it a try, as I did.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Katrina Stoltzfus faces an uncertain future after her boyfriend leaves her life in shambles. She feels lost until her father suggests she live with a widow from their church who is hoping to begin a new business on her farm. But Katrina is annoyed to discover that there is another new hire on the farm, a young farmhand, Andy Miller, who seems to be romantically interested in her. Not wishing for history to repeat itself, Katrina does her best to avoid him, despite the fact that he seems to always be doing what is best for the farm and treats the widow like his own grandmother. Soon, however, unrest in the church creates tension in their small community and Katrina and Andy both find themselves learning something new about trust, forgiveness, and peace.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but this book drew me in with its easily flowing storyline and natural effortlessness at which the words crafted a unique plot. I immediately liked the protagonist Katrina. She faces the consequences of her actions with a solemn acceptance and maturity that is commendable, even as she realistically struggles with bitterness and grief. Although all the characters in the book have similar toils of finding acceptance and peace, I do wish the author had chosen to focus on one particular character rather than craft multiple storylines at the same time. I felt as though I did not fully get to know all the characters to the depth that I would have liked. Overall, however, I did enjoy the novel and look forward to reading more in the series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anna Konig is reluctant to leave her comfortable life in her German Amish village but knows that religious freedom is much more tolerated in the New World, causing her to embark on a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Charming Nancy. In addition, she is the only one in the traveling group who can speak English, placing her in the position of liaison between her people and the rougher sailors accompanying them on the journey. It is due to this role that she first meets Bairn, the ship’s carpenter who would prefer not to associate with the Amish below deck. But he is drawn to Anna’s quiet strength and tenacity despite all the storms, illnesses, and trials while at sea. The rough voyage begins to bond them until Bairn makes a startling discovery about his past. Both he and Anna must learn the importance of family and faith as they strive to survive the long journey.

I am not usually one to read Amish fiction, but this book caught my attention and I thought to give it a try. I was immediately impressed with Suzanne Woods Fisher’s ability to craft a story with rich words that painted expressive scenes and allowed me to better understand the circumstances that brought some German Amish to America. The plot is truly interesting and contains substantial depth with its vivid descriptions, complex characters, and fascinating storyline. One critique is that I did not always like how quickly the author jumped from one character’s perspective to another; at times, it made it difficult to fully connect and identify with the individuals. Overall, however, this novel is interesting and recommended to those who enjoy Amish fiction or perhaps, like me, wish to give it a try.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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