Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review - The Return


Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans--but then she never had to. Not until the night she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she's developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.
Greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?

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.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


This is the third book in the Amish Beginnings series but I was never lost as to what was going on. I like when you can come into a series and not be wondering what's going on.

This is a wonderful historical fiction novel. It's definitely not your typical Amish story and I really enjoyed how the author brought so many interesting historical facts into this book.

This story is set in Pennsylvania and follows the story of German and Amish settlers trying to build a new life in a new land. I found this particularly interesting because my own family was one of the first settlers in Pennsylvania and it gave me a real insight to what they would have gone through.

I loved the complexity of the storyline and the characters that you felt like you knew because they were so well developed. There's a huge cast but the author gives you a "cheat sheet" of characters in the front, which is helpful at first.

There's a lovely, complicated, romantic storyline as well. I enjoyed going along on the ride of this romantic tale because it was complex and not typical.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. The history is interesting and the book is definitely a page turner. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell

Blessings - Julie

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