Filled with unexpected surprises! "The Newcomer" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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about the book....

A fresh start in the New World will test Anna's resolve . . . and her heart

In 1737, Anna König staggers off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. It's a time of new beginnings, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World, his enthusiasm evaporates. When a ship captain offers him a first mate position, he grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?

As a newcomer joins the church, Anna is torn. This man is everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And he is here. Bairn is not. 

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves the lives of Bairn, Anna, and the newcomer together. When the secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

my review....

Once again, Fisher has penned a compelling novel in her latest novel, "The Newcomer". She has done an admiral job at fusing together the history of the Pennsylvania frontier in 1737 with a group of Amish characters who bring that history to life in interesting and, at times unexpected, ways. I felt like I was walking alongside the characters as they struggled to know where to live and how to eke out a living while there. The addition of plot elements like the character's encounter with a historical cult was fascinating, to say the least, as I had no idea that such a thing existed as depicted in this story!

If you are anything like me, you will particularly enjoy continuing Anna and Bairn's story that was begun in the first book of this series, Anna's Crossing, because who wasn't left rooting for them to explore their relationship further? Now, I have to admit that Henrik's introduction in the story brought a twist to their relationship that I didn't always enjoy as I was feeling impatient for things to proceed as I wanted! Yet I can accept that this, too, is a sign of good storytelling, as such fiction better represents reality and the fact that relationships are just so complex and rarely proceed as expected. And, of course, such tense drama makes the ending all the better (not that I will give away anything about what that may entail).

Fans of Fisher's other novels are sure to enjoy this well-written book. Those who missed Anna's Crossing should definitely start there, but then plan on continuing with The Newcomer (and be thankful that they won't have had to wait to read this book like I did after I finished the first book in the series). I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The LettersThe Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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