Perhaps the best book of the series! "The Return" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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about the book....

In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear

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.

my review....

The last novel in Suzanne Woods Fisher's "Amish Beginnings" series was one of the most emotionally stirring novels that I have read this year. Fisher absolutely succeeded at immersing me into historical Pennsylvania, capturing the challenging nuances of 1763, especially the ever growing tension that existed between the settlers and the Native American people groups. From the moment that Betsy was taken into captivity, I felt torn between wanting to put the book down to get away from the trauma she experienced, but still wanting to see how things resolved. Fisher does an amazing job at counterbalancing some of the more difficult scenes with some truly light-hearted and funny moments. "The Return" is chock-full of drama of the best kind, with tense scenes and unexpected twists that had me racing through the pages. The characters have been developed with care, and some I grew to love, while others I grew to really dislike, especially those giving into a profoundly disturbing racism and prejudice. In a political climate that seems ever more torn by clashing cultures and values, "The Return" offers a timely story that reminds us that God has made all peoples in his image, and all have equal worth. The characters in this story learn some very difficult lessons as a result of their experiences, and I encourage people to pick up this story and be reminded of the things that truly matter in life - our faith in God and trusting in his sovereignty. Humans may make the same mistakes over and over throughout history, but his good plan will prevail!

"The Return" is a stirring, emotionally satisfying novel that truly honours the real events it is based on. Readers could easily read this novel on its own, but I encourage anyone who loves well-written historical fiction to pick up all three books of this series. Fisher has truly out done herself! I award this novel a full 5 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 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.

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