November 2, 2016

Fall Reads: Christian's Hope by Ervin R. Stutzman

Harald Press; 342 pages; $14.99; Buy Link
Do you have any bad reading habits?

One of my bad reading habits is a reading a book and later noticing it's either book two or three of a series. Like most readers, I would rather begin with book one. However, that sometimes isn't the case with me as either agree to review a title based on the genre, the author's name, or cover art without paying any attention to see if it is part of a series or not.

For Christian's Hope, book three in the Return to Northkill series, by Ervin R. Stutzman, I had signed up to review the book based on the cover art alone. I only noticed it was book three  after I had already read several chapters.

Set in the 1760s, the novel centers on Christian Hochstetler, a young man who has spent the last seven years in captivity during the French and Indian War. During this time, he had lived among the Native Americans.

Now he has returned to his family's home to try and live a normal Amish life. After living with Shawnee Indians, farming along side his Amish father is a little predictable. As Christian struggles with his future in the Amish community as well as faith, he falls in love with Orpha Rupp.

Final Thoughts: I would have probably liked Christian’s Hope more if I had read the first two novels in the series first. I struggled to figure out who was who and what was what as I began to read the book a few days ago. Around a 100+ pages into the novel, I finally became interested in it.

Overall, Christian's Hope is a well-written historical fiction with a little bit of Amish drama/romance mixed in. When I have the time, I'll have to read the first two books.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my honest review and they are 100% my own opinions. I received no other compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am also not associated with the publisher or author in any way.

About the Author: Ervin R. Stutzman is author of Jacob's Choice, Joseph's Dilemma, Tobias of the Amish, and Emma, A Widow Among the Amish. Born into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa, Stutzman based the Return to Northkill series on the life of his ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler. He has been featured on TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?

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