Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer Reads: The Return: An Amish Beginnings Novel

Revell; 335 pages; $15.99; Amazon

Now available from Revell ( a division of Baker Publishing Group) is the Amish romance tale The Return, book three in the Amish Beginnings series) by award-winning, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Inspired by true-events, The Return is set in the prerevolutionary Pennsylvania and mostly centers on Betsy Zook, a seventeen-year-old who is captured by an Indian tribe during a surprise attack. During her captive, Betsy's Amish faith is put the ultimate test. Later, upon returning to her family, she must deal with mixed feelings she has between her Amish family and the Indian man she met while she was captive.

Final Thoughts: While I have read many Amish fiction titles over the years, the Amish Beginnings series is the first I have read that is set during the pre-American Revolutionary War. "The Return" brings back many of the character that appeared in the previous novels, Anna's Crossing and The Newcomer, with the Betsey Zook being the primary character, though Han Bauer and Tessa Bauer have subplots. The main plot involving the Native American is a lot darker than the previous installments in the series. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Return. It is a well-written historical Amish tale with great descriptions and interesting characters.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop 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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