Sunday 24 September 2017

Book Review: The Return

From The Back:

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 Reflections:
Suzanne Woods Fisher has once again penned a deeply touching and entertaining story. Amish fiction has been taken to a completely new level with "The Return." This novel is based on real-life events that took place early in our history, it delves into the challenges of settling in a new land, and the joys and sorrows of all involved this process.

I think I really connected with the characters, setting, and plot I found that I didn't want this book to end! I absolutely loved how Woods Fisher penned with absolute attention to detail, the historical aspect of this book is exquisitely written.

Hans has to deal with the aftermath of loosing his fiance, Betsy in an Indian attack. His anger and resentment are eating him up inside, will he be able to forgive and possibly start a life with Tessa?

All Tessa has ever dreamed about in a partner is none other than Hans, strong, capable and oh so attractive. Unfortunately, his heart seems stuck on the perfect yet absent Betsy. Will she be able to get Hans attention now that Betsy is gone? Guilt and desire are at war in Tessa's young life, yet she seems unable to control her wayward feelings.

Betsy being held captive by the natives is torn between her love for her upbringing and a new found "family." Although things are hard Betsy finds a new normal and starts to develop a relationship with a caring and compassionate native man. Will she ever be reunited with her brothers and her family?

I so enjoyed how this novel shows all sides of the characters involved. We see a glimpse of the different native tribes and how they were structured, one a warring tribe the other a peaceful community. Also, we meet a traditional Amish family, a Mennonite family, and the other resident settlers it is quite the mix of characters and plot lines which makes for a realistic and entertaining read!

If you are looking for a moving novel with an action-packed plot, "The Return" may just be what you are looking for!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

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Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's CrossingThe Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill...
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