Friday, February 17, 2017

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Title: The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Pages: 336
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: Amish Fiction / Historical Romance
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

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

     In 1737, Anna Konig 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 for 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:

     This is an incredible historical romance!

     This is part of a “true” series. You need to read book one before reading this one to get the full enjoyment out of it.

     I loved the characters in this book. They are extremely well developed. I connected with Anna Konig in the first book and thoroughly enjoyed seeing her growth and maturity in this book.

     The different personalities of the members of the little group from Ixheim, Germany are so realistic. I can see people I know represented by each of them.

     I was fascinated with the detail presented about the early Amish settling in America. The fact that some of the legal requirements for immigrants had to be adjusted was totally new to me.

     I am looking forward to finding out what happens for this community in the next book.

     I have to give this great book a rating of 5 stars. I am highly recommending it.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Virginia! So glad you enjoyed it! You gave me a big smile on this rainy gray morning. Warmly, Suzanne

  2. Thank you, Debbie, for this glowing review! So glad you pointed out the historical aspect of the book and not just the Amish fiction aspect to it! I think this is a book that works for both genre-readers. Grateful for you and your support, Debbie! Warmly, Suzanne