Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Review: "The Newcomer," by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book:
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 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 Thoughts:
This book is the continuation of Anna and Bairn's story, which began in Anna's Crossing. Although this book can be read as a standalone, it is more satisfying to read it after Anna's Crossing to learn the entire story (so far) of Anna and Bairn's lives. At the end of Anna's Crossing, Anna and Bairn and the other Amish had just arrived in the New World, so I was very curious to find out their fates. Not surprisingly, more hardships awaited them as they struggled to build new lives. While Bairn is still trying to figure out where he belongs since he spent many years away from his Amish community, Anna remains steadfast in her belief that God will always take care of them and is guiding their steps. We also learn more in this book about the rest of Bairn's family and the other Amish who traveled with them. And, of course, there is the newcomer, whom nobody quite understands. Are his intentions good or does he have other motives for joining the Amish? The Newcomer is full of historical detail that really made the story come alive for me. I greatly enjoyed getting to know these characters as well as a little-known slice of our nation's history.

About the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

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