Amish Beginnings Series
SUMMARY: 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 Han'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 pre-revolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.
SUMMARY: Sometimes God works in ways we don't understand to take us to places spiritually, physically and emotionally we would never go on our own. Betsy soon finds out how God uses her time as an Indian captive to help bring her to an understanding of Himself and others around her that she wouldn't have otherwise had. It also makes her stronger than she ever thought she could be and helps her when she needs to make difficult decisions.
Tessa is like most of us; we want what we can't have. When we finally get a taste of it, we want more, even if it isn't God's best. Tessa makes decisions that come back to haunt her and influences others to make bad choices. I like how she owns up to her mistakes and does what she can to make restitution.
The ending was different in that one character's story was left open ended while others were tied up neatly. I liked how this novel closed with all kinds of possibilities that only God knows the ending. This book is set about twenty-five years after the first and second ones. Even though I read the first one but not the second, I was able to follow along without any trouble, especially since there was a Cast of Characters to help fill in any blanks. This is a good book and a good series.
This book was provided by Revell for review without any compensation.
Susanne 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's 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 www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @susannewfisher.