The RETURN by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Suzanne WoodsThe RETURN by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Suzanne Woods

The RETURN

bySuzanne Woods Fisher, Suzanne Woods

Paperback | August 1, 2017

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Title:The RETURNFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.4 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series! The Return is the third book in the Amish Beginnings Series, it takes place 20 years after The Newcomer and Anna's Crossing. Well it does work fine as a standalone I recommend starting from the beginning just because it's a great series and you really get to know the characters. When Indians attack close to Anna and Bairn's emotions run amok, for Hans it is heartache, anger and helplessness, for Tessa's guilt and confusion. There is soul searching in store for both, but not always with a positive result. Playing off of real historical events the author has again written a captivating novel full of emotion and intrigue, keeping me glued to the pages. It wasn't hard to feel the atmosphere and visualize everything taken place, from the wild stallion to the Indian reserve and just sitting around the kitchen table. A real eye opener to what what newcomers had to endure and the relationship with Indians (both good and bad). Again Felix was one of my favorites, now a widower raising twin boys on his own brought me back to the crossing and his antics – just adding that extra spark to round out a great story. Faith plays a big role here, a lot of soul-searching takes place and it's through these dire situations where one is tested they discover who they truly are.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful mix of laughter and tears and tons of fascinating history The Return is Book Three in the Amish Beginnings series and though it reads perfectly fine as a standalone, readers who have been following this series will be thrilled to recognize some beloved faces among the characters in Stoney Ridge circa 1762. In particular Felix, that mischievous bundle of energy that exasperated all the adults and provided so much entertainment for readers in previous books, is now a grown man with sons of his own. He's even a deacon! But there are still glimpses of the rascally boy in thought and deed. I think I loved those bits the best. Anna and Bairn are in their forties, parents of a teen-aged daughter. Their happily ever after hasn't gone as smoothly as I imagined at the end of The Newcomer, but they are just as in love as ever -- more really, as their love has deepened through shared experiences -- hardship and pain, joy and sorrow. I loved being a party to their mature love. Despite the blurb on the back of the book, I really feel that this is largely Tessa's story. (Anna and Bairn's daughter.) We get a lot of her point of view, as well as Betsy's and several others. Fisher has interwoven layers of individual stories that ultimately come together in an astounding way. "What life does to you depends on what life finds in you." (p. 109) plays out brilliantly in the lives of these early settlers as they face challenges, danger and ultimately truth in a tumultuous period of America's history. A wonderful mix of laughter and tears and tons of fascinating history make for a riveting read. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Historical Read I am happy to be reviewing The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I have read a number of her books and love her writing style. The Return is book #3 in The Amish Beginnings series. The story takes place in the mid 1700’s in Lancaster County. It follows the families that have come to the US and tried to make new lives for themselves. They have been creating Amish communities amongst the same area as different Native tribes. Some of the tribes have been peaceful and others have been threatening to them. Betsy Zook’s family has been killed by the Indians and they have taken her captive. Betsy is facing this trial alone but is holding onto her faith and beliefs to carry her through. With Betsy disappearing, her friend Hans, is doing everything he can to bring her back which includes not doing his part in the community. Tessa, is in love with Hans, and befriends him in hope of winning his heart. Tessa is a lover of animals and has been working toward having this wild horse trust her. The horse is well known throughout the area but people feel it cannot be tamed. Hans wants to get close to the horse and uses Tessa as a way to get closer. The book talks about the trials of the Amish and the Conestoga Indians faced together and separately. It describes how the Conestoga wagons came to be. I found this book to be less romantic than many of her other books but the historical aspect of the story was quite interesting. The books is based on true events which I knew nothing about. The book was a little more gruesome than I normally read, but not overly so. I found it a little difficult in the beginning to keep some of the locations and characters straight but once I got into the story it was easy to follow along. I did not read the previous two books but was able to follow the story without much difficulty. This is an interesting read. This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amish and Indians The Return is so enormously intriguing, abundantly absolutely adventurous, yet blissfully romantic and complicated yet contemplative. It's about poor Betsy taken by the Pennsylvanian Indians and taken in a very brutal harmful way. She was taken by and Indian and he kept her alive - but GOD is the one who actually kept her alive and her faith and trust in HIM is what kept her continually surviving while being held captive - but will she stay alive? On the other hand you have Hans who wants revenge very badly for what happened. He wants Betsy back but in her abs cense he turns to someone else - does he betray the love they had? Does he get his revenge? if he does and he gets Betsy back what happens with Hans and the other girl? That is - if Betsy is still alive. This book is so true to life and guys will love it just as much as girls - not all mushy - not all men and Indians - This is one of the best. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from evil will not have the last word Tuesday, August 15, 2017 The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2017 Amish Beginnings series, Book 3 My Review: I enjoyed this novel very much because it was true to historical events we might not be aware of in detail. So well written, the days opened and closed awaiting the next day. The story surrounds three brothers and their families continuing from the first two books. This may be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy the background in Suzanne Woods Fisher's Anna's Crossing, of Amish coming to the New World, and settling in Penn's Woods in The Newcomer. The beginnings of Stoney Ridge. I especially liked how each character's skill fit into the daily life of the whole. Community. Revolving around each other and fulfilled, because they did not stand alone. They were aided by Indian families nearby when they came; learning about the Three Sisters ~ beans, corn, and squash and the merging of their qualities. The beans fed the soil for the corn, and the squash vines provided shade for the roots of the corn. The Return, 241 I think of corn as a main staple for its many uses. All three interwoven to protect and nourish the whole. Very synonymous with our lives. We need each other. Not separate, merging skills and prayers. (1762-1764.) This story begins twenty-five years later than the last book in the series. There is encroaching into the Indians' hunting lands set aside by treaty early in the 1700s designating borders for settler lands. With the ensuing dangers brought on by both sides, threatened existence caused changed lives. Though taken as an exchange, Betsy Zook finds she is cared for in place of another. Revolts continued as those ensuring peace come against agitators proclaiming warring forces. ***Thank you to Revell Reads for sending a print copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Return. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginnings As I turned the final page of this three-book sage, I reflected on how things had changed and how the people we have come to know and love have matured and some have died, and others are just beginning their lives. What a journey the author has brought us on, and one that will linger for a long time, but alas it is saying goodbye, but with love at new lives starting and hope for the future. As sad as some of the things that happen in this story, and the fact that they are based on truth, if we could only change history, but we hope we learn from events, but somehow some things keep getting repeated. There are a few chuckles here, and some past perceptions are no longer viable, and we sure get to see some of the changes that have happened in the people that we have come to know. These books are not the ordinary Amish stories, of romance and mystery, but a look into how they arrived in American, and where they settled, and how they were able to cling to their beliefs and survive here. I will miss this family, as I feel I have become a part of, and can see the future in where we left off. I thank the author for the wonderful journey and a glimpse into the past. I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Bloggers tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Third book in An Amish Beginnings series! The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third book in An Amish Beginnings series. Readers are taken to Stoney Ridge in April 1763. Betsy Zook is in love with Hans Bauer and looks forward to his proposal of marriage. Then one night her life is changed when the Indians attack, kill her parents and take her hostage along with her brother, Johnny. Willie Zook hid in a hollow log and after the Indians depart, he runs to the nearest town. Hans wants to immediately set out to find Betsy, and it takes some work to convince him that would not be the best idea (due to the number of Indians and they have no idea where the hostages were taken). Betsy and the other hostages are taken into the mountains where they are given to various Indian tribes (in tribute). Hans rails against the Indians much to his families’ consternation. Tessa Bauer has cared for Hans for some time and is happy when he starts to pay attention to her. Hans is ready to move on with his life, but then Betsy is returned to them. Caleb, half Indian and half Mennonite, engineers Betsy’s escape and returns her to the Bauer family. Hans is thrilled to have Betsy back, but his quest for vengeance has not been extinguished. Betsy, Caleb, Hans, and Tessa have choices in front of them. Will they make the right decisions? What does the future hold for them? Join them on their journey in The Return. The Return is well-researched and contains good writing. I thought the characters were well-developed (thought out). The Return is an emotional novel (great sadness and loss). I have to say that The Return is my least favorite novel in An Amish Beginnings series. There is extreme violence and cruelty in the story that was disturbing to me. I am fully aware it is based on true events, but I do not like to read about the violence in such detail (one scene near the end was extremely off putting). I did find the information about Conestoga wagons (the creation, design) to be fascinating. My rating for The Return is 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend reading Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer prior to The Return. Otherwise, it can be confusing with the various characters, their relationships, and how they came to America. Some of the themes or life lessons in the story are prejudice, revenge, racism, tolerance, jealousy, faith, love, and trusting God. I liked the phrases “triumph of human spirit” and “sovereignty of God in all things”. I was disappointed with the ending. It was unsatisfying and odd. It felt incomplete. The Christian element was handled beautifully.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another solid read from Fisher I am not a natural fan of Amish fiction. That's why it takes a very special author to draw me back into that world. Suzanne Woods Fisher is just such an author and The Return is the latest of her books to bring me in. One of the things I appreciate most about Fisher's books is her characters. Without fail she brings forward characters with hopes, dreams, and emotions that transcend the genre and are simply human. In The Return she offers multiple characters, most notably Tessa and Betsy. I really enjoyed Tessa's character and I have a feeling Fisher remembers that age well as she writes it with such accuracy. Tessa's hopes and dreams regarding Hans, her envy of Betsy, her own wrestling with her own maturing made for great reading and held the story solidly together. Betsy also shone in both in her own way as she wrestled through grief and forgiveness as well as a contrast to both Tessa and Hans. While I found Tessa more engaging it's Betsy that begs reflection and shows her strength in that manner. The plot was also interesting. I appreciated Fisher's use of Bairn to advocate for both the settlers and the aboriginals in the story. While I am unfamiliar with the events the story was based around, Fisher includes lots of fun details including the Conestoga wagons and horses as well as people like Benjamin Franklin helped anchor the story within its setting helping and richness and depth to the events. I love when a story adds enough history to inspire me to do further research and I've definitely been inspired to read up on the real life accounts. Overall, Fisher has brought another solid book that serves to add to its series or act as an enjoyable stand alone. 4 out 5 stars
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from History and Fiction all in one...good read The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher The story takes place in the year 1762, when the Amish and Mennonite settlers and Indians continued to fight for land. Many lives were lost as each stood for what they felt was rightly theirs. The Zook and Bauer’s families have settled in Beacon Hollow, PA but not without tremendous cost. Two daughters, Betsy and Tara, from each of these families weave a tale of trauma much too young for anyone to bear. Betsy is captured from an Indian raid and what will become of her and her brothers? Tessa’s jealousy continues to poison her heart with actions that affect many people. Each have a choice in how they deal with what has been placed before them. This story is inspired by true events. In the midst of all this, God still works in the lives of the settlers and the native people in during the preRevolutionary Pennsylvania. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown Away by Reality of Fictional Account... Life on the Pennsylvania frontier is not easy. It is even harder if you are,like Tessa Bauer's family, Amish pacifists surrounded by Indian raids and hot-headed whites who would destroy all Indians. When Betsy Zook's family is the victim of an Indian raid, Bairn Bauer,Tessa's father, and his brother Felix must lead the community through a tumultuous time,yet seek to safely recover the missing family members. Jealousy, greed, prejudice and unforgiveness struggle mightily against love, peace, and forebearance. A much darker book than I had expected, but true to its time. Helpful additions to the book were many. There was an index in the front of various characters and their relationships. At the back, the author sorts the fact from fiction in the book. Also included are discussion questions good for solo use or a book club. An eye-opener, for sure!!
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fisher Captures You Before the End I first met Anna in Anna’s Crossing, a story of one of the first groups of Amish to leave Germany to settle in the New World. The Return is largely the story of Anna’s daughter, Tessa, although many others play major roles in the story’s development. The story is one of finding one’s self and one’s place in the world. Some discoveries are made quite by surprise, some grow out of tragedy, and some are slowly revealed. Not all those seeking to know themselves and the direction of their future are as young as you might anticipate. While this book, in my opinion, got off to a slow start, by the end of the book, I was lost in the story, unable to put it down. Fisher develops the characters in a way that causes her readers to care about what happens to them, both those they have a strong compassion for, and those they find a bit irritating. The scenario they find themselves in during the last third of the book compels the reader to read on to find out how things work out. For some the ending is tragic, while others discover possibilities that didn’t exist before. I would encourage readers of The Return to hang in there if they too feel like the book is a little slow at the beginning. It is well worth reading to the end. There is enjoyment to be had and lessons to be learned. I thank Revell publishing and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing a review of this book.
Date published: 2017-06-13