A Fresh Start in a New World will not only test Anna's resolve, It will test her heart as well...
Happy Valentines Day! I hope that it is amazing and that as we celebrate our love for our families and/or spouses that we not forget how much God loves us. He loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son to die for us, so that we could be saved. ( John 3:16)
So here is the other Valentines Day "Must Read" that I promised you.
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a delightful Historical Romance novel that is probably the complete opposite of the last book on the "Must Read" list.
The Newcomer is the story of Anna Konig, a young Amish girl who just got off the boat that was her home for the past 10 weeks. While on the ship she met and fell in love with Bairn Bauer the ships carpenter who was Amish by birth and then reunited with his family after years of captivity at the end of the previous book. Anna is excited to reach this new home where they can be free to worship God in the way they have been raised but as Bairn realizes the reality of what it means to be Amish in this new land, he misses the freedom of the open waters he is familiar with.
As their small group starts to head off to their new home Bairn is given the opportunity to sail once more as a First Mate. He immediately accepts the position but ask Anna to wait for him. He promises that this will be his final voyage, but Anna feels lost, She knows that she loves Bairn but is worried that his first love will always be the sea, It also does not help that Bairn does not seem to ever agree with his father who is the leader/Minister of the group. So while Bairn heads off to sea, His parents decide to go to the location of their new home to get it ready for the rest of the group... The only problem is that they never arrive. Bairn's father, Jacob gets gravely ill and appears to be at deaths door and Bairn's mother Dorothea is not sure if she can go on without her husband. She already suffers from slight depression and is praying that this will not pull her down completely, especially since she has adopted a little baby. But thankfully all three of them are rescued by a strange group of people who have unusual (occult-like) beliefs but are very kind, unfortunately they do not know of any way to help Jacob recover from his illness.
Meanwhile Anna and group arrive at their new home and are shocked and worried when Jacob and Dorothea are not there. A newcomer, Henrik Newman joins the group and appears to be an answer to prayer. He is bold, devoted, knows his scripture and seems to be completely in love with Anna.
As the group struggles to set up their community without their leader, Henrik steps up to lead the group. Henrik wants to become the Minister for the group but he needs to be married so he proposes to Anna but she is torn because she still loves Bairn.
Will she wait for Bairn or will she accept the hand of the charming, devoted ," almost too good to be true" Newcomer Henrik?
You will have to read the book to find out!
What did I think?
So this is book two of the Amish Beginnings series but I read the book as a Stand alone. Though it was fine to read by itself, I believe it would have added so much to the story if I would have read the first book first. I loved all of the historical descriptions of the raw Pennsylvania Frontier and the fact that the Author had Benjamin Franklin interacting with the fictional characters! The book had a lot of twists and turns especially near the end of the book. The plot is filled with historical elements, romance and betrayal. I recommend this book to anyone who likes an Amish book filled with romance , historical descriptions and a slight bit of suspense.
Overall, I rate the book 5 out of 5 Stars*****
If you want to read this book or check out the first book in the series Anna's Crossing,
(or her other books)
Here is the link!
Happy Reading :)
I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.