Jan. 29, 2017

The Newcomer, #2Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher

***** 5 stars

Great Amish Historical Fiction!

Imagine being in a strange land, where few of your group speak the language. The rules of the new land are hard to understand, and at times capricious. The land itself is forbidding. Your leader is bold, but proud. Suddenly, events conspire to turn your world on its head as your love disappears, your colony is befuddled and near collapse, and a new leader lurks on the horizon.

Such is the reality of life for Anna Konig and the Amish group she accompanies to America in The Newcomer, book #2 Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Being a bit of a history buff, I loved the tie-ins with factual history. I also loved the way Fisher draws complex characters; all vividly real, some stumbling or fearful, others shrewd and conniving. Felix is an imp not to be missed although many, like the sea captain, would disagree. 

What I love most about Fisher's characters is that they are living, breathing, and free to grow. What a joy it is to watch the evolution of several of the main players. 

Having not read book one, this one stands well alone, although it does develop an appetite in me for the previous book. Also, there is a book three on the horizon, yay!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. This did not influence my opinions, freely given and for which I am solely responsible.