Best-selling novelist Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her Amish Beginnings series in The Return.

Fisher treks underutilized territory as this novel centers around a young Amish woman who is kidnapped by Native Americans in a raid.

The rest of the novel deals with the fallout of this event. We follow Betsy, the captured woman, as well as the others affected by the event.

Fisher does a wonderful job of weaving together all of the story lines in this novel.

The characters are wonderfully developed and complex. You really feel for them and what they are going through.

Even though this is the third novel in a series, it can be read without having to read the others first.

However, readers probably will have a deeper appreciation of the story if they have read the two preceding novels.

Due to the nature of the subject matter of this story, there is some violence depicted.

While this might upset some readers, it is obvious that Fisher did her research on the matter and it is historically accurate.

Overall, this was a highly enjoyable novel that I would recommend to fans of historical fiction, as well pioneer fiction.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book. However, all opinions are my own.

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About The Return

The ReturnBook Title: The Return

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Release date: Sept. 1, 2017

Genre: Amish

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 Hans’s hunger for revenge.

But if Betsy ever is 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.

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About the AuthorSuzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, best-selling 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 @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Three Sisters’ Garden: Corn, Squash & Beans!

Corn was a new food to the immigrants to the New World, introduced to them by Native Americans. Soon, it became an essential part of their daily diet, in one form or another. Growing it brought yet another new discovery: Companion planting in the form of the Three Sisters’ Garden.

Three Sisters' GardenAccording to Iroquois legend, corn, squash. and beans were three inseparable sisters who only grew and thrived together. Eighteenth-century Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the science behind why companion planting worked, but they knew it did. Beans, like all legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them to absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits from the legumes and provides a pole support for the beans to climb. Low growing squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth. Their sharp and prickly leaves deter pests.

This tradition of planting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds became a sustainable system to provide long-term soil fertility among Native American tribes that farmed.

The wisdom of planting Three Sisters’ Garden was adopted by the immigrants, including our own Betsy Zook from The Return. Betsy learned of the technique while a captive among a tribe of Indians and later, after she had been returned to the Amish, shared her knowledge with Anna and Bairn.

Three Sisters' GardenHave you ever considered growing a Three Sisters’ Garden? All you need is the right kind of seeds, a mound of dirt in a sunny spot and to not forget to water. Mother Nature will do the rest.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a best-selling, award-winning author of novels about the Old Order Amish. Her interest in the Plain People began with her grandfather, who was raised as a Dunkard (German Baptist) on a farm in Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves to connect with readers! You can find her online at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

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Giveaway

The Return giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway from August 1 through August 14! Check it out:

Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:

  • An Amish gift basket and a copy of The Return
  • Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
  • The Amish Beginning three-book set series

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

You can enter at Suzanne’s website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/contests/) or on her Facebook page (http://gvwy.io/q1kb9u4).

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