Friday, August 4, 2017

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher - Includes Giveaway

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 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.

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Meet Suzanne Woods Fisher:
Suzanne has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children's books ('The Adventures of Lily Lapp' series) to novels ("The Choice") to non-fiction books ("Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World"). 

When Suzanne isn't writing, she's probably playing with puppies. She's been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can't stop at one. 

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My Take:
This was probably the most captivating of all three novels in the series, for me. I was hooked from the start. I also love stories inspired by true events. Those events included killing of both Indian and White men, capture of children by the Indians, much conflict and devastation, some quite gruesome stuff. The portrayal of friction on both sides and the call for government intervention, as well as, the refusal of some to bear arms makes for a very intriguing story. 

I enjoyed reading about the wild stallion and Tessa's fascination with it, as well as, her ability to get close to it. Kind of reminded me of the movies that are out about the girls who seem to be able to tame the wild horses. I also enjoyed the growth of the characters including both Tessa and Betsy. Both these girls are in love with the same fellow, but he is not the man either one thinks him to be. His handsome outward appearance might be a bit deceiving. I also enjoyed the continuation of the series with other characters who were in previous books, including some humorous events. I think this book could be read as a stand alone, but having the background information helps make it more interesting. I would recommend starting at the beginning if possible, but you could always go back and catch what happened.

Suzanne has a knack for story telling. She incorporated tolerance, compassion, love, and forgiveness, and doing our best to live at peace with all men. The faith aspect leaves much food for thought. I would definitely recommend both the book and the series. 

I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the Publisher to read. I was not required to write a positive review.

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