The Return (An Amish Beginnings Novel) by Suzanne Woods Fisher; Revell ISBN 9780800727505

The Return, a novel written by Suzanne Woods Fisher, takes place in the 1760’s in Pennsylvania. Two young Amish woman are living during a difficult time in history and find themselves connected by unforeseen circumstances and the love of the same man. Betsy Zook became the victim of a horrible crime. Thinking that Betsy is out of the picture, Tessa Bauer hopes that now Hans will fall in love with her. This may be more complicated than she thinks.


This well researched story presents a clear picture of what Pennsylvania was like during this time period. Immigrants and Indians did not always coexist in peace. Often there were tragic results. The Return is the story of what happened to Betsy and Tessa, as well as their families. The well drawn characters deal with serious issues that include prejudice, fear, selfishness and jealousy. In spite of this, some of them embrace honesty and tolerance. We also observe their growth and sense of community.

As per the books back cover, the story is “inspired by true events”. The Author’s Note gives details on this and I found that to be informative. I found The Return to be a fascinating book. It is both well written and engrossing. Highly recommended.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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