The Return

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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 when she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her.

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the...

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"Based on true events, this novel is a winner, especially for Amish-fiction enthusiasts."--Publishers Weekly

"Those who summon the courage to read about the raw immigrant experience on this treacherous crossing will find a deeply satisfying story of conviction and hope."--Booklist

"The touch of romance and many plot twists in Anna's Crossing keep Fisher's story entertaining."--BookPage

"Anna and Bairn's sweet romance will satisfy readers with an interest in Amish history, as Fisher offers a look at the inhumane suffering they endured in their search for religious freedom."--RT Book Reviews

"Unexpected twists and turns; themes of trust, faith, and letting go of the past; and a surprise ending add up to a thoroughly enjoyable read for Amish fiction fans."--CBA Retailers + Resources

Praise for The Newcomer

"Full of adventure, suspense, an air of mystery, and sweet romance, the plot holds all the elements of an engaging story."--Christian Library Journal

"The sights and sounds of the developing colonies and Philadelphia in 1737 complement Fisher's delightful rendering of such historical figures as Benjamin Franklin and enrich a more emotional, character-driven tale about identity, doubt, and belonging."--Booklist