The Return

series: Amish Beginnings

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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 prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

Praise for the Amish Beginnings series

"This novel is a winner."--Publishers Weekly on Anna's Crossing

"A deeply satisfying story of conviction and hope."--Booklist on Anna's Crossing

"Full of adventure, suspense, an air of mystery, and sweet romance."--Christian Library Journal on The Newcomer

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling 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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School, Anything but Plain, The Sweet Life, and The Secret to Happiness, as well as the Three Sisters Island,...

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Praise for Anna's Crossing

"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