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The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings Series #2)

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings Series #2)

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by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and


In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World—isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father—his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?

When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not—bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not.

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

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The burgeoning shipboard romance between passenger Anna Konig and ship carpenter Bairn Bauer stalls after they land in 1737 Pennsylvania. The son of the bishop and founder of the new Amish settlement, Bairn takes a hard look at what life on the frontier means for him. If he stays, he will be unable to escape his controlling father or the suffocating Amish community. So, at the first opportunity, he returns to sea, asking Anna to wait for him. However, when newcomer Henrik Newman arrives in the settlement, Anna acquires a new suitor. Upon Bairn's return, Anna faces a choice: to be with the man who left her at the first chance, or the one who has pledged himself to her happiness. VERDICT This sequel to Anna's Crossing continues the story of the Amish settlers who arrived in this country in the 18th century. Crisp prose and close attention to historical detail will keep readers engrossed. A solid option for devotees of Wanda Brunstetter, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Amy Clipston.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Amish Beginnings Series , #2
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing, 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.

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The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Britney_Adams 3 hours ago
The Newcomer is the second installment in the Amish Beginnings series. Although I have not read Book 1, Anna’s Crossing, I was able to follow the story line and enjoy this book as a stand-alone story. As Anna Konig and the other Amish settlers enter the New World, unexpected happenings abound. I enjoyed the wealth of history woven through their story, as well as the threads of mystery and romance. Anna and Bairn share a dramatic journey, one I look forward to following as this series continues. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
centraleast22 15 hours ago
I cannot imagine what it would be like to leave everything and start a new life like Anna did. It would be hard enough to leave in modern times when you can go to the nearest store to get everything you need, but to try to set up a house and live on the frontier would be something else. I enjoyed seeing Anna's romance and learning how she chose who to give her heart to and I really enjoyed seeing the twist in the story and how it all came together. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is my own.
lolly-pops 2 days ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s contemporary Amish books and I probably shouldn’t have requested this one because I didn’t love Anna’s Crossing. It was hard for me to read the history of the Amish on the ship. I recognize it is based on real life history, but that doesn’t make it easier! I hoped THE NEWCOMER would be less slow and hard to read. But I still found this book really difficult for me to get into. There is a lot of real life (nonfiction) characters included, and a lot of real life (nonfiction) history of the area, so part of it almost seems like an information dump. I also never really was able to connect with the main characters Anna and Bairn (or Hans). As a whole, Ms. Fisher’s writing style is top-notch and I love the way she seamlessly weaves in a faith message. Ms. Fisher is one of the top Amish writers with good reason. As a rule she writes with wit, faith, and well-developed characters with an interesting storyline. This book – THE NEWCOMER – is second in the series, and readers should read Anna’s Crossing before reading this as they are tied together. You probably won’t be lost if you don’t, but it might help to make you more invested in the characters if you experience the hardships with them from the beginning. If you like historical Amish books, then Ms. Fisher’s are ones to consider. She puts a lot of time and effort into research to get the details exact and it shows.
Bookworm_Debbie 3 days ago
This is an incredible historical romance! This is part of a “true” series. You need to read book one before reading this one to get the full enjoyment out of it. I loved the characters in this book. They are extremely well developed. I connected with Anna Konig in the first book and thoroughly enjoyed seeing her growth and maturity in this book. The different personalities of the members of the little group from Ixheim, Germany are so realistic. I can see people I know represented by each of them. I was fascinated with the detail presented about the early Amish settling in America. The fact that some of the legal requirements for immigrants had to be adjusted was totally new to me. I am looking forward to finding out what happens for this community in the next book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
ARS8 3 days ago
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is her continuing story in the Amish Beginnings novels and we start off where the first book has left off. This little Amish church that has been through persecution in their old country has now arrived at the Promised Land in America. Jacob and Dorothea have been reunited with their long lost son Bairn, and Anna is ready to move forward in this new place and begin anew with Bairn. However doubts and fears begin to arise and this looks like it will not be a pleasant move forward. This is not like your typical Amish fiction. The story shows the bravery these poor souls needed to endure the rigorous pioneer life and new challenges: Native Americans, French and British hostilities, and new sicknesses they had to face. Bairn has real doubts about this new life facing him. He loves Anna and his family, but he has been away from the Amish lifestyle for so long he is unsure if it is right for him. Poor Anna in many ways is alone in this world and I could feel her longing to belong and for her community to survive. She is hurt deeply by Bairn and when he asked for her to wait for him I understood Anna’s hesitation. I also understood why Bairn wanted to make sure this was what he wanted. Ms. Woods did a great job of putting us in both of their shoes and seeing all sides. This church is struggling and at times does not seem to be making wise choices. I understand that they wanted to live apart from the rest of the world, but in my mind it did bring up some questions. I know that we as believers are not of this world any longer, but we are still living here and we are required to be the lights. It was also interesting as the author shows us some other religious groups and their ways of life, even to the extreme that they felt called to live. All in all this was an interesting historical read about the beginnings of the Amish and the world that they lived and the part they played in America’s big melting pot. I am very interested in how this series wraps up. We are left with hope and trouble at the end of each book and I look forward to continue on this journey with Anna, Bairn, and this little Amish community. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
conniet729 6 days ago
I really enjoyed reading about the Amish coming to America. I had read "Anna's Crossing" and loved it! This book did not disappoint. I loved how the author combined the history and the story. The words flowed off the page nicely. I love that the story is woven together with faith, love, adventures and so much more. The author is known for her brilliant Amish Fiction stories - and this one falls into its rightful place. Suzanne Woods Fisher was one of the first authors that I read when I started reading Christian Fiction LOVED this book I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Kathae 6 days ago
I've become a big fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, and The Newcomer is just another reason why. The writing is well-done and easy to read, the characters are real, and the plot builds and is never cumbersome. It was interesting to read about this group of people introduced in Anna's Crossing, and see the growth in all of them. The difficulties of traveling and settling in the New World at that time were huge. On top of the physical difficulties, there were language barriers, fear of Indians, and the political unrest. It was really neat so have some cameo appearances by famous early Americans! Although the second in the series, it reads well as a stand-alone. I truly enjoyed this book and recommend it to fans of historical fiction and Amish fiction. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
eLynda 6 days ago
The Story Continues... This book is the second installment of Amish Beginnings and is a fictionalized account of Amish immigration to what would become America. This book picks up after the sea voyage and chronicles the hardships of adjusting to a new and very different environment, finding the land their representative had purchased, and dealing with sickness. I enjoy how we follow the same people from Anna’s Crossing; it gives the author time to further flesh out the characters and place them into a new setting facing new challenges. Those characters are incredibly complex and their emotional struggles are believable and, at times, heartwrenching. As the reader, we get to watch their growth and eventual grounding in who they are based on the experiences they have endured and overcome. The setting and time period is an integral part of this novel. Another time or location would be impossible and the author does a great job of supporting the action with historical details based in the locale. I imagine the conditions and the complete other-ness they faced in this new world could have been overwhelming at times, but the characters help each other (and the reader) interpret the events and give them context within the times. The spiritual content is strong within this novel—because the characters are obviously devoted believers, Biblical content never seems forced or tacked on to give the book a Christian label. Personally, I love the parallels and direct references to the exodus and the Israelites’ desire to return to Egypt because the suffering in slavery was expected and a known variable while they had no idea what to expect in their new home. Understanding that we aren’t so different from the Israelites is reinforced by the fictional people within these pages, reminding me that I have more I common with people of the past than I do different from them. Because this is a true series in that it is a continuing storyline following the same primary characters, I would strongly recommend reading the first book in the Amish Beginnings series before starting this one. While possible to follow the plot and catch up, it will be far more meaningful for readers who have encountered the characters before. I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
RGNHALL 7 days ago
Imagine being stuffed like sardines in the lower deck of a ship for ten weeks, unable to even stand up in the quarters, but having to bend over to walk. Only to arrive and find obstacles.....and Indians! And the plan to go to an unsettled wilderness...when they've landed in a settled and very nice city. Anna and Bairn and the other settlers find themselves in just such a predicament. But Bairn deserts Anna for the sea and Henrik is here on land, beside her, and very attractive, persuasive, and positive. In fact, Henrik positively exudes a happy energy that spreads to the others. As I read the book, I was fascinated. I imagined the sheer excitement AND the sheer terror the Bauer family felt. To inhabit a land that is so markedly different from their homeland and so barren of other people and homes. They started out with one cabin built by Jacob Bauer and his unlikely Indian (Native American) friend. I wondered what it would be like to work alongside an Indian, neither of us able to verbally communicate and yet, working in harmony. Wow! just Wow! I don't think I'm adventuresome enough to handle the New World as this group of church members did. The most adventuresome I've been in that regard was to move from Virginia to Texas for my husband to attend seminary along with our two little daughters in tow. We traveled on land in motor vehicles and didn't have to rely on horses and carts to move our belongings. We moved into a small apartment, granted we had never seen so much as a picture of said apartement. We were fortunate to be surrounded by other seminary students and their families and a large seminary with eager professors and administrators to point us in the right direction. I have great admiration for these settlers of Pennsylvania, and after reading Suzanne's novel, my admiration has grown. Thank you, Suzanne, for expanding my world and my vision and for making me very keen to conduct my own research on the Amish who settled in Pennsylania to escape the persecution of Germany and a few other European countries. This is a top-notch novel. Suzanne Woods Fisher never fails to deliver an amazing piece of literature when her fingers hit those keys. What could I rate this novel other than 5 stars? Well, I could give it 10 or 20 but most rating systems are based on a scale of 1-5, BUT it is my novel after all as a recent facebook commenter suggested, so I will give it 5+ and leave it to future readers to determine their own rating! This book was a gift from the publisher, celebrate lit bloggers and netgalley. A positive view was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw 7 days ago
This had a slightly slower start for me than her other books but I was glad I kept reading. I wasn't sure for quite a while as to who Anna was going to really fall in love with. This had a few twists and turns toward the middle and the end and this really kept my interest. I look forward to book three in the series. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MelissaF 9 days ago
Suzanne is a great author. She has written a very interesting story on so many levels. I have read several Amish books but none set when they have come to America. I enjoyed hearing about how they settled the land and the lessons they had to learn along the way. From the opening chapter you will wondering what is going on with Barin, where does his heart lie? Does he care enough about Anna to come back to her? And who is this newcomer, will he steal Anna’s heart? There is a lot of mystery surrounding the whole story and so many questions as you go. I did not read the first book in this series and still completely enjoyed and was able to follow this book. If you enjoy historical Amish fiction then I recommend this one. A copy of this book was given to me through The Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 9 days ago
A couple of years ago, Suzanne Woods Fisher penned Anna's Crossing, an awesome story based on some of the earliest days of Amish settlers in the United States. In response to her readers' thirst for more, she has continued the story of Anna, Bairn, and others in their early days in their new world. In The Newcomer, Suzanne weaves together some actual historical events and characters with details from her research and characters of her own imagination for a continuing look at early Amish life in Pennsylvania. As always, Suzanne brings characters to life with the joys, difficulties, and challenges of their lives. Not every person and every situation has a "happy-ever-after" ending, but they all have their fair share of adventure. From devout church members to risk-taking searchers, the characters struggle to find their places and deal with right and wrong in making life-changing decisions. In addition to the Amish history, Suzanne also brings in some history of another religious group from 18th-century Pennsylvania. Because of the time and setting of the book, this is quite different from most Amish fiction. For readers interested in the history behind the fiction, The Newcomer is a fascinating read that I highly recommend. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book and allowing me to participate in this tour. I was happy to share my thoughts about the story.
Lane_Hill_House 10 days ago
Friday, February 10, 2017 The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2017 Amish Beginnings series, Book 2 My Review: This story was so interesting about the settling of the Amish in the New World. Penn's Woods became a beginning... 1737 - the Charming Nancy After long weeks at sea, the small church group has arrived at Port Philadephia and met by their Amish bishop from home. They are more than ready to arrive at the settlement he has prepared in advance of their coming. The emigrants have crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Charming Nancy from Germany to begin anew in this New World. Join Anna König and Bairn Bauer as their hopes for their future are bright. They have been close since their childhood. Another immigrant has arrived on a separate ship from Germany and chooses to join their settlement. Henrik Newman has plans and is quite charming in his deliverance. How far can a person go to be believed? Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20 Adjusting to a new country and travel across the unknown terrain are consuming strength and exhaustion of whom to follow. With winter approaching, are they to till the soil or build family structures as their first priority? They have been crowded on their journey and now bundled together in one dwelling. This story is very well written and demonstrates what can be done when working together to achieve a satisfactory and desired end. They are not without turmoil and uncertainties as each day is met and decisions are to be made. There is a Cast of Characters and Glossary of Historical Terms in the front, and the story is followed by a glimpse sneak peek of Book 3, The Return, available this coming summer! One thing I especially liked was how the experience of one was able to help another. ***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for including me in the book tour for The Newcomer and sending a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
jacksonmomLV 12 days ago
I eagerly reread Anna's Crossing to get ready for The Newcomer, and I'm glad I did. In both books, though I liked the blossoming romance between Bairn and Anna, the character that really caught my attention was young Felix. No matter the situation, on sea or dry land, he seems determined to learn as much as he can and get the most out of every opportunity. I liked his interactions with the (real) Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. And he certainly solved Bairn's problem with his captain, Angus Berwick, in typical Felix-fashion! Another "person of interest" for me was Dorothea Bauer, wife of the difficult Bishop Jacob. She suffered so much, but really grew emotionally and spiritually after rescuing the Masts' motherless baby. From the Charming Nancy to the Ephrata Cloister, she really comes into her own. I was so happy to see her loyalty and perseverance rewarded. The one character I never quite trusted was the namesake of this book. Henrik Newman/Karl Neumann was just too slick for my liking, besides trying to come between Bairn and Anna. But I never thought he'd turn out quite like he did! This book is the middle volume in a series describing the coming of the Amish to the new world. Suzanne Woods Fisher does her usual thorough research, and weaves her fictional characters into a realistic setting peopled with historical names and details. She writes with urgency, yet takes time to develop her storyline. I really look forward to the conclusion of this series, but haven't let myself peek ahead into the teaser at the end of this book.
DKStevens119 13 days ago
This is a story of how the early German Amish community began a new life in the New World. The characters each had events that kept me interested and wondering how they were going to make this new beginning work. A mischievous eight-year boy, Indians and even Ben Franklin appeared which made for an interesting story of family, hardships and faith. From the excitement of a new land to conquer, to the harsh realities of life I enjoyed the trip back into past. I was gifted a copy from the author & CelebrateLit and my review is voluntary..
LucyMR1 13 days ago
The Newcomer is book two in The Amish Beginnings series. It is nice to see what happens to these characters after arriving in the New World. They face a language barrier as well as being different in their Amish beliefs, and also are naive to the ways of this New World. The historical quality of this book is superb and I loved learning about The Ephrata Cloister a commune in 1720. The character development of Anna and Bairn is a slow and painful process and the antics of Felix continue to make you chuckle. The Newcomer in this book is almost to good to be true and as the plot thickens you discover secrets, lies, and cover ups that make you wonder what is going to happen next. Suzanne writes Amish fiction on another level and you won't be disappointed with this book. I recommend reading Anna's Crossing first so you know the background of the characters you will fall in love with. I received a complimentary copy from the author and CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
annelr 13 days ago
The Newcomer is a captivating book in the Amish Beginnings series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. With an interesting historical view, readers follow an early Amish community into the New World. The leader of this small group of families, Jacob, has found fertile land for them and the adventure begins. Twists and turns to the plot are evident early as the group is separated and some choose to leave and a new man joins with them. Anna, a strong character whose faith in God never waivers, does have a dilemma when it comes to love and marriage. Bairn, her first love and torn between two worlds, has made a decision that changes their situation. Is he willing to lose Anna, the one who kept him balanced and set his course? And now the new man, Henrik, can make a strong foothold into Anna's life. Just who is Henrik, the eternal optimist who knows how to lift spirits and be decisive? When he sweet talks Anna, how can she resist? Can she trust him or is he just a charming opportunist? The author does a great job of keeping interest with sweet reunions, mishaps, trials of illness in the New World and some humorous scenes with Felix, Bairn's eight-year-old brother. Cameo appearances of Ben Franklin were another fun aspect of the story. Character development was good as readers see changes in the faith of several of the individuals...faith journeys that see characters questioning what their faith in God is based on and the need for knowing God not out of duty but out of a desire to draw close to Him. The Newcomer is an excellent read from an award-winning author. Don't miss it! I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour
Baranski1987 13 days ago
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book two in the Amish Beginnings series. Suzanne sure knows how to write a story combining historical and Amish fiction together and get a story that you don’t want to put down. I was captured by the story and its wonderful characters right from the start. This story is full of faith, love, hope, heartache, and adventure of what is to come. Be sure to get your copy of The Newcomer today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
BrittanyMc 14 days ago
It was so nice to return to the Amish Beginnings series in the year 1737. It was so interesting to once again see how these very early Amish settlers viewed life. It was hard to see them sometimes making bad decisions or trusting the wrong people because of their naivete. There were actually many interesting settings and people to read about in The Newcomer. Whether it was Philadelphia, The Ephrata Cloister, the ship Lady Luck, or the land that the Bishop wanted to claim for the church, there were compelling storylines in each place. There was a sweet romance peppered throughout the novel, as well as much personal growth for quite a few characters. This was a very nice addition to the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
llparrish782 16 days ago
Thank you Suzanne for listening to my begging for another story about Bairn and Anna! I wasn't disappointed but now we have to see if they get married or not! The ending leaves us wondering if we will get to read about them again!? You have a wonderful way of drawing us into a book and then leave us wanting for more! I just couldn't put this book down! Have you ever met a person and get a sixth sense of something isn't as it should be with that person like you cant really trust them? Well, we meet such a person like that in this book and because he did make the story interesting! Young Felix made me laugh in some places of the book and so did his awful dog. I never did understand why they called him an awful dog. Felix I can relate to at times. He's my favorite character. I love his enthusiasm and childish ways. He's also headstrong and doesnt want ro do as he's told. Bairn is a very different person. He was raised at sea among the sailors and until Felix came along it sort of shifted things for Bairn lol! Bairn is a leader just like his father. I love his confidence and that and his personality makes him a special person. He does need to find himself and I loved watching him change. Anna is unique and her special self. I wiah that I can speake two different languages. Plus, she got grit and is able to hold ber own even in the New World. I can't imagine being in that time or place although I would love to. I am glad that people can preserve history so that we don't forget what once was and that our past is who we are today. I think the Amish were brave people. They are like us English people wanting a new place to start over whether it be religions, or just want to have land. Roots is what I think it's called. I also like how the author has put a tidbit of history at the end. I just live to read about things like that. I love how places,things and people get their names. And I loved how Suzanne added a special person in the story! He was a treat!!! I am hoping that Suzanne will write a third novel in this series. I want to see what happens to the little church of Ixhiem. I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no obligation to review this book. i also strongly recommend this book for people who love amish. This is a different kind of story about the Amish. But how I loved it!
DianaFlow 19 days ago
In The Newcomer, Suzanne Woods Fisher has painted a raw portrait with vivid detail of Amish life in the New World. Anna Konig, her fiance, Bairn, and a small group of Amish seek to begin a new life in the lush, beautiful, but savage Pennsylvania frontier. But what happens to the group when Bairn gets wanderlust and a handsome, charming newcomer begins to vie for Anna's heart? Will she wait for Bairn?...even when it seems as though he may not return? Or will she fall for the newcomer?...who appears to be everything Bairn is not. Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a mesmerizing book filled with a plethora of historical details, realistic characters, and exquisite descriptive imagery. I devoured this novel quickly even though I was in the midst of the holiday season; I just simply could not put it down! Am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book in the series entitled 'The Return' available Aug. 2017! The Newcomer is a definite "must read" to start the New Year out right! I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and was not required to write a positive review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 19 days ago
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second book in An Amish Beginnings Novel series. The Charming Nancy has arrived at Port Philadelphia on October 15, 1737. The group is happy to arrive after ten long weeks at sea. Jacob Bauer, the bishop and founder of their new settlement, is there to meet them. Jacob and his wife, Dorothea are happy to reunite with his long, lost son Bairn, the ship’s carpenter. Jacob’s land is the farthest he could purchase under British rule with his land warrants (and you have to get through the Indians first). Jacob wants to make sure that they are truly separate from others who do not share their Amish beliefs. Jacob gets tired of waiting for the group to be able to depart for their new home and sets out ahead with Dorothea. The men on the ship cannot travel until they swear allegiance to the British crown. This is problematic for these religious men. Bairn finds a way to help the men, but he starts having doubts about becoming a farmer after marrying Anna Konig. Bairn is offered an opportunity as first mate on a ship, and he jumps at it. One final journey and then he will settle down with Anna (he assures her). But is Anna willing to wait for Bairn? Will Bairn ever be happy away from the sea? Henrik Newman arrives in Port Philadelphia and wishes to join the group on their journey to their new settlement. Henrik is charming and outgoing (opposite of Bairn). He becomes indispensable to the group. Will Henrik also win Anna’s affections while Bairn is away? The Amish’s journey to their new settlement will not be easy nor will Bairn’s on the ship especially after he finds a stowaway. To see how they fare, start reading The Newcomer. The Newcomer is a different take on an Amish novel. We are taken back in time to when the Amish first came to America (to have religious freedom). In Anna’s Crossing (the first book in An Amish Beginnings Novel series) we experience their trip on the Charming Nancy. In The Newcomer we get to see how different life is in America for this group. The Newcomer is well-written and has good characters. My favorite character is Felix. I like his curious nature (he is also entertaining). I appreciated Ms. Woods writing style. I also liked the time-period and felt that Suzanne Woods Fisher did a very good job at capturing it. I was especially entertained with her addition of Benjamin Franklin. I give The Newcomer 4 out of 5 stars. I did feel, though, that the pace of the book was a little slow in a couple of sections and there is a little predictability (regarding Henrik, Felix—the little rascal, and the romance between Anna and Bairn). The Newcomer can be read alone. The author summarizes what occurred in Anna’s Crossing (I do recommend reading it, though, because it is such a lovely novel). I look forward to reading The Return (the conclusion to the series) when it releases this summer.
valet 19 days ago
I just say it right at the beginning this book was hard to put down. The Newcomer was a page turner from the beginning and I never wanted to skip to the good parts. I was just taken back in time to the New World in 1737. With wonderful descriptions I could see the old shops, the cobblestone pathways, and a vast wilderness that now we can only imagine. I began to feel what it must of been like to land in a strange place and understand why they would want to come. At the same time, I was afraid for the people with their limited understanding of the surroundings. They had to learn new ways and establish new priorities as soon as they landed. It was a hard life. Characters flowed so well in this book, I loved them all! I have to say that reading about one notable man from American history was kind of neat. It was fun to read about his eccentrics here. The well researched history combined with romance makes this book a wonderful, wonderful read! This is the second installment of a series but I feel as though you can read it alone. I was given this book by Net galley.. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Mar-J 20 days ago
Beautiful Historical Amish Fiction. Suzanne Woods Fisher never fails in giving readers a page turner story. The Newcomer, book 2 in her An Amish Beginnings series, is exactly that type of book. The authenticity of the history woven into this historical Amish fiction book was over the top! Fisher definitely researched and displayed her knowledge of the history for the Ana Baptist members who traveled to America in the early 1700’s. The Newcomer picks up where Anna’s Crossing ended with Bairn and Ann being in the New World after crossing the Atlantic. The Amish have so much to learn with Bairn struggling with where he fits in, since he had been lost to his family previously. Fisher’s description of the difficulties they faced in Philadelphia, traveling over the rugged terrain to their new settlement, facing one hardship after another kept me reading till the end. I loved the history that included individuals I studied about when I was younger. Bishop Jacob Bauer, his wife, Dorothea and the baby boy Dorothea was caring for, left Philadelphia before the others to travel to the home Bishop Bauer had built for his family and land for their new community. Bishop Mast became ill and was guided to the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, PA where Dorothea found renewed peace and faith instead of being remaining in her darkness due to death and separation. I would like to visit the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, PA for the history. The plot was steady with many unexpected events that were not predictable, which added another reason to keep turning each page. The Newcomer, Henrick Newman, to America who joined up with the members from the church of Ixheim, Germany in the New World proved to be a charmer and quoted scripture to fit each situation the group faced. But was he really who he portrayed himself to be? Would he cause more setbacks and steal Anna from Bairn? The characters faced life’s difficulties with integrity, fortitude, hard work, resilience, faith and accepting God’s will as events transpired. The vivid historical gems added depth and spirit to this fascinating story. The lives of individuals’ who sacrifice so much to gain religious freedom and stand for what they believed in the New World gave a deeper admiration for their lifestyle. The Newcomer was a book filled with primarily delightful cast of characters but there was a couple who was not quit as pleasing. I’ll be waiting patiently for book three, The Return, to release during 2017 summer. Readers of Amish genre and historical fiction with romance interwoven will take pleasure in reading Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer. I would recommend book one be read first; although, The Newcomer could be read as a stand a lone. I received a complimentary copy of The Newcomer from the publisher and was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my sincere ones for yet another enchanting book by beloved Amish author, Suzanne Woods Fisher.
hplady 20 days ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has brought us another wonderful story about the Amish community when they first came to the new world. The Newcomer picks up where Anna’s Crossing left off; the Amish church is at Port Philadelphia waiting to head to the land that their Bishop Jacob had chosen for them. Anna worries for Bairn, as he tries to feel like a part of his family and community, while Jacob tries to hide an illness from his congregation family. When Bairn decides to take one last sea voyage before settling down, Anna feels confused and alone. The church welcomes one Henrik Newman, who is very charismatic, charming, and good looking to boot. Henrik sets his sights on Anna, while gaining trust and loyalty in the community. But, is Henrik all that he seems? What will happen to Jacob? And what about Felix, the rascally young lad who decides to hide aboard Bairn’s ship, setting off to sea with his big brother? Who will Anna choose? Henrik, who is with her and trying hard to win her heart, or Bairn, who has always had her heart but isn’t here? Journey to a new home with our Amish friends and feel their joys and heartbreak as they discover the path God has set them on. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.