The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

A group of Amish from Germany undertake the long and difficult journey to Pennsylvania under the leadership of Jacob Bauer. He had been before them and claimed land to start the new community. They were a small group and the only one that spoke English was Anna. While on the ship they discover the Bauer’s son that was lost many years ago, now a grown man. He was also Anna’s sweetheart.
While the group stays back in Philadelphia to sort out legal matters, Jacob insists on going head to the land with his wife with instructions on how to find him. Unknown to his congregation, he becomes seriously ill along the way and is taken in by another religious group called the Ephrata Community.
The group is struggling without leadership, when a newcomer appears on the scene and asks to join their group. He appears to be just what they need. His charm, wisdom, knowledge of scripture and the land impress the people. He begins to help and guide the people. Thinking Jacob is dead they begin to turn to him.
I loved the characters!!! Anna’s displayed faith and steadfastness, not only in God’s Word but also in her quiet but strong influence among the people. Bairn their reunited son taught such a strong lesson in making hasty decisions and not taking time to see what one really wants. His little brother Felix was a hoot. I laughed at his escapades and all the trouble he innocently found himself it. His curiosity and reasoning for his actions let you into the mind of an 8 year old boy. I love Dorothy, Jacobs’s wife. Her gentle and loving spirit, not to mention her courage as she found herself in a totally new environment and religion while facing her husband’s death, was inspiring. The newcomer was certainly mysterious and seemed to be an incredible man, but things may not be as they appear.
Each character was so developed as to their personalities and what was behind their actions. They all added to the story and made it very interesting. This was a fantastic book. I enjoyed it immensely! It had it all: history, romance, mystery, testing of faith, trials, and many spiritual lessons. I especially like all the surprises, twists, and turns in the plot! I never saw them coming! I have not read the 1st book of this series but this one can be read as a standalone. You will want to read this book!
I received this book from Revell Publishing. The opinions I have stated are my own.


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