The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Reviewed by: Mary Ann Bell
Genre: Amish Fiction
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
The Newcomer is a novel based on the history of the Amish and Mennonite groups coming to the new land that was given by William Penn to settle and start a new life.
In this story we meet a group that have just arrived from their long journey. It’s the year 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members have just stepped off a small wooden ship after 10 weeks of traveling, very eager to start her new life in America; the exciting but untamed Pennsylvania frontier. While aboard the ship Anna has met Bairn, and a romance has begun, but when they arrive and Bairn meets his parents for the first time in many long years. We find out that Bairn was traveling with his father to the new land in previous years with his father Jacob. Jacob was told that Bairn had died.
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 picture-perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World–isolated, unbending with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father–his eagerness vanishes. 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?
Then we meet Henrik Newman who joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is uncertain. Henrik shows interest in Anna, and he seems to be everything Bairn is not–bold, devoted, and delighted to compete for her heart. Henrik 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?
This was a fast and easy book to read. For those who love the Amish fiction, this is definitely a book for you to read.
This novel is well researched and well written. It is full of romance, adventure and keeps you wanting more.
Rated PG: There is no violence or language
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!