Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres. There is something so relaxing about working a hard day and then curling up and reading a book about the Amish. I know they work hard, but I enjoy reading about their simple life. A simple, yet full life.
This book is the third book in Ervin R. Stutzman’s series, Return to Northkill. I have not read the first two books, nor have I read any other book previously written by him. Needless to say, I was discovering a new-to-me author.
Christian’s Hope was set apart from other Amish fiction books because of its historical setting. I’ll admit that I don’t know a whole lot about the history of the Amish, minus what is usually written about in other Amish fiction books. Christian had been captured during the French and Indian War and had been raised by the Native Americans for those years. When he returns home, he has to figure out his place in the Amish world. That’s not as easy to do when he is trying to forget the things he had been taught over those 7 years.
Not only that, but Christian loved his Native American family, as well as his Amish family. Both families represent who he is as a person and have a place in his life. However, he feels like he has to choose between the two. He longs for a way for the two families, and two cultures, to blend together.
There were not a lot of plot twists in the story, but I thought that the story was interesting. It made me interested in what I was missing by not reading the first two books in the series. I would like to read those two soon!
I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Stutzman. He includes romance, but it doesn’t overwhelm the pages like some of the Amish fiction books have the ability to do.
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Christian’s Hope (Herald Press, October 2016)
When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted.
Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian’s budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.
Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family—who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?
Christian’s Hope tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, Christian’s Hope brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ervin R. Stutzman
Ervin R. Stutzman is author of “Jacob’s Choice,” “Joseph’s Dilemma,” “Tobias of the Amish,” and “Emma, A Widow Among the Amish.” Born into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa, Stutzman based the Return to Northkill series on the life of his ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler. He has been featured on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.