Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. I am so excited that she has decided to take her stories to a place where most Amish fiction authors haven’t gone before. This new series of hers, the Amish Beginnings Series, has been fascinating to read. Not knowing much of the history of why or how the Amish came to live in America, I feel like I am gaining new understanding as to why they made some of the choices they did. I am grateful that she has opened the eyes of her readers and shared about the hard start the Amish had. I had never even thought about them taking the oath when they came over. Of course, they wouldn’t be able to do that, but I hadn’t thought about the conflict such a simple thing would have been for them.
Bairn Bauer had a harder life. It was definitely not the life that he would have chosen to have, or the one that he his parents had dreamed up for him. It was life he had to live, regardless. Being snatched from his parents, he had more of a difficult time than he thought when he was reunited with them years later. What a surprise it was for him to see his family again! Not only did he get to see his family, but he was able to see his the girl who had caught his eye from early on.
Anna truly does love Bairn but she doesn’t think that he’s ready to settle down. After all, he’s a man that is called by the sea. She knows that men like that don’t tend to stick around for too long. So when a newcomer comes into their church and community, she is willing to open her heart just a little to see what this new man might bring to a relationship.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, for sure. The first two have been fabulous!
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.