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Sunday, August 20, 2017

In the third installment in the series called An Amish Beginning the author takes us back to the late 1700s. I was so fascinated by the history in this  book that I couldn't put it down. It is obvious that  the author has done great in -depth research about this time period. I learned about the Amish during this time. They were God fearing people who believed that a woman should  be seen and not heard. I was astounded at that. In those days the women' s duties were to cook , clean and take care of the family. The men were the only ones to have any significant place as leader in the church.  In contrast the women are revered in Native American culture. I didn't know that and was quite surprised to learn how important they were to the tribe.

Each character was written with clarity and I loved how the author gave us details about their daily life's. It was interesting to read about Benjamin Franklin and other well known men that became a big part of our history.  I was captivated by the Native Americans and how they survived off the land. When a young woman is captured by a tribe I found their compassion for the girl to be genuine. Betsy at first was frightened but as the days and weeks came and went, the author showed us how Betsy had matured and  began to love the people she was with.

There was lots of danger surrounding the towns as rumors of vicious attacks were imminent. The times were heard for the town and I loved how they protected each other. I was completely engrossed in this book because it was so well written with historical events and how people survived during  attacks on their families. There is so much to this story that had me on pins and needles.

I have to mention Caleb because he was my favorite character. He was called a half breed and not really accepted anywhere. His heart was full of God and he never forget his mother bringing him up as a Christian. He will be a very important part of the story but I won't give it away. One thing that someone  said in the book really stuck with me. One of the characters said," The worst thing to do is to assume all people belong under a defining label."   That one statement really sums up the story for me. There was much prejudice in the story as people assumed since you were a Native American you were a savage. It struck me as what we do today. We label people because we think because of their color, religion or their ancestors make them something that is perceived and not always true. In the story people would say that all Native Americans were savage and needed to be killed. There were some bloody scenes but I thought the author did an amazing job of describing them in a delicate way.
I found this story to be very powerful and true to the time period. I look forward to the next book in the series. It promises to be just as powerful and filled with historical facts that define our nation.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing Group. The review is my own opinion.


  1. What a great review! I always enjoy reading Suzanne Woods Fisher books! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  2. Wonderful review. The book sounds like a good one.

  3. Hi Deana! Wow...loved all that you gleaned from the story! Thank you for pointing out those subtle themes...of prejudice and defining labels. And it gave me a smile that Caleb was your favorite character! I found him compelling, too. Grateful for you, Deana! Warmly, Suzanne