Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Newcomer

The Newcomer
An Amish Beginnings Novel
Suzanne Woods Fisher
ISBN: 978-0800727499
January 2017/336 pages/$15.99

A fresh start in the New World will test Anna's resolve . . . and her heart

In 1737, Anna K├Ânig staggers off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. It's a time of new beginnings, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World, his enthusiasm evaporates. When a ship captain offers him a first mate position, he grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?

As a newcomer joins the church, Anna is torn. This man is everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And he is here. Bairn is not.

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves the lives of Bairn, Anna, and the newcomer together. When the secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

Read an excerpt.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Facebook and Twitter @suzannewfisher.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is a must-read author for me, and I was intrigued by this story. Fisher wrote this for her readers who longed for a sequel to Anna's Crossing, a compelling 2015 release depicting the immigration of early Amish settlers from Germany in the eighteenth century. (My review of that novel is here.) Fisher once again brings setting and characters to life as she portrays the challenges of beginning a new life in the New World. Anna inspired my admiration with her resilience and determination in spite of disappointment, setbacks, and loss. The interactions between the members of the group and the way they solved problems and made decisions fascinated me. While it isn't required to read Anna's Crossing to enjoy this story, the experience is that much richer if you read both books. And really, you don't want to miss the chance to read this gifted author's work. The Newcomer is available online and at a bookseller near you. Grab your copy today!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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