Christian’s Hope (Return to Northkill #3) by Ervin R. Stutzman (review by Cathy)


About the book:
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.
Meet the Author:
Ervin R. Stutzman is author of “Jacobs 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 t Northkill series on the life of his anscestor, Joseph Hochstetler.  He has been featured on TLC’s, “Who Do You Think You Are?”
My Review:
I’m so glad that I decided to read Christian’s Hope. Not only did I discover a uniquely different story, I also discovered a fantastic new to me author!
Even though I hadn’t  read the other books in the series before reading this one, there was enough of the back story that I had no problem understanding the characters and their experiences.
Christian had such a difficult time adjusting to life with his Amish family. He felt confined and yearned to be back with the Native Americans where basically he seemed to have more freedom.From the time he returned home and he was kind of headstrong in my opinion as he balked at helping his father around the farm.
I liked his stepmother Anna so much. She was an endearing character and tried to do whatever she could to ease Christian back into their way of life. I could understand how his father and others in their community grew impatient with him  because of the brutality their families had suffered at the hands of the tribe.
I found the characters to be well-defined and the storyline moved at a good pace. I now want to read the first two in the series as I found this to be an interesting story and one that fascinates me.
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse and have given my honest opinion.
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