About the book:
In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It’s a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, 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–isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father–his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not–bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not.
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?
My review (5 stars)
What a great follow-up to Anna’s Crossing! In this 2nd installment in her new Amish Beginnings series, Suzanne Woods Fisher has the Charming Nancy arriving at the Port of Philadelphia.
This is an amazing story that’s rich in history with wonderful characters. The Bishop, his family and friends are finally going to see the land that Jacob has claimed and they need to prepare for their lives in the new world.
Jacob decided to forge ahead with his wife Dorothea. Which isn’t the best decision he’s made due to his health. At times, it appears the decisions made by others in the group were ill-conceived and caused heartache and worry for all of them.
The Newcomer (Henrik) joins up with the group and he tries to prove himself to be helpful, but does he have ulterior motives for banding with them? The ladies did find him “comely”, so there’s that!
One of my favorite characters was Dorothea. I loved how she managed to find peace as she and Jacob were cared for in a community in Ephrata. Felix, her younger son is so inquisitive that I began to fear for his safety. He brings some needed humor to this serious story.
This is unlike anything I’ve read before and I cannot wait to see what’s next for Anna, Bairn and their friends as they begin the next chapter in their lives. I highly recommend this to fans of both historical and Amish fiction.
I received a copy of The Newcomer from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.