Sunday, October 30, 2016

Christian's Hope Book Review

I looked at the description of the book and thought it sounded interesting but it was a historic fiction so I wasn't interested.  I read the description a second time and decided that I still wanted to read it.  Christian's Hope (Return to Northkill) by Ervin R. Stutzman was the third book in the series that I hadn't read but I was eager to start reading it!!

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

I have not read the other books in the series so this was my first book getting to know these characters and what was going on.  It was a little of a slow start for me because I had to get to know all the history of the characters but I jumped right into it and couldn't put it down.  Christian is fighting between his birth culture of the Amish and the one that he grew up in with the Indians.  There is a lot of talk about how all of the "white" people hate the "savages" which I think was a little repetitive after awhile and I would rather be showed instead of told over and over.  The book was made up three parts and I felt that it got much faster paced in the second and third section.  After going through the whole book, it was a good read which I enjoyed.  I wish that I got to read the first two books in the series but I will have to add them to my reading list.  I hope that you check out this book soon and let me know what you think!!

**I was provided a copy of the book to read from the publishers but all opinions here are my own.

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