Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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.
My thoughts: While I haven't read the previous books in the series (which, I wish I had, since it is excellent!), I feel like the author does a wonderful job of having this story stand alone, even though it is somewhat of a continuation of the previous books. The series centers on an Amish family where the father and two of his sons are taken by the Native Americans, and then each book is about one of the characters. I love that this book is based on a true story! It was fascinating to read about Christian's transition back into life with his people. This is a fascinating read for history fans!
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.