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(Northkill Amish #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In 1738 Jakob Hochstetler and his family arrived in America, seeking sanctuary from religious persecution in Europe and the freedom to live and worship according to their Anabaptist beliefs. Along with other members of their church, they settled in the Northkill Amish Mennonite community on the Pennsylvania frontier between civilization and wilderness and built a home near ...more
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Published March 1st 2014 by Sheaf House (first published February 5th 2014)
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Santie Bourquin It is real life. Real life can sometimes be gory. I appreciate honesty, even if it is considered 'gory'. If teens should be exposed to it? A matter of…moreIt is real life. Real life can sometimes be gory. I appreciate honesty, even if it is considered 'gory'. If teens should be exposed to it? A matter of choice, including that of the teen. (less)

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Clif Hostetler
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have waited all my life for a good historical novel about my Hostetler ancestors. Then two good books were published this year by two different authors. One is this book, Northkill, and the other book is titled Jacob's Choice by Ervin R. Stutzman. Link to my review.

Both novels are based on the true story of my Hostetler ancestors who emigrated from Alsace in 1738 and settled on a farm at the eastern edge of the then settled part of the colonial Province of Pennsylvania (today about a mile wes
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Northkill is based upon the true story of Jakob Hochstetler who immigrated from Europe to America in 1738 to escape religious persecution. The author shares at the beginning of the novel a short summary of what happens to Jakob and his family. I was rather irritated about this "spilling of the beans" before the novel even began, however, I have to admit knowing what was going to happen added to the tension. I kept wondering if the current scene is when the climax was going to occur.

I found a few
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Northkill, book 1 Northkill Amish*****
by Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

In the year 1738 Jacob Hochstetler and his family left Europe and its persecution and sailed to America, in hopes to live in freedom and worship according to their Anabaptist beliefs. They settled in Northkill, Pennsylvania, a wilderness frontier, joining other members of their church in the Northkill Amish Mennonite community. After 18 years of peace, the French and Indian War rages all around them shattering their pe
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is truly the first suspenseful Amish novel I've read. And the fact that it's based on a true historical account of what happened to the authors' ancestors only makes it more chilling. While I knew that not all of the family makes it out of the attack alive, what actually played out was even more heartbreaking than I anticipated, though I must say the violence was handled with as much grace as was possible given what happened.
Note: there is violence in this story, and it does not end
Jocelyn Green
A masterpiece. Northkill stole my breath and my heart. With expert skill, the authors blend nail-biting suspense, blood-pumping drama and heartbreaking history into a tale that will both haunt and inspire. A book this rich and multi-dimensional deserves to be read more than once. The second book in the series can’t come quickly enough for me!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Northkill is a book that will remain with you after reading with the historical events that transpired with the authors’ ancestors during 1752. They were strong in their faith and trusted God to protect them against the Indians when settling in America. The horrendous tragic that took lives of family members and others captured and carried away by the Indians. Their faith kept them going even though they wondered how God would allow them to suffer when following His teachings. This book is one t ...more
In 1757 the Hochstetler family was living in Pennsylvania when the Indians attacked their farm. Jacob, and two of his sons, Joseph and Christian, are captured by the Delaware and Shawnee warriors while the rest of the family is killed. This books depicts their journey through the wilderness and their struggles to accept Jesus's teachings of nonresistance. This true story is based on the authors ancestors experiences. I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this book.
R J Mckay
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Northkill” is based on the life of the Hochstetler family. Jakob Hochstetler and his family left Europe in the late 1730’s, searching for a place where they could practice their religion in peace. They, and others like them, found that place in a small settlement called Northkill located in Pennsylvania. For many years those from the settlement lived in peace with their Indian neighbors. But with the advent of the French and Indian Wars, attacks came. Neighbors were burned out and many of the p ...more
Larry Hostetler
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Another book by my brother, I read this on my iPhone in just a few days.

Because I've known the basics of the story and visited the site of the main incident (with my son Joe) it was with interest I began the book. But it was the strength of the writing and content that kept me reading. It's an interesting story to begin with, but as Bob partnered with historian J.M. Hochstetler on this I was as interested in the historical milieu (the French and Indian wars of the mid-18th century and life on t
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A difficult and heartbreaking story

I read this when it first came out and I just reread it. It was just as heart-wrenching as it is now. The depth of this book is one you will be so engrossed in, you will feel like your immersed in the story. You'll feel like you're there with the family from the first page through the massacre through their captivity and to the very last page. You'll feel the grief of those who had to witness the aftermath and the pain of losing family. You'll cry rivets of tea
Michael McClure
Riveting! Could hardly put it down. This was the unusual fiction experience I've ever had knowing that, for at least one character, the outcome had to be positive - if it wasn't then I wouldn't be reading the book at all. This was clearly a painstakingly well researched book that brought my ancestors to life. I could hear their voices, see and smell their surroundings, and ache for them as they suffered so severely. Even though I know at least part of the outcome I am still anxious to read book ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Northkill a Must-Read for historical fiction lovers!

Whether or not family history is one of your passions, Northkill is an amazing historical tale of fiction mixed with known historical facts from the lives of the author's ancestors. It is by far one of the best books of this type that I have read. It is impossible to put it down from page one to the end, and it ended all too soon. I can't wait for the continuation of the Hochstetler family saga!
J.M. Hochstetler
Aug 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series by Bob Hostetler and me, closely based on the inspiriting story of our Hochstetler ancestors, well known in the Amish and Mennonite community. Book 2, The Return, is scheduled for release in 2016.
Beverly Duell-Moore
What a great book! Jacob sure stuck to his beliefs and faith in God for his family's safety! It was a great encouragement to me.
Sean Elliot Russell
Bob Hostetler's "Northkill" is a well-written, thrilling novel set in early Colonial America focused on Jakob Hochstetler and his family struggling to establish their homestead in virgin American frontiers.

Set during the troubling French-Indian War, the novel is based on the author's family history with gaps filled by the author's imagination and educated guesses. The characters are three-dimensional, intriguing, and their harrowing ordeal is vividly told. One particular scene unfolds over seve
Carol R Nicolet Loewen
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hostetler has written a gripping fictional account based on his ancestors' trials during the French and Indian War. After living peacefully with the neighboring Delaware Indians for 18 years, Jakob Hochstetler's family is attacked by tribes of Indians incited by the French. Three are murdered; father and two sons are taken hostage, wondering whether each moment may be their last if they can't keep up on the trek to ... wherever the war party is taking them.

There are incidents where Jakob's ingen
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such horrors these original Pennsylvania Amish went through and yet kept their faith and their belief not to exact revenge. This is a heart wrenching story of family, community, strength of character, atrocious loss and centered in it all is God. The authors did not allow the reader to linger on the loss and grieve for Anna and the children, just as Jakob was not. The reader was dragged away with Jakob, Joseph and Christian wondering the same “why would God allow this”. The family left behind as ...more
Elaine Cooper
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the two-part Northkill Amish series was a reading experience unlike any other. What makes this novel even more gut-wrenching is that the story is based on true events that happened to the ancestors of the authors. In astonishing descriptions based on solid research, the authors bring to life the story of an Indian attack on an Amish family during the French and Indian War. It is brutal and painful to read, yet so astounding in the depth of the spiritual struggle of the captive ...more
Dede Janzen
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for one of my group's book of the month for November. It was a good book based on Amish community that came to America to be able to freely be able to practice their religion. However, the French teamed up with tribes in the local area burned their house, murdered their families, and scalped men, women and innocent children. The Amish stuck with their beliefs and did not use guns to defend themselves. The ending was abrupt or it could just be it was going along well and the read ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this book but did not know there was a part 2 before I started it. Had I known, I would have gotten both together. Maybe I should have paid better attention but am looking forward to the rest of the story. I just have to wait till my request comes in at the library. :)
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I will need to read the sequel to get the full story, but this is well researched and speaks to parts of the French and Indian War that don't get as much exposure as some wars. Did I love this? No, but because of the atrocities. The writing/the storytelling is quite good.
Jessica Brodie
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! It blends faith and history remarkably well, resulting in a definite page-turner. I'm excited about reading Book 2 next, "The Return." I highly recommend it.
Brenda Rudolph
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The only bad part about this book is I didn’t realize there was a 2nd book until I started to read it. I couldn’t put it down.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History fans
I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I didn't know it had a sequel to it, but it was worth the read anyway. This is based on true events, and it shows what many early settlers went through; however, it also shows how many were at peace with the Native Americans here, until the French got involved and incited them to raid, pilfer, capture & kill local settlers. ...more
Hostetler and Hochstetler add color and belief to the story of the raid and capture of Amish believers in the Northkill settlement. I really enjoyed how this book conveyed the Amish struggles, both physical and spiritual. It does so while remaining true to the known facts and the backdrop of the French and Indian War. Anyone would find it a worthy historical fiction adventure, even more so if, like me, they are one of the more than ten thousand known descendants of Jakob Hochstetler.
Lynn Kavanagh
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. It is based on historical events and there are times it's difficult to read due to graphic content. However it is a very gripping book, I had a difficult time putting it down. My only disappointment was realizing at the end that it's part of a series, so I was left with a lot of questions. Other than that if you chose to read it, you will not be sorry.
Jenny Carr
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very well written, although a little harrowing at times. I am waiting for the 2nd part to be released.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Not as engaging as I'd hoped, but not a bad read.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great to read a story about my ancestors.
Kathy Yoder
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for the next book.

I've heard about what happened to my 6th great Grandfather many times. But hearing it told personalized it for me, thus many tears while reading it.
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Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and the novel, The Bone Box, have sold over 3 million copies. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblesto ...more

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