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The Newcomer

(Amish Beginnings #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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 a ...more
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Published January 31st 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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R.J. Rodda
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a surprise for me - I actually got a bit worried about the characters in the end. They seemed far too simple and trusting to be American pioneers. And the problems they faced!

This is the story of Amish people moving to America to escape persecution. Unfortunately the leader of their band disappears and without him they are pretty clueless. Even Bairn deserts and Anna is very miffed. When a handsome single newcomer arrives who enthusiastically embraces the vision and has affection for A
Deanne Patterson
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-copy
This is book 2 in the Amish Beginnings series. This book seamlessly started where book one left off. So many books are part of a series but yet have a whole new cast of characters and have no connection to each other. I hate when that happens. Don't you? After the big reveal in book one Bairn has trouble dealing with what he discovers. He and Anna still want to marry now that they have reached Port Philadelphia but he doesn't have the money to buy land or build her a home. To her utter dismay he ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I absolutely loved the first book in the Amish Beginnings series, Anna's Crossing. I was thrilled when I learned that it would become a series and we had two more books to look forward to, continuing Anna and Bairn's story. The Newcomer picks right up where Anna's Crossing left off, so I highly recommend reading Anna's Crossing first in order to get to know the characters and especially to understand Anna and Bairn's relationship. In The Newcomer we also get the point of view from Bairn's mother ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was so nice to return to the Amish Beginnings series in the year 1737. It was so interesting to once again see how these very early Amish settlers viewed life. It was hard to see them sometimes making bad decisions or trusting the wrong people because of their naivete.

There were actually many interesting settings and people to read about in The Newcomer. Whether it was Philadelphia, The Ephrata Cloister, the ship Lady Luck, or the land that the Bishop wanted to claim for the church, there wer
4 stars

Eeps! What a lovely story of an Amish community in 1730s America! The romance was sweet, the descriptions poetic, and the mystery well-done. I am definitely enjoying the Amish Beginnings series. :D

**Minor spoilers to follow, particularly for those who haven't read book one, Anna's Crossing.**

Felix and Bairn were probably my favorites in this book. Bairn's journey to discovering who he is and what really matters to him was sweetly told and realistic. Felix can be a bit of a menace at ti
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Suzanne for listening to my begging for another story about Bairn and Anna! I wasn't disappointed but now we have to see if they get married or not! The ending leaves us wondering if we will get to read about them again!?
You have a wonderful way of drawing us into a book and then leave us wanting for more!
I just couldn't put this book down!
Have you ever met a person and get a sixth sense of something isn't as it should be with that person like you cant really trust them?
Well, we meet
Carole Jarvis
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, historical, romance
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Suzanne Woods Fisher knows how to tell a story that entertains and inspires, leaving readers with much to reflect upon after the last page is turned. And with the Amish Beginnings series, rich historical detail adds even more depth.

The Newcomer picks up Anna and Bairn’s story right where Anna’s Crossing ended, with a small Amish group landing at Port Philadelphia in 1737, seeking a fresh start and freedom to worship. A great sense of place an
Janell R.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a really difficult book for me, and honestly, I’m sorry to say so, because I have loved everything I’ve read by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her normal genre is contemporary Amish fiction, and she is one of the better authors in this genre. In this book, she takes the setting back to the early days of settling America (think Benjamin Franklin and Poor Richards Almanac), and somehow it just didn’t work for me. To start with, it was a pretty slow book. There was nothing that really propelled it ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings Book 2 )
By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Newcomer is book two in Amish Beginnings series. I really enjoyed this story, the story and the characters both were easy to follow. Ms Fisher has put a lot of research into the history of this story. The story focus on the Amish traveling to America settlement to start over and be free of all the troubles and struggles they have. Will they be free of all of these problems? Their leader goes ahead of them to get everything ready.
Karen R
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific historical with adventure and romance!
Picking up where Anna's Crossing left off, the group of Anabaptists from Germany face many challenges in the New World, after landing in 1737 Philadelphia. Told from the different perspectives of Anna, Felix, Dorothea and Bairn, as in the first book. Felix is still my favorite character as he gets into a whole new set of scrapes with his innocent curiosity! Sweet Anna remains a solid figure too, as she tries to do what's right for the commu
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, amish
I usually enjoy Suzanne Fisher's books. She manages a nice depth of interest without the heavy laden romantic clichés. I was a bit surprised how no-one seemed to catch on to Henrik but even he was interesting to read about. I enjoyed Dorothea's point of view and I actually enjoyed Bairn more in this one than in Anna's Crossing; he seemed more mature. Felix is the relief for the story and would have loved to have seen more with him and Benjamin Franklin. I was a bit disappointed in Anna but in al ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an Amish historical novel. It is part of the Amish Beginnings series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed this epic tale.
The novel is set in the eighteenth century and is a tale about journeys - literal journeys and journeys of faith. "He was riddled with doubts." To have doubts is the beginning of faith - searching for the truth. Questions about faith helps in the journey of growth.
The Newcomer has the theme of searching. A searching deep within th
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Normally I have words and a lot of them. But this book absolutely blew me away and I'm afraid that I may not be able to do it the justice that it is due in my review but I'm going to try.

First, this is not a fluffy Amish book where boy meets girl, they ride in a buggy, fight over something, then they make up and get married. Nope. This book goes back in time when the Amish were escaping to America in hopes of finding a better way of life. Being a history buff I can always tell when an auth
Just Commonly
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
". . . My life is with you . . ." (311)

O my! Reading The Newcomer, book 2 of An Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher is like taking a ride through history at the start of the Amish in America. This is not my first historical Amish novel read, but definitely the first about the beginnings of the Amish settlements. I was drawn into the historical details of life for these American Amish pioneers, as well as the different circumstances and thoughts behind the Amish community. What to "keep" and
Rebecca Carter
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Newcomer was a good one. It took me a little longer to finished it because I had troubled reading at first but once I got halfway through the book it was a lot better. This is a historical Amish book about Anna Konig and her fellow church members. They have been traveling 10 weeks across the ocean before they finally arrive in Philadelphia. They are eager to start a new life in Pennsylvania frontier. Bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It is a re ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Newcomer, Suzanne Woods Fisher has painted a raw portrait with vivid detail of Amish life in the New World. Anna Konig, her fiance, Bairn, and a small group of Amish seek to begin a new life in the lush, beautiful, but savage Pennsylvania frontier. But what happens to the group when Bairn gets wanderlust and a handsome, charming newcomer begins to vie for Anna's heart? Will she wait for Bairn?...even when it seems as though he may not return? Or will she fall for the newcomer?...who appea ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This author keeps my interest, whether it's Amish or Contemporary.

In this second book of the series, the story takes place in 1737 Pennsylvania beginning on the docks of Port Philadelphia. The time period and scenery come alive in the pages. There were three different story lines happening simultaneously. Young Felix continues with his shenanigans and adds humor to the novel. Hearing his thoughts is lots of fun.

There were many decision points and I found myself thinking how easily lives could ha
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher is her continuing story in the Amish Beginnings novels and we start off where the first book has left off. This little Amish church that has been through persecution in their old country has now arrived at the Promised Land in America. Jacob and Dorothea have been reunited with their long lost son Bairn, and Anna is ready to move forward in this new place and begin anew with Bairn. However doubts and fears begin to arise and this looks like it will not be a p ...more
Dela Knight
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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The Newcomer is the sequel to Anna's Crossing, a book I did not read nor did I know existed until after I requested the book. (Now I know to do my research haha) The Newcomer takes place after the Bauer family is united after a long and trying time. After ten long months on the "Charming Nancy", the Bauer family and the Church is eager to start their new lives in the beautiful- unknown terrain in the Pennsylvania frontier. Waiting f
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While this is a sequel to Anna's Crossing, I think it could be read as a standalone, though you'll have a clearer understand of Anna and Bairn's relationship if you've read the first book. Still, the author does a great job of catching new readers up to speed.

I love the mix of Amish and Historical. Such a fascinating time in America's history. So many immigrants arriving with hopes and dreams for a better future for a variety of reasons. It was interesting to learn more about how the Amish settl
Kathleen E.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Friday, February 10, 2017
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2017
Amish Beginnings series, Book 2

My Review:
This story was so interesting about the settling of the Amish in the New World. Penn's Woods became a beginning...

1737 - the Charming Nancy
After long weeks at sea, the small church group has arrived at Port Philadephia and met by their Amish bishop from home. They are more than ready to arrive at the settlement he has prepared in advance of their coming. The emigrants have crossed the At
Susan Heim
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the continuation of Anna and Bairn's story, which began in "Anna's Crossing." Although this book can be read as a standalone, it is more satisfying to read it after "Anna's Crossing" to learn the entire story (so far) of Anna and Bairn's lives. At the end of "Anna's Crossing," Anna and Bairn and the other Amish had just arrived in the New World, so I was very curious to find out their fates. Not surprisingly, more hardships awaited them as they struggled to build new lives. While Ba ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
I'm really enjoying this series. It is definitely a departure from the normal Amish fiction book. This series is set in the time frame of the original Amish settlers in America. The hardships and challenges that they faced were similar to those of early settlers but it is interesting to read about how their devout faith played into the setting. In this installment we're introduced to a settlement with a new set of believers. They are odd yet interesting. I found the author's notes at the end to ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this second book in the series just as much as I enjoyed the first book. I can hardly wait to read the third book!
Lynda Edwards
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the second installment of Amish Beginnings and is a fictionalized account of Amish immigration to what would become America. This book picks up after the sea voyage and chronicles the hardships of adjusting to a new and very different environment, finding the land their representative had purchased, and dealing with sickness.

I enjoy how we follow the same people from Anna’s Crossing; it gives the author time to further flesh out the characters and place them into a new setting faci
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
First off, this book must be read as part of the series. If you haven't read Anna's Crossing, or it has been a while since you've read the first book, you'll definitely want to refresh yourself! The Newcomer is a continuation of Anna and Bairn's story following their trip from Rotterdam in 1737. Now that that's out of the way--the story!

The Newcomer is certainly a unique take on Amish or Plain fiction. I'm so used to reading contemporary stories in the genre, that it's difficult to find a plot t
A fantastic historical fiction filled with history of the Amish settling in America. Suzanne Woods Fisher never fails in giving readers a page turner story. The Newcomer, book 2 in her An Amish Beginnings series, is exactly that type of book. The authenticity of the history woven into this historical Amish fiction book was over the top! Fisher definitely researched and displayed her knowledge of the history for the Ana Baptist members who traveled to America in the early 1700’s.

The Newcomer pic
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was so good. I had already read book 1 and this is book 2 in the Amish Beginning series. It was all I had hoped for and more! The blurb says all that should be said about the book itself. I loved the characters in the story and having been an immigrant myself, although in much better times, I could really find myself in their situations. The book was wonderful!

Suzanne Woods Fisher has clearly done some very good and thorough research on this book, what with the dialects, c
First sentence: Bairn was suffocating. Not literally, mayhap, but as close as a man could get. Hardly a week had passed since he had been joyfully reunited with his father, and then, with each passing day, joy slipped away, and in its place swept anxiety, disappointment, frustration, even panic.

This one is the sequel to Anna's Crossing and is part of Fisher's Amish Beginnings series. The three main characters are Bairn, Anna, and Dorothea. Each will be tested mightily throughout the novel.

Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a must-read author for me, and I was intrigued by this story. Fisher wrote this for her readers who longed for a sequel to Anna's Crossing, a compelling 2015 release depicting the immigration of early Amish settlers from Germany in the eighteenth century. (My review of that novel is here.) Fisher once again brings setting and characters to life as she portrays the challenges of beginning a new life in the New World. Anna inspired my admiration with her resilience and dete ...more
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to inc

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