warning: MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS SYNOPSIS!!!
“Jakob and his sons Joseph and Christian were given to native tribes. The boys are adopted into separate Delaware clans and families. Jakob escapes from the Seneca and journey’s hundreds of miles over rough terrain to find his way home where he finds his older children , Johannes and Barbara, along with Anna Blanck, who have never given up hope of finding he and the boys. Together, they make every effort to learn where Joseph and Christian are so they can bring them home. They pray that this is God’s plan.” ~synopsis from Christianbook.com
Title: The Return
Author(s): Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler
Genre(s): Christian/Historical Fiction
Rating: for married people, for teenagers.
Romance Content: There are several instances of unmarried young people showing affection to those of opposite gender. This includes kissing and hugging.
Recommended age range: I think this book is appropriate reading for married adults.
My Review: This book is a very well-written sequel to Northkill. It chronicles the life of three members of the Hochstetler family as they live and adapt to separate Indian communities. It also shares each of their struggles as they consider the possibility of escape back home to their Amish family, as well as the difficulties for those who do return to adjust to their old life.
The beginning of the book focuses on the father, Jakob. The authors show his spiritual growth that occurs through difficulties and the changed man he is by the end of the book. The rest of the book deals with two of his sons who become quite entrenched in their new Indian lives.
There is not a lot of violence in this book, other than a somewhat vague recounting of the raid described in the first book. The romance in this one is more than in the first. There is some difficulty for the reader to keep track of the different characters that have unfamiliar Indian names. I wish I had known as I was reading it that there is a glossary at the end of the book to help with this. (Or the authors could have put that glossary at the beginning!)
Overall, it is an excellent fiction book that tells of a real- life event. I feel that a mature reader would really enjoy it and would have a hard time putting it down.
Review written by Jen G, Leona’s mom.
**I received this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a favorable review, neither was I paid for this review.**