Talk about being the right guy at the right time at the right place.
Henrik Newman is his name. He’s a Swiss-German immigrant whose father was a disciple of Jakob Ammon, the founder of the Amish church. Henrik arrives in Port Philadelphia a week after the Charming Nancy anchored in October of 1737, as a small group of Amish navigate their way through the tricky process of naturalization (“What do you mean we have to declare an oath to the king of England?!”) and set out into the Pennsylvania wilderness to establish the first settlement in the New World.
Their hopes were high, but their chosen path could not have been more difficult. Keep in mind that this little church was made up of farmers who spoke no English (with the one exception of heroine Anna König), were suspicious of government intrusion, and longed to be left alone to worship God and own their own land. Unfortunately, the naiveté of these fresh-off-the-boat immigrants made them vulnerable . . . to uncharted wilderness (infested with panthers and wolves) and to unscrupulous people.
Henrik Newman is many things, but naïve he is not. Called the Newcomer by the small church, he quickly asserts himself as a worthy and essential leader—especially as their own leaders, Jacob Bauer and his son Bairn, have gone missing. Time and time again, Henrik protects the group from all kinds of unexpected problems. He has a clear vision to establish the settlement, including a dream to marry Anna. She is fond of Henrik. Everyone is. He’s charismatic, compelling, and comely. Just the right man at the right time at the right place.
And the bottom line for our Anna: Henrik is here, and Bairn is not.
Find out what happens next in the Amish Beginnings series with book two, The Newcomer, releasing January 31. Enter to win a signed copy of The Newcomer below or click here!
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Search won a 2012 Carol Award. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award. The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. The Letters is a finalist for a Christian Retailing 2014 Best Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research.
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