- Series: The Paradise Chronicles
- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: P&J Publishing (December 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099653346X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996533461
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Amish Princess (The Paradise Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 15, 2016
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From the Author
The Hershberger family has been the center of my writing endeavors since 2010 when I wrote my first Amish tale, A Quilt for Jenna. Since then I've told the stories of three generations of Hershberger women, Jerusha, Jenny and Rachel in four books. Now this book, The Amish Princess, goes back in time to tell the story of another woman, Ruth Hershberger, whose life profoundly affects the history the Hershberger family. The setting for this story is the period of American history from the coming of the first Amish families to America until the middle of the Nineteenth century. Many of the events and characters are historical, but the story is fictional, as are the main characters.
Here's the set-up: In my first book, A Quilt for Jenna, Jerusha Hershberger's grandmother, Hannah, gives Jerusha a small, plain-bound book. It is the story of her great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua, and his twin brother, Jonathan. In the book, Jerusha learns of the choices the brothers made after Indians massacred their family near Fort Henry on the Ohio in 1770, and the effect those decisions had on generations of Hershbergers. One brother, Jonathan, forsook the Amish way of life and he and all his descendants went out into the world. The other brother, Joshua, kept his Amish faith even under the most difficult conditions. It was because Joshua stayed true that Jerusha's family came to be in Apple Creek.
Then, in my second book, The Road Home, Jerusha's adopted daughter, Jenny Springer, meets Jonathan Hershberger, a hippie and an atheist who stumbles into Jenny's life "by chance". Together they uncover the incredible tale of Jonathan's great-great-great-grandfather and-grandmother, Jonathan and Ruth Hershberger. And there was a lot to the story, because Ruth was a full-blooded Delaware Indian princess who had come to the Lord through many trials and Jonathan was Joshua's missing brother, the Amish man who left his faith and suffered greatly for it...
But then if I go on, I'll tell the whole story...
From the Inside Flap
This book is dedicated to my grandmother, Nettie Patrick Craig. You were a true Irish Shanachie who imparted your gift of storytelling to many of your descendants, for which I am very grateful.
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This is one such book. It honestly just blew me away. I started the book yesterday and finished it today. I woke up at 1am wondering about Opahtuhwe's fate.
This story is set in a pivotal time in our nation's history. Mr. Craig knows his history. You can always tell when an author spends time researching. This story takes us on an amazing journey through time.
Opahtuhwe or White Deer is her people's princess. Well loved and a natural leader her life is unexpectedly changed when two strangers come into her camp.
Watching the violent death of their mother and sisters at the hands of the Lenape Joshua, Jonathan, and their father are taken prisoner. Jonathan is adopted by the Lenape but anger consumes him. He vows revenge. Joshua and his father refuse to fight back so they are forced to become slaves.
It is your daughter who will see both faces of the white man-the way of life and the way of death
White Deer is shaken as she becomes the object of love by one brother and hatred by the other. As the story progresses and she follows the prophecy laid out for her before she was born her struggles and the pain she has to endure with her choices grip at the reader's heart. As she adopts a new culture, takes a new name, and finds the living God you can't help but be inspired by her bravery.
Jonathan lets his anger consume him and turns his back on his Amish roots. Will he ever find peace or will his anger cost him the things he loves the most?
Joshua seeks the will of the Lord and follows the ways of his faith. Can he free himself from a love that isn't returned? What will following his faith cost him?
This book was amazing. The story does have some violent parts in it. It has sadness, but also victory. This book reflects real life and the characters come full circle. With a rich backdrop of history, beautiful characters, and lots of twists and turns this is a book you don't want to miss.
So pick up your copy of The Amish Princess and be prepared to be lost in a truly awesome book! Happy Reading!
I look forward to the next addition to this story.
I would recommend it to all.
The Hershbergers are an Amish family who settled near Ft. Pitt, close to the Ohio River. The family farm was invaded by Indian warriors, resulting in bloody violence. Left were only the father and his twin sons, Jonathan and Joshua, identical except for the color of their hair. Captured by the warriors, they were taken as slaves to the Indian tribe. White Deer captivated both young men with her beauty.
A detailed and fast paced discourse of life in early 1700s America, two vastly different cultures fought for land to call their own. Immigrants had forced Indian tribes farther and farther to the west, leaving them angry and violent. Mr. Craig has captured the spirit of these early days in our nation's history, embellishing history with poetic description and revelations of graphic portrayals of death and destruction.
I'm always impressed with the beauty in which the author presents his creative narrative. As an example, the following is taken from The Amish Princess: "The gray of dawn was pushing the stars back to their resting place, and the indigo heavens were surrendering to the slowly awakening sky."
I highly recommend this impressive book. Like the author's previous books, this one is another winner in my "book!" It will remain a part of my permanent library.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All my opinions in this review are my own, and there were no expectations from the author for a positive review.