“Hester on the Run” by Linda Byler was an Amish novel with a different twist. This book was set in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s, earlier than most Amish stories that I’ve previously read. The story about a Lanape baby foundling taken in by a childless Amish couple, Kate and Hans Zug, and raised as their own was refreshing in that it was a different plot than the usual. I enjoyed the novel because it portrayed the western frontier in the 1700’s as a harsh environment, but tamed by hardy settlers. Hester Zug, the Lanape girl is loved and cherished by her Amish mother and father. Even when Kate is blessed with more children, Hester is Hans’ favorite child. Her Indian heritage is evident in her graceful and knowing ways, her ability to commune with nature, and her stoic countenance. I think readers will enjoy this departure from the normal Amish novel. Since this is the first book of the series Hester’s Hunt for Home, there will be subsequent novels to enjoy.
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