Character Spotlight: Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Betsy Zook (with giveaway)

the-returnMeet a young German immigrant in

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s

Amish historical

The Return



The Story

Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her. 

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa? 

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

Introducing Betsy

Brief physical description

Betsy Zook is a fresh-off-the-boat 18-year-old German immigrant, with smooth skin like fresh cream, thick blond hair, and wide blue eyes. Beautiful and winsome. And surprisingly sturdy.


Picture the actress Scarlett Johansson as a young woman—back when her appearance and countenance was gentle, soft, appealing.

Strengths and weaknesses

Betsy never questioned the rigid expectations of her church, not until everything was stolen from her one night in an Indian raid that killed her family. Without any of the scaffolding that had given structure and meaning to her life, she has to find her own way.

Quirk (if any)

This might seem like an odd quirk, but it ends up being an important part of who Betsy becomes. While she is a captive, an Indian warrior cuts her cheek with his knife. Despite healing, the scar is a continual reminder of her experience as a hostage.

Your inspiration for the character

Betsy’s strength as a character came as a surprise, even to me. About midway through the writing of The Return, Betsy stood up and took over the rest of the story! So much so that my editor read the final manuscript and re-did the photo shoot for the cover. Tessa Bauer (another strong female character) had been the focus, but now Betsy is on the cover.

Background to the story 

The Return is the third in the ‘Amish Beginning’ series, following the story of Anna, Bairn, and Felix as they emigrate to the New World in Anna’s Crossing, and settle into Penn’s Woods in The Newcomer. There are many true aspects of history in this series, which is the best reason to read historical fiction, I think. Painless lessons!

Thanks Suzanne!

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11 Responses to Character Spotlight: Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Betsy Zook (with giveaway)

  1. Thank you, Rel, for introducing Betsy Zook to your readers! Love your blog and how you find a unique angle to connect readers to books…and to authors. You’re the best! XO Suzanne

  2. Thanks for the chance to win.
    I like the American frontier stories because they are really interesting. Even though there is loss in these stories, there is hope.

  3. I love the strong men and women of frontier days and all they accomplished. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to be a winner.

  4. As odd as it may sound I love the hardships that characters on the frontier faced. They had no easy way out of anything; they had to find their own food each day, build their own homes and do everything pretty much by hand. As they experience accomplishments and failures both physically and emotionally I feel like there is so much to learn from these characters and I find many of them inspiring:)

  5. I think what intrigues me about reading about the men and women of the frontier is the hardships they go through and how they have to be strong and have a heathy faith/love of following Jesus to stay strong. Their lives are an inspiration to us today and we can learn a lot from their struggles

  6. Love suzanne’s books.

  7. danielle hammelef

    I enjoy frontier stories because of my love for Little House on the Prairie as a child. I enjoy reading about the tough situations and hardships these brave and strong people had to endure.

  8. I love to read about the strength encourage of those early settlers who helped make America what it is today.

  9. I love to read of those who forged the paths before us. They had lots of strength and determination and s vision of a bright future. They were resourceful and had a strong work ethic.

  10. I like reading historical fiction and about the Old West. I like learning about life on the prairie nd the obstacles they had to overcome

  11. I like reading about the ingenuity of the frontier settlers. Our modern conveniences spoil us!

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