party of Delaware and Shawnee warriors. Facing certain death with his wife and children, Jakob made a wrenching choice that would tear apart his family and change their lives forever.
Northkill is closely based on an inspiring true story well-known among the Amish and Mennonites and documented in many publications and contemporary accounts preserved in the Pennsylvania State Archives and in private collections.
Reviewer: Kelly Potts
Such horrors these original Pennsylvania Amish went through and yet kept their faith and their belief not to exact revenge. This is a heart wrenching story of family, community, strength of character, atrocious loss and centered in it all is God. The authors did not allow the reader to linger on the loss and grieve for Anna and the children, just as Jakob was not. The reader was dragged away with Jakob, Joseph and Christian wondering the same, “why would God allow this”. The family left behind as well as those dragged away by the natives, in my mind, miraculously look back to God’s plan and will. Such a heart wrenching ending that I simply must know how Jakob’s family saga ends.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I was mesmerized by this story of Jakob Hochstetler and his family who came to America in 1738 to escape religious persecution. They settle in the Northkill Amish/Mennonite community and build lives for themselves. The authors begin this story by letting the reader know beforehand what was going to happen. I knew because of the description of the book what to expect, but the details at the beginning threw me as I prefer not to know everything that is going to happen before I begin reading a book. That said, Northkill included so many detailed and surprising scenes that the "spoilers" at the front of the book did not ruin it in any way.
The writing was excellent, and I was immediately drawn into the story. Word of warning, the attack by the Indians, when it comes, may be a bit too much for some readers. While I don't condone violence in most books, this is a true story and was necessary to depict the horror of what happened to this family, who by the way are the ancestors of the authors.
I was a little confused in some parts because many of the characters had the same names and I was often left wondering who was who, but I suppose when you are writing a true story you can't exactly change the names of the characters. And at the end of the book, the authors once again included spoilers for the next one. I think it would have been better to add the first chapter of the next book, rather than a detailed account of what will happen.
However, I am so invested in this series that I don't care! I am going to purchase the second book because even though the author's told me what is going to happen next, I still want to read about it. That's how good this book is!
The one thing about Northkill that really spoke to me was Jakob's faith that God would provide for them and his belief in living the Scriptures he holds so dear. To love his enemies even after seeing his children and wife murdered most brutally is not something most people would even attempt to do. In fact, in the story his son, Joseph, struggles with this, but Jakob tries desperately to put it into practice. I am anxious to see how this all plays out in book two.
If you like historical fiction, you will most definitely want to pick up this book!