Last night I finished reading Which Way Home?, which is book 2 in Hester’s Hunt for Home, by Linda Byler.
Characters in this book are : Hester Zug, Amish/Indian young woman
Hans and Annie Zug, her parents, but Annie is the stepmother. Her mother Kate, died.
Noah, Isaac, and other siblings to Hester.
Emma Feree, a kindly woman who takes in runaways, abandoned children, and orphans.
Billy, her adopted son
Walter Trout, Emma’s neighbor
William King, ex-boyfriend of Hester Zug
Bappie, a single woman, and Amish friend of Hester’s
The story begins with Hester running away from her Amish community, and hoping to find and join a community of Lenape Indians. Mrs. Byler writes in detail about the skills Hester has to use in order to survive as she travels hidden in the woods. Finding water sources, food, safe places to sleep, staying hidden, are all described in the first few chapters, and it was engrossing to me.
She does stumble upon a Lenape tribe, and they take her in and nurse her back to health. She lives with them for a while, learning about her heritage.
Hester decides to leave the Lenape, and ends up being found by Emma Feree, a wonderful woman who “adopts” Hester, and they live together in Emma’s home for a long time. Hester finds love and acceptance there, and begins to form an idea as to what she would like to do with her life.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about Which Way Home, because it’s a VERY good book to read, quite fascinating, and I hope you will find a copy for yourself, and enjoy reading. As a matter of fact, I liked this book 2 so much, I’ve bought a copy of book 1, “Hester on the Run”, written in 2015. Here’s a page of all of Linda Byler’s books: https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/linda-byler/
About the author:
About the Author
Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. She is the author of three bestselling fiction series, all set in the Amish world: Lancaster Burning, Sadie’s Montana, and Lizzie Searches for Love. In addition, Byler has written three Christmas romances: The Little Amish Matchmaker, The Christmas Visitor, and Mary’s Christmas Goodbye. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper.
- Publisher: Good Books; 2 edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781680991246
- ISBN-13: 978-1680991246
- ASIN: 1680991248
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces