Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Paperback: 336 pages
Series: Amish Beginnings
Publisher: Revell (March 3, 2015)
Some endings are really beginnings . . .
On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home–assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.
Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people–dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands–who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.
Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?
Meet the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.
I don’t usually read Amish novels, not because I have anything against Amish, but because I find Amish fiction to be the same story retold by different authors. Anna’s Crossing, however, enticed me! I had to give this novel a chance! The characters were well thought out and the scenes detailed that I felt like I was aboard the Charming Nancy. The ship was explained throughout the story so you could visualize its form! I loved the way Suzanne used historical details, conditions on ships, how they were built, the atmosphere, living conditions for emigrants, how the arrangements were made, what happened if they couldn’t pay, the seasickness, and the storms. All these things painted a setting for the action of the story. If you like historical fiction or Amish Fiction you will love this novel! Or maybe you’re like me and you wouldn’t think to look twice at an Amish novel, this just might be your chance to give one a chance.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.