Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 
Synopsis

Some endings are really beginnings . . .

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna K├Ânig 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?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


My Review

I enjoy historical fiction, but am new to Amish fiction.  Anna's Crossing was a very enjoyable introduction to this genre.

This historical novel tells the story of some of the first Amish people to come to America.  The immigrant aspect of this novel is what interested me in reading it, and I found the story very compelling, both shipboard and in America.  The journey was a very difficult one, and Suzanne Woods Fisher's vivid depictions brings this to life for readers.

The title character, Anna, is a woman of faith and strength.  I found her very admirable and enjoyed reading her story.  I liked Bairn, and enjoyed seeing his character unfold as the book progressed.  

I think this book will appeal to fans of historical fiction as well as readers of Amish novels.  As well as drama, romance, and a fascinating historical setting, readers will find some surprising twists in this inspiring book.  I would love to read a sequel and spend more time with these characters.

About 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. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.