Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Long Amish Boat Ride

Anna’s Crossing
Suzanne Woods Fisher
An Amish Beginnings Novel

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?

Anna’s Crossing was such a wonderful view of the Amish coming into America. When I was first introduced into the world of Christian Fiction, it started with Beverly Lewis. I read so much that I couldn't deal with another Amish novel for the next few years. I needed a book to read, and so I picked up Anna’s Crossing, and I loved it! It totally renewed my love for Amish fiction. 

The characters were intriguing and hadn't developed the same odd system of belief that we see in more modern fiction. Today they seem to be a relic, in the book they were a god bound people seeking freedom in a new land. It  was inspirational! I highly recommend it to anyone. This book was super good, and I don't want to spoil. Totally worth it for anyone into romance, ships, historical fiction, and Amish fiction.

One thing, just to be clear, we spend the majority of the book prepping for the journey across the sea, not all in one place and not stagnant, but not making great headway either. The plot didn't slag, but you felt the same anxiousness to get across the ocean as the characters did, which I thought was an absolutely fantastic addition.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy reading! And don't forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt.

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