Saturday, May 30, 2015

Anna's Crossing: A Book Review

About The Book:

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?

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.

You can read an excerpt of this book online here, in PDF format.

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 forThe Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Postand Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors of the Amish fiction genre. With Anna's Crossing you will get all that Fisher is known for and then some. It was a fantastic look at the start of the Amish in America. It was a classic Fisher read in that there were remarkable characters, beautiful descriptions of the time periods, and yet it was a overwhelming read as you know so much research has gone into writing this novel. There was not one character that stood out above the others as they all were unique in their own ways, and each was critical to the others' story lines. The book was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

The journey of the Amish to America was written in such a way that I could visualize each step of the journey and felt as though I was one with the story with each page I read. An amazingly written book that will will draw you in right away. This is, by far, my favorite of Fisher's books that I have read and I cannot wait to see what is next for this prolific author.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 

BUY IT: You can purchase Anna's Crossing online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.***

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