Sunday 12 April 2015

Book Review: Anna's Crossing

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From The Back:

"This novel is a winner."--Publishers Weekly
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?

My Reflections:

This is an Amish tale like no other!.

Journey along side Anna Koninig as she travels from her small village of Ixheim, Germany to "the New World." The hardships she faces in the dank smelling belly of the ship are not for the faint of heart. Not to mention the constant threats of death, illness, dehydration, prejudice, condemnation and the language barriers.

Anna is a strong character, who does not give up. She holds everyone else up when they fall apart. Anna must come to terms with her plight and decide to embrace change or turn away. Sometimes an ending is really the start of something new...

Little Felix is a spirited lad filled with mischief and curiosity. He soon discovers the workings of the boat and weasels his way into the hearts of a few crew members as well. Can this boy stay out of trouble long enough to make it to the new world, or will his shenanigans cost him more than he can fathom?

Bairn has his life mapped out, and nothing can alter his course, not even the pretty Amish girl who keeps getting under his feet and sneaking into his thoughts! After a life of hardship and pain Bairn is determined to make something of himself, if only he can focus on the repairs of the ship and his responsibilities.

A tale interwoven with drama and discovery. This story will have readers mesmerized, not only is there historical fiction, but also a tender romance. If you are looking for a novel boasting all this on top of a story line filled with redemption and faith intermingled with the perseverance of the human spirit, look no farther, this one is a winner!

Woods Fisher is a talented writer who literally makes her characters come to life. You feel a connection and bond with her fictional works, this spurs you on to think deeply about the subject matter and story line, which brings the story to life in a whole other dimension. well done definitely a keeper.

I was given this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf-Martin communications, thank you Graf-Martin!

The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the...

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