Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Anna's Crossing - Book Review

Some endings are really beginnings. . .

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam,
Anna Konig 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 Thoughts
Anna's Crossing has everything you might want in a novel:
history, romance, a little suspense, and precious characters.
Suzanne Woods Fisher does a phenomenal job of describing the Amish people
and what they were like back in the 1700's 
and her writing has a way of bringing the characters to life.
In Anna's Crossing you will read that the Amish are a determined people 
willing to risk death in order to have freedom. . .freedom to worship the one true God.

"Their survival was a testament to her people's story:
roots that adapted to whatever soil they were transplanted into,
thorns that bespoke of the pain they bore,
blossoms each spring that declared God's power to bring new life from death.
As long as the roses survived,  her grandmother said, so would our people."
{ page 13 }

Anna is not afraid to speak of the Lord and daily lives out her faith for others to see.
She struggles with leaving her grandparents behind and traveling to the New World,
but even through this trial she is determined to rely on God.
Bairn is rather surprised to see a woman so devoted to God yet admires her faith
and the more he learns about Anna the more drawn in he is.
Bairn has been badly hurt in the past and the walls he has built up around his heart
are not easily going to come down.
In his head he thinks he has no need for God,
but in his heart he wonders if there is more to life than money and pleasure. . .
Can a woman and her faith change his view on life and the King of kings?

"The land is important, yes.
But we are willing to endure almost anything 
if it means we can worship ans serve God as we please."
{ page 172 }

Anna's Crossing is a beautiful and well-written book.
The history of not only the Amish, 
but also what traveling across the ocean was like back in the 1700's 
was very fascinating and quite eye-opening.
I would definitely recommend this book and I'll gladly give it 4 stars :)

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County 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 

9 comments:

Bethany Carson said...

Sounds like an interesting book. The Amish are unusual people, but they have to be admired for their courage to abstain from modern conveniences that would make life so much easier and for being bold enough to be different.

Wanda said...

Great review....you are a gifted writer yourself with these marvelous reviews.

We started a new book in our Bible Study that is DEEP but wonderful on bringing revival and refreshment to our souls. Called Seeking Him.

Sending hugs and love....

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a great book.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Stephanie! Another good read and more to go; I can't get enough of reading these days too! And as soon as the weather really becomes stable as a real springtime, I'm taking my reading outside!

Many happy wishes for you and your family today dear friend! Anita

Sola Scriptura said...

Dear Stephanie,
I received the loveliest package in the post from you today. Thank you so much!! Everything you sent is so beautiful and thoughtful. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for blessing me, my friend.
Hugs,
Lauren

Kerin said...

Sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the great book review.
I'll have to add this book to my list.

Have a great day!

~K.

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great book! I am always interested in the Amish, and like the idea of a book that focuses on their historical background.

Anne Payne said...

I always enjoy Suzanne's books. Have you read The Beekeeper? It's my fav of hers!

Scrappy quilter said...

I love this author and love this type of book. I am definitely going to be on the hunt for this one. Thanks for the review.

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