Annas Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a beautiful masterpiece. It is filled with rich and fascinating Amish history. The extensive research conducted by the author is evident throughout the entire story.
Anna Konig is hesitant to join fellow believers in her Amish faith as they set sail from Germany to the American Colonies in 1737. The bishop of their church is already across in the New World waiting for them. While on the ship, Anna makes a connection with Bairn, the ships carpenter. They both realize their friendship is highly discouraged, yet Anna continues to be drawn to Bairn. Can they avoid the stares and objections of others throughout this perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean? Will Bairn share this past with Anna even though it might completely change his future?
Suzanne Woods Fisher really brings the characters to life in this book! She does a great job relating them to circumstances that every one can relate to including guilt, anger, loneliness, compassion, empathy, faith, happiness and love. I highly recommend checking this book out! It is one you will want to reread over and over again!
A wonderful historical fiction. It is a story of Amish and Mennonites coming to America from Germany on the Charming Nancy. It is a story of Anna who is the only one who speaks English and she is there interpreter. She meets Bairn the ships carpenter.She begins to have feelings for him, and him for her but she knows this is wrong and can not happen. It is the struggle her people have on the ship with hardships from weather and conditions of the trip. It is a beautiful story of faith and there love for God. Can not wait to read the second book in the series.
I loved the historical facts mixed in with the fictional characters to create a vivid story of what life must have been like on an overcrowded ship sailing to a New World for religious freedom. The written word is almost magical in that you can taste the salt water and imagine the vile stench and relief when rain fell. The heartbreak makes you cry and the unexpected joy in the midst is amazing. The characters are real with scars both physical and mental, but with an undeniable faith in God. This is a book that pulls on your heartstrings and speaks to your heart at the same time. I give it five hearts instead of five stars.
I won a copy of Anna's Crossing from the author in a giveaway. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Suzanne Woods Fisher does a great job writing a historical account of members of the Amish church in Ixheim, Germany making their way to America in 1737.
Ms Fisher keeps you captivated with the lives of Anna, who went reluctantly because she was the only one to speak English, and the other members, the antics of young Felix Bauer, and the crew of the Charming Nancy, especially Bairn the carpenter, during the long trip across the Atlantic in less than desirable conditions.
There were also a couple of surprises along the way. One young wife failed to mention that she was expecting for fear she and her husband wouldnt be allowed to make the trip. There wasnt a doctor or midwife amongst themAnna had to deliver the baby. Shed never done that before. How did mother and baby fare?
Another surprise is the real identity of the ships carpenter Bairn. Read this well-written story of these brave Amish men, women, and children, and life on the Charming Nancy.