Book Review : Anna’s Crossing

I cannot tell you how much I delight in reading books and review them!  It keeps me in books just about all the time, but my favorite part is that so often I get to read books I might not have picked up.


Anna’s Crossing is a book I may not have grabbed from the self except for the author’s name : Suzanne Woods Fisher.  I have enjoyed every book by Ms. Fisher.  She is the author who took me to Stone Ridge & Inn at Eagle Hill (read reviews here) over and over again in serval series.  I loved those books, I enjoyed the characters that we got to know in each story that came along.

However, Anna’s Crossing is BY FAR my favorite story by Ms. Fisher!!  I LOVED it!!  Why?  What was different about this story of a young Amish girl falling in love?  The setting, the supporting characters and the time period!

Suzanne merged two of my favorite Genres in this story, historical fiction, and inspirational.  If you cannot feel inspired when you read an Amish story, then I don’t know what to direct you to read.  Their simple life, their love of family, and their dependance and trust in God inspire me every time!

Anna’s Crossing does even more!  It weaves a story of a young Amish woman who much travel with families across the ocean to America.  She is reluctant, at best, to go, however she is exactly where she needs to be.  Bairn is the young man who is quickly smitten with Anna but still attempts to keep her at arm’s length.  Their relationship is delightful, as well as how he immediately takes to Anna’s young chargeFelix.  I am not going to spoil ANY part of the story because there are some great twists and turns!  But I promise you, if you like historical fiction that will paint many pictures in your mind of the time period, this is a perfect one for you!

I highly recommend this book, I loved it and cannot wait to share it with friends!!

About This Book

When Anna König first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the Charming Nancy, their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naïve farmers–dubbed “Peculiars” by deckhands–across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna’s serene nature. For her part, Anna can’t seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship’s carpenter, despite warnings.

When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?

Amish fiction favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her fans back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing as seen through the eyes of a devout young woman and an irreverent man. Blending the worlds of Amish and historical fiction, Fisher is sure to delight her longtime fans even as she attracts new ones with her superb and always surprise-filled writ in.

NOTE: I was offered a copy of Anna’s Crossing in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publishers.

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