Anna's Crossing, Amish Beginnings Series #1   -     By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
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When Anna Konig 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 these somber people - 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 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800723198
ISBN-13: 9780800723194
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Series: Amish Beginnings

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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 writing.

Author Bio

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 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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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  1. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I highly recommend this book!
    March 4, 2015
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book that I have read by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It is fantastic! Her character development and presentation is incredible. The story flowed smoothly and captured my interest from the beginning. She does a wonderful job of describing the location throughout the book. It made it very easy to visualize where they were and what was going on within the story.

    Then to top all of that off when I finished the story itself I read the authors note at the back. Suzanne presents the facts that she found out doing research for the novel. She also presents additional information that couldn't be confirmed. After all of that she explained why she used the information she did in crafting this marvelously entertaining look at the history of the Amish people and their arrival in America. Be sure and read the authors note at the end. You wont be sorry.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Ossineke, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully Written Story
    March 4, 2015
    Pegg Thomas
    Ossineke, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Wonderful story about a reluctant, yet brave, young woman who leaves her family behind to face the New World. Anna Konig agrees to travel to Penn's Woods with part of her Amish community as their only English-speaking representative.

    Beautifully written story with details that bring this 1737 adventure to life. If you suffer from seasickness, you may have to be careful! It's that compelling. The rigors of the journey, the fears, the disease, but underlying it all - the hope in God to see them through.

    Anna wants to see their friends settled and return to her grandparents in Germany. She doesn't expect to meet Bairn, a handsome sailor who tugs at her heart. But everything isn't as it seems. Greed and lies sail on the ship with the Amish immigrants. What will happen when the truth comes out?
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Based on historical events
    March 4, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This novel is a good historical Christian romance. It is based on actual events. In 1737, a number of Amish families boarded the Charming Nancy, on their way to the New World. Though this book is fiction, Woods used those basic facts and created a story that gives us a good sense of why the families felt they had to leave all they knew in Germany to go to a new land.

    Anna is one of those Amish women in this novel. She is the only one in her community who speaks English and agrees to go to help them communicate. Her intention is to return to Germany as soon as she can. But she hadn't counted on meeting Bairn, the ship's carpenter. He has a troubled past. Even though he finds himself attracted to Anna, he wants nothing to do with Anna's God.

    This novel deals with various themes. The strength of the people crossing the Atlantic was amazing. The conditions were horrible in the lower areas of the vessel where the passengers remained. Woods paints a graphic picture of the conditions the families had to endure. Greedy captains overloaded the boats with passengers. Illness and death were common. For the ones who survived and had not been able to pay the entire cost of the travel, they were auctioned off upon arriving in America, having to work to pay off their debt. For the Amish, they also experienced persecution for their odd ways. There are also the themes of forgiveness, restoration, and giving of one's self. Anna is willing to sacrifice for the welfare of others, including the man who would take advantage of her.

    This is quite a story about families who would endure a great deal for them to be able to worship and live as they pleased. Woods has done a good job of taking us into the experiences of those journeying to new opportunities. She clarifies in her historical note at the end of the book that the conditions were much worse than she portrays in this novel. Only one person dies on this journey while in actuality there were anywhere from scores to half of the people dying en route. In that sense the journey has been made a little easier to take for romance readers.

    She has included a list of nautical terms at the beginning of the book which really helps. There is much we learn about the ship and its equipment, thanks to a inquisitive Amish boy. Also included is a list of resources for further study of the Amish and seafaring in the eighteenth century. There is an extensive discussion guide too so this would make a good book for a reading group.

    I recommend this book for readers interested in learning more about how and why the Amish came to America in the early eighteenth century. You'll get a good romance too.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An intriguing look at Amish immigration to America
    March 3, 2015
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Suzanne Woods Fisher delves into the history of the Amish in Anna's Crossing, a story of the Amish immigration to America. Being the only one of their village fluent in English and able to translate, Anna is pressured into taking the 2-month sea voyage, but she hopes to return home to Germany. As she travels, she attempts the impossible task of keeping an eye on a young boy whose mother has spiraled into depression, but Felix is skilled at disappearing. Through her translation skills and chasing after Felix, she keeps encountering the ship's carpenter, Bairn, a young man with more to him than meets the eye. Assuming they survive the perilous voyage, will Anna be able to return home? Or has she found something better where she is?

    With historical novels, I like to learn at least one new bit of history with each story, but this book contained a wealth of new information for me. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that the Amish and Mennonite peoples were so old, and that they have been separate peoples since long before immigrating to America, which happened a good hundred years earlier than I had thought. I knew that those early crossings were long and dangerous, but I had not heard of the cunning people who took advantage of the naive immigrants and sold the poor and defenseless into slavery. It is a fascinating story, both in terms of the story and the history.

    I think that the modern church could learn a lot from these people - a people who would give away half of their dwindling drinking water, not knowing if God would provide, and, more importantly, accepting that even if He doesn't provide and they all perish, His work will continue. They did what was right, regardless of the consequences. So often we want to take care of ourselves before taking care of others, but what God asks of us does not always follow worldly logic.

    I don't read much Amish fiction, but I do read plenty of historicals, so this was a clever way to combine the two. I really liked young Felix's viewpoint, and I would enjoy reading more about him when he grows up, to see if he ever loses that over-developed sense of adventure. The love story between Anna and Bairn was sweet, and I was delighted to discover a hunch I had was true. It is a sweet, cross-genre novel.

    Thank you Revell for providing a free copy for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A captivating read filled with vibrant characters and rich history! Dont know how Suzanne did her research but she did it WELL!
    March 3, 2015
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    OH MY WORD!

    I have NEVER enjoyed history so much as I did while reading

    Annas Crossing!

    WOW

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

    I am thrilled to be able to review Annas Crossing TODAY!

    Everyone and I mean everyone should read this book!

    It doesnt matter if you are a fan of the Amish or not. It doesnt matter if you are a fan of nautical themes or not. It doesnt matter if you are a fan of history or not.

    It is just an exceptional book and I believe that absolutely anyone can read it and enjoy it as much as I DID!

    I can hardly believe I once put down one of Suzanne Woods Fishers books without finishing it (at that time) For the record, I gave her books another chance shortly after that and I am a devoted fan!!! I read EVERY book she puts out as fast as I can get my hands on it!

    Suzanne has such an amazing ability and talent. She is truly a blessed storyteller! If you havent read anything else by Suzanne, DO NOT let that stop you from reading Annas Crossing!

    Not only would this book be an amazing introduction to Suzannes writing, it is an exceptional look at who the Amish are and why!

    It is a captivating read filled with vibrant characters and rich history! I dont know how Suzanne did her research but she did it WELL!

    BRAVO!!!

    Please please, read this book. Please do not miss this exceptional story of loss, love and Gods amazing supernatural power!

    Review JCMorrows 2015
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