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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What detail! A very real and intricate account of life during this voyage.
    April 14, 2015
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved this book and the cover! Based on several true facts, a Christian Historical Romance set in 1737 on the ship Charming Nancy. Some of my ancestors sailed over from Germany in 1905, so I had a strong interest in this book, but my family came over on a passenger ship - a much different experience than in this story.

    Anna's minister insists that she go with the Amish group from her village that is traveling from Ixheim, Germany to America, because she knows English and can translate for everyone. She doesn't want to leave her Grandparents, but will do as she's asked, digging up her rose to take with her. In addition it is beneficial to escape the reach of the nearby Baron who wants to destroy a family in their community, which affects them all. Anna is a very caring person with a strong faith.

    Bairn is a young man who has been on a ship with the beloved Captain and his brother, also a Captain, since he was a young boy. Very ambitious, he's on the right track for promotion and earning great wealth - important goals for him. Then they transport this group of German Amish and Mennonite passengers to America and he's forced to face some difficult things, including his tragic past and lack of faith.

    What detail! I'm not sure how Suzanne knew what it was like to be on a ship back then, but it is a very real and intricate account of life during this voyage. Richly told, the story is intricately woven; an amazing story of courage, salvation and love for others that's hard to put down.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Anna's Crossing
    April 1, 2015
    The Escape Artist
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    A young Amish girl leaves her country and grandparents behind to sail with her Amish community across the Atlantic Ocean to join her father in Pennsylvania. It was an arduous trip that lasted 83 days and tested their faith and endurance. A wonderfully descriptive novel of a young girl struggling to make a new life in a new country.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Anna's Crossing
    March 29, 2015
    CherylB1987
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Annas Crossing (An Amish Beginnings Novel), By: Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her best book yet I think! Annas Crossing is a wonderful combination of both Amish and historical fiction. It is a very refreshing twist on both types of fiction. This is a book that grabbed hold of me from the start and didnt let go until the very end. I felt as though I was experiencing what the characters were in the book. The description and details used in the story were so well written. A very moving story. I am so looking forward to reading more books like this. There was lots of action, adventure, mischievousness, trials, pain, and heartache in this breathtaking story. So be sure to set your sails and get ready to enjoy the captivating adventure through this wonderful story. Be sure that you get your copy of this book. Remember it also makes a great gift.

    5 stars!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    March 29, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoy reading Amish fiction, but up until this book I don't think that I have ever read an account of the original crossing of the Amish from Germany to America. In the author's notes Suzanne shares that there is very little known about the crossing. But the facts that are known have been woven into a fascinating tale of courage for this persecuted band of believers.

    Several years before this voyage Bishop Jacob Bauer crossed the Atlantic to secure land for his people. Minister Christian Muller is tasked with bringing the group to America to start their new community. Anna has no desire to go. She would much rather stay behind with her grandparents, but she is the only one that speaks English so she must go for the good of her people.

    The journey just to get to the Atlantic is filled with delays and discouragement. How will they ever make it across the vast ocean if they can't even smoothly sail to England? Once they are on the open ocean the delays and dangers just seem to increase. But amid the disasters a tentative friendship strikes up between Anna and the ship's carpenter Bairn.

    Bairn is drawn to Anna but refuses to acknowledge the God she serves. He is sure that God left him long ago and doesn't care anything for him. Anna's response to Bairn is priceless,

    "You're trusting God by relating it to circumstances. Trust is much more than circumstances. Much, much more."

    God of course shows up and allows Bairn to realize that Anna's words are true. The enfolding story is a beautiful story of Providence. Every single hard thing in all of their lives works together to bring each of them to the exact point that God designed for them to be.

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is a brilliant writer and it is my hope that this is just the beginning of a series about these intriguing characters. She has included some very interesting facts at the end of the book to fill in some of the back story on the crossing. There is also a thought provoking set of discussion questions that will be beneficial to anyone that is reading this book with their book club.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Anna's Crossing
    March 28, 2015
    Meg
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I have her others. It was very hard for me to get pulled into this story. I guess I just prefer the more up to date, peaceful love stories that I have come to know and love. I've never been much of a history buff per se, and it's not that the book was bad, just not my taste. I was glad in the end I borrowed from a friend and didn't purchase.
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