Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

From the publisher:
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?

I loved this story.  I have read quite a bit of Amish fiction and this probably was one of my favorites and that is because it didn't follow the "same-old-story" that many of the Amish fiction stories do.  Suzanne Woods Fisher takes you on an incredible journey for the Amish and Mennonites, fleeing Europe to go to Penn's Woods--America.  The story focuses on a group of Amish but you will understand the struggle of any traveling to America.  

Anna's faith is something that stays strong through the book and influences those around her.  There are some heartbreaking scenes in the book, but I was glad that Anna stayed strong in her faith even though it was tested.

Bairn was a strong character that you immediately like and want him to succeed. He is strong but he is also tender and emotional.  I liked that blend of a character. He was a good surprise in the book and I am glad for that.

This book was very enjoyable and I am so glad that I was able to review this. The plot was was intriguing and carried you through the whole book. 

The secondary characters in the story were a nice addition.  They didn't take away from the main story developing but added to it. 

I received this book free from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.  

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