I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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 toting these naive 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.
Anna’s Crossing is an adventurous story that encourages the reader to imagine what an immigration from Germany to America might have been like.
The characters are extremely well portrayed and the scenes are so detailed that the reader will feel as if they are aboard the Charming Nancy through every flip of a page. The ship is explained throughout the story so one knows how it to navigate it’s majestic form as well!
The plot is refreshing for an Amish fiction novel and I loved how Anna portrayed her beliefs through actions rather than simply announcing her beliefs and then rebelling against them in her actions. I also loved Felix, he is one of the best characters in this story and I was pleased that the author wrote a few chapters from his point of view, it made the book lighter and gave it some humor.
Even with all of the above, I did find myself skipping sections because the detail and explanations for how characters felt, overrode the story and became mundane. Bairn’s revelation/past was also extremely predictable.
I give Anna’s Crossing a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to other sea-faring adventurers!