Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Anna's Crossing by:Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anna's Crossing (An Amish Beginnings #1)
About the Book:
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?

About the Author:
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.

My Review:
 Many times in Amish fiction we read about modern day Amish happenings, but in Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest, we read about a young lady by the name of Anna that is sailing on  ship bound for the New World. After being introduced to Anna, we find as in all fiction books that Anna has a potential suitor by the name of Bairn--even though she may be oblivious to it at the time. Soon Anna realizes that life aboard this ship is far from easy. She will have to rely on her faith to weather this massive storm. Bairn has his own set of problems and it seems at least to him that Anna's has come along and has a reason to complicate things a bit. He isn't sure he is even ready for this beautiful young woman.

 Set in the early 1700's this book takes us all the way back to where the Mennonite Amish church most likely began. This is  a new take at least from my reading experience on seeing the Amish church from a new perspective. I enjoyed learning about them in an earlier time period.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.