BookReview Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

BookReview Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Anna’s Crossing is based on the true account of the Amish traveling from Germany to America for the right to worship God as they pleased. The Amish lifestyle is very interesting to me so learning about their voyage to America is the reason I wanted to read Anna’s Crossing. I have enjoyed other books written by Suzanne Woods Fisher so I knew this would be a good book. I haven’t read many books about the Amish that are based on historical facts, which also caught my interest about this book. Suzanne Woods Fisher did a lot research to write Anna’s Crossing. She interestingly details it in the back of the book.

The story takes place in 1737. The author used language and words that people at that time would have used. This made the story seem authentic as I read through the pages. I was glad she provided a glossary for historical ships. The bulk of the story takes place on the Charming Nancy, a ship heading from Germany to the new world.

Anna Konig, Felix Bauer, and Bairn are the main characters of the story. Anna gives a strong sense of what faith in God can do to a person. On the opposite end is Bairn. He has no faith, almost no belief in God. His character shows what this can do to a person. Bairn saw Anna’s peace and contentment through all the trials they faced on the ship. Felix was a child who was very smart and always wanted to learn. These three, along with many of the other secondary characters, had me rooting for the best outcome possible for them.

The scenes flow easily between Anna, Felix, and Bairn’s point of view. Anna was a dedicated follower of God. I knew as I read about her that she wouldn’t waiver in her faith. Reading about Felix was enjoyable because he was an adventurous 8 year old trying, or not so much, to stay out of trouble. Bairn was doing his best to resist God tugging at his heart. That was working until he met outspoken, God believing Anna.

Many characters are introduced at the beginning of the story. It’s not overwhelming and they all are needed since most are traveling to the new world and they are part of the story. The author did a good job writing the secondary characters. Most were likable but a few weren’t and they were written to be that way. Felix’s mother, Dorothea, was suffering from depression. I could see her sinking deeper and deeper into despair and it was heartbreaking. Maria Muller was a busy body that needed to keep her mouth shut. I really didn’t care for her at all.

Dates are used at the beginning of each scene in the story. This really helped me to get an understanding of the amount of time they spent on their journey. Anna’s Crossing is not a fast paced story; I don’t see how it could be. The Amish are stuck on the lower deck of the ship as it travels to America. They are in very cramped quarters that are dark, wet and stinky. There is nothing fast paced about that kind of life. I could feel the anticipation as they drew closer to get off the Charming Nancy. The ending had some tense and exciting moments.

Anna and Bairn were attracted to each other, But they both knew that they could never be together since she was Amish and he was not. Anna was going to the new world with hopes of land ownership and freedom to worship God. Bairn’s aspired to keep moving up in command of the ship and make lots of money.

I can’t go into too much detail because it will give too much away. But God was involved in all the events that happened on the ship. Those who are not Christians would say all that occurred was coincidence. God has a plan for everyone’s life. When we truly follow God we don’t miss all He has for us. The Amish that left their homes for another land believed they were following God. The crew of the ship called the Amish the “Peculiars.” Everything they did stood out because they were following God’s ways not their own desires. Bairn felt that Anna was preaching to him. She wasn’t. She was just expressing her belief that God was in everything that she did or said. Anna brought a rose from her home with her because she had faith that it would survive the trip and everything would turn out according to God’s plan.

Anna’s Crossing is a Historical Amish Fiction story that fans of that genre will enjoy. There is no questionable content in this story. Don’t let the ship parts’ names bog you down. Once I got past trying to figure out the parts of the ship I didn’t want to put it down, of course I had to.

Slowly the pieces of everyone’s story come together and I was amazed how the author did it. While all the story lines of love, hate, death, life, trust, and doubt could take place anywhere, the fact they the characters were on a ship in the 1700s made them all the more interesting. The ship makes an interesting setting for this genre because most Amish Fiction is set on a farm in Pennsylvania or Indiana. There were surprises and twists in the story. As I read I thought for sure it would end differently. I can’t say anymore for fear of giving anything away. Anna’s Crossing is the story of young woman and her journey to where God wants her to be. It is also a must readI received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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