Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Anna Konig leaves the grandparents who she loves to start a new life in America. She travels with people from her community in Ixheim, Germany finally boarding the ship, the Charming Nancy. During the journey she watches over a young Felix who was the brother of her close friend Johann who died suddenly before their trip. Anna, one of the few of the Amish and Mennonites traveling who spoke English, was used as a translator. She found herself being thrown together with the ships carpenter, Bairn and sparks fly.
This story is based on a real story of the crossing of Amish across the ocean in 1737. The storyline revolves around the Amish but is a big departure from the Amish genre. The journey on the high sea is not the typical setting of the peaceful agriculture setting of many Amish stories. Ms. Fisher weaves her words to bring the reader into the journey on the high sea from feeling the very crowded conditions to being considered more like cargo than the people that they are. The descriptions of the sickness and risk that the Amish endured really comes through the plot and the characters of Anna and Felix. The romance is typical of the genre where the female character finds a male romantic interest that challenges her religious beliefs. The story has several twists and turns and is a refreshing read. This book is recommended to readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance. If you have found the Amish genre becoming very predictable, give a chance on Anna’s Crossing.
I received this e-Arc from NetGalley and Revell in exchange for an honest review.