Thursday, March 5, 2015

Anna's Crossing Stands Out in Amish Fiction

Thank you Revell for this review copy.
A couple of years ago, I found myself reading quite a few Amish fiction novels. I like them because they are wholesome stories. I don't have to worry about too many details whether they be romantic or mystery stories. They feel safe in that way.

I must admit, I got a bit overloaded with Amish fiction; but, because this story takes place on a ship instead of the normal rural settings, I found that the faith aspect received much more attention. Anna's Crossing is a well-researched historical fiction novel about a German Amish congregation who is emigrating to America for religious freedom.

I loved the way Suzanne used historical details, not just dates, but conditions on ships, how they were built, the atmosphere and living conditions for emigrants, how the arrangements were made, what happened if they couldn't pay, the seasickness, the storms. All these things painted a setting in my mind for the action of the story. Truthfully, it all sounds pretty horrific. I cannot imagine why anyone would cross an ocean if they knew the conditions they'd be crossing under.  However, I've never been persecuted for my faith in Jesus Christ nor restricted in how I worship Him.

It's amazing what a man or woman can do if they must.  I gained a greater respect for the Christians who settled and built this country, whether they be Amish, Pilgrims, or another denomination.  God is good. His goodness is highlighted and emphasized in this novel.

Be sure to read the ship vocabulary in the front of the book prior to better understand the setting. If you like historical fiction, I think you'll like this. If you like Amish fiction, I think you'll like this.

Having read The Inn at Eagle Hill Series, I knew that this would be a well written book. I only wish that this was the beginning of a series! I fell in love with the characters.


Read about The Inn at Eagle Hill Series.
Book 1 Review
Book 2 Review
Book 3 Review

From the Publisher: 
Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.

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 forThe Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post andCooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Sounds excellent. I will be on the look out for it.. Thanks, my dear. xo

  2. Oh, that sounds wonderful! I see lots of Amish fiction in stores, but very little that deals with their history.

  3. You may like it Building. Happy end of wintering.


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