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Monday, March 23, 2015

Giveaway and Guest Review of Suzanne Woods Fishers' Anna's Crossing

Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell, 2015)

Review of  Suzanne Woods Fishers' novel, Anna's Crossing (Revell, 2015)
By Grace Yost 

I give this 5 stars! *****

    In Ixheim, Germany in the year 1737,  Anna Konig is realizing that she can no longer put off preparing for her imminent departure to America, namely Port Philadelphia. As she walks among her roses, she thinks of all she will leave behind, her grandparents,  her beloved woollies and the glorious rolling green countryside. So begins author Suzanne Woods Fisher's Historical Fiction Novel of how the  Amish Community begins their treacherous journey to the new world where the hope is to buy land, and above all, worship freely.This journey will take Anna from all that she knows.

   The Charming Nancy is the vessel which will bring this German Community to the new land. Once on board, not only are the passengers faced with scrutiny from the crew, but faced also with harsh and dismal living quarters and  moral dilemmas. This novel  contains a cornucopia of characters, each with their own struggles and temperaments. Faith, self discovery, a budding romance, and  mysteries from the past all combine to help shape the future of the passengers bound for the new world. We are blessed to live in a nation where we can freely worship without fear of reprisal. This wasn't always true, as you will see by reading Anna's Crossing.
  I highly recommend this novel. Even if this is a different genre than what you usually read, you will not be disappointed! By the end of this story you will share in the trials, you will delight in the triumphs and will join in the celebration as the Charming Nancy and its colorful passengers reach the end of their journey.
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Thank you, Gracie for sharing your guest review with us today!!!

CFP: Carrie is giving away a copy of Anna's Crossing to one of our commenters. This novel precedes Carrie Fancett Pagels' upcoming release Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by a decade and does a great job of explaining what was involved with making an ocean crossing in the mid 1700's.  

81 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your review Grace. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    Blessings,Tina

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    2. Thank you so much, Tina! This was a wonderful book! I know that you will enjoy reading it! Blessings!

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    3. I wiuld love to win a copy. I really enjoy reading about the Amish

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    4. Hi Dara, You will definitely like reading this wonderful book! It talks about why they moved the church to the New World.Blessings!

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  2. Great review, Grace! Thanks for being our guest on CQ today!

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    1. Thank you Carrie for the opportunity! I truly enjoyed reading this wonderful book! Blessings!

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  3. Thanks for the review; this sounds really good. I love stories about coming to America!

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    1. HI Lisa! You will definitely enjoy this book. You will join in the trials which they face and celebrate their triumphs! Blessings!

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  4. Welcome, Grace! This sounds like a wonderful story ... thanks for sharing the review with us! :)

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! Whats your favorite Genre to read?

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    2. I'm one of those who can't seem to pick a favorite ... I love fantasy and historical but I have favorites in other genres as well.

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  5. I've read this book and it's a great story, plus the historical content is wonderful. Don't add me to the drawing, I already have my copy. :)

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    1. Hi Pegg! If you had to pick a favorite character in this book, who would it be?

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    2. Sending you a big cyber hug, Pegg! XO Suzanne

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    1. He sure is! He seemed to always disobey orders.But it was wonderful "seeing" things through his eyes!

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  7. Would love to win a copy of this book....thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. Hi Lorraine! I think you will really enjoy reading this! It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Blessings!

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  8. Thanks for the great review. I would love to win this book!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. HI Betti! Thank you so much for your comment! Blessings!

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  9. Thanks for the review. Would like to win a copy of this book.

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    1. Hi Barbara, Did my review help you in deciding that you wanted to read this wonderful book? I know that I really enjoyed reading his story and writing a review for it.Blessings!

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  10. Sounds like a perfectly good book to read. Would be a great one to win also.

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    1. Hello Mary,Thank you so much for your comments! Blessings!

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  11. What a wonderful review, and I can hardly wait to read it! Thank you for the chance to win!

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    1. Hi! I truly believe that all who read this will understand more about why this group of believers left their homes And how they traveled across the vast ocean to the New World.The freedom of worshiping freely...so powerful a motivator. Blessings Debbie!

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  12. Beautiful review, thanks - Grace!!

    Sounds like wonderful story with lots of adventure, emotion, faith and romance - would love to read "Anna's Crossing"!!

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    1. Hi Bonnie, You will definitely find all of the above in this story! I truly hope that everyone enjoys reading it as much as I did. Blessings!

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  13. This book sounds so interesting. I'd love to read Anna's Crossing.

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    1. Hello, You will not be disappointed. Would love to hear what you thought about this book after you have a chance to read it. Blessings!

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  14. I enjoyed your excellent review. I think I would also enjoy this book. I can't imagine the dreadful experience of leaving home and living on the ship. That much would be enough to stop me, I think. Maybe not. I'm looking forward to reading Anna's Crossing.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kay! Thank you for your comments! I tried to picture myself aboard the Charming Nancy, especially with the conditions being what they were.They went through so much,but, they held tight to their faith and persevere! Blessings!

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  15. I would love to win this book. I would love to win it for my sis who doesn't have a computer so she can't enter this contest. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Deb, I think that it is wonderful that you are trying to win this for your sister! Very thoughtful! Blessings!

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  16. It sure sounds like a great book :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Nancy, It sure was a wonderful book! Thank you for your comment. Blessings!

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  17. I'm sure I'd love this book!! nancy6 at graffiti dot net

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    1. Hi!. I believe that you will really like this book! Its a wonderful story! Blessings!

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  18. Would love to win this book, but I'm going to read it either way!!

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    1. HI Sharon, Is this a genre that you usually read, or, is it something different? Would love to hear what you thought about the book after you read it.Blessings!

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  19. Once again, I am trying to post on this site. I don't know why it won't post my comment. Anyways, I would so love to win this wonderful sounding novel and also because it is a prequel to Carrie's new book. Thanks for this contest. Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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    1. HI Mary Lou, I'm sorry that you are having problems posting on here. I will let Carrie know.Blessings!

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  20. Thanks for having the contest. The book sounds great!! Hope to win the book!!

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    1. You are very welcome! Glad you liked my review! Blessings!

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  21. like the review and I would like to read this book.

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    1. Hi Sally! Thank you for your comment! Blessings!

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  22. Sounds like a great book!Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Shelia, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Blessings!

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  23. Been wanting to read this book for a while now, it sounds so interesting! Great author too, thank you for the chance to own a copy & the wonderful review!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Trixi! Thank you for your comments.Once you start reading this, it will be hard to put it down! Blessings!

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  24. I am still wanting this book. I love Suzanne's books and know this will be a good one.
    Thanks Gracie for your great review. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Thank you, Maxie!You will enjoy this story. I also know that I would love to read about these same characters once they have been in the New World for awhile. Maybe Suzanne will write a sequel. I know that I would read it! Blessings!

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  25. Thank you for the review. Look forward to reading the book.

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    1. Hello, Thank you for your comment. I know that this story was a blessing!

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  26. I'd love to win a copy! Please enter me!

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    1. HI Kate! Did my review help you in deciding that you wanted to read this wonderful book? Blessings!

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  27. I've loved every book I've read by this author. Excited about this one!
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. HI Susan! This book will not dissapoint! Blessings!

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  28. Grace Yost , your review really drew me into the setting of the story! I would love to win a copy :)

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    1. Hi! Thank you for your wonderful comments! Blessings!!

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  29. I loved this book, I like doing family history and my husband family was from Pa. I could see them comming over on a ship like that to. Would love to win this book

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    1. HI Susan! I like family history as well :) It is wonderful to be able to follow the journey that our families took. I know on my fathers side that the family immigrated from Germany.It had to be hard, leaving those who stayed behind, not knowing if they would ever see each other again. Thank you for your comments. Blessings!

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  30. Loved the review and really want to read this book. Quilting is my second passion so I am excited that I found a new blog by wanting to read your review. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Anna's Crossing. donnaeharmon(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Hope to "see" you more on Carries wonderful blog site. Isn't it wonderful how God works! Blessings!

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  31. I would love to read Anna's Crossing. Experiences don't seem real to us unless we read stories of what the people has to go through. I know that one of my ancestors gave birth to a boy and he did not survive the crossing. Would really like to know what the Amish faced as challenges and how they endured them.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hello Donna! Thank you for your comments. This story really showed me what our ancestors gave up and what they went through. I know that I would like to find out more about this group of individuals and what their lives were like once they made it ashore. Thank you for sharing some of your family history with us. Blessings!

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  32. How interesting, what a journey that must have been.. I'd love to read Anna's Crossing.
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    1. Hi Deanna! Yes, their journey was definitely filled with its share of sorrows, but,also with tremendous faith and triumphs! Blessings!

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  33. Wow - this sounds like such a wonderful book - I would love to win a copy!

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  34. Loved these comments--thank you for your kind and encouraging words...and interest in "Anna's Crossing!" Warmly, Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Would love to read a continuation or sequel to this wonderful book of yours! Absolutely loved Anna's Crossing! Blessings!

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  35. Hope to win this book so I can read it ASAP. Karen Clinton

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    1. Hello Karen, you will definitely enjoy this book. Blessings!

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  36. I love, love historical fiction. I am a homeschooling mom and love reading about and teaching history. After reading the above review, I would love to win this book!! (ray.robinm at gmail dot com) (I thought I left this comment yesterday, but don't see it...)

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  37. Thanks so much for the review. Historicals are my favorite, and I look forward to reading this book! Thanks too, for offering the giveaway. Have a great week!
    klange61AThotmailDOTcom

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  38. Awesome review! Can't wait to read this. I hope I win-thanks for the opportunity!

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  39. Hearing great things about this author. Can't wait to read it!

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  40. THis is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a very challenging time in history. She is also a wonderful author! what could be better? sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  41. What a wonderful way to bring history into our lives. I'm just finishing reading "The Diary of Anne Frank". How truly blessed I feel to be living the life I live today. We must never forget how their lives have brought such love, strength and understanding to ours today.

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