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