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Anna's Crossing (Amish Beginnings #1)

Suzanne Woods Fisher
Anna's Crossing (Amish Beginnings #1)

When Anna König first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the Charming Nancy, their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions aff... Read More

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When Anna König first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the Charming Nancy, their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World.

As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna's serene nature. For her part, Anna can't seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship's carpenter, despite warnings.

When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?

Product Details:
Pages: 352
Release: 03/2015
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800723194
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Mar 3, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC053000"
  • ISBN: 0800723198

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A Journey for a Lifetime by Erin S on 12/6/2015
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Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again in Anna’s Crossing. She brings us our beloved Amish people and tells their story. She makes them come alive! They become our best friends and our worst enemies all at once!

Anna did not want to leave her home land. She didn’t want to get on that boat. She certainly didn’t want to feel anything for the ship’s carpenter. It was almost as if she knew him. As if he knew her and they were connected somehow. When he, Bairn, realizes who she is and how they are connected, will he tell her? Will he embrace his Peculiar side?

In this time the Amish were called Peculiars by those who are on the ship with them but not of their religion. They are not well liked. They are thought to bring bad luck even. We are getting a close look at a new era from Suzanne Woods Fisher and I for one loved it.

I loved the storyline and loved the way they came together. I loved meeting Bairn and seeing him interact with the young boy he finds reminds him of himself. I love Anna and her quiet strength and determination. She carries with her a single rose bush that she is determined to keep alive. A bush that her love gave her before he went to cross the ocean never to return. She thought he had died. But had he? Or is he coming back into her life now but as a different person and a man to boot? Such a wonderful book full of surprises and twists. I highly recommend it. Anna’s Crossing is full of excitement and things shall never be the same again.

INCREDIBLE HISTORICAL FICTION by NARITA on 8/11/2015
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So many Amish fiction books are set in the present time. This one is unique in that it is historical Amish fiction. The Charming Nancy was a real ship that actually crossed the Atlantic in 1737 with a group of Amish and Mennonite believers coming to America. They sailed from Rotterdam in April and arrived in Philadelphia in October of the same year. A 7 month voyage!

Traveling by ship during that time was no walk in the park! It was fraught with danger and suffering. Many ships and their occupants perished. A frightening fact that those who sailed knew was real possibility. There was lack of provisions, illness; great discomfort, and death, many of them children.

The passengers rode beneath the ship with little fresh air or daylight. A walk on the deck was a rare treat, due to the hazards involved. With them in their tight quarters were all their belongings and animals. Vomiting from sea sickness and the stench of urine and feces was unbearable. Sickness and disease spread quickly in the unsanitary conditions.

The Amish/ Mennonites faced even more hardships. They were ridiculed, discriminated against, and taken advantage of financially. Greedy captains charged outrageous prices for food, and passage. In addition they grossly overcrowded the ship with no thought of the safety or comfort of the passengers. Few were able to speak English.

This is just a small part of what Anna, her family and fellow believers faced. Add to this these innocent, God fearing people had been in little contact with the world. Now they were thrown head first into it with unscrupulous people and bawdy sailors. A culture shock to say the least!

Ms. Fisher does an incredible job of allowing the reader to join these pilgrims on their journey. Her descriptiveness is vivid. My chest tightened and I held my breath at times reading about their experiences. This was definitely and eye-opener! With all the history and detail the author weaves an exciting and personal story of the characters she has created. There are many surprises along the way. A must read! After reading an excerpt included at the end, of Ms. Fisher’s upcoming book, The Imposter, I anxiously await its publication. It will be a first in her new series, The Bishop’s Family.

I received this book free from Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Enlightening and entertaining read of the Amish of 1737 by Vera on 5/20/2015
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Typically when Suzanne Woods Fisher develops her Amish stories for the Christian publishing market, they are centered around the simple farming communities of Amish folk in America. She weaves lovely stories fleshing out real folks dressed in Amish clothes and steeped in Amish faith and traditions. She veers from her norm in undertaking another look into the history and life of the Amish by traveling with them from the Old World to the New World and life in America.

The story begins in a small village from which the Amish Peculiar folk leave to go to Rotterdam boarding the Charming Nancy to voyage to the New World and a new life. It is 1737 and travel by tall ships with mighty sails is harsh, unfriendly, nasty, devoid of comforts, and rampant with dangers unfathomable.

The book dwells in length on terms of the 1737 ships at sea and life aboard the Charming Nancy.The discomfort. The filthy smell. The lack of water. This was somewhat tedious, but still good reading. History of sailing during those times was replete with harshness and yes, even death.

There is danger afoot from the two-footed creatures as well as from elements and illnesses. But there is also a story of redemption. A sweet romance between Anna and Bairn. And a delightful young boy who falls in love with life on the ship and who finds adventure and trouble at every turn.

Different from previous Woods-Fisher reads, but interesting and enlightening in revealing some of the hardships people of faith endured to worship according to the dictates of their heart and to have the freedom of land ownership.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by the author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for the review.

An amazing story of courage, salvation and love for others that's hard to put down. by Robin on 4/14/2015
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Loved this book and the cover! Based on several true facts, a Christian Historical Romance set in 1737 on the ship Charming Nancy. Some of my ancestors sailed over from Germany in 1905, so I had a strong interest in this book, but my family came over on a passenger ship - a much different experience than in this story.

Anna's minister insists that she go with the Amish group from her village that is traveling from Ixheim, Germany to America, because she knows English and can translate for everyone. She doesn't want to leave her Grandparents, but will do as she's asked, digging up her rose to take with her. In addition it is beneficial to escape the reach of the nearby Baron who wants to destroy a family in their community, which affects them all. Anna is a very caring person with a strong faith.

Bairn is a young man who has been on a ship with the beloved Captain and his brother, also a Captain, since he was a young boy. Very ambitious, he's on the right track for promotion and earning great wealth - important goals for him. Then they transport this group of German Amish and Mennonite passengers to America and he's forced to face some difficult things, including his tragic past and lack of faith.

What detail! I'm not sure how Suzanne knew what it was like to be on a ship back then, but it is a very real and intricate account of life during this voyage. Richly told, the story is intricately woven; an amazing story of courage, salvation and love for others that's hard to put down.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her best book yet by Cheryl on 3/30/2015
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Anna’s Crossing (An Amish Beginnings Novel), By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her best book yet I think! Anna’s Crossing is a wonderful combination of both Amish and historical fiction. It is a very refreshing twist on both types of fiction. This is a book that grabbed hold of me from the start and didn't let go until the very end. I felt as though I was experiencing what the characters were in the book. The description and details used in the story were so well written. A very moving story. I am so looking forward to reading more books like this. There was lots of faith, hope, courage, action, adventure, mischievousness, trials, pain, and heartache in this breathtaking story. So be sure to set your sails and get ready to enjoy the captivating adventure through this wonderful story. Be sure that you get your copy of this book. Remember it also makes a great gift.

5 stars!

A book of faith, determination & courage! by Cheryl on 3/29/2015
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Anna’s Crossing (An Amish Beginnings Novel), By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her best book yet I think! Anna’s Crossing is a wonderful combination of both Amish and historical fiction. It is a very refreshing twist on both types of fiction. This is a book that grabbed hold of me from the start and didn’t let go until the very end. I felt as though I was experiencing what the characters were in the book. The description and details used in the story were so well written. A very moving story. I am so looking forward to reading more books like this. There was lots of action, adventure, mischievousness, trials, pain, and heartache in this breathtaking story. So be sure to set your sails and get ready to enjoy the captivating adventure through this wonderful story. Be sure that you get your copy of this book. Remember it also makes a great gift.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her bes by Cheryl on 3/29/2015
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Anna’s Crossing (An Amish Beginnings Novel), By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an excellent book! This is her best book yet I think! Anna’s Crossing is a wonderful combination of both Amish and historical fiction. It is a very refreshing twist on both types of fiction. This is a book that grabbed hold of me from the start and didn’t let go until the very end. I felt as though I was experiencing what the characters were in the book. The description and details used in the story were so well written. A very moving story. I am so looking forward to reading more books like this. There was lots of action, adventure, mischievousness, trials, pain, and heartache in this breathtaking story. So be sure to set your sails and get ready to enjoy the captivating adventure through this wonderful story. Be sure that you get your copy of this book. Remember it also makes a great gift.

5 stars!

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 3/29/2015
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I really enjoy reading Amish fiction, but up until this book I don't think that I have ever read an account of the original crossing of the Amish from Germany to America. In the author's notes Suzanne shares that there is very little known about the crossing. But the facts that are known have been woven into a fascinating tale of courage for this persecuted band of believers.

Several years before this voyage Bishop Jacob Bauer crossed the Atlantic to secure land for his people. Minister Christian Muller is tasked with bringing the group to America to start their new community. Anna has no desire to go. She would much rather stay behind with her grandparents, but she is the only one that speaks English so she must go for the good of her people.

The journey just to get to the Atlantic is filled with delays and discouragement. How will they ever make it across the vast ocean if they can't even smoothly sail to England? Once they are on the open ocean the delays and dangers just seem to increase. But amid the disasters a tentative friendship strikes up between Anna and the ship's carpenter Bairn.

Bairn is drawn to Anna but refuses to acknowledge the God she serves. He is sure that God left him long ago and doesn't care anything for him. Anna's response to Bairn is priceless,

"You're trusting God by relating it to circumstances. Trust is much more than circumstances. Much, much more."

God of course shows up and allows Bairn to realize that Anna's words are true. The enfolding story is a beautiful story of Providence. Every single hard thing in all of their lives works together to bring each of them to the exact point that God designed for them to be.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a brilliant writer and it is my hope that this is just the beginning of a series about these intriguing characters. She has included some very interesting facts at the end of the book to fill in some of the back story on the crossing. There is also a thought provoking set of discussion questions that will be beneficial to anyone that is reading this book with their book club.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Great historically accurate read by Gina B on 3/10/2015
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As a fan of historical fiction and a fussy reader, I really enjoyed “Anna’s Crossing” by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Set in 1737, it tells the story of Anna, a young Amish woman making an unwanted journey from her beloved home in Germany to the New World. I love how her character battles her strong nature to do what is required of her, but also uses her strength to help her fellow shipmates in ways which are sometimes surprising. I also love Bairn, whose self-loathing makes him believe that God could never love or forgive him. As Anna and Bairn deal with the hardships of the ocean crossing, they impact each other in ways that will change both of them in remarkable ways.

What really puts this book together for me is the author’s attention to detail. As a writer, I was very glad that she shared her research methods at the end of the novel. For the story, she does not hide how appalling the ship conditions were nor how terrifying it was to see the treatment of slaves on a ship they pass. Yet, Woods Fisher makes sure that all the awfulness is treated with respect and encourages the characters to fully embrace their faith in God and their hope for a better future. They even manage to find joy in the day to day of their crossing. My only complaint? I was sad to have finished it! I love these characters and I hope to read more about Bairn, Anna and the Bauer’s. I will certainly be reading more books by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

A moving story of faith and courage by Carole on 3/10/2015
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Anna's Crossing, a story about the first Atlantic crossing for the Amish in 1737, is such an impressive novel on many levels - character driven with flowing prose and a moving storyline that engages the emotions. Fascinating historical depth forms the backdrop for a story that not only entertained and informed, but left me with much upon which to reflect.

One thing I've always admired about Suzanne's stories is the interaction between Amish and English as the Amish live out their faith, and that's exactly what she does here. Pulled away from the peaceful rural settings we've come to expect in Amish fiction, most of the action takes place on board the Charming Nancy as it sails for Port Philadelphia - but the ship's name is a little deceptive because there wasn't much "charm" about the situation on board. I appreciate Suzanne's desire to research this period of Amish history and flesh out a story around their sacrifice and commitment to reach an unknown land where they could worship in peace.

Anna and Bairn are memorable characters that readers can't help but be drawn to. Anna is a wholesome and humble, yet with a spark of assertiveness that serves everyone around her well. With a faith that never wavered during rough times, she is an inspiration to us all. Bairn is a more complicated character - kind and tenderhearted toward Anna and young Felix, yet past experiences led to disillusionment with God and all that remained was a drive to work hard in order to grow rich.

Roses play a beautiful and important part in Anna's Crossing, which is actually the back story to the recently-published Christmas at Rose Hill Farm that centers around a "lost" rose. Anna reflects that the survival of her grandmother's roses "was a testament to her people's story: roots that adapted to whatever soil they were transplanted into, thorns that bespoke of the pain they bore, blossoms each spring that declared God's power to bring new life from death. As long as the roses survived, her grandmother said, so would our people."

One of the strengths of this story is that is shows how, while being out of their comfort zone and in an unfriendly environment, they were still effective witnesses through their sacrifice, putting needs of others ahead of themselves, and completely trusting in God's provision - and that has to speak to us today. Anna's Crossing vividly reminds me of the fact that our lives are but one thread in God's tapestry - and that, although we can't see the whole tapestry and might question why certain things are happening, God never leaves our side. As Anna so beautifully expressed, "Even in the midst of great gales, they could know peace."

There's a lovely twist toward the end that gave me chills because it was such a beautiful visual of how God is always working to orchestrate things for our good - and it made me pause to reflect on the many things I've experienced for which there could be no explanation but God. To say I'm eager to read the next book in this series is putting it mildly!

Anna's Crossing is a story that I believe will appeal to all readers. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Entertaining & educational by quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net on 3/8/2015
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Anna's Crossing to the New World was anything but a vacation cruise across the ocean. As numerous Mennonites and Amish sought land and freedom to worship in the New World, none knew what awaited them on the ship, Charming Nancy. Atrocities that are unimaginable were what these people faced through months of sea travel. Seasickness and a shortage of water are only a couple of the abominations that these passengers encountered.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has created a brilliant story of early 1700s sea travel in all its putrefaction and unpleasantness as travelers were packed into the lower deck of a ship just above the bilge of the ship. This is not an ordinary tale of Amish fiction. It is a historic representation that has been well researched by the author.

I was swept into the story immediately, and found it difficult to take breaks from reading. There is no room for boredom in this well-written book. The author is well known for her expertise in writing Amish fiction. This is a masterpiece in history.

I highly recommend "Anna's Crossing!" I learned a great deal from the descriptive elements throughout the book, and was entertained by a mischievous young boy and Anna's relationships with other passengers on the ship, particularly the ship's carpenter. Grab a copy of this book and prepare yourself to become engrossed in an historic tale of faith and redemption!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Endings are New Beginnings by Claudia on 3/2/2015
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Fans of Amish fiction and historical fiction alike will enjoy the time spent between the covers of Anna’s Crossing. I received my copy late due to a recent winter storm’s impact on mail delivery. Therefore I had to read through it in three day’s time in order to review it during the author’s blog tour dates. However it is a book that I would have preferred to linger over. The language, or maybe I should say languages, of the story is worthy of being dwelt over as are the lessons in Christian living.
In 1737 Anna König, a young Amish woman, crosses the Atlantic with members of her community on their way to the New World. Aboard the Charming Nancy, Anna weathers the voyage displaying grace and forgiveness as only one with the mind of Christ can. Along the way her faith becomes a balm to the ship’s carpenter, Bairn, who suffers from a past he longs to forget. Anna and Bairn are drawn together by affection for young, Felix, a lovable although mischievous Amish lad, but also by the One who loves them and has plans not to harm them, but to give them a future filled with hope.
Bairn is challenged, as is the reader, by the Amish minister’s words, “Each one of us will face a watershed moment that will define all others in a life. The moment that puts our humanity to a test. When that moment arrives, we each need to ask ourselves, which path will it be? Will we follow God’s ways or will we choose man’s ways?” When the time comes, Bairn responds to his watershed moment in a manner that takes the reader by surprise, and what seems to be the end, might actually be a new beginning. Anna tells Bairn that we can see the beginnings of the love of God, but not its end as it goes on forever. Yet often times we, as humans, focus on perceived endings and miss offered beginnings. In this story Fisher helps us see God’s participation in our lives that offers us forgiveness, provision, and second chances. When we have difficulty seeing God in our daily lives, we would do well to remember Anna’s explanation that, “Broken expectations aren’t meant to crush our hopes, but to free us to put our confidence in God alone. They aren’t meant to make us give up, but look up.”
I do recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and fans of historical fiction. It is a part the Amish Beginnings series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Anna’s Crossing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

A narrative we would not know so closely without this research by author gleanings. by Kathleen E. on 2/28/2015
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2015
~* An Amish Beginnings Novel *~

"...a historical fiction tale based on the true story of the Charming Nancy, the ship that brought some of the original Amish to America in 1738—an eventful, tragic ocean crossing journey of 83 days. It’s referred to as the Amish Mayflower."
--author Suzanne Woods Fisher

Coming to America was a slow and uncertain journey in the 1700s. Tent cities are not new. Long transport before arriving at their ship destination, and then taxation of the Charming Nancy merchant vessel along the way slowed the beginnings. Stopping for provisions and ship repairs at Plymouth Sound, England, became a first week-long port stop before the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The lower deck held more than grains and other cargo goods ~ down below the hatch in the dark, dank, smelly underside traveled the "Peculiars," as the Amish of Swiss origin traveling from Germany were known on dock and by ship crew. Lack of sunshine and less than bearable conditions, brought disease amid the constant rocking motion to overcrowded fare-paying passengers, alive upon arrival, or dead at sea. All of this to be able to "own" land to pass on to generations. Scouting travelers ahead were awaiting the arrival of those they were preparing for to join them in Penn's Woods in the New World.

A day-by-day diary takes us along their path aboard ship, awaiting fair wind to continue their journey. A narrative we would not know so closely without this research by author gleanings. Anna's Crossing sorts out superstition and self-guiding to a gentle, firm belief in God that is everlasting; a love that is never failing.
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Blending the worlds of Amish and historical fiction, Anna's Crossing shares the beginning of Amish life in America with a glimpse into the first ocean crossing, as seen through the eyes of a devout young woman and an irreverent man.

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app Amish Wisdom: A proverb a day from the simple life delivers a daily Amish proverb. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

***Thank you to Revell Fiction for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Tour for Suzanne Woods Fisher's Anna's Crossing, and sending me a copy of this historical fiction of the story of the first Amish who crossed the Atlantic in 1737 on the Charming Nancy ship. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


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