Anna’s Crossing: An Amish Beginning Novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the story of a young Amish girl who crosses the Atlantic aboard the ship the Charming Nancy in 1737.
I really enjoyed this captivating story. It was easy to relate to the protagonist Anna. Bairn’s dialect was also very interesting to read! This was unlike any Amish novel I had read before; most of them focus on Amish communities already living in America, whereas this story focused on the Amish emigrating to America. I thought it was interesting that Anna was the only one in her group who could speak English; it gave her character some unique opportunities. The book even has some intriguing elements of mystery, which was nice.
I liked that the whole book took place on the ship, which was a fascinating setting. Anna had to face a lot of new challenges while aboard the Charming Nancy, so it was nice to see her courage – not only as she embarked on her journey, but as she overcame obstacles along the way. The discussion questions at the end of the book were helpful, and this book would be a nice addition to a book club.
I received a review copy from Revell. You can find the book here on Amazon.