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.
I liked this one more than the last. I have a hard time putting it down! In fact, the night I was reading it, I actually got up out of bed to finish it.
I enjoy Amish fiction, but I really love historical fiction; this was right up my alley.
I’m having a hard time figuring out what to write that won’t give any spoilers. Anna and many of her family and friends are going to America in order to avoid the persecution they are facing at home. Along the way, there are delays, illnesses, and life-threatening situations that arise.
Anna’s Crossing was easy to read and the story started right away; no slow start here! Like I mentioned above, it kept me interested the whole way through. It’s well written and appears well researched to be historically accurate. In fact, there is a section at the back of the book that talks about the history the story is based on that includes an excerpt from a journal from an Amish man who made the voyage with his family.
If you like Amish fiction or even if you just like historical fiction, I think you’ll enjoy this novel!
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