Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher is not her typical, sweet Amish story. This book is set further back in time (in 1737), to help readers understand how and why the Amish, then known by other names, came from Germany (and Switzerland) to America. Fisher has done her research, putting fictional characters on what was a very real ship, and recreating one voyage, as much as it’s possible to do, for readers to experience through words.
It’s not an easy read. Those crossings were not pleasant for those who endured them. But Fisher tells her readers in a note at the end of the book that she spared us a lot of the details in order to keep the book from being too depressing. Still she provides enough detail to help us understand this voyage wasn’t a pleasure cruise. These details also revealed the beliefs (by their reactions to circumstances) and determination of those early Amish immigrants.
I was delighted to realize on the very first page, however, that Anna’s Crossing has connections to Fisher’s other books. Anna and other characters are the ancestors of Fisher’s Lancaster County characters. Significant elements of Anna’s Crossing are introduced to readers in Fisher’s Christmas at Rose Hill Farm.
I recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction, historical fiction, and Fisher’s other books. Anna, Baird, Felix, the Bauer family, and others are characters worth getting to know.
Revell Books sent me a complimentary copy of Anna’s Crossing in exchange for this honest review.