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. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naïve farmers--dubbed "Peculiars" by deckhands--across the ocean. 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?
Amish fiction favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her fans back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing as seen through the eyes of a devout young woman and an irreverent man. Blending the worlds of Amish and historical fiction, Fisher is sure to delight her longtime fans even as she attracts new ones with her superb and always surprise-filled writing.
A mesmerizing story that I couldn't put down. Mixing the Amish and Historical genres is definitely a winning combination in my book! Exceptional research in both genres brought a depth and breadth to the story that thrilled me all the way to my toes. And there came a point in the story where I skittered to a complete stop because I was that gobsmacked. Completely. Totally. Did-not-see-that-coming kind of stunned. Wowzers! Now that makes for an exciting read.
Fisher's trademark characters leap off the page -- though this time the community is on a ship. Loved Anna from the get go. Bairn is a contradiction of aloof sternness and kind compassion. Such a complicated man and I enjoyed the way Anna stood up to him. He enjoyed that too. :-) They are wary adversaries at first and then reluctant allies who ease into an unusual friendship. When love comes, it takes them by surprise and is all the more heart rending because of the impossibility of a romance between Bairn and Anna. Talk about sending a reader into an emotional tailspin!
And then there's a full gamut of secondary characters. The kind that made my blood boil or kept me in stitches with their antics. Fisher knows how to expertly weave characters and plot in order to deliver a compelling read that begs to be devoured in one sitting.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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