Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Anna's Crossing

GIVEAWAY

FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS
ANNA'S CROSSING

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.

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Anna's Crossing please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 15 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

27 comments:

  1. Sounds intriguing. Count me in, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read many books about Amish life. It sounds interesting.
    melissa(dot)snoopy(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is a great new series to start with, Melissa. Good luck.

      Delete
  3. I have this one on my wish list. Sounds great!
    Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love Suzanne's writing and I would love to read about the voyage of The Charming Nancy. I havent read too many Amish historicals. This sounds really interesting.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There aren't many out there, but I hope this becomes a new trend. The detail of ship life are incredible....I would sooooooooo not have survived that trip!!!!!

      Delete
  5. I like the sound of this one, Kav! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

      Delete
  6. This sounds like a really great story. Can't wait to read this one. I put on my wish list a long time ago. Thanks for the great review. Makes me want to read it even more.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  7. If you say this is A mesmerizing story.. I need to read it :)
    dkstevensneAT outlookD otCo M

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeppers, you sure do! Good luck, Deanna.

      Delete
  8. I love Suzanne's books. Please enter me for this one. Thank you!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're entered, Freda. Good luck!

      Delete
  9. Hi Kav. Sure love Suzanne's books. All of them are good. Thanks for the review and please add my name. I really, really would love to win this book Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    ReplyDelete
  10. Any book by Suzanne has my vote. Can't wait to read this one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She's always on my must buy list. Good luck, rubynreba.

      Delete
  11. This one looks really interesting! I usually love the stories of immigrants for some reason. They speak to me. :D

    lieniitte(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It amazes me that anyone immigrated to North America when you consider the ship conditions and loss of life. I'm too much of a wuss to go through all that. LOL Good luck, Lieniitte.

      Delete
  12. Ships and staying on water for such a long time ... no go for me, not my best type of stories either, but I'll try this one. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And no flushing toilets!!!!!! LOL Good luck, Becky.

      Delete
  13. thanks for the chance to read to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win "Anna's Crossing"! I would love to read this book! grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete