A fresh start in the New World will test Anna's resolve...and her heart.
In 1737, Anna Konig staggers oof a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. It's a time of new beginnings, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasos the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World, his enthusiasm evaporates. When a ship captain offere him a first mate position, he grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
As a newcomver joins the church, Anna is torn. This man is everything Bairn is not -- bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And he is here. Bairn is not.
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves the lives of Bairn, Anna and the newcomer together. When the secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?
While this is a sequel to Anna's Crossing, I think it could be read as a standalone, though you'll have a clearer understand of Anna and Bairn's relationship if you've read the first book. Still, the author does a great job of catching new readers up to speed.
I love the mix of Amish and Historical. Such a fascinating time in America's history. So many immigrants arriving with hopes and dreams for a better future for a variety of reasons. It was interesting to learn more about how the Amish settled into their new land. The author has done her research and based her story on facts though she does also take some literary license. Love the scenes with Benjamin Franklin! And the details on the Ephrata Cloister (which I have never heard of) was intriguing. So I learned a lot while being entertained. Love history lessons that come in a novel!
Told from multiple points of view, Fisher weaves a compelling tale of heartache and loss and tremendous courage. She creates such vivid characters that I'd be hard pressed to label any of them as secondary. Young Felix Bauer is one of my favourites. He's such an adventurous scamp, getting into one scrape after another and driving all the adults to distraction. He provides comic relief while highlighting aspects of the colonies we'd never get to see otherwise.
There's romance and danger and even a bit of intrigue as these Amish immigrants learn to place their trust wholeheartedly in the Lord and the enduring hope of a future in their very own chosen land.
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