18 March 2015

Diana Reviews ANNA'S CROSSING By Suzanne Woods Fisher


Revell, 2015

Reviewed By Diana Flowers
~5 Stars*****
Absolutely Riveting!
 
Suzanne Woods Fisher has penned a powerfully moving, emotive tale -- that takes the reader from the peaceful, sheep grazing hills and valleys of Germany, to a dank, foul-smelling merchant ship traversing the Atlantic Ocean.
 
It is the year 1737 and lovely Anna Konig reluctantly sets sail on the Charming Nancy with her fellow Amish believers to the New World. Nothing could prepare her for the hardships she and the others have to endure during the long, arduous journey. Overcrowded, malodorous quarters, illness, and lack of good food and water test Anna's faith to the limit. Only the ship's carpenter, Bairn, makes the journey bearable for Anna, in spite of the fact that Bairn disdains her God and her people's way of life. Bairn is drawn to Anna's pure beauty, gentleness, and wisdom beyond her years, but knows he can never have her for his own. Will Bairn's shocking, secret discovery change everything...even the course of his well mapped out life? 
 
Suzanne Woods Fisher has truly established herself as an award winning author with this new fiction-based-on-fact release! I am amazed at the amount of historical research that went into writing this book...and how well the author transferred that research into a fiction story that will leave readers mesmerized! The addition of a tender, slowly simmering romance, and an ornery, mischievous secondary character, prevents the story from becoming too dark and depressing. Not only is this little guy a charmer, but he's bound to elicit a chuckle or two from you as well, I promise! Anna's Crossing is an awesome story of faith, hope, and redemption. Be sure to order your copy today!
 
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This book may be purchased through CBD, Amazon, and your local book stores.
 
 GIVEAWAY: A copy of Anna's Crossing (choice of format) to one blessed commenter! (International winners ebook only.)

71 comments:

  1. love to win a copy to read sounds like a really good read .Blessings ,DanaGirl

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    1. It was one that was nearly impossible to put down, DANAGIRL! Good luck!

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    2. I loving reading Amish Books. Looking forward to reading Anna's Crossing

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    3. Hi, DARA! I didn't see you up here in the reply section. Sorry about that. Will count you in, my friend!

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  2. ANNA'S CROSSING is an incredible story and I am so glad to have had the privilege of reading it!! Equally beautiful I have to say, is this wonderful review of yours Diana!! Thank you to both yourself and Suzanne for being so inspiring!!

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    1. You are so sweet, my comrade! Thank you for sharing this week with me, NOELA, and for your kind words!

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  3. A wonderful review, mdh. I also LOVED this book.

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  4. Great review - I would love to read this book!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. I hope you get the chance, Betti! It's an awesome read!

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  5. DIANA great review!! I feel like I need to get on the ball and read it too since both NOELA and MARIAN have already read it!! I feel left out!! ;-)

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    1. TERESA, thank you! It takes place aboard a ship, so you HAVE to read it! lol

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  6. Would love to win----I always read any Amish books---Thank you for the chance to win

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    1. I would love for you to win, ANONYMOUS! But w/out at least your name or email you are truly anonymous. And that makes me sad, so please come back in case your name is drawn so we'll know how to contact you. Or who to contact...

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  7. I love Suzanne's books...thank you for the opportunity to win this one!!

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    1. You're welcome, LORRAINE! Good luck in the drawing!

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  8. Awesome review, really makes you interested in the story! I would love to win this book for my friend Helen since I just purchased it. Thank's Diana for offering this, blessings!

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    1. I know you'll enjoy it, KATHLEEN! And what a thoughtful gesture to want to win a copy for your friend! :)

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  9. what a great review thanks for sharing i love to read and read about new book or books that i havent read yet...

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    1. This is an awesome story, AMY! Good luck to you!

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  10. I don't read many Amish books, but I love historical fiction, especially of this time period. I'm look forward to reading Anna's Crossing.

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    1. KAY, this is unlike any Amish story you may have read, I believe. It's actually more historical/colonial with a bit of Amish thrown in.

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  11. Wonderfully thought out and worded review! I would be most excited to win this intriguing novel and get lost in its journey. Anna

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    1. Thanks so much, ANNA! You have to read this one since the main character has your name! ;)

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  12. Such a beautiful review, Diana - thank you!!

    I love fiction based on history, especially those dealing with people immigrating to the U.S.. It is hard to truly grasp the trials they encountered, the Amish have endured much since arriving here also. I have always admired them for their strength and convictions, and love touring their communities!!

    Can't wait to read "Anna's Crossing"!!

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    1. Thank you, BONNIE! I would still love to visit an Amish community. It's on my bucket list! The way the author describes the ship's crossing really does help to appreciate our ancestors who were brave enough to do this. I can't even imagine...

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  13. I don't read a lot of traditional Amish fiction, but this sounds like it might be a little different from what I have read in the past! Thanks for sharing your review.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Most definitely different, PATTY! I have never read an Amish book quite like this and it actually is more colonial than Amish.

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  14. Great review Diana !!! I so love all of Suzanne's books and I am really anxious to read this one. Thank you for the chance to win, it is a great prize .... Rosemary rfoley (at) salemstate (dot) edu

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    1. Hi, ROSEMARY! Thx so much for the kind words and good luck in the drawing!

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  15. I just finished The Decision and I'm putting this one on my TBR list.. it sounds like one I'd enjoy reading :)
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtcoM

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    1. There are so many good books available, DEANNA! I just wish I had the time to read them all! Do put this one at the TOP of your TBR! :)

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  16. Suzanne Woods Fisher is such a wonderful writer. I would lo read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. She really is, MELANIE. I have loved everything I have read of hers and need to catch up on those I have missed! Blessings~

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  17. I would enjoy reading this as it is different than the Amish based books I normally read . There is something about the review that makes me want more.

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    1. Thank you, BARB! What a nice compliment! It is very different and I could hardly put it down! I hope you get the chance to read it ASAP!

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  18. What a lovely review of Suzanne's new book! I can hardly wait to read it; thank you for the chance to win it!

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    1. DEBBIE!! Thank you! I can hardly wait for you to get the chance to read it either. The luck of the Irish to you, dear friend.

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  19. I have followed the history into the release of this book. I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. You're welcome, PAT! It's certainly fascinating!

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  20. "Riveting" - works for me. Great review thank you.

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    1. You mean I didn't have to write that long review, MARY? LOL It would have been quicker and easier for sure! Thx for making me laugh. :)

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  21. i Diana. You always do good reviews. I always want Suzanne's books. She s good. It's hard to even imagine what these people went through to get to America. Then, lots didn't make it. How sad. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. MAXIE, thank you! You always cheer me up with your kind words! They had to have been made out of some tough stuff, Maxie. Can you even imagine? And for the most part they knew what they were up against before they even started. Good luck, MAXIE!

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  22. I am dying to read this one!!! Rhonda
    nashhall (AT) aol (DOT) com

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    1. RHONDA, that sounds serious! LOL Don't die or you won't get a chance to read it! Here's hoping you get a copy yesterday. haha

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  23. Hi Diana! Loved, loved, loved your review! You brought up just the right amount of interesting points without giving anything away. Thanks for being such a support to me and to so many authors. You take books and reading seriously--and I'm more grateful than you can imagine. Your blog readers are awesome, btw! XO Suzanne

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    1. You're so welcome, SUZANNE! I love your books and I can only imagine the time it takes to research and write one. I do take my reading seriously bc I love my Christian fiction authors so much. And we DO have the best followers here on OWG, I agree! TY, Suzanne!

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  24. Would love to add this to my collection of books.

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    1. Good luck to you, dear PAM! Thx for coming by!

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  25. Thank you for having this giveaway!! Have a blessed day :-)
    angelicamac77@msn.com

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    1. You're welcome, ANGI! Blessings back atcha!~

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  26. The cover is nice and it tells me it's gonna be a great read. Love your writing and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, LIZ! It is an awesome read as the reviews on Amazon show as well!

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  27. Love historical fiction, love Suzanne Fisher, and love the sounds of this book. would love a copy. thank you for sharing and the chance to win one!

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    1. You're welcome, ROBIN! :) I have never read a "Suzanne" book I didn't love!

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  28. Would love to win this book :)

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    1. RFERRY, thank you for stopping by! Got your name thrown in my cyberhat! ;)

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  29. I would love to win this book! I've read some of Suzanne's other books and enjoyed them greatly. Nancy6@graffiti.net

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    1. Hi, NANCY! They are wonderful, aren't they?

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  30. I've been eye-balling this for a while now so needless to say, I'm pretty excited for a chance to own a copy! Thanks for the chance. I also enjoyed the review :-)

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    1. Thank you, TRIXI. What an adorable name! I used to love the Trixie Belden mysteries when I was a child. Her name was spelled with an "ie" however. Good luck!

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  31. Thank you for your review and the opportunity to win the book. I enjoy reading books about the Amish. There is just something about their lifestyle that is so appealing.
    Anne

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    1. This one is definitely unique in that it is a historical about the first Amish, ANNE. Truly an amazing read and I hope you get the chance soon. Bless you for sharing!

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  32. I had decided not to read this,but after your post I have changed my mind.I am looking forward to reading this book.Thanks

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    1. JACKIE, I'm so glad I could change your mind! You will love the characters...except for the few gnarly ones. ;)

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  33. Looking forward to reading this book! Beautiful cover and great review!

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    1. Thx so much, KELLY! Good luck in the drawing!

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  34. The book sounds like a great read. Good luck on the book and congrats I hope it does well for you.

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    1. Hi, TAMMY! My daughter's name is Tammy! Thx for sharing--tossing your name in the hat!

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    2. I hope you will enjoy the book, Tammy, since you were one of our winners this week! Blessings!

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