Anna Konig is reluctant to leave her comfortable life in her German Amish village but knows that religious freedom is much more tolerated in the New World, causing her to embark on a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Charming Nancy. In addition, she is the only one in the traveling group who can speak English, placing her in the position of liaison between her people and the rougher sailors accompanying them on the journey. It is due to this role that she first meets Bairn, the ship’s carpenter who would prefer not to associate with the Amish below deck. But he is drawn to Anna’s quiet strength and tenacity despite all the storms, illnesses, and trials while at sea. The rough voyage begins to bond them until Bairn makes a startling discovery about his past. Both he and Anna must learn the importance of family and faith as they strive to survive the long journey.
I am not usually one to read Amish fiction, but this book caught my attention and I thought to give it a try. I was immediately impressed with Suzanne Woods Fisher’s ability to craft a story with rich words that painted expressive scenes and allowed me to better understand the circumstances that brought some German Amish to America. The plot is truly interesting and contains substantial depth with its vivid descriptions, complex characters, and fascinating storyline. One critique is that I did not always like how quickly the author jumped from one character’s perspective to another; at times, it made it difficult to fully connect and identify with the individuals. Overall, however, this novel is interesting and recommended to those who enjoy Amish fiction or perhaps, like me, wish to give it a try.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.