Friday, March 6, 2015

"Anna's Crossing" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About this book:

  Some endings are really beginnings...
  On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna Konig reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home—assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.
  Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people—dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands—who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him,
  Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Series: Book #1 in the “Amish Beginnings” series.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Scriptures are quoted and mentioned; Mentions of Church, Church going & bishops; Church going; Talks about God & His Will; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Witnessing, Forgiving & Trusting; “Judas Iscariot!” is called profanity and is said once; Anna has a very strong Faith; Bairn does not believe in God and his life goal is to be rich (he also tells God to stay away);
*Note: Anna is called a witch; Many mentions of bad luck, superstitions and Braucher beliefs; “H*ll has taken up residence on earth.”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘shut up’, a “dash it all!”, two “blast it all!” and three ‘stupid’s; Curses are said but not written; Teasing & being picked on; Mentions of drinking; Mentions of killing animals for food; Funerals & Death (goes up to semi-detailed, also about sharks eating those thrown in); Slavery (barely-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- a ‘wanton’ and a ‘wench’; two semi-detailed kisses and a detailed kiss; Staring & Noticing; Nearness & Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Georg stares at Anna’s figure & chest; Georg watches Anna bathe and dress (her behind a curtain); Georg basically tries to attack/rape Anna and touches her, but thankfully she’s saved and nothing sexual happens (barely-above-not-detailed); Bairn has a tattoo of a girl on his arm; It could be read into about Bairn saying he “knew” girls; A mention that a man is whittling a naked woman; A baby was conceived before the parents were married; A baby is born (semi-detailed); Love, falling in love, & the emotions. 

-Anna Konig
                                         P.O.V. switches between them & Felix
                                              Set in 1737
                                                        319 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens- 
Older High School Teens-
(and a half)
My personal Rating-
(and a half)
I think this is the oldest book I’ve reviewed on here. Meaning about the year it’s set in, not the publishing date. Normally, I would stay away from books set so long ago. I picked this book because I don’t know much about the Amish coming from Germany and the history there. I have mixed feelings about this book through. I really liked Anna’s strong Faith and Felix was just so cute. (Plus I saw the plot twist coming so yay! to the author for thinking how I think. ;) ) But the almost rape, a major doubting faith & some gruesome deaths made me lower all the ratings.

See y’all on Monday with the start of Teen week! :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell  Publishers) for this review.

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