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 writ in.
Enjoy this first page excerpt from Anna’s Crossing—and don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win a copy!
April 15th, 1737
It’s a hard crossing, they’d been warned. Eight weeks in a wooden tub with no guarantee they’d ever get there. Anna Konig crouched beside a bed of roses, breathing deeply of the freshly turned loam. She had done all she could to avoid this treacherous sea journey, and yet here she was, digging up her rose to take along with her. She jabbed her shovel in the ground, mulling all the reasons this voyage was fraught with ill.
It meant leaving behind her grandparents, her home, her church in Ixheim, Germany. Her people. It would be the end of everythgiq she’d ever known and loved.
“Some endings are really beginnings,” her grandfather had said when she told him that Christian Muller, the minister, asked—no, insisted—she join the departing families. “If you don’t remember anything I’ve ever tried to teach you, remember that.”
Despite misgivings and forebodings, Anna relented. How do you say no to a minister? She was the only one who could speak and understand English. And that’s why she was stabbing the earth with her shovel, digging up her most precious rose to take on the journey, hoping that the hard winter and late-to-come spring meant its roots would still be dormant. If she was going to this strange New World, she was going to bring this rose. And she was going. Tomorrow.
Read Anna’s full story in the award winning, best selling Anna’s Crossing before the last book in the Amish Beginnings series comes out August 1st!
More about Suzanne Woods Fisher:
Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books (‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series) to novels (The Choice) to non-fiction books (Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World).
When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one.