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Anna Konig is not excited about the voyage to the New World. She doesn’t want to leave her grandparents, her home, and everything familiar, but as the only person in her small Amish church who speaks English, she feels it is her duty to accompany the group as translator. Her plans are to return home as soon as possible. Bairn is the Charming Nancy’s carpenter (third in charge after the captain and the first mate). He doesn’t know what to think of the Peculiars who are passengers on the ship. Why is he so drawn to young Anna? They have nothing in common. Or do they? Will Bairn discover the truth too late?
As a person who loves to read almost any type of fiction (contemporary, historical, suspense, romantic suspense, mystery, etc), the one genre I tend to steer clear of is Amish fiction. I am so glad I read this book. It was hard to put down when it was time for bed or time to go to work. I kept waiting for the main characters to figure out what I had already put together (and no, I’m not going to spoil it by telling you what that is right now). Anna is unsure of herself in a few areas but that doesn’t keep her from trying her best and caring for her people as well as others, even her enemies at times. Bairn has had a difficult past and readers will sympathize with his struggles as he comes to terms with the truth of who he is, where he’s from, and his relationship with God. Suzanne Woods Fisher’s descriptions put you right in the middle of life on the boat as the group makes their way from Germany to England and then on to America.
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