In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom.
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World--isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father--his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not.
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?
I enjoyed this one. I really liked Anna. She and all the other Amish coming to the new world to get away and the hardships they faced there are interesting. There is quite a bit of detail that makes me feel for these people and the author does a good job of making you feel like the characters are friends.
It was an interesting story to read. I wondered what would happen several times along the way. I likely groaned at some points (when characters trusted people they shouldn't). There were different story lines going and I got really into it. I think being the second book in the series, it helps to have read the first one but it is ok if you don't.
It was a 4/5 for me. I always enjoy Ms. Fisher's books.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via CelebrateLit). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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