Fiction - Amana Colonies,
Publisher: Bethany House, Copyright 2010, ISBN 978-0-7642-0642-9 Iowa
If you've never read a Judith Miller novel, you've missed a great read. Judy has yet again woven a story that once you pick up her book, you’re hooked. You won’t want to put it down until you’ve consumed the whole thing! Remember the coffee commercial … good to the last drop? Well, this book is MORE than good! It’s soooooo good! Once again, her history is impeccably researched, her story extremely well-written, and her descriptions make you feel as if the book is literally unfolding before your very eyes and you’re there. Once you start this book, you’ll want to read continuously until the very last drop. Oops… I mean page.
I’ve never been to nor was I familiar with the Amana Colonies in
, but since reading this book, these historical communities and museums have been added to my “places to visit wish list.” I’ve had a wonderful experience in Amana so far; it makes me want to actually walk where people of the time and place Judy created her story around lived. Iowa
I really enjoy historical fiction, especially during the 1800’s and early 1900’s, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even if historical fiction is not the first shelf you seek out at the bookstore, you will enjoy this book. Don’t think for a moment that a story about a place and time of a plain people with a simple lifestyle, routine ways, cooperative living, and faithful service to God will be less than exciting or predictable. Au contraire! Get ready for some wonderful “I did NOT see that coming” moments.
Somewhere to Belong is the first in Judy’s Daughters of Amana series and I can’t wait to read the second. Alas, it’s not scheduled to release until September of 2010. But I’ll be waiting. In the meantime, get your hands on this book and be prepared to sit a spell because you will be enthralled. And don’t forget to mark your calendars so you can be sure and be first in line to get the second of her books in the Daughters of Amana series entitled More Than Words.
One last note, every time a Judith Miller book comes into our house, my 14 year old daughter is eyeing it like a lion eyes fresh meat. But it was MY turn to read Judy’s book first this time. Once I finished it, I handed it to her and said, “You can read it now.” Swoop! It was out of my hand in a heartbeat. She’s devouring it and saying, “This is soooooooo good.” My response? “I KNOW!”
ABOUT THE BOOK
Despite living her entire twenty-one years in Main Amana, Johanna Ilg has always been intrigued by and wanted to see the outside world. However, she has continued to stay in Amana believing that Amana is where she must belong. That is, until a secret is revealed that changes everything about the world she thought she knew. Where does she truly belong? She must confront her family and find out the answers to her questions. Will she break her mother’s heart to seek these answers?
Intertwined, is a story of the newest member of Main Amana, Berta Schumacher, a worldly girl with parents who desire a simpler life in Amana, for reasons she can’t fathom. Berta does not share this desire to live such a life as her family and she makes that clear as she openly rebels against the ways of Amana and its people. Will her heart ever soften to the ways of these plain people or will she continue to live a life of rebellion and discontent?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, many of her novels have appeared on the CBA bestseller lists. Judy and her husband make their home in
. Please visit Judy’s website to find out more about her and her books. www.judithmccoymiller.com Topeka, KS
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