Friday, June 22, 2012
Annie's Truth by Beth Shriver
I have read a lot of Amish fiction over the years, each have held a special place in my heart. Beth Shriver is a new author to me and this was the first book from her that I've read. She truly impressed me with her writing, her characters, her pace of story....let's just say she impressed me in many ways.
Annie's life changes in an instant when she finds out a secret about her birth recorded in a family bible....there is a month and a year, but no day. When she questions her parents, she learns that the reason is she was adopted....found in one of her daed's fields late one night when he was awakened by the sounds of coyotes. Annie's parents can't seem to fully understand why Annie wants to find her birth mother, when she should just be thankful that she was taken in, cared for and loved, but Annie feels different inside - like she doesn't really know 'who' she is. Annie finally decides that she needs to know something, anything about the woman who gave birth to her. She takes a bus to Harrisonburg to look for answers. It's the first time she's ever ventured from home and what awaits her in the 'real world' makes her long for her quiet Amish life. After searching through agency after agency turns up no leads, Annie decides she should just give up and go home, but the family that takes her in during her search encourage her to give it just a little more time. Eventually, Annie is reunited with the woman who gave birth to her and she gets her questions answered...but they weren't what she was expecting!
I highly recommend this book. The only downfall is having to wait until 2013 for the second installment in the series...but if it is anything like this book, it'll be worth the wait.
Thanks Charisma House for the complimentary copy of the book for my review.