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Returning isn't as easy as Anna had hoped, because it forces her to face the consequences of her own irresponsible behavior that led her to leave in the first place, and the pain she caused those she left behind. True redemption, she finds, is not a simple matter of pretend humility, but a deep change of the heart that means she will never be the same again. She learns, too, that redemption comes with a renewed love and appreciation for all the people in her life, the tightly bonded community that will always nuture and protect her.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Pleasant Valley
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After spending three years in the English world, Anna Beiler returns to the Pleasant Valley Amish with a baby girl, which will surely cause a stir since Anna is unmarried. What they don't know is that the baby is adopted, and Anna desperately needs to protect it from its violent father...
Anna finds it reassuring to reconnect with family and old friends. But she hasn't fully faced the consequences of her irresponsible youth. And now she may be endangering her family. If she wants to stay, she must seek forgiveness from the community whose blessing she took for granted, and experience the true change of heart required to make a new beginning.
SusiequeTucson, AZAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very uplifting!March 19, 2013SusiequeTucson, AZAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These books are "real life" happenings in a family, and are
encouraging to see how faith can make even hard circumstances turn out well
LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating stories.January 9, 2012LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anna Beiler an Amish girl who has been living in the English world for a year or more, returns with a child ,to hide from the child's father who is dangerous and a drunkard, but seems to want the child back after signing papers to give the child up, after the mother of the baby died while she gave birth.
Melody Szamrey5 Stars Out Of 5good bookApril 1, 2011Melody SzamreyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very good book to read.Could not put this book down.Highly recommended.
JJs NanaMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great readJanuary 28, 2011JJs NanaMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read thefirst two books in this set and loved them. I look forward to more from Marta Perry.
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5December 6, 2010Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleIn some ways, I think I came upon this book at the wrong time. Having read nothing but Amish fiction for a straight month and nothing but it (literally), I was a bit burnt out before I even started this one. The back cover blurb sounded great, really, but I felt like I had to make myself finish this one.
The story lagged a bit in several places, and I was disappointed that the relationship between Anna and Samuel didn't progress any faster than it did. There were also times when it was difficult to keep all the characters straight. I kept getting the relationships confused between which characters were siblings and which were cousins. Part of that could have easily been due to the fact that I have not yet read the first two books in this series.
I'm giving Anna's Return a rating of 3 stars because even though I had a tough time staying focused on the story, it was still a good one, especially with the Amish culture thrown in. Without the Amish aspect, it would've been quite dull.