Annie's Stories, Ellis Island Series #2   -     By: Cindy Thomson
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Annie's Stories, Ellis Island Series #2

Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment-they're a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie-and in her father's unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414368453
ISBN-13: 9781414368450
Availability: In Stock
Series: Ellis Island

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The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.

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  1. vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    heartwarming and intricately woven story
    August 28, 2014
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When I read the book description, I was prepared for a fairly simple and sweet story. But while this is definitely a very sweet story, there is nothing simple about Annies Stories. This book intricately weaves several characters together- all of whom have a story to tell. No one is quite what they seem. This is a story about overcoming adversity and not living in the past. But does the past dictate what choices they make in the future?

    The historical setting is New York City in 1901 and a new book had been published named The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I think of some of the enjoyment in reading this book came in experiencing thru Annes Stories the incredible excitement that this book caused. It had a huge impact on all future childrens books. Womens roles were also changing during that time as was the role of the US Postal Service. So it was a very interesting time in history and Cindy Thompson managed to intertwine this in the storyline. History buffs will love this book.

    Overall this is a delightful story and I was unable to put Annes Stories down until I read the entire book. The historical content kept me interested and the story line was very heartwarming. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book
    August 27, 2014
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Annie was an orphaned Irish immigrant who was rescued from the Magdalene laundry and sent to America to become a housekeeper for Mrs. Hawkins. Annie's love of books led to common ground with Stephen the postman, who was afraid to talk to her as much as he wanted to. Stephen is working hard to fix the difficult financial situation his family thrust him into but everything extra he tries doesn't seem to be working out. Annie also would like some extra money to start a library in the city but the only thing she has of any value are her father's stories. The book was a little slow at times but it was interesting and exciting to see all the pieces fall into place.
  3. Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Lovely historical fiction piece with a light touch of romance
    August 26, 2014
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Annie's Stories is a tale of young lives struggling to overcome tragic pasts in a young Manhattan neighborhood. For Annie, who emigrated from Ireland four years ago, literally rescued by a warm-hearted British priest from cruel incarceration in what is historically known as the Magdalene Laundries, a reformatory type system that took in unwanted scraps of human life, forcing them into labor all in the name of charity, there was trauma and loss to overcome. Right after her father's funeral, her heartless uncle spurred on by the false accusations of wrongdoing by her young cousin Aileen, sent her away to endless labor at one of those infamous laundries. Fortunately, she was now safely ensconced in the priest's sister's loving care in New York. Annie's one great joy in life was being in possession of a writing desk fill with pages of stories written down for her by her beloved "da"--stories he made up especially for her. He called them Annie's stories.

    For Stephen, his difficult past included his father's abandonment of his wife and sons when life got too difficult. In a fit of despair, the man had hung himself, leaving family members to fend for themselves. Stephen's mother died of cancer and his brother passed away after a tragic construction accident. Stephen was left with the bills to pay for all those funerals and now the undertaker was threatening him. While he had a great job as a walking route mailman, the rent took most of his paychecks. But he fought against despair because he didn't want to become like his father. He had his faith in God's love and care, and he prayed when things became overwhelming.

    The author intertwines some fascinating history from the world of the early 1900's into the fabric of this story. Not only are Annie's flashbacks of her time in the Magdalene Laundry based on true stories told by survivors of the institutions, she included the event of President McKinley's assassination, tidbits of intrigue about the early postal system and its investigations into mail fraud, early financial scams perpetrated on innocent citizens, especially upon immigrants who had come to America expecting to amass wealth for themselves, and the role of the Pinkerton detective agency in tracking down criminals of all kinds. In those early days, some agents abused their authority to get information through intimidation.

    Another element I liked in this book was the use of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum as a metaphor. The book had just been published in the time frame of this story and had taken the world by storm. Everyone was talking about the story of Dorothy Gale. Dorothy's search for a way home seems parallel to Annie's journey in life for meaning and love. Annie was trying to gain her footing in her new country, seeking purpose, to belong.

    Annie and Stephen's personal struggles fleshed out the characters and drew me to them effectively. However, I had difficulty with Stephen's character. His bumbling was adorable and his intentions were honorable, and he did catch himself when he stepped over the line and tried to make decisions for Annie before she was ready for him to do that, but for some reason he didn't resonate with me. I wanted to be in his corner rooting for him to make the relationship with Annie work, but I couldn't get enthused over their future. I think I would have liked to have seen the two together more often, working out the dynamics together. Instead, the book focused on their separate issues, and only brought them together at the very end.

    It is still a lovely story; the history and intrigue were great additions to the plot. I would recommend this to someone who enjoys historical fiction with a light touch of romance.

    I am reading and reviewing this book for the Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. summer reading program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a great christian read
    August 23, 2014
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a marvelous and delightful story including danger, hardships and struggles along with love, faith and forgiveness. Cindy Thomson is a talented writer and has put a lot of thought into her characters. One of my favorite movies was the Wizard of Oz although I have never read the book. I love how Cindy brought it into the story. The book had just been released and everyone wanted to read it including Annie and Stephen.

    Annie Gallagher's father was a traveling Irish storyteller. She never new her mother. Annie travels to America after the death of her father to follow her dreams and make a new life for herself. She loves to read and wants to start a library in memory of her father. She will face a lot of challenges along the way. She is living at the Hawkins House a place for young women and works as the housekeeper. Stephen is the postman and becomes very interested in Annie. He also has a love for books. Annie has one possession from her father, a writing desk. She discovers handwritten copies of the stories that he told to her and others. There is a false accusation regarding one of the young girls there that may force the closing of Hawkins House. Will Annie's dream of her library come true?. How does the relationship between Stephen and Annie progress? What happens to her friend and will the Hawkins House have to close? What do the stories Annie's father left reveal regarding who he really is? Will she find out about her mother?

    Annie feels that God does not love her. Will she find strength and faith in God? That he truly loves her? I loved this story and recommend that you read and enjoy it also.

    I received this book from bookfun.org for my hones opinion and review.
  5. bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great Ellis Island Book
    August 20, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Annies Stories is a great book and the second in the Ellis Island series. In this novel, Annie is a immigrant from Ireland and is very independent refusing help from anyone. Sadly, she believes that God does not care about her and therefore no one else does either and is very distrustful of everyone due to bad experiences she faced in Ireland after her fathers death. While her father was alive, he wrote stories for Annie which she treasures and hopes to use to start a library that will benefit young girls. However, trouble is brewing where Annie works as a housekeeper when a secretive boarder is accused of wrongdoing. In addition, Stephen who is a postman, shows a fondness for Annie and her fathers stories. He wants Annie to get them published but Annie is reluctant to share them with the world. What secrets does the boarder hide and what do those secrets have to do with Annie? Will Hawkins House shut down? And what are Stephens intentions? Will Annie ever come to realize the blessings in her life and find healing through God? Like the first book in this series, this was a very well-written and captivating story about the hardships that immigrants faced in trying to find a better life.
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