Annies Stories by Cindy Thomson is a story about Annie, an Irish Immigrant, and also a story about those she lives with and deals with on an everyday occurrence. At first glance, the cover of this story makes you think you are in for a very whimsical tale. But just like the book that Annie is reading, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this book has its dark and sinister parts and Annie needs to find the courage and heart to see her circumstances through. This book is full of secrets of all kinds, deals with some dark subject matter, and really opens up to what life might have been like for Immigrants such as Annie and her friends trying to start anew in America. I saw the early Post Office in a new light and sometimes wanted to shake Annies love interest due to his naivety and poor decisions. I always enjoy a book that can teach me something new about history that I did not know before and it was very neat to read about folks who enjoyed reading as much as I do. It was also interesting to see the sensation that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz had on the public during its time. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Annies Stories is a charming tale of Annie, a recent arrival from Ireland. Her beloved father was a traveling storyteller who took his daughter with him on his travels across Ireland. They found a bed wherever they could and now he is dead. She has no one turn to and ends up in difficult circumstances until a kindly priest finds her and sends her to live in his sisters boarding house in New York City. All Annie has left of her father is his writing desk and some of his stories. But did her father have a part of his life that had been hidden from Annie?
Stephen, the postman, is drawn to Annie. He longs for a family and to be the husband and father that he did not have. He and Annie share a love for books, so he hopes that something will develop for their future. In an effort to help Annie, Stephen loses her trust and possibly her heart. With things heating up among some of the residents of the boarding house, the situation becomes troubled. Can Stephen make up for his innocent mistake? Will Annie ever be able to establish her library for the poor?
This is a lovely story, taking place at the beginning of the 20th century when many immigrants were arriving in New York City. They were often taken advantage of and frequently worked in difficult situations. This series is called an Ellis Island novel since the author is bringing to light some of their stories. Although this is the second book in this series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone book.
This is the second in the Ellis Island series. Even though I have not read the first one I had no trouble knowing what was happening in this one, however I would suggest that you read them in order.
Annie Gallagher has to over come some major problems in her life and also have forgiveness. She is a very self determined girl with a mind of her own. She has been raised by a loving father in a not so traditional way. When she uncovers things from her past can she forgive and trust God or will she do it her own way? Who can she trust in her circle of 'friends'? Will she ever have a family again?
There are many other characters throughout this book that too must face challenges and twist and turns in their life.
I enjoyed reading this book, You were not quite sure who to trust yourself and there are many surprises throughout it. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org (TBCN) for my honest opinion.
A beautiful book cover, but does not begin to tell the story within. As a matter of fact, the cover actually threw me for a loop, Annie's Stories had nothing really to do with The Wizard of Oz. The story is set in 1901 New York. Annie has come to America from Ireland after her father dies, her uncle doesn't want her, and she has been placed in a laundry run by nuns. She is abused there and is rescued by a priest that arranges for her transport. She is taken in by Mrs. Hawkins, who runs a boarding house for girls. She is hired as the housekeeper, hoping someday to make enough money to open a library in memory of her father. The book The Wizard of Oz has just been published and is flying off the shelves. Parents are wanting stories for their children that are not scary like some of the previously published books. Annie's father had told her stories as she was growing up to entertain and teach her. On his dying bed he hand wrote all his stories for her to keep and hid them in a secret compartment in his portable desk. When she found them she treasured each and everyone thinking someday she'd like to have them published to share with the world. This book is not without romance and intrigue as well. A postman who shows interest in Annie, a fellow boarder that may be on the wrong side of the law, storms, intruders, and a nosy neighbor all add to the drama. You will be drawn in to the suspense as you read to find out the outcome. Highly recommended! I received this book free from the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest review.
Annies Stories was a delightful tale full of mysteries, hope, friendship, and books! I had not realized until further into the story that it was the second book in the Ellis Island series. Yet because this book was such an easy read, I do plan on reading the first.
The story centers around an Irish immigrant named Annie Gallagher in 1901. Like many immigrants, Annie has a story. Her mother passed away at her birth and her father was a travelling storyteller. He soon dies and Annie is left with her uncle. A misunderstanding leaves her in an awful place until she is rescued by a reverend. She is sent to live with his sister, Mrs. Hawkins, in the United States. There she becomes Mrs. Hawkins housemaid. She didnt inherit much from her father, but when she finds herself sad, she reads some of the stories he left for her. They are precious to her and her only inheritance.
Stephen Adams is the local postman with his own story. He lives in the building of Davis Publishing and is an avid reader. Its not long before Annie Gallagher catches his eye. He tries to find ways to connect to her, and one works: books. A very popular story has arisen by the name of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Everyone is talking about it, even the publisher Stephen lives above. Mr. Davis desperately wants to publish a story similar to Oz, and he gives Stephen the job of finding an author.
Its not long before Stephen learns of Annies stories, and discovers a HUGE secret. But will she want to share them? This is not the only trouble surrounding Annie. Authorities are soon inquiring and making accusations about a new boarder in Hawkins house.
I found this story intriguing and pretty genuine. Annie struggles with something that Im sure many do. She questions where God was and if He really cares about her. Stephen also has his own God moments. He seeks guidance and soon finds that hes been holding on to things he needs to let go off.
Even though Annies Stories was fiction, I felt that the message was very true. I loved the way Ms. Cindy Thomson wrote the book. The characters felt real and complex. Each one, as the reader comes to find, has his/her own secrets, and each plays into the plot.
This was a wonderful story and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, a lighthearted tale, or just wants a good book to read! I received this book from the Book Club Network and Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.