Annie's Truth is full of drama. The questions she asks upon finding out that she's adopted feel normal to me, although I can't truly know, and it makes sense to wonder about them, at least; however, her Amish elders feel differently and do not allow it. This causes big problems for Annie, and so much of the drama was difficult for me to relate to. I did find the entire issue quite interesting, and it was so well written that I flew through these issues, wanting to read and understand more.
Because the church elders do not allow questions of this type, this is a great book for those of us who want to know more about Amish ways. Most Englischers have a more self-centered world view than do the Amish, who seek to suppress all thoughts of self in the interest of better serving their community, and this book makes this belief quite evident.
With smooth-flowing chapters and dramatic scenes throughout, this is both an informative and fascinating read. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you won't want to miss Annie's Truth.
I received a free copy of Annie's Truth from Charisma House in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Adoptions happen all the time. Some people grow up knowing they were adopted, some don't. Adoptions are not always particular, the adopted child is sometimes raised in a different culture than their birth parent's were raised in. This is the case with Annie Beiler.
Annie was raised Amish. It's all she knew. It's all she wanted to know. Until the day she found out she was adopted. Her daed found her in a field, as an infant. He and his wife took her in and raised her as their own. She became the first in a line of children, all raised the same way. Once Annie found out she was adopted, her life changed, altered somehow. She left her Amish family and started a journey of self-discovery, to find the truth in her past, present, and future.
Annie's truth, and her search to find it, caused division in her life and with her family and friends. But as she learns to accept who she is, she finds that the truth she seeks has been right there all along.
I received this complementary book from Charisma House in exchange for my honest review.
I just finished reading Annie's Truth, and could not put it down...it was done in less than a day. Now I'm wanting more!
As the story begins Annie Beiler is about to find out that she was adopted. Annie and her sister Hanna got their Mother's permission to go the attic and go through their hope chests. In doing so, Annie opens her bible and finds that her birth date is not filled in. When she goes and finds her Mom and Dad to find out the circumstance of her birth...she is thrown into a tizzy and yearns to learn more of why?
With her Mother's help she leave and goes to another city to find out as much as she can. She stays with a former Amish family who seem to want to help her, and she does learn a lot! She finally decides to return to her home and family.
You will wonder what has happened since she left and if she is going to be shunned? She was in a relationship with John Yoder before she left, and while away she has found how much she has missed him. You will find yourself rooting for her...no matter what. We meet tough Deacon Zeke...and a Sweetheart Bishop Omar.
You will find yourself immersed in this Amish Community very fast, and never want to leave. Enjoy!
I received this book from the Publisher Charisma Media, and was not required to give a positive review.
As Annie and her sister Hannah get permission from their mother to go through their hope chests containing items for their future weddings, Annie finds her childhood Bible wrapped up in hers. When she opens the front cover to compare her child-like handwriting, she notices that among her family's tree containing birth, wedding and death dates, her birth day is missing. Only her birth month and year have been noted.
When she inquires to this missing bit of information, she learns that she was left in a field one night and was found by her father. No one has ever known how Annie had come to be found in that field that night but her best friend John Yoder, believes God always knew where Annie would be best raised. Yet Annie has her doubts. When her father Amos, forbids it, Annie presses her mother to help her. Providing her with some time, money and a place to stay, Annie's mother Sarah reminds her that she has always had a home with them. She hopes Annie will chose to come home soon because in her mind nothing has ever changed about the way she loves Annie.
Now that she has made a decision to try and find her birth parents, Annie is staying with a family who has left the old Amish community. Getting help from Rudy, Annie keeps trying to find the missing piece of her puzzle to help her find out why she was left behind 18 years ago. Only the longer Annie takes, it may result in her being shunned by her own community and leaving behind the opportunity to find happiness and marriage with John Yoder. Only her sister, Hannah is more than willing to help John forget all about Annie. Will she find out the truth before it's too late to come home?
In the first novel in the Touch of Grace Series by Beth Shriver, Annie's Truth takes the reader into a different type of Amish novel. This one dealing with the subject of adoption. Is Annie truly Amish or do the feelings she has inside, speak of a different lifestyle than she has ever known before? I love Beth's Amish novel and it shows just how vastly different the Amish and English lifestyles are, especially for Annie's character who has never even ventured out on a Rumspringa, or a period of seeing what life is like outside the Amish community before becoming baptized into the church. I can relate to Annie's frustration with her father's unwillingness to help her and when he refuses to even say goodbye to her when she is leaving, I can feel the pain in her heart at being torn in two.
I received this novel compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say again, I really enjoyed this one. It's a different take on your Amish love story and tells the story of what it feels like to find a sense of belonging when you don't know who you are or where you come from and the reader is taken on that search in Annie's Truth. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the rest of the books in this series and even more characters to come to adore and love like family and friends.