Monday, April 5, 2010
"SOMEWHERE TO BELONG" by Judith Miller - Book Review
The author's love for history is reflected in the many details of daily life in the villages of Amana. In this setting, devout Christians believe in co-operative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God.
The story is told in the first person, alternating between the two main characters, Johanna Ilg and Berta Schumacher. Johanna has lived her entire life in one of the villages, but longs to see the outside world. Berta, on the other hand, has come from Chicago with her parents, who want to show her a simpler life.
Berta has a naturally rebellious spirit, and resists the idea of remaining in the village. It falls upon Johanna to train Berta in village ways.
As the story progresses, it is discovered that both families are harbouring secrets. Where will these girls find somewhere to belong?
I enjoyed reading this book, and learned much from the description of village life in the Amana colonies. The author has included so many details, that I could feel I was there, walking on the streets with the girls. Yes, it is another 'bonnet book', but with a twist. Those who are familiar with Judith Miller's previous books will not be disappointed, and it is a good introduction for first-time readers as well.
*** Judith Miller has done extensive research into life in the Amana Colonies. If you would like to ask her questions regarding the colonies, you may contact her at http://www.judithmccoymiller.com/
"A copy of this book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. It is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group."