Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana Series #1)

Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana Series #1)

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by Judith Miller
     
 

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Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she's always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in the community. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she…  See more details below

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Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she's always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in the community. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered and she is forced to make difficult choices about a new life and the man she left behind.

Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, and when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, Berta's rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441207562
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Daughters of Amana , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
67,310
File size:
702 KB

Meet the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

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Somewhere to Belong 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like historical fiction with no sex, this is a good one. It's a nice story & an easy read. Happy ending!!! Rated G!
ClockGirl More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of the Amana Colonies until I read this book. I was amazed at how interesting their life was. I was just reading along on my NOOK and didn't even know that I was at the last page until I "turned" the page and the book had ended. What a great book!!
RebOH More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasant book, without controversy or anger. Nothing intellectual will occur in this book, but it left me with a smile, on my face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good book and would read more by author Judith Miller. Daughters of Amana Series #1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must Read! Great story line!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story about two very different people living in the amana colonies. Each chapter is from one of their points of view, first person. I really got into the characters; they seemed like real people. The next book is great as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very confused at the start of the story. The plot take forever to build. Not bad though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel very much. It opened up a whole new people to me. Although my father and his family came from Iowa City, I had never heard of the families who lived at the Amanas. This author made them very charming and interesting. I will read more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice insight into Amana colonies. Good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good story. I have read a book about amana before this one. It was about the families who came from new york to start the colony. So i understood when they talked of different homesteads. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young girl coming of age book which is an Easy, enjoyable read infiltrated with references to God. The writing is decent and I would not have been disappointed if I had paid for the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It one thing to indoctrinate; and another to actually break one's spirit into submission! It was eye opening to read about how a young girl is draggedby her ear and made to conform to a society's norms. Keeping in mind that this is a work of fiction; the author still gives an insight into the culture. The religious stuff is overkill but I suppose if one writes about this cultural then the religion goes with it. If you are not religious, this will irk you. All the same, its a well written book and it keeps your attention.
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TellMeAStoryKF More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It made me want to learn more about the Amana Colonies.
MiasBFF More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading historical type novels. This one fits into the so-so category.
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An excellent, well written book that is very well worth the reading. I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys reading, regardless of their age.
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This was well written and informative about the culture of a simple and beautiful way of life. The Amana way of life is hard work, but the faith that is so evident and the way people strive to live as God tells them is inspiring. I enjoyed the story and will look forward to more books by Judith Miller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me that all are forgiven souls. All we need to do is ask God for forgiveness an listen to what he has to say. Just because someone is raised differently from you an me we are to love all. It also showed how keeping secerats can hurt others share the truth even if it hurts