Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana Series #1)

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Overview

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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441207562
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Daughters of Amana , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,549
  • File size: 686 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 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. Visit her website at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Recommended

    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!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Great Book!!

    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!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    A Good Read

    Johanna Ilg was raised in the Amana Colonies. Why wouldn't she belong there? It's a peaceful life in 1877, where a community of Christian believers work and worship together. She and her parents embrace the doctrine and cooperative style of living. Johanna expects to remain in Amana, perhaps even marry and raise a family.

    In contrast, seventeen year old Berta Schumacher came to Amana thinking she was only visiting. Upon finding out that she and her parents will stay and not return to Chicago, Berta knows that she doesn't belong in Amana. She wastes no time throwing a fit, revealing her temper and spoiled nature.

    Johanna is assigned to teach and monitor Berta at work in the Kuche, or community kitchen. Unaccustomed to work of any kind, Berta is not only slow to learn, but very uncooperative. This unlikely pairing tests Johanna's mettle as interesting situations unfold. Will Berta ever settle down? Can Johanna's faith survive her unruly charge?

    Meanwhile, Johanna's parents think that it might be time for her to settle down and get married, now that she's reached her 21st birthday. Does Carl Froehlich, a newcomer from a neighboring Amana settlement, have anything to do with this plan? How does Wilhelm, Johanna's older brother who left the colony to live in Chicago; factor into all of this? Johanna thinks she belongs in Amana, but does she really?

    Miller's story unfolds in an entertaining and amusing way. I never knew what Berta might try next and how Johanna and the Amana community would react. I was pleasantly surprised at the layers of secrets that came to life through the course of the book. If you want to find out who really belongs in Amana, you will need to pick up this book. It's a good read for any day, rain, shine, or in between.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers giving away the entire story line then bragging how they got they got their book for free for their 'honest' review. What a joke. It is not an honest reviee. It is bought and paid for, and unfairly too. The rest of us dont get our book fot free, and you plot spoilers ruin it for us. Please bn, ban these plot spoilers and delete their pists.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Recommended Reading

    This well-written book chronicles the life and adventures of two young Amish women. It portrays the Amish religion 'way of life'. Though very different in personality, the young women learn from each other. This book is hard to put down. Waiting for the sequel.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    A sweet, easy to read, book for a snowy winter day.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    SOMEWHERE TO BELONG (Daughters of Amana Series #1)12-29-13

    Was a good book and would read more by author Judith
    Miller. Daughters of Amana Series #1

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Easy read

    This is a good book. Easy read, perfect for a rainy day to read and relax. Reminded me of the adventure books I read when I was younger. Go ahead and get it. You wont be disappointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Morgan

    "I know, and i want to stay with you. And do you have any throwing knives or normal knives.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    A must-read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Hailey

    Gtg. Bbl

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Blaine

    Cant talk till next sunday.. ill be gone

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Not bad

    I was very confused at the start of the story. The plot take forever to build. Not bad though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    somewhere to belong

    Very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    MUST READ

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Enjoyable story

    Nice insight into Amana colonies. Good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    A Free Christian Type Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Captivating

    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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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    Great Story

    I enjoyed this book. It made me want to learn more about the Amana Colonies.

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