Annie's Song

Annie's Song

by Catherine Anderson

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ISBN-13: 9780380779611
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 293,344
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Catherine Anderson is a bestselling American romance novelist. She resides in the pristine woodlands of Oregon, is married to her high school sweetheart, and has authored more than 30 award-winning historical and contemporary romances. Throughout her career, she has made numerous bestseller lists, such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble. She has received nominations for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, as well as being a RITA® Award finalist, and was given a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times for Contemporary Romance.

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Holding a lantern high to light his way, Alex Montgomery strode briskly along the alley that led through the stable. The pungent odor of fresh manure blended with the dusty smell of alfalfa hay to lay heavily on the crisp night air Nickers of welcome drifted to him from the shadowy stalls. Under other circumstances, Alex might have stopped, but he didn't have the time or inclination to hand out sugar lumps to the horses tonight.

Jerky splashes of golden light from the lantern and the quick motions of his shadow playing across the plank walls indicated the depth of his anger. Grinding his back teeth to keep from roaring, he reached the end of the corridor and kicked open the planked door to the tack room. As he hoped, his brother Douglas lay sprawled on a pile of scattered straw along one wall, one of his favorite places to sleep off a drinking binge.

Swallowing before he spoke to control the anger in his voice, Alex said, "Wake up, little brother. We need to talk."

A whiskey jug in one hand, the other shading his eyes, the boy groaned and rolled over, presenting Alex with his back. "Go 'way It's the middle of the night "

Seven in the evening could scarcely be termed the middle of the night, and observing Douglas with the whiskey jug reminded Alex that it was high time he stopped thinking of his twenty-year-old brother as a boy.

"Wake up, I said." Alex moved farther into the room and hung the lantern from a rafter hook. "There has been a very serious accusation lodged against you, young man, and I want to get to the bottom of it."

Douglas groaned again. "Can't we discuss it later?"

Planting his hands on his hips, Alex spread his jeanclad legsand jutted his chin. "Old Judge Trimble just paid me a visit. His daughter Annie has been raped, and Alan Dristol claims it was you who did it."

That seemed to get Douglas's attention, and he flopped onto his back to peer out from under his cupped fingers. Hope filled Alex. Lies, it was all lies. A horrible misunderstanding that could be cleared up with a few words from his brother. No Montgomery man would ever stoop so low as to force his attentions on a female, let alone one as helpless as Annie Trimble. Besides, why would Douglas bother? He was a handsome young man from an affluent family. Nearly every girl in town vied for his favor.

Douglas blinked as though trying to assimilate what had been said. "Alan claims what?" After a moment, he drew back his lips in a sneer. "That traitorous little bastard. Just wait till I get my hands on him."

Like wet, icy fingers, the words snuffed out Alex's last spark of hope. For a moment, he simply stood there, mired in disbelief. There wasn't a trace of pity for Annie Trimble in Douglas's voice, nor had he denied the accusation.

Dust from the straw floated up to sting Alex's nostrils. A searing sensation washed over his eyes. "Tell me you didn't do it, for God's sake," he demanded hoarsely. Even as he spoke, he heard the ring of desperation in his tone.

"I didn't do it. Now, then, can the rest of this discussion wait until morning?"

"No, it damned well can't." Alex stepped closer, his body taut, his temples suddenly throbbing. "A girl has been raped. How can that possibly be left until morning? Old Judge Trimble is beside himself, and who can blame him? I want the truth, Douglas, and I want it now. What in heaven's name happened? Why would Alan say such a thing?"

"Because he's a chicken-livered little turncoat, that's why. I had too much to drink and things got out of hand. That's all."

"That's all?" It seemed to Alex that the lantern light pulsated, glowing brightly one second, dimming slightly the next. "Dear God, Douglas, the girl has been violated."

"It's not like I did her any permanent harm."

Permanent harm? "We're discussing a rape, for Christ's sake."

"Rape." Douglas buffed under his breath as though the charge was preposterous. "By definition, rape occurs when a man forces his unwanted attentions on a female. Annie Trimble got exactly what she's been angling for."

"What?"

"Only look at how she dresses and comports herself! Wearing naught but a thin camisole and bloomers under her dress, no corset or petticoats to conceal her shape. Flitting about like a wood nymph, unchaperoned! She's been issuing an invitation to every man in Hooper County since she first developed bubbies. What's a fellow to do, pretend he's stone-blind? I was drunk, I tell you. A man can only withstand so much temptation. Her mother should know better than to let her run around dressed like that with no one to attend her."

"My God," Alex whispered. "You did it, didn't you? You raped that poor girl."

His jaw muscle ticking, Douglas angled his forearm over his golden-brown eyes. "You're such a bleeding heart, Alex. Annie Trimble's brains may be baked, but she's right as rain from the neck down. She wanted it as much as I did. And even if she didn't, what does it matter? She can't remember her own name, let alone what happened to her five minutes ago. The way you're acting, you'd think I diddled Amy Widlow, the preacher's daughter."

"Amy Widlow, Annie Trimble, wherein lies the difference? Rape is rape."

Once again, Douglas gave a derisive snort. An unholy urge came over Alex to jerk him up from his bed of straw and shake him sober. Instead he simply stared, praying this was a bad dream. Douglas had always been a hellion, but for all his unruliness, he had never done anyone serious harm. Because he hadn't, Alex had fooled himself into believing he never would. He'll grow out of it, Alex had assured himself time and again. He's just highspirited. Now Alex knew better. No matter what his age, a man either had the ability to feel compassion or didn't. It wasn't something that could be taught. What burdened Alex the most was that he might have saved Annie Trimble this heartbreak if only he had opened his eyes sooner; if he hadn't refused to accept the glaring truth, that Douglas was no damned good and never would be.

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Annie's Song 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Catherine Anderson’s books and this was one of the best stories she has written. I will definitely save this book to read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming and a true love story. One of her best written books.
gina-bookjunkie More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome, touching, poignant, romantic, loving....I could go on and on. It held me from cover to cover. How loving and patient he was showed true courage and devotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this in paperback , and have waited a long time for it to come to Nook so I could reread it. The love that started out as duty to become real, is heart warming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beauty and love of this book will have you reading it again ! A period piece that applies a lot of emotions that apply today. I believe this is my absolute favorite book by Catherine Anderson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
tiffers299 More than 1 year ago
Although angry at her parents...I loved the interaction between Annie and Alex. It was a heart-warming story about a love that was definitely unexpected for them.
Emma_Skye More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't get past the first chapter. I have a special needs daughter and I thought this book would be too difficult for me to read, especially given how it starts out, but I'm so very glad I stuck with it. Incredibly tender, romantic and uplifting. I love the way Catherine Anderson didn't dwell on the negative aspects of the story. It was just enough information to push the story along. I really loved how she did concentrate on the budding relationship between Alex and Annie and Annie's struggle to understand a new world. Alex is an amazing hero, strong, gentle, and open to understanding Annie's life and what she needs. Annie is an awe-inspiring heroine. A must read and a book I will definitely keep in my library.
schatzi on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I thought that this would be a book that I'd enjoy. It didn't have a lot of substance to it, but it had more than I'm accustomed to reading in romance novels; besides, it's not like I read these things to stimulate my brain. The character of Alex was a little too saintly throughout the book (for the most part), and there were some definitely creepy vibes when he was talking about how he was enthralled with how childlike Annie could be.
gogglemiss on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A wonderful read. Annie who is deaf, lonely and twenty, shunned by everybody, is atttached and raped by a drunken Douglas Montgomery, leaving her pregnant. His brother, Alex, is horrified and arranges with her parents to marry and take care of her.The way that he very gradually breaks down Annie's mistrust and makes her feel beautiful inside and out was very touching, and there were a few comic moments especiallly the scene with the ear trumpet!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I enjoy reading her books. They are always sweet stories.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading the synopsis for Annie's Song, I wondered how an author might write a mute character and keep the story interesting without the usual use of dialog. In the case of Catherine Anderson, the answer is, quite simply, incredibly well. Annie is probably the sweetest, most guileless heroine I have ever read. She is full of childlike innocence and takes joy in the simple things in life. Ms. Anderson gives readers a lovely picture of how Annie views everything around her through her thoughts and expressions until she eventually learns to communicate. I loved watching Annie grow from a languishing, childlike state to absolutely blossoming into a mature lovely young woman under Alex's tender care. She brings so much joy and life to Alex's previously lonely existence. Alex is a wonderful beta-type hero who is strong and protective of Annie and the baby, but at the same time is gentle, sensitive, loving and compassionate. He is incredibly intuitive of Annie's needs and always tries to see things from her point of view and think of her first. I also loved the fact that Alex exercises a great deal of self-control over his lustful inclinations toward her, and when the love scenes finally do happen they are very tender yet thoroughly sensual. Alex isn't perfect though. He does make some mistakes every now and then, but the important thing is that he always learns something from them. Alex also harbors conflicting emotions toward his brother in spite of the heinous things he's done. I thought these qualities made Alex all the more real and brought out his humanity in a way that I loved. I've always been a fan of imperfect heroes, and Alex is one, but in a different sort of way than most other imperfect heroes I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that these two characters are completely honest with each other. There are no lies or secrets between them, and when misunderstandings and conflicts arise they actually communicate in spite of the fact that one character is deaf and mute. What a novel idea! ;-)Annie's Song is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The story is unique and so exquisitely rendered as to be at once both heart wrenching and heartwarming. There were some passages that brought tears to my eyes and others that made me laugh. The characterizations are beautifully drawn giving the reader deep insights into the lives of the hero and heroine as well as everyone around them. The characters' emotions are brought to life so vividly that the reader can feel all their pain and fears as well as their joy and happiness. The plotting of the story is very tight, with the author even presenting plausible and realistic reasons for why Annie's parents never had her medically examined even though they were obviously financially well-off enough to do so. This is a slow, sweet love story in which most of the conflict is of an emotional nature, but the narrative maintains a steady pace throughout. The author explores the social issues of historical attitudes toward people with disabilities, especially those of a mental nature, as well as physical and emotional abuse of a child and recovery from rape. I felt that these issues were dealt with very sensitively, but readers who are easily bothered by such topics should know that they are really the driving force behind the plot. Also, readers who are sensitive to religious profanities should know that there are a number of them in this book. The story was so good though, I was generally able to skim over and ignore these words, but occasionally I found them to be an annoying distraction and wished that the the author would have found a more creative form of expression. Other than this one minor detractor, the story was absolutely wonderful. In my opinion it was an expression of true love in it's purest form, two people unselfishly giving of themselves to each other. This is the first book I had read by Catherine Anderson, but I will definitely be seeking out others by her in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world where the disabled are often misunderstood, it was a breath of fresh air to read a story where unconditional love was discovered!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an extraordinary romance novel. Exceptional characters, an unique, absorbing plot, and any romance lover's dream book.  I've lost count of how many times I have read it, bought it for friends, and read it some more. I refuse to lend my copy to anyone, and those I've purchased it for feel the same way.   An all-around fantastic book.  When is the NOOK version coming out?
MickeyMouseCC More than 1 year ago
I read this book five years ago and have been checking to see if it is available as an eReader book yet. Such a beautiful and loving book, you would be able to put it down. Excellent.
bettysunflower More than 1 year ago
Annie Trimble is the youngest of her parents children. She was a perfectly normal child until suffering a high fever when she was young. Now people treat her as the imbecile that they think she is. Her mother dresses her is frumpy ill fitting clothes and allows her to run free in the nearby forest. One day a man, Douglas Montgomery, decides that he can 'have his way' with her because she won't remember and probably wants it any how. When Alex Montgomery, Douglas' older brother, finds out what he has done, he is so ashamed that he tells Douglas to run for his life. He knows that it is possible that Douglas will be hanged if caught. Alex goes to Annie's parents to apologize and to offer any help that he can give. Four months later that help is in the form of a quickie wedding when it is determined that Annie carries Douglas' baby. This is well written with great characters and an interesting plot. I particularly liked the character of Annie and thought it so interesting (sad) how people treated her. I enjoyed seeing her bloom through love and understanding.
Cleo75 More than 1 year ago
I hae read Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson at least 5 times. This is one of my favorites. If the publisher doesn't offer it on Nook they are making a huge mistake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Catherine Anderson's best.
rockluvr99 More than 1 year ago
First off, I give Catherine Anderson props for writing a story like this. It was unlike anything I've read before. It must've been difficult to capture what it would've been like back then for someone like Annie. I fell in love with both characters, and I was left feeling a little more positive about mankind. Alex was a true hero, and he loved Annie no matter what. Love knows no bounds. Very inspirational and passionate. I will be reading more of her novels in the future!
sandi02 More than 1 year ago
This Book was an awesome book, I coun't put it down. just wish that they would put it on e-reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book!
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