More Than Words (Daughters of Amana Series #2)

More Than Words (Daughters of Amana Series #2)

by Judith Miller
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mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series "Daughters of Amana" I have read the first one also, and these were the first time I had heard of the Amana Colonies, but they are really interesting. They thrive within their own circle, grown their own food and supply almost all they need within this little community. This story take up in Homestead Village, Amana Colonies, Iowa in the year of 1885. Gretchen is a young woman that takes care of her father, brother and her grandmother (Oma) and they run the general store within the colony. Gretchen finds herself trying to help with the store and looking after her grandmother who has dementia, she doesn't have much time for herself but when she had a minute she loves to write, which she is not supposed to do. She slips around and writes poems and sometime stories, then hide her journal where no one finds it, she thinks...but old those sneaky little brothers. Oma keep running off and finds herself in all types of places that she does not need to be as in the apple tree trying to get apples in the spring. Gretchen has a boyfriend that is the town barber by the name of Comrad. He helps her keep her father from knowing about Oma's mind as Gretchen thinks he will send her away if he finds. Then a Gypsy group sets up outside town and everyone is afraid of what they made do, but Oma slips off and makes friends with them, they really helped Gretchen and Oma instead of being mean to the town. The town has a lot of tourist that comes in with the train and buys from them, and looks............. One couple came to town and saw the Gypsies and fainted, it was learned then that a group of Gypsies had taken their little five year old girl the year before. How will things work out for Gretchen and Conrad? What will happen to Oma? The story is a great read and very interesting about this group of people, somewhat like the Amish but so different. This book was sent to me by Baker Publishing for my honest review.
A_J_Hawke More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Kohler is discontent with aspects of her life in the Amana colony, which is all that she has ever known. But she hungers for more of a way to express herself than is allowed. So she writes her secret journals that she fills with her stories and poems. She only wants to know if her writing is worthy and when a traveling salesman offers to find out for her, she goes against the rules of the community. With the support of her childhood sweetheart, she must find the path of contentment within the confines of the world she lives in. Judith Miller has spun a story with action, suspense and emotion that is just right for a lazy evening of reading. It is also a great read-aloud book for mothers and daughters. I recommend this book for age 13 and up.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I was so entranced by Judith Miller's Daughter's of the Amana Colonies books. Living in Nebraska I am very aware that the Amana Colonies are in Iowa but I've never been there. Now that I have read the first two in this series I can not wait to make a trip there and see them in person! Judith absolutely brought the colonies to life for me and I learned so much about the colonies and how they work. I realized that while many people (like myself) tend to lump the Amish, Mennonites and people of the Amana Colonies all under the Amish label, there are really a lot of differences between them and Judith highlights a lot of the ways that the people living in the Amana Colonies are different. I found it fascinating. Then she creates this group of characters that are just wonderful and there is even some mystery woven into the story with the band of gypsies camped outside town and who started the fire and why things are disappearing. I don't think I could have been more pleased with this book.
Audrey4j More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Kohler wouldn't think of living anywhere but in her beloved Amana colony, where she keeps the sules and works hard to fulfill her destiny. Her mother died, leaving her with a younger brother and a senile grandmother, along with her grieving father who depends upon her to run the dry goods store. Her childhood sweetheart is obviously thinking marriage, but there's that creative urge within that refuses to be stifled. Gretchen's only outlet is her secret journals where she writes her stories and poems. Along comes a young, attractive reporter with a kindred spirit--or so she thinks. Sharing her stories leads to his betrayal in the worst of ways. Will she lose her job, her reputation, and her beau because of one unfortunate decision? Once again Miller has spun a wonderful tale for family reading. Lots of action and suspense, but no unpleasant surprises. I highly recommend this book. Review by Audrey Hebbert, M.A., author of Green Light Red Light
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Must read you love this book from the very first page
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I loved reading this book! It was very captivating and addicting! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
More Than Words by Judith Miller is the second book in the Daughters of Amana series. Gretchen Kohler is mostly content working in the town store, although she misses her father's affection and attention that has waned since the death of her mother. He often leaves her in charge of the stores and of younger brother Stefan, which creates trouble when the Gypsies come to town and Stefan just can't seem to stay away. Gretchen loses herself writing in her journal. She composes poems and essays until Allan Finley arrives in the small community claiming a desire to joining them and shows an interest in Gretchen that no one but barber and childhood sweetheart Conrad has been giving her. Although Gretchen is often angry at Stefan for breaking the strict rules of their community, she's just as guilty, but it's easy for her to rationalize away her own actions until her pride causes damage to the entire community in a way she didn't see coming, and it just may cause her to lose her standing within the village and the love of Conrad. It's not necessary to have read the first book in the series because I didn't notice any reference to the characters from the first novel. I would have liked to see just a glimpse of them though. Gretchen is completely likable is impulsive young woman that readers will alternately want to hug and shake silly. I felt that Conrad was a bit too bland for Gretchen, although he did prove himself true, I understood her attraction for Allan. There's a strong message here about not judging a group by a single representative of it. I don't feel that this was as strong as the first book in the series, but it's still an enjoyable read.
Susan_Hollaway More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Kohler loves her family and her Amana Colony, but dreams of more than working in the general store with her father and keeping an eye on her younger brother and grandmother. Her grandmother suffers from dementia and is harder to watch after than her little brother. If that isn't enough to keep her busy, a traveling band of gypsies that camp outside of town bring more trouble than she imagines. With all the things pulling at her in her life, she doesn't have the time she'd like for writing. She knows that her Amana village would not approve of her creative pursuits and so she confines her poetry and stories to writing in her journals. Only a close friend or two has been given the privilege of reading them. When Allen Finley, a young man from Chicago, comes into the general store and visits with her, she is tempted by the world outside her colony. She desires to know if she has any writing talent at all and she trusts him and his promises. Despite the continued warnings from friends and her own grandmother, she chooses to believe the young man is earnest. Thinking he shares her passion for the written word and has her best interest at heart, she shares some of her poetry and stories with him, and hopes she hasn't misplaced her trust. Will her family forgive her? Will her beau understand and forgive her as well? What will the elders think of Mr. Finley's betrayal and her disobedience? What does her future in Homestead hold for her? Gretchen learns many lessons about people, including they are not always what they seem. But even in the most difficult of circumstances, she learns that God can work all things together for good. I invite you to travel back in time and be a part of the lives of the people of the Amana colonies. This is the second book in the Daughters of Amana series by Judith Miller. I love the way Judy brings to life the history in the stories she writes. Her research and accuracy is impeccable. Not only will you be privy to a wonderful story when reading her books, but a wonderful history lesson as well. She creates a fictional story with an historical backdrop woven in. You'll find yourself living in a time and place that comes alive in your mind, making you feel as if you're there. This book is written in first person and you will feel you "are" Gretchen Kohler. There are three books in this series, but can be read in any order as each is written as a stand-alone. My daughter and I can't wait for the third book to come out in February, 2011.