Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bethany House Presents: A Hidden Truth (Home to Amana, #1) by Judith McCoy Miller
When Karlina Richter finds out that a new shepherd will be sent to East Amana, she fears she'll no longer be able to help her father with the sheep. She'll be relegated back to kitchen work, a job she dislikes. Her fears increase when Anton Becker arrives and shows little interest in the flock--or in divulging why he's been sent to East. Dare she trust Anton to help her father, or is he keeping secrets that will impact them all?
After learning that her father will be transferred from Cincinnati to a job in Texas, Dovie Cates decides she wants to visit the Amana Colonies, where her mother spent her formative years. She writes to relatives still living in the Colonies and is invited to spend some time there. Soon after her arrival, Dovie meets Berndt, the handsome young man who delivers bread to the kitchen house each day. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother's past, no one seems willing to tell her anything, so Dovie decides to take matters into her own hands. Will her decision spell disaster for her future with Berndt?
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.
The author gives us an amazing look at the late 1800's Amana Colony. I find it so very interesting, and it almost makes me want to live there. The whole community is built on the Love of God!
Karlina Richter lives at the Community, and has a love of Sheep...her Dad is the Shepherd in the East Village. When a young man, Anton, is sent to help her ill father, she figures he is spending his year to get married. Sparks do fly, but is he already in a relationship?
Also Dovie Cates mother has recently passed away and her father is moving her to Texas. She writes her mother's cousin, Louise, and asks to come for a visit to the Community. She wants to know why her Mother seemed sad, for so much of her life.
Will Dovie get her answers? When she does get some information, will it break her heart? Also will Karlina be able to give up her feelings for Anton. Enjoy this interesting book, and get lost in the Colony life. Once you get started you won't be able to put it down...I didn't!
I received this book through the Bethany House reviewer program, and was not required to give a positive review.