Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana #1)
Critically acclaimed author Judith Miller enthralls millions with her CBA best-selling historical novels. It's 1877, and Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, Iowa—one of seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in a simple, cooperative life of service to God. But when she discovers a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shatt...more
I think she she did a great job of telling how it was back in the communal days of Amana. Yes, they were strict but that's just the way it was. Everybody helped each other out.
Just to make clear, we are not Amish as one reviewer might think we still are. Never was and never will be. The ...more
Initially, I chose this book because of the proximity of the setting. I love going to Amana, I love eating and shopping there, I find it a nice little getaway close to home.
However, how boring it is made out to be in the year 1877, as depicted in this book. Miller’s historical a ...more
I will confess I'm not the biggest fan of Amish fiction. It's not because it isn't well-written or the stories don't grab my heart either. I just find that a lot of them either have sad endings or tend to leave you hanging at the end without knowing what will happen with the main character and their love interest. I'm not a big fa ...more
Thrust into this strange new world when her parents suddenly gave up all their possessions and move to the colonies, Berta Schumacher is angry ...more
The story is about two young women. One ...more
The two girls seem to be complete opposites ...more
I graciously received the entire Daughters of Amana series from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.
Somewhere To Belong is the first book in Judith Miller's series, The Daughters of Amana.
While similar to the Amish in some ways, this book is set in one of the Amana colonies and follows Johanna Ilg, who has always lived in the Amana colonies. It is also period fiction, which ...more
This story is about two girls who have very different lives, but who find themselves thrown together. Each takes a different path, but they end up finding out that secrets hurt everyone involved.
Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller is the first book in the Daughters of Amana series. I like the cover as it shows the dress of the Amana peop ...more
Somewhere to Belong is the story of two young women - teanagers really.
Johanna Ilg, the one just beyond her teen years, has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven Amana villages. Similar to the Amish or Mennonite, Amana is inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyl ...more
Set just a few years aft ...more
More than a historical novel, this is also a coming of age story of two very different girls. Johanna Ilg has lived her whole life in Amana, and Berta Schumacher who has lived a privileged life i ...more
Berta is a rich girl from Chicago. Her mother and father take her to visit the community but because of her stubborn impetuous ways, they don't tell her until they're there that they have actually moved there, not merely visiting. Berta is furious.
Johanna is everything Berta ...more
Another thing I like is that while she does often have ...more