La chanson d'Annie
Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.
Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless "idiot...more
When I bought this book, I hadn’t yet read anything by Catherine Anderson, nor had I ventured into the world of American Western Historical Romances, but because so many of my Goodreads friends were raving about it, I ordered it, kept checking the delivery status, and as soon as it arrived, sat it on my To Be Read shelf, which over time morphed into a Too Many To Be Read shelf, and Annie’s Song got pushed to the back and was, sadly, forgotten. Fortunately, albeit years later, it fit right in wit...more
”The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”- Helen Keller
She had done nothing wrong, nothing. Yet the way they looked at her made her feel as though she had. Here, in the darkness, she...more
Even though I rated this 3.5 stars, I would still recommend this book! This book was different. I’ve never read a story like it.
I can’t say much about the story without spoiling something. The beginning was heart-breaking. The way that people, even her own family, treat Annie is horrible. Granted, mental health was very different in the 1800’s. There were a lot of unknowns.
By the time we got to the middle,I just wanted to reach inside this book and pinch its...more
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...more
Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love that Annie holds in her heart....more
Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on
This is a beautiful book. No doubt about it. I had ridiculous high hopes, and I'm sad to say it didn't really live up to those expectations.
On the plus side:
1. Absolutely beautiful
2. So many heartwarming moments
3. A wonderful tale about a deaf girl who gets to experience love
On the down side:
1. Alex took care of Annie in the most wonderful way but I could not feel the sparkli...more
This was one of the best love story i had read in a...more
Annie’s Song is a simple, achingly sweet, heartfelt, soul-stirring, and poignant tale of how sincere kindness and love can truly transcend cruelty, hurt, language, disabilities, and boundaries of all kinds to soothe, heal, forgive, and redeem. There are a lot of wonderful things I could say about this remarkable love story, but perhaps succinct is best: it’s precious, beautiful, and moving like the sunsets and sounds Annie so treasures. It’s a memorable romance that...more
It's the late 1800's Oregon. Annie is the judge's youngest daughter and considered to be an imbecile. She had a fever when she was six that affected her brain, supposedly. At twenty, she's raped by Douglas Montgomery. The Montgomery family is very wea...more
The book starts out with a very disturbing event. Annie, the childlike town "i...more
I have to admit that I found some of this book very hard to read. I find it difficult to deal with the way that disabled & mentally disabled people are sometimes treated by ignorant or just downright mean people, whether it is 'harmless' teasing or something more serious. It's shameful behaviour.
It broke my heart to learn some of Annie's exp...more
It was a beautifully written book, but it failed in one fundamental aspect - however hard I tried, I couldn't suspend disbelief. The plot has more holes than the ozone layer. I gave up about half way through, too disgusted with the lack of credibility.
At age five or six, Annie contracts fever and loses her hearing. Her parents declare she has become mentally retarded. Annie herself knows she has become deaf, b...more
Annie, such a hard young life and then attacked by a hideous human, Roger Montgomery...
Her attack was hard to read and then I felt badly for her attacker's brother, Alex.
Alex is a good man, a really good man.
And when he realized exactly what was wrong with Annie, besides being pregnant, and when he realizes what she's been through, the abuse...well, he wanted to KILL those responsible.
Annie Trimble is considered the town's simpleton, Annie the dummy, whom everyone makes fun of but does not harm, most of the times. Until Douglas Montgomery, your usual rich spoilt man, the town's bully, sets his eyes on her and rapes her...for fun. Alex Mongtgomery, his older brother tries to make amends by marrying Annie and providing for the child resulting from her rape. What has started as so dreadful blossoms to a great love story against all the hero's expectations.
Anyway, the story is fairly straightforward; girl is rendered deaf after a childhood illness and her parents spend the next 12 years abusing the crap out of her. Then she's abused some more by so...more
Annie Trimble is a misunderstood woman who's own parents don't realize that she is deaf...not crazy!! The abuse that this woman suffers under her parents roof is horrible..she is kept hidden away, abused, and poorly treated. She is then raped by a drunken jerk and becomes pregnant. Although 20 years old...she is more like a 6 year old in her understandi...more
Annie Trimble is a girl who has lost her hearing at the age of six and raised and sheltered by her parents with the delusion that she is crazy. She lives a life of solitude and hardship, being misunderstood by everyone. One day she is by herself at the river and she was raped by Douglas Montgomery, a person with no moral qualities whatsoever. His brother Alex finds out what has happened and decides to take action. He kicks his brother out and is going to do whateve...more
This is a western historical romance. The story starts out with Annie, who everybody thinks is either crazy or cognitively disabled.
The story starts off with Annie being violated and becoming pregnant. The hero Alex's brother was the criminal. Alex runs him off the property and marries Annie because Annie is pregnant. He does this to avoid scandal, and so that he can raise the child as his own so it doesn't end up in an orphanidge and g...more
Oh, god. I had tears in my eyes reading this. I had tissues with me all the time.
Annie's Song was so romantic, deeply moving, indescribably passionate, wonderfully beautiful and truly unforgettable.
And I truly have to thank Suz again for this wonderful read because if it isn't for her review, I wouldn't have discovered this precious gem.
Warning: mild spoilers ahead.
This book made me uncomfortable, like really uncomfortable.
After reading the blurb, I knew this was going to be a difficult read but a friend assured me that it was surprisingly good.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't totally awful. The writing was fine, nothing spectacular but it didn’t grate on my nerves. However, I must be blind because I couldn't see any other redeeming qualities. I really did want to love this book. After reading Morning Glor...more
Adeline Catherine was born on 22 December 1948 in in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector...more