La chanson d'Annie
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La chanson d'Annie

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  6,291 ratings  ·  503 reviews

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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

Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published 1997 by J'ai lu (first published January 1996)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

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
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
I can’t seem to find the words to convey just how wonderful this book is and others have written far more eloquent reviews than I ever could. So here’s my little tribute to a book that will be treasured and re-read many times.

”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
Dec 01, 2008 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson or Heartwarming Historical Romance
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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
I was expecting this book to be bad, but it surprised me. I was, in fact, expecting to be horrified by it, as … let me just type up the back cover.

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.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on
More like a beautiful butterfly emerging, almost magically, from its chrysalis. In that moment, that was how he saw Annie.


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
I read a few historicals a few years ago and thought at the time that it was just not my cuppa. I could not figure out why that was the case, just that i could barely get through the stories. Then my very picky friend Gina started reading this book and i got curious. If she is enjoying herself so much while reading this book, and loving every minute of it....also assures me that i will enjoy it. Well i bought myself a copy and very glad i did.

This was one of the best love story i had read in a...more
Aug 06, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of tearjerker love stories
5+ stars – Historical Romance

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
I must say I have loved every Catherine Anderson book I have read and was very disappointed to see that some of her earlier works are not on Kindle. Once I got my kindle I gave up on paperbacks. There were some titles not availble on kindle that I sort of thought to myself "I really want to read that - will I order the paperback?" ...then thought to myself "Will wait a few months and see if they will be released on Kindle". Most of the books I have just left and never ordered in paperback. I onl...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Annie Trimble is the town idiot, having caught a fever as a child that has rendered her unable to talk, her parents keep her out of sight and allow her her solitary ramblings through the woods. However, that all ends when she is brutally raped in the forest she used to roam. Alex Montgomrey is beyond furious when he learns that his younger brother her raped poor slow Annie Trimble, determined to make up for his brother he marries Annie when they realize she is pregnant. But as he becomes closer...more
One of my favorites by Anderson, and I've read a ton of her books. I've heard people complain that Annie's a little too innocent and simple and her relationship with Alex is more father-daughter than husband-wife, but I thought the story was lovely.

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
Sometimes I look at the titles that are put on books and wonder why they're named that. Half the time they have nothing to do with the story at all. Here, the title actually has meaning. Annie is not what people think. No one has made the effort to discover the real her. It takes a special, though regrettable, set of circumstances and a special man to look past the stigma and listen closely enough to hear Annie's song.

The book starts out with a very disturbing event. Annie, the childlike town "i...more
Isis FG
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This book was just incredible and will play on my mind for quite a while. I was in the mood for an emotional love story and this delivered it in spades.

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
I'm going to break ranks here and be the first person to give this book only one star.

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
Kathie (katmom)
Aug 24, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathie (katmom) by: Maddux
Shelves: best-books-ever
Okay, another one for my best books ever shelf...I think becauses of the way it made me FEEL so many emotions.

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.

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Since this books takes place in rural America back in the 1800's, you can imagine what kind of life Annie leads as a mostly deaf person. The problem is that her parents didn't realize she was deaf. They think she had mental issues all her life and treated her as such. They have kept her for the most part isolated from society. So when she is brutally attacked she doesn't really have the faculties to deal with it and pretends it doesn't happen. But when evidence surfaces of the attack, Alex steps...more

The story
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.


Lost in...more
What a fabulous!! Thanks so much to all of those who recommended it, and I can only pass on the rec! Alex is the perfect man for Annie, who more than deserved him!! It's definitely going on my favorites shelf!!
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I'm not really sure what to write about this one. There were parts I liked and parts I hated, but I'm not certain I really loved any of it. It was disappointing considering I had to go ferret out a paperback copy of it since the publisher hasn't seen fit to get with the times and release it as an ebook.

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
I don't even know how to describe my feelings after finishing this book last night. It was beautiful, inspiring, and tantalizing in every way. I cried so much for Alex and Annie because of the sufferings that they had to endure to be together. The journey in finding true love is not always an easy one... but when it comes, it is always unexpected. I loved the relationship between Alex and Annie so much that it hurts. I wanted them to get their happily ever after and in the end, I got exactly wha...more
This one is definitely different than most, a rareity for a romance novel! It's a quick and thought-provoking read that flows along very nicely.

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
Jul 26, 2010 Slavena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like emotional stories
This was an unique love story.
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
Feb 13, 2010 Linds rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
This book is really strange, but ends up being very sweet.

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
I loved this book, I loved everything about it from the author perspective of a young deaf women growing up to believe she's just stupid to the man who helps her and then ultimately falls madly in love with her. I loved the Scottish housekeeper standing up for Annie and giving her the respect that ever person deserved and I loved the writing most. Smooth like glass but sharp in all the right places. Great first Anderson read and I'll be coming back for more.

Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
I don't think I can find a single fault in Annie's Song. It was too perfect for words.

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.
I wasn't sure I'd like this book. It was listed on several fave lists and the synopsis didn't really appeal to me. I finally broke down and got it and enjoyed it. I felt the author handled the subject matter well and created a true hero in dealing with Annie's disability. I'll admit it did feel a little sappy at times but I'll still recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, heart-wrenching romance set in the old west.
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

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
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