I couldn't wait to read this book. I live in Amana and I am a direct descendant of the leader Christian Metz who told our group in Germany to come to America and settle in New York first and then finally in Iowa.
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 names are similar, we came over to America for our religious beliefs and the Amish are very religious but they do not have the modern conveniences like we do. They still use the horse and buggy and simple clothing, we do not.
I hope after reading this people will want to come and visit our seven villages that make up the Amana Colonies and see the history for yourself in the museum, our homes, church and our crafts that we take pride in.