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Annie's Song

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  11,049 Ratings  ·  864 Reviews
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 girl." T

Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 1996 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
Sandy Ⓢ
¡Precioso! Una historia preciosa, que sinceramente aún no entiendo porque no me había topado con ella antes, por simple casualidad la he encontrado y decidí leerla, y ¡qué grata sorpresa me he llevado!

Me gustó prácticamente todo del libro, los personajes únicos y especiales; Annie, una chica dulce que a lo largo de su corta vida ha sufrido tanto; y tomando a consideración eso, todo su comportamiento es justificable por la forma como sus padres la trataban. ¡Me encantó su cambio!

Alex, un person
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Marisa Sauco
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preciosa. ❤ ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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 tha
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Una historia desgarradora
Es curioso el tema de la inocencia de Annie, como si al vivir siempre en una burbuja y un mundo interior hayan propiciado esa pureza y esa inocencia. Quizás viviendo en el campo, algunas cosas resultan poco creíbles, pero las escenas tiernas se suceden una tras otra.
Si Annie me ha provocado ternura y algún que otro momento triste, Alex me roba el corazón. Un hombre que, teniendo ese fuerte pasado, es todo honorabil
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-other
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
Patry Fernandez
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: año-2018
Me ha parecido un libro muy tierno y me ha gustado mucho.
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
Apr 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
bibliophile (Romance Addict)
I have started reading this book with no expectations whatsoever. However, it sucked me in from the start. I was very angry at some parts, giggling at some parts, and crying at other parts. It was a roller coaster that forced me to experience so many emotions, and I hated so many characters in this book.

This is about a girl called Annie. She is the villages 'Moron' that everyone laugh & joke at. On a very bad day, she got assaulted by a guy in the woods, leading her to become pregnant
Suzanne (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
Ena Hasečić
jako lijepo i vrijedno čitanja :) na momente jako tužno ali u svakom slučaju veoma optimističan roman koji vedro prikazuje jednu drugu stranu života.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

no os diré que es perfecto porque ha habido un par de cosas que me han perturbado un poco (sobre todo que Alex se sintiera atraído sexualmente por Annie cuando creía que tenía la mentalidad de una niña en el cuerpo de una mujer). pero ha pesar de eso ha sido una historia tan bonita, tan bien escrita, que no puedo más que adorarlo.

Annie ha sido un personaje especial, una persona a la que le han privado de todo y que casi no ha recibido cariño a lo largo de su vida. y Ale
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
My rating: 5+++++++ "Annie, love" stars!!!!!! I would rate this a million stars if I could!!!!

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May 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance/abused heroine fans
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
I just finished Annie's Song by Catherine Andersonand I'd like to say its Phenomenal!!! its seriously amazing.
For one thing I really loved the book so I'm starting to get interested in the author.
and another thing that there wasn't a single thing in the book that I hated, maybe except all the misunderstanding that's happening, starting from her fear of him even after months she still feared him, but its understandable since she's deaf and neglected.
nearing the end I was this close to tears, I tried my best to hold the tears bac
Audrey Ferrer
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho la historia. Es insólita, especialmente por las características de la protagonista femenina. Me ha resultado tierna y dulce, a pesar de tener bastante crítica social a la época y a determinadas temáticas (que no quiero descubrir) que también la hacen dura por momentos. Quizá mi único pero es que algunos aspectos me han resultado algo inverosímiles, pero la he disfrutado mucho.

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.


Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
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It's been a week or so since I finished this novel and I'm still trying to gather my thoughts in order to properly right a review, though I have a feeling it's going to take much longer and probably another reading before I can even begin to put how I feel about this book into words. I've never read a book that I've loved the same way I love this one, and I have a feeling I never will.

Reading Annie's Song is like riding a rolle
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
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
If I read this book in my younger days, it would definitely be a 5-star rating. The author did a pretty good job of portraying abuse, mistreated heroine and her graduate life awakening. There were even some funny moments amidst of all the doom and gloom. But I can’t give the story more than 2.5-star rating. The reason? Characters’ relationship was too disturbing for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Nuria Llop
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que es una novela de 5 estrellas, pero me ha hecho sufrir y no es lo que busco cuando leo. De todos modos, es tan buena, está tan bien escrita y los personajes son todos tan creíbles que me ha enganchado de principio a fin, y por eso le quito solo una estrella, no merece menos.
La autora nos narra una auténtica historia de amor, de un amor que se fragua poco a poco, al tiempo que nos descubre el mundo interior de una chica sorda a la que todos creen idiota, incluso sus padres. Eso es posibl
4.75 stars, to be honest.

You know how you sometimes read a book which you've been looking for in a long time? A book, which you know you'll cherish forever and will re-read probably a hundred times in your life. A book which makes you yelp in surprise because heck! this is what you've always wanted from a good book. Well, this is that book. I can't even express in words how heart-achingly beautiful it is. This book touched me andddd well, I'm stunned. This book, by far, outshines 99% of the boo
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“Annie giggled again. She couldn’t seem to stop herself. And when she did, the most incredible thing happened. Alex’s grin vanished, and after gazing down at her for what seemed to her several endless seconds, he got tears in his eyes. “Thank you,” he said. Only that, just a simple “thank you.” But to Annie, those were the two most wonderful words she’d ever seen spoken, and they meant more to her than a thousand others might have. With them, he told her a wealth of things, namely that he had meant everything he’d said to her in the attic, that he not only wouldn’t punish her for making noise, but that he wanted her to.” 17 likes
“When God saw fit to bestow such a gift, a man with any sense didn’t ask questions.” 13 likes
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