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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  13,538 ratings  ·  1,110 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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
This was my first book by Catherine Anderson and I was blown away. I loved this book so hard. It was sweet as can be and gave me all the feels. I felt bad for Annie. She had such a hard life. Being deaf back in the day everyone thought she was retarded. Mistreated by all, beat and hided away by her parents and rape by the hero's asshole brother Annie endured more than most with a quite dignity. Trapped in a world all by herself, she can't hear or talk. She was truly alone, until she married Alex ...more
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 Cork *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,
Giorgia ~ Reads
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This was a sweet, sad story.

I liked it, but the first part where everyone believes Annie to be "slow" went on for too long.

I felt bad for her and I wanted to strangle pretty much everyone around her except for Alex, because he was just a sweetheart.

I found Annie's naivety to be a little too much at times. I understood that she didn't have anyone to teach her life stuff but she was twenty and she was clearly intelligent. I suppose it was hard to keep up and lip-read all the time s
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-ever
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
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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 t
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
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
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance




WOW THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE READ A SERIOUS, EMOTIONAL ROMANCE IN A WHILE I PREFER LIGHTHEARTED BECAUSE WHEN MY EMOTIONS GET INVOLVED MY HEART HURTS. I literally stayed up until 2 am finishing this novel, and I don't regret it even though I'm falling asleep a
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thought to be 'dumb' and 'slow' Annie's life has not been easy, her parents keep her shrouded in shadows, her mother fearful of secrets that could have Annie sent away and her father worried bout his reputation. When she finds herself married to Alex, and he finally realises how wrong everyone has been about Annie, well he brings her out of the shadows, whilst Annie silences the loneliness he was encased in.

This book was a lovely surprise I don't know why I hesitated to read it for so long - the
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
As happens all too often with writing a happy, positive review instead of a ranty one, words fail me.

Oh my, this was so sweet. A true romance, it made this cynical heart shed a tear or two as well as laugh at the antics of the hero.

Poor, poor Annie. As if it’s not enough for her to be raised by emotional wolves, the hero’s evil doppelgänger brother rapes her in a stark but still stomach churning scene. Nothing graphic on page, but still effective.

The too good to be true real hero starts out as
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-fiction
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 sparkl
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
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. Si
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and amazing story! First read from this author and will not be the last!! I love this writer's style a lot!!
Hero: loyal, honourable, fearless, tender, caring
Heroine: her awakening amazed me.
This is one book I am going to read again and again. I don't think there is another H like Alex. It was just too beautiful. Happy Sigh.
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 clo
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
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is my first Catherine Anderson read. This one had a lot of good ratings and after reading the summary I was curious to see where the story will go.

After finishing the book, I have to say that I liked it but I’m not too keen on the author’s writing style. It’s a very long book and I felt like about 30% of the book should have been edited down. Just a lot of fillers or scenes that took too long in my opinion. I felt like the story truly didn’t begin until the 30% mark.

I’ll recap what i
My rating: 5+++++++ "Annie, love" stars!!!!!! I would rate this a million stars if I could!!!!

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Good God. There's childish, and then there's childlike. The heroine thinks she's fat from eating too much in her fifth month of pregnancy, then when she learns she's pregnant she expects to lay an egg and looks for it every morning after waking up, and then thinks fairies bring babies... Let me tell you, reading the sex scenes after that was, to put it lightly, uncomfortable. The heroine also has imaginary tea parties and dances with effigies, based on which the love interest decides that she do ...more
This book is amazing and so emotional that I had to have a bucket of ice cream and a box of tissues with me.

Annie is the epitome of sweetness and innocence and her husband, Alex, is the kind of man every woman deserves.

His love for Annie was spiritual and emotional, he loved her with all his heart even though the physical aspect of love making had not taken place yet. This is true love.

All the amazing reviews and 5 star ratings on this book is justified. I don’t think I have read a book that t
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
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

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.


I just finished Annie and 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
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