Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller
From the authors Website:
Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she's always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in the community. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered and she is forced to make difficult choices about a new life and the man she left behind.
Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, and when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, Berta's rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?
My Take: I liked Judith Miller"s series' about the women who worked for the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts (Bells of Lowell and The Lights of Lowell)so when I saw that this was available I thought I would give it a try. I was glad I did. I have found with Judith's other series that sometimes it takes a bit to get hooked on the story, don't giveup because when you are hooked you are in for a wonderful time. This takes to opposite women, Johanna who has been brought up in the community at Amana and Berta who has been brought up as a spoiled girl from Chicago. Johanna is given the job of teaching Berta the ways of the community and Berta tries her best to do as little as possible. They eventually learn something from each other.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for review purposes and was not required to write a positive review.
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