Monday, December 6, 2010

More Than Words

This is the second book in Judith Miller's Daughters of Amana series. The first book was very good and I enjoyed this one also.

In More Than Words, I saw more of the sheltered lives these people live. How a young girl is influenced by a worldly man and how her head can be turned. The protectiveness of the Amana Colony is heart warming, but do they take it a little too far?

Let me correct myself. I do enjoy reading the cultures of different religious sects. These are very sincere people and I think mostly because they are not influenced by the outside world. Maybe we could take a lesson from them.

The blurb reads:

Gretchen Kohler can't help but dream of a life beyond tending her father's general store and keeping an eye on her younger brother and senile grandmother. She enjoys creative writing and believes she has a talent for it, but her traditional Amana village frowns upon artistic pursuits of that sort. So Gretchen confines her stories and poems to her journals, letting only close friends read them.

When a young reporter comes into her store and strikes up a conversation, she believes she's found a kindred spirit. Soon, she shares some of her stories with him--only to have her trust betrayed in the worst of ways. Will Gretchen lose her job, her reputation, and the love of her childhood beau all because of one unfortunate decision?

Judith tells a wonderful story of someone being taken advantage of and the heartbreaking results of what she did. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading more of her stories.

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