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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Miller Narrator: Rebecca Gallagher Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Daughters of Amana Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781608146239
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Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages settled 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 Amana. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered. Is this truly where she belongs?

Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, so when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, her rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?

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  • “Richly imbued with fascinating details about life in the Amana colonies, the first addition to Miller’s new Daughters of Amana series is a quietly compelling tale of faith and friendship.”

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  • “Miller’s exciting new historical series, Daughters of Amana, is historical romance at its best.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/12/2014

    " I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but in the end I really enjoyed. Safe for ages 14ish and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/9/2014

    " Johanna decides to marry Carl, after her trip to see Chicago and her birth mother, Louisa--her mother's sister. Berta decides to follow God's lead for her life, after trying to do it her way and making a mess of her life and learning of her parents' mistakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/7/2014

    " I always enjoy stories about the Amish and the Mennonite cultures. This series is particularly interesting because it takes place in Amana, Iowa -- just down the road. This particular book deals with Berta who comes to Amana with her family. She is from Chicago and attempts to fit in -- a rather difficult task. But the best part of the story is of the Ilg family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mabulane | 2/7/2014

    " After reading this book I felt a need to do some research on Amana (weird). I hope to visit this place sometime. Loved the book and the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/6/2014

    " This was a free download for my nook. I tend to like Amish novels, and I could tell by the cover picture that this was not about Amish, but along the same lines. It turns out it is about two girls in the Amana Colonies in Iowa, which were cooperative living communities settled by German Lutherans in the 1800s and early 1900s. The people of Amana dressed "plain" and lived simply and communally, several families to a house. The village leaders assigned each person a job... working in the gardens, with the animals, in the kitchens (which fed the whole neighborhood each meal, as there were no kitchens in their houses,) in the fabric factory. It was a very interesting look at a community that I hadn't heard of. A nice little story about the two girls, although the story of the younger girl (sorry, I don't remember the names, as I finished reading this a few weeks ago,) felt incomplete. My biggest complaint is that the book provided little to no background information about the setting... as I began to read, I was confused about what type of community this was, so I ended up looking it up online. More information was revealed as the book went on, but without having looked it up, I believe I still would have been a bit unclear on the concept. Perhaps just a one page introduction containing the information that I provided above would have been helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 2/1/2014

    " Not my cup of tea. If you like Amish stories, you'll enjoy the Amana series though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/26/2014

    " I normally don't like to read back in the day type of books, but after reading this book, it peaked my interest about the Amana Colonies and my husband and I visited the Amana Colonies in Aug of 2011. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 1/8/2014

    " All of the background and information on the Amana colonies was interesting, but the story itself didn't really draw me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/13/2013

    " I Love Historical Christian books. My first Judith Miller Book and I Love It!!! With each page I read I could visualize Amana. Cannot wait to read A Daughter's Inheritance:-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 11/15/2013

    " Didn't care too much for this novel. It was mostly about two young girls in a religous setting. Should have paid better attention before ordering it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 10/30/2013

    " Interesting to read about the amana community. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan Cisco | 10/8/2013

    " I liked this book not my usal type but i did like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 7/24/2013

    " Free through Amazon, not a must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Wilcox | 5/14/2013

    " It was interesting enough for me to finish, but not to re-read. Not bad if you are into historical fiction, but the dialog could stand some improvement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mylinda | 3/5/2013

    " I liked this book. Mellow and easy to read with some good morals, a little suspense, and some fun moments. I think it was pretty good. Notice I'm not sayin' I LOVED it, but it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie Swain | 10/8/2012

    " I thought it was enjoyable reading, about halfway through I felt it was getting a bit repetitious and mundane. However, about the time I was really feeling that way the pace and stoyline picked up and I really enjoyed finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaRissa | 8/25/2012

    " This book surprised me. It was a free book and I wasn't really sure it was going to keep my interest (compared to the books I've been reading). There was a good story line and at the end I was hoping for another book continuing the story of Berta and Johanna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 6/27/2011

    " Enjoyable, but not really enthralling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/17/2011

    " Excellent book if you are into the Amish type stories, which I like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 4/8/2011

    " got to say this was an ok book but a little plain. The only thing that kept it going was learning about the amana way of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 3/9/2011

    " I had never heard of the historical Amana colonies before. Sweet story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/8/2011

    " What can I say, I'm enthralled by the Amish and anyone living a lifestyle similar to the Amish. It is all so foreign, yet amazing to me. This book is an easy read. The characters are likable and the setting is interesting. It was perfect for a lazy, rainy afternoon read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mylinda | 2/8/2011

    " I liked this book. Mellow and easy to read with some good morals, a little suspense, and some fun moments. I think it was pretty good. Notice I'm not sayin' I LOVED it, but it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 12/14/2010

    " I loved learning about their way of life. It just got a bit tedious waiting for the next way Berta would get into trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/14/2010

    " Free through Amazon, not a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/12/2010

    " I enjoyed this book...in someways it was predictable. Learned more about the Amana way of life, there is separation of the sexes. Where marriage is accepted, but not encouraged. I enjoy reading historical fiction, and this one pulled two cultures, the Amana Colony and the Gypsies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 10/8/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It is one my mother will like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 10/1/2010

    " I thought it was enjoyable reading, about halfway through I felt it was getting a bit repetitious and mundane. However, about the time I was really feeling that way the pace and stoyline picked up and I really enjoyed finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/21/2010

    " I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but in the end I really enjoyed. Safe for ages 14ish and up. "

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About the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning and bestselling author of historical fiction. Combining a love of history, romance, and storytelling, she transports her readers to another time and place with her popular series. She currently lives with her husband in Kansas and runs a literary blog with four other historical novelists.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gallagher is an acclaimed voice-over artist with experience in commercials and audiobook narration. She was nominated for an Audie Award in 2010.