Friday, 14 December 2012

Review - A Hidden Truth

A Hidden Truth
By Judith Miller
Publisher: Bethany House 
Pub. Date: September 1, 2012
ISBN: 978-0764210006
Pages: 352


Over the years, I have become a fan of historical fiction, many involving the Amish, the Mennonites, and the Shakers, but I have never read a book about the Amana Colonies. A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller is about the Amana Colonies and is one of the reasons why I wanted to review it, courtesy of Bethany House in exchange of my honest review.

A Hidden Truth takes place in East Amana, Iowa in 1892 and centers on two women, Karlina Richter and Dovie Cates. The colonies are very strict, with no access to the outside world or the "outsiders". Karlina has lived all her life in Amana, but has always been curious of what life was like outside the colonies.

Just as her father wants to move from Ohio to Texas, Dovie Cates gets permission to visit the Amana Colonies, where her birth mother grew up. She wants to learn more about her mother's past. She stays with the Richter family.

Karlina is more than excited to have an outside visitor, as she wants to learn about how the outsiders live, when she isn't too busy helping her father with the sheep. She would rather be working outside with her father than inside doing housework, but everything changes when her father hires a new shepherd.

After reading many historical novels, I have discovered that recent releases tend to fall into a cliched plot, but Judith Miller has written a wonderful plot with a little mystery mixed in. She went to great detail about what life would have been like at the Amana Colonies. The characters are very likeable and the dialogue is great. Overall, I enjoyed reading every bit of A Hidden Truth and I'm looking forward to reading the author's next book. 

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