Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Review~ Somewhere to Belong

Somewhere to BelongHere's another Bethany House Christian Fiction review. This time it is a novel by Judith Miller : Somewhere to Belong : Daughters of Amana #1

This was a pleasant read that I could recommend on more than one basis~
  • Historically: I learned about  the Amana colonies, a religious colony/commune similar in some ways to the Amish, but very different in others~ (Ever heard of Amana Radar Ranges? So, they don't show up in this book, but there is history here)
  • Relationally: There are a number of great lessons to be drawn from this book, from parent/young adult to "seasoned" marital/emotional bonds
  • Character-building: Again, some great action/consequence type lessons with themes like honesty and responsibility.
The Story is told from the first person viewpoint of the two main characters ~ fairly "opposite" girls, Berta, and Johanna. They are both faced with choices and decisions that will affect their lives. There is a side-story going on between Berta's parents that I greatly enjoyed as well.  Over-arching themes of love, honesty, forgiveness and responsibility, crafted into a well-told, engaging story.
    I think this would be a great mid-older teen/mother book club book~ The potential for interesting discussions is huge! :)

    Somewhere to Belong is available from Bethany House, Amazon **CBD, and other booksellers.

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