Somewhere To Belong
Judith McCoy Miller
Date Published: March 1st, 2010
My Rating: 4/5
The first book in the series "Daughters of Amana" was excellent. I am definitely going to read more by Judith Miller, starting with the next book in this series, titled "More than Words" (More Than Words). Only issue with this book, for me, were the plot twists...perhaps more time could have been spent on backstory and character development, and the new twists couls have been spread out through the series. I have yet to read the rest of the books however. I am excited to get the next one!
The story is about two girls who live in a small German settlement called Amana. Johanna Ilg is twenty one and longs to see the world outside the settlement, but is not allowed to leave. Berta Schumacher and her parents have just moved to Amana, and she hates everything about it - the constant prayer meetings and having to work early in the morning and throughout the afternoon, and especially the dark and plain clothing she must wear.
Johanna is forced to take Berta under her wing, much to her displeasure. Slowly, they become friends, and though they both go through bad experiences, they use their faith in God to keep their spirits high.
In my opinion, the plot twists could have been spread out more evenly throughout this series, but it was still extremely enjoyable and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good Christian-based series. I think all of you would enjoy it!