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Annie's Truth (Touch of Grace)

Annie's Truth (Touch of Grace) [Kindle Edition]

Beth Shriver
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After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?
Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.
Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”
As Annie’s search brings her into the fast-paced world of modern life, she is confronted with all of the temptations she was warned of. Can she make her way back to the order and security of her family? Or will she remain an outsider—torn between her two worlds?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161638607X
  • Publisher: Realms (2 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QCLYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise of this book interested me because the only other Amish book I've read that dealt with the topic of adoption was Beverly Lewis's The Shunning, and I imagined this book would be rather difficult. I read a sample initially, and while it didn't make me desperate to keep reading, it was intriguing enough to convince me to purchase this book when it was on sale on Kindle. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't quite live up to the initial chapters.

I think my biggest issue with this book was that the plot structure and the characters' motivations seemed to be all over the place. To make matters worse, some characters disappeared and others were introduced without their conflicts being resolved, and there was no indication that their stories would be concluded in the next book in the series. For example, Rudy seemed to be a major character for half the story, but he had no further contact with Annie after she returned to her Amish community. Alma, a midwife, was introduced when Annie returned home and while I really enjoyed her character and the encouragement she provided Annie with, there had been no prior mention of Annie assisting the midwife.

My biggest issue was simply that the conflict between Annie, John and Hanna was drawn out in an excruciating manner and then seemed to be resolved all too quickly when Annie and John finally sat down and talked about their problems. There was nothing physical keeping them from talking to each other, especially once Annie actually returned to their community, and in my opinion, it isn't a real conflict if all the characters need to do to resolve it is talk to each other. My other issue with the conflict is that I didn't completely understand Hanna's motivations for chasing after John and deliberately trying to hurt her sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 6 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love reading "Annie's Truth" book. it was very good storey.
I still read another amish books from my computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 11 Oct 2013
By J.A
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I read this on a Kindle

I got this as a free book when it was on a offer, I am so glad i did this was a good read it not your normal Amish
Book in that it seems to be a different way compared to other Amish Communities i have read about

Annie finds out she was abandon as a new born & she wants to find who she is & it her journey looking for her birth mother also it her relationship with family & her possible Beau

This is a very good read & would recommend you read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 23 Jun 2012
By M.Fields - Published on
I'm a huge fan of Amish fiction but I have to be honest and say that I have been disappointed with a lot of the new Amish author's books because all the story-lines seemed the same. However, this new Amish Author more than exceeded my expectations. It really held my attention because the story was so different. I really, really enjoyed it.
This is a book that talks about forgiveness. Could you forgive after a rape or the murder of a school house full of children? This book is not only a good story with great characters, Annie's Truth will also have you thinking about all of the people in your life you need to forgive. It's a different take on your everyday Amish love story. It shows what it feels like to find a sense of belonging when you don't know where you come from or who your real parents are. With this book Beth has become one of my new favorite authors and I can't wait to read her next book!
I was given a copy of the book by the author.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars promising beginning for a new series 19 Jun 2012
By Brenda Casto - Published on
I am a huge fan of Amish fiction so I always get excited when I find a new Amish fiction writer to read. When the author is able to give a fresh voice to the often same old same old Amish stories it's even better and that's just what I found in the pages of "Annie's Truth." There were so many things that I found refreshing about this story. First of all the book takes place in Virginia, a totally new setting for Amish fiction, or at least for the Amish fiction I have read. I also found the characters very realistic and easy to understand. Annie Beiler is a young Amish girl who finds out that she wasn't actually born Amish. The reactions and feelings she has were totally believable. Because she wants to find out who she really is, she risks being shunned, but needing answers propels her forward, even though the path she takes leads her away from John Yoder the man everyone believes she will marry. What will the cost be for seeking out her birth mother? Will she be shunned by her community, and will John be waiting for her to return, or does someone else capture his attention?

A book that pulled me in from the prologue, and kept me turning the pages until the very end. What a fantastic beginning for what seems to be a promising new series. I can't wait to read the next book in the series titled "Grace Given" due out in 2013.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say fans of Amish fiction are going to love this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read! 14 Jun 2012
By Wonder Woman - Published on
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I don't usually read Amish books but am glad that I read this one. Beth has woven a tale that will keep you guessing, pulling you along in this gentle story of forgiveness. I enjoyed learning about the Amish ways as they were shown in the story and not as a lesson. I liked the characters and cared what happened to them. Good story!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie's Truth (Touch of Grace) 7 Jun 2012
By Stephen Hunt - Published on
I found the book by Beth Shriver to be an excellent read. In her book Annie finds out she is adopted and goes in search of her birth mother. But the Amish leaders are aganist her going and Annie will face them when she returns. This is a very moving book and one that you will cry with Annie, be ahppy with her, get upset by the way she is treated, and fall in love with her. This is a must read for anyone looking for a good book. You will reread this over and over again. Beth out did herself in this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new Amish Series I can't wait to finish! 22 May 2012
By Pirate2240 - Published on
As Annie and her sister Hannah get permission from their mother to go through their hope chests containing items for their future weddings, Annie finds her childhood Bible wrapped up in hers. When she opens the front cover to compare her child-like handwriting, she notices that among her family's tree containing birth, wedding and death dates, her birth day is missing. Only her birth month and year have been noted.

When she inquires to this missing bit of information, she learns that she was left in a field one night and was found by her father. No one has ever known how Annie had come to be found in that field that night but her best friend John Yoder, believes God always knew where Annie would be best raised. Yet Annie has her doubts. When her father Amos, forbids it, Annie presses her mother to help her. Providing her with some time, money and a place to stay, Annie's mother Sarah reminds her that she has always had a home with them. She hopes Annie will chose to come home soon because in her mind nothing has ever changed about the way she loves Annie.

Now that she has made a decision to try and find her birth parents, Annie is staying with a family who has left the old Amish community. Getting help from Rudy, Annie keeps trying to find the missing piece of her puzzle to help her find out why she was left behind 18 years ago. Only the longer Annie takes, it may result in her being shunned by her own community and leaving behind the opportunity to find happiness and marriage with John Yoder. Only her sister, Hannah is more than willing to help John forget all about Annie. Will she find out the truth before it's too late to come home?

In the first novel in the Touch of Grace Series by Beth Shriver, Annie's Truth takes the reader into a different type of Amish novel. This one dealing with the subject of adoption. Is Annie truly Amish or do the feelings she has inside, speak of a different lifestyle than she has ever known before? I love Beth's Amish novel and it shows just how vastly different the Amish and English lifestyles are, especially for Annie's character who has never even ventured out on a Rumspringa, or a period of seeing what life is like outside the Amish community before becoming baptized into the church. I can relate to Annie's frustration with her father's unwillingness to help her and when he refuses to even say goodbye to her when she is leaving, I can feel the pain in her heart at being torn in two.

I received this novel compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say again, I really enjoyed this one. It's a different take on your Amish love story and tells the story of what it feels like to find a sense of belonging when you don't know who you are or where you come from and the reader is taken on that search in Annie's Truth. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the rest of the books in this series and even more characters to come to adore and love like family and friends.
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