Monday, March 28, 2011

Anna's Return

Author: Marta Perry
Publisher: Berkley
June 2010
ISBN: 978-0425234266
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Anna Beiler left her Amish family behind three years ago, rebellious and angry at the rules. Now, she’s home with a baby girl she’s determined to keep from the father—a man who is unsafe. Wanting to protect her baby, Gracie, Anna goes to the one place Gracie’s father would never look. But Anna’s family misunderstands her reasons for returning. They believe she is home for good and they’re anxious for her to talk to the bishop to restore full fellowship in the community.

Samuel Fisher also left the Amish, but he returned home for different reasons. Now he’s working for Anna’s brother in the machine shop, and training horses on the side. He understands Anna’s dilemma like none other, but he can’t get her to open up to him.

Anna is hiding secrets that she is unwilling to share. Not the least of which, her return is temporary. But will something happen that will change her mind? Or will she once again flee the rules that once held her hostage?

ANNA’S RETURN is the third book in Ms. Perry’s Pleasant Valley series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed getting to know Anna and Samuel, and I kept hoping that the two of them would find their footing, not only with each other, but with their own selves.

I enjoyed reading ANNA’S RETURN, and learning more about their lives. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you won’t want to miss ANNA’S RETURN. A glossary, some delicious sounding recipes, and excerpts from the first two books in the series, Leah’s Choice and Rachel’s Garden are included at the end of the book. $14.00. 308 pages.

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