Thursday, June 28, 2007

Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson

Spoilers Alert!

This was my first ever Catherine Anderson book and it won't be the last. Wonderful, evocative, perceptive writing. Vivid characterizations and sense of place. The story took place in 1890s Oregon.

Annie and Alex were wonderful characters. She was mistreated and misjudged by everyone, including her parents, who thought she wasn't right in the head, when she was actually deaf, caused by a childhood fever. Alex's scum of a brother raped Annie. When she became pregnant, Alex married her and soon fell in love with her.

Alex was a worthy hero. Kind, patient and honourable. And he truly loved Annie. Annie was wonderful in her innocence, spontaneity and acceptance of her circumstances. In spite of all the wrongs done to her, she didn't turn hard or bitter.

Conclusion: I was touched by this story. I will definitely read another Catherine Anderson book.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingWarm

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