Thursday, September 19, 2013


About Book:

She never imagined a simple change could be so complicated...

Middle Amana, Iowa, 1881

When her parents decide to sell their home  and  move  to  the   Amana  Colonies, Jancey Rhoder must make a difficult decision. Should she give up her beloved teaching job and her carefree life in Kansas City to go with them? 

Her suitor, Nathan Woodward, doesn't want her to go, but Jancey feels she must give this new life a try. Her mother is sick, and these next few months may be the last Jancey gets to spend with her. But will this move spell the end of her relationship with Nathan? And when life in Amana is far more mysterious and challenging than Jancey expected, will she choose to return to the city, or will she make this unique place her forever home?

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About Author:

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel
expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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Books  1 & 2
My Thoughts:

Jancey Rhoder is leaving a life of leisure in Kansas City and following her parents to the Amana Colonies in Middle Amana, Iowa to live the simple life.  Her mother's wish is to return to her birthplace to live out the short time she has left.  Jancey can't fathom not being by her mother's side.

Jancey's father tried to convince her to stay and marry Nathan Woodard one of his business associates. She is not so sure she is ready to marry and informs Nathan she will be moving away with her parents.  He tries to talk her into staying but her mind is made up.  Is the old saying, "Out of sight out of mind.",  really true?

Will Jancey be able to adjust to the simple life? She is determined  to learn all the rules and follow them.  Yet she pushed the rules almost beyond the limit.   She is appointed a job of doing housekeeping at the mill workers dorm. Housekeeping was something she had never done before, but was willing to learn. In Kansas City she had been a volunteer at an orphanage where she was an accredited teacher. She loved teaching.the children. 

This author writes of a strong willed young woman wanting to to fit in to the simple life.  The lessons in this story are many which are meekness, love, hope, trust and faith in God's.  

There is a villain and a hero. The story will keep you guessing until the very end as to whether Jancey goes back to Kansas City or stays in Middle Amana.  

I have enjoyed this series and ready to read more of Home To Amana.  Judith Miller is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.

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