Journey inside the picturesque villages of the Amana Colonies, 1877

From the Publisher: Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages settled by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she’s always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in Amana. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered. Is this truly where she belongs?
Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, so when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, her rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?

About the Author:  Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, two of which have placed in the CBA top ten lists. In addition to her writing, Judy is a certified legal assistant. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at

 Go HERE to read more about the  history of Amana.

My Review:  I love reading about other times, religions, and cultures…especially when they contain a positive message.  I could never live in a communal group, or with the strict set of rules, that were a part of the Amana groups, but I must admit that the simply style of living seems a little appealing to me. 

This is a sweet and comforting story, that centers around two young women who are so very very different, yet much the same.  They love their families, and only want whats best for them.  Johanna, is a rule follower, Berta is not…but they form  a friendship that betters them both.

Steeped in history, Somewhere To Belong, is a fictional story, that is filled with ups and downs, but with a love of God and the power of friendship, Berta and Johanna, are able to find out what is most important to them, and in doing so, both find out where they belong.

My thank to Bethany House for providing me with a copy for review.


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