Monday, November 19, 2012
A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller
When Karlina Richter finds out that a new shepherd will be sent to East Amana, she fears she’ll no longer be able to help her father with the sheep. She’ll be relegated back to kitchen work, a job she dislikes. Her fears increase when Anton Becker arrives and shows little interest in the flock–or in divulging why he’s been sent to East. Dare she trust Anton to help her father, or is he keeping secrets that will impact them all?
After learning that her father will be transferred from Cincinnati to a job in Texas, Dovie Cates decides she wants to visit the Amana Colonies, where her mother spent her formative years. She writes to relatives still living in the Colonies and is invited to spend some time there. Soon after her arrival, Dovie meets Berndt, the handsome young man who delivers bread to the kitchen house each day. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother’s past, no one seems willing to tell her anything, so Dovie decides to take matters into her own hands. Will her decision spell disaster for her future with Berndt?
Miller tells a good story about two young women that is full of mystery. Each have secrets as well as other characters and uncovering them is quite entertaining. They live in the Amana Colony which is such a simple peaceful place. Miller gives us a history lesson about the Colony of the 1800's, I found it very interesting.
The book was a little slow to start but it's worth continuing. Very enjoyable.