Annie’s Stories was a good read. I loved the character of Annie’s father, a storyteller from the old Irish tradition. Even though he didn’t play a big role in the story, his presence was felt throughout.
Annie’s “Da” dies, and from that point she goes through very difficult times. It is almost beyond her strength to struggle through each day in a terrible laundry, a place where girls were forced to live and work, a place where the doctor who was supposed to help them would harm them instead. Annie felt that God was not there in that laundry and she turned away from Him.
One day she was suddenly swept away from her prison and sent to America. Her new home was a boardinghouse in Lower Manhattan in New York City. She worked there as a housekeeper. She didn’t understand why these things were happening to her.
Annie was very homesick and grieving deeply for her father’s passing. The only thing she had of his was a beautiful writing desk with stories he had written down just for her. Or so she thought.
The plot of this book moves along at a good pace. The characters are well-defined and believable. The era in which the book takes place was described very well. The ending was satisfying. Weaving God, faith and forgiveness throughout the book was well done.
This book will be available June 13, 2015.
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. We have both kept our end of the bargain.
And don't forget: Beg as loud as you can for good common sense! Proverbs 2:3