When I bought this book, I hadnt yet read anything by Catherine Anderson, nor had I ventured into the world of American Western Historical Romances, but because so many of my Goodreads friends were raving about it, I ordered it, kept checking the delivery status, and as soon as it arrived, sat it on my To Be Read shelf, which over time morphed into a Too Many To Be Read shelf, and Annies Song got pushed to the back and was, sadly, forgotten. So yes, this is an emotional story, and in the end I came away feeling incredibly enriched by Annies Song, and had found another book for my Keepers shelf, a new couple to add to my Favorite Couples shelf, and another author whose books Im looking forward to reading.
This was my first book by Catherine Anderson and I was blown away. I loved this book so hard.
Me gustó prácticamente todo del libro, los personajes únicos y especiales; Annie, una chica dulce que a lo largo de su corta vida ha sufrido tanto; y tomando a consideración eso, todo su comportamiento es justificable por la forma como sus padres la trataban.
Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless idiot girl. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, misjudged Annie her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous way she views her world. and to be healed by Annies sweet song of love. It totally sounds like this guy is going to end up married and falling in love with someone who is more than mildly retarded, which sets off a whole lot of alarm bells for me. Ugh. Anyway, Alex (thats the hero) has this younger brother who is a bad seed, and one day he rapes Annie in the woods, while four other men stand by and watch, because they are afraid that the younger brother will kill them if they object. Alex finds out about it when Annies father (who is a judge with political aspirations) comes to tell him about it, not because he wants retribution, but because he doesnt want rumor spreading around town because it will ruin him politically for everyone to know his idiot daughter was raped. I know now isnt the 1890s, but its so important to explain things to people with mental disabilities, even if you suspect they wont understand. Its especially important to do so if they dont have the faculties to communicate with you, because you cant know how much they understand, and every human has the right to be informed. And then comes this slow discovery on Alexs part that Annie isnt mentally retarded shes just deaf, mute, and unsocialized. And they fall in love as they learn to speak to each other, which is actually kind of touching, because its a great metaphor for the way people come to understand each other in a relationship. Annies deafness and muteness really were a believable obstacle to her and Alexs happy-ever-after, which is something that is frequently is the least believable part of a romance. There were parts that squeeved me out, like Alex finding Annie attractive when he still believed her to be mentally impaired. Some of it was just excellent theres one scene that is one Id love to see more of in romance, because the hero and heroine have an actual conversation about their relationship, like, I dunno, a healthy couple in real life might. She doesnt understand that sex leads to babies, and, historical barriers or no, Im just not comfortable reading a story about a woman who is stuck in childhood engaging in a sexual relationship with a man.
She only knew that warmth of his strong fingers on her skin made her feel safe. He felt like a man who had accidently stumbled upon a rainbow. More like a beautiful butterfly emerging almost magically, from its chrysalis. He didnt analyse the feeling. When God saw fit to bestow such a gift, a man with any sense didnt ask questions.
Alex Montgomery is sicken and horrified when learning his brother assaulted young Annie, trying to do whats best, Alex asks the family for her hand in marriage, when she gives birth would take the child as his own and gives Annie back to her family, only when he starts to learn of Annie deafness and the abuse by her parents does Alex everything in his power to keep her safe and protect her and slowly starts to fall in love with her. Annie and Alex through trust, patience, kindness and love start to see one another for more then the brothers monster and a young deaf child , but as two people hurt and alone in this big world, as Alex starts to teach and show Annie theres more out there to the world, Annie teaches Alex to love. But what made Alex so great was that he loved his bother and you cant fault him for trying to do what he thought was best for him at the time. The love scenes between Alex and Annie are just beautiful, you can feel the love jump off the pages and hit you right in the heart, because thats what it is between them a deep and pure and kind love.
I must say I have loved every Catherine Anderson book I have read and was very disappointed to see that some of her earlier works are not on Kindle. There were some titles not availble on kindle that I sort of thought to myself "I really want to read that - will I order the paperback?" ...then thought to myself "Will wait a few months and see if they will be released on Kindle".
This book was different. Ive never read a story like it. It was so sweet how Alex starting showing her how he loved her, in a language she could understand. My Annie: This is exactly how I picture Annie: My Alex: Why did I give 3.5 stars if I liked the story so much?
Reviewed for www.thcreviews.com After reading the synopsis for Annie's Song, I wondered how an author might write a mute character and keep the story interesting without the usual use of dialog. Ms. Anderson gives readers a lovely picture of how Annie views everything around her through her thoughts and expressions until she eventually learns to communicate. Alex is a wonderful beta-type hero who is strong and protective of Annie and the baby, but at the same time is gentle, sensitive, loving and compassionate. Alex also harbors conflicting emotions toward his brother in spite of the heinous things he's done. The characters' emotions are brought to life so vividly that the reader can feel all their pain and fears as well as their joy and happiness. In my opinion, the story was absolutely wonderful, an expression of true love in it's purest form with two people unselfishly giving of themselves to each other.
(1)romance author: Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. In 1988, she sold her first book to Harlequin Intrigue and went on to write three more before she tried her hand at a single-title historical romance. She has kept Cinnamon Ridge as her primary residence but divides her time between there and her son John's farm, where she has the support of her loved ones and can enjoy his horses, cows, and raise her own chickens. Catherine and her stateside family will celebrate Christmas on the north island with Sidney, his wife Mary, and their two sons, Liam and Jonas.