Thanks to Bethany House Publishers, I had the opportunity to review Judith Miller’s book, “Somewhere to Belong.”
Let me just tell you, it’s been a long time since I’ve read an adult historical fiction book!
The story was set in a quite Amana Church Colony in Iowa. The plot centers on two young ladies and their character building struggles. While the summary makes it sound very uplifting, I guess I expected a little more depth to the characters and to the relationship to God they were supposed to have. You can definitely tell it is book one of a series, with the many un-finished conversations the characters have.
The book is fairly detailed in the mannerisms, lifestyles, and customs of an Amana Colony, and it is nicely woven in with the story so as not to bore you with facts. It is an easy to read story.
Personally, I thought it barely squeaked by into the “Christian” fiction category. It certainly was clean, nice and sweet, but it lacked the depth and development I was hoping to find in a Christian cast of characters.
You can find the book here at Amazon.com or CBD.com
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."*