Thursday, October 09, 2014
Cindy Thomson's Annie's Stories ~ Reviewed
Annie's Stories (Ellis Island Novel V2)
By Cindy Thomson (Author)
Release Date May 1, 2014
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Ellis, Island
The year is 1901, the literary sensation "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment--they're a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie--and in her father's unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.Though the postman's intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father's stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she's always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.
Annie’s Stories tells us about Annie Gallagher in the time when The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was beginning to take the nation by storm. She is a recent immigrant from Ireland. She was raised by her father, but when he died suddenly, she found herself forced into a woman’s asylum by her uncle, who did not want her. She is rescued by a priest, who sends her to America to live with his sister in a boarding house, where Annie earns her keep working for her board. Her belief God has long since passed due to the trials she’s endured, but she finds comfort in The Wizard of Oz, as it reminds her of her storytelling father. She has some of her father’s stories that he used to tell her written down, and as she begins to share them, people begin to get interested. When the stories disappear, she fears they have fallen in the wrong hands.
Annie has such a hard time trusting people, and most of all, God, due to what she’s been through. So much so that she can’t see the caring people that are right in front of her face. She has an ideal in her head of what love and home are and can’t seem to get past that. But it’s fun to see her start to open up. She’s such a lovely character. This story was a lot better than I expected it to be when I first read the synopsis. I was pleasantly surprised.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers