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A Bond Never Broken

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: March 2011
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206443
ISBN13: 9780764206443
Topics/Issues: Repeating mistakes; judging; fear and oppression
Settings: Iowa, Amana Colonies

For many years, Ilsa Redlich has helped her parents run a hotel in South Amana, but as the United States enters the Great War, she can feel her world changing. The residents of the towns surrounding the Amana Colonies used to be accepting of their quiet, peaceful neighbors, but with anti-German sentiment running high, the Amana villages are now plagued by vandalism, threats, and insults. Things get even worse when Ilsa finds out her family won't be allowed to speak German in public--and that Garon, the childhood friend she's long been smitten with, has decided to join the army. Jutta Schmidt is…

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More Than Words

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: September 2010
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206435
ISBN13: 9780764206436
Topics/Issues: Truth and Trust
Settings: Amana Colonies, Iowa

After her mother’s death, Gretchen Kohler has her hands full helping run her father’s general store in Homestead and taking care of her irresponsible younger brother and her beloved Oma. More and more, Oma’s mind slips away, and unless Gretchen keeps a constant watch on her, she gets into trouble. All of this work leaves little time for Gretchen to write in her journal, not that the elders in the Amana Society consider writing—or any other individual artistic pursuit—worthwhile. When Allen Finley shows up one day at the store selling lace and other sewing goods, Gretchen thinks she finally…

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Somewhere to Belong

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: March 2010
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206427
Topics/Issues: Family Secrets, Trust
Settings: Amana Colonies, Iowa

When Berta Schumacher’s parents inform her that Main Amana is going to be their new home, she is certain that her life is over. Accustomed to the bright lights of Chicago, Berta doesn’t know if she can adapt to life in the devout village. Johanna Ilg has spent most of her life in Main Amana, but she sometimes wonders what it would be like to live somewhere else. Given the job of instructing Berta on her new duties in the kitchen, Johanna has her hands full with the headstrong newcomer, who is determined to find a way to return to her real home in Chicago. Johanna had always believed her roots…

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Once Upon a Cowboy

By Pamela Tracy
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Genre: General / Contemporary
ISBN10: 0373876890
ISBN13: 9780373876891
Topics/Issues: forgiveness, letting go, overprotective mother, obeying parents
Settings: Iowa

It's about time the prodigal son returned home, to mend fences and to fall in love.

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