Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Annie's Stories" by Cindy Thomson {+ Winner of the "Child of Mine" giveaway!}

About this book:

  “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 Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories.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.

Series: Book #2 in the “Ellis Island” series {You can see my review of book #1, “Grace’s Pictures”, Here!}

Spiritual Content- Annie thinks God can’t be bothered, that He abandoned her and that “If God was not with the president, then how could Annie ever expect he would protect her?” (*Spoiler* She becomes stronger her in Faith at the end. *End of Spoiler*); Father Weldon helped Annie a lot & talks about God to her; Stephen has a firm Faith; Church going; Many Scriptures & Psalms are quoted; A hymn is sung; a “for the love of St. Michael”; Many Talks about God.  

Negative Content- Minor Cussing including: two ‘stupid’, two ‘idiot’s, two ‘what the devil’s, two ‘get a backbone’; Stephan calls his cowlick hair ‘cursed’; Suicide is mentioned (how the man did it, nothing else); Cigar smoking (not-detailed, not the main characters); Annie has nightmares/flashbacks of her time at Magdalene Laundry.

Sexual Content- A flashback to Annie at Magdalene Laundry and a boy kissing her & a doctor lingers while giving her a check-up (just how she felt, not-detailed/semi-detailed); A 2nd character tells Annie that she tempted a man, that he forced himself on her, violated her (she calls herself soiled) and *Spoiler* she has a miscarriage after all that. *End of Spoiler*; a hint about a girl who was raped (no detaileds); Love & Falling in love.    

-Annie Gallagher
-Stephen Adams
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1901
                                                        382 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 

{Because of the Magdalene Laundry and what Annie went through there = lower ratings}
I really liked how “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” played such a major role and how Annie really grew in her Faith. I also liked how both characters loved books. This quote made me crack up!
‘He was an average-looking, hard working fellow who was more comfortable reading about people in books than socializing with them.’

Winner of the “Child of Mine” giveaway is Hannah R.! Please contact me at or on our FaceBook!

See y’all on Friday with another review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Tyndale House Publishers) for this review.

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