This was my first book by Catherine Anderson and I was blown away I loved this book so hard It was sweet as can be and gave me all the feels I felt bad for Annie She had such a hard life Being deaf back in the day everyone thought she was retarded Mistreated by all, beat and hided away by her parents and rape by the hero s asshole brother Annie endured than most with a quite dignity Trapped in a world all by herself, she can t hear or talk She was truly alone, until she married Alex Alex was an amazing hero He realized his wife wasn t slow but deaf He opened up her whole world and really loved her He treated her with such kindness and respect It was a beautiful slow burn romance and I can t wait to read books by Catherine Anderson. Annie Trimble life has never been easy, at young age she lost her hearing to the rages of a fever, thinking she is nothing but a moron not knowing she was just deaf her family treats her lower then a dog After an assault leaves her pregnant the brother of her assaulter comes to her family with a deal Alex Montgomery is sicken and horrified when learning his brother assaulted young Annie, trying to do what s 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 then the brother s 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 there s out there to the world, Annie teaches Alex to love Some of my pages in this book have tear marks as I cried as I learned about Annie and the hardships she went through She was so innocent and kind and the injustice she went through made me sick But while some would have buckled under and became a shell, Annie lives in her own world but when Alex shows her to the world around her, she starts to see how she blossoms from a young child to a woman I adore and love Alex to pieces, he was so gentle and smart He soon realizes his mistakes with Annie and does all he can to fix and explain to her what s happing to her He spoils her rotten which I can t blame him One part had me crying hard when Alex bought Annie a hearing aid, the first time she hears him she shoves his face into the horn for another sound of his voice and crying when he says I love you Alex isn t without his faults, but he learns and doesn t push but coaches and many of times it doesn t pay off right away, but it does pay off He even teaches himself to lip read to understand Annie Many of us take for granted these our gifts of speech and hearing and sight and when Annie asks for the first time in her life for a glass of water and is understood I became grateful for my gifts While Annie s mother did in the end redeemed herself, her father and Alex s brother did not, and I cheered when Alex finally gets rid of Douglas once and for all But what made Alex so great was that he loved his bother and you can t fault him for trying to do what he thought was best for him at the time I almost wished Alex took a bullwhip for Annie father 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 that s what it is between them a deep and pure and kind love In the end Alex does what he thinks is best for Annie, but Annie is much stronger now shows Alex thing or two about WHAT she wants Showing you at last how much both have grown by knowing each other and falling in love Overall I don t feel I ll ever have enough words to say how wonderful this book is My review doesn t truly do this book justice to say how amazing this story is All I can say that it is Beautiful. I was expecting this book to be bad, but it surprised me I was, in fact, expecting to be horrified by it, as let me just type up the back cover.Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction But cruelty cannot destroy the love that Annie holds in her heart.Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless idiot girl Tormented by guilt, Alex agress to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own 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 he becomes determined to break through the wall of silence surrounding her to heal and to be healed by Annie s sweet song of love.Um, gag me with a spoon, right It totally sounds like this guy is going to end up married and falling in love with someone who is than mildly retarded, which sets off a whole lot of alarm bells for me I work with kids in special ed, and some of them are high school age, and I worry a lot about the girls being taken advantage of by older men They re all so sweet and trusting and some of them are really pretty and THE HORROR These girls are not without resources and abilities, but a baby would put brakes on so much of that Therefore, I came into this book with a lot of real world concerns.But it turns out that Annie isn t retarded Thank God She had an ear infection with a high fever when she was six and this is set in 1890, so there were no antibiotics , which resulted in partial hearing loss, which resulted in her parents thinking she was retarded, which resulted in her being basically unsocialized for 15 years so she is mute OH JOY Ugh.Anyway, Alex that s 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 He is just that crazy And he s got a knife.Alex finds out about it when Annie s father who is a judge with political aspirations comes to tell him about it, not because he wants retribution, but because he doesn t want rumor spreading around town because it will ruin him politically for everyone to know his idiot daughter was raped HEADDESK for father The discovery leads to Alex kicking his no good little brother out of the house without a penny Four months pass and it turns out that Annie is knocked up, so Alex and her parents without consulting Annie, because remember she s supposed to be mentally disabled concoct a plan wherein Annie and Alex get married in name only, and after the baby is born, Annie will go back to her parents and the baby will stay with Alex Why Because Alex had mumps in his early 20s, so he s sterile A yup.So the wedding takes place, and Annie s mother forces her to nod her head, since she is without speech Then she tricks Annie into getting into Alex s carriage so he can whisk her off to her horse ranch And once in the carriage, they have this physical battle, because no one has explained a thing to her, and she s confused and scared, because a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her rapist is attempting to spirit her away Seriously, you guys, there is so much tragedy of good will in this book it is heartbreaking.Once there, we discover that he has engaged a nurse to care for her, but she is a bad nurse A very bad nurse, who pinches Annie so hard she bruises in places it won t show because Annie won t eat Why won t Annie eat Because she thinks the reason her parents sent her away was because she was too fat to live with them any That s so sad It made me angry, because she had been so neglected and no one had taken even five minutes to tell her what was going on because they thought she wouldn t understand I know now isn t the 1890s, but it s so important to explain things to people with mental disabilities, even if you suspect they won t understand It s especially important to do so if they don t have the faculties to communicate with you, because you can t know how much they understand, and every human has the right to be informed soapbox But that s all character inspired, not author inspired The author does a pretty good job of painting a compassionate picture of deafness.And then comes this slow discovery on Alex s part that Annie isn t mentally retarded she s just deaf, mute, and unsocialized He s really moved by her plight and horrified that she has been mistreated for so long He learns to lipread and speak using sign language, so he can teach her, so they can communicate And they fall in love as they learn to speak to each other, which is actually kind of touching, because it s a great metaphor for the way people come to understand each other in a relationship They each literally have to learn a different language to communicate because they can t rely on spoken language.I know my summary s been kind of snarky, but this book really did exceed my expectations Annie s deafness and muteness really were a believable obstacle to her and Alex s happy ever after, which is something that is frequently is the least believable part of a romance You know, Big Misunderstandings that could be solved with two lines of dialogue There were parts that squeeved me out, like Alex finding Annie attractive when he still believed her to be mentally impaired It really set off my forbidden trigger to read about him thinking about how feminine and soft her breasts were while he was trying to restrain her I ve been in situations like that, and the last thing in your mind is about their bodies you re thinking about how you can get the situation under control without causing either of you physical harm Maybe it s because I m a straight woman I don t know But it was uncomfortable reading.I was really all over the place reading this book Some of it was just excellent there s one scene that is one I d love to see 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 Imagine that There were other parts that gave me some serious pause, such as the fact that Annie has been poorly socialized and so her ability to reason as an adult is compromised She is written as very much an innocent at one point she thinks that instead of giving vaginal birth, she s going to lay an egg, because no one has ever explained the facts of life to her She doesn t understand that sex leads to babies, and, historical barriers or no, I m just not comfortable reading a story about a woman who is stuck in childhood engaging in a sexual relationship with a man.But parts of it were so good And believable And then other parts of it were weird Because the author kept saying her heroine was childlike, and the hero was drawn to her childlike innocence I just GUH Why P.S Alex s man juice came through in the end, and there s a baby epilogue A baby who is his and Annie s biological child Because God forbid a romance hero be sterile. I can t seem to find the words to convey just how wonderful this book is and others have written far eloquent reviews than I ever could So here s my little tribute to a book that will be treasured and re read many timesThe best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heartHelen Keller She had done nothing wrong, nothing Yet the way they looked at her made her feel as though she had Here, in the darkness, she didn t have to endure the accusing expressions on their faces She took a shuddering breath and held it trapped at the base of her throat to prevent herself from sobbing. Maybe it was the gentleness with which he touched her or the remorse she read in his eyes, or perhaps she was just tired of feeling afraid At this point, she was too weak from hunger and too heartsore from being abandoned by her parents to analyse her reasons She only knew that warmth of his strong fingers on her skin made her feel safe Wonderfully safe Crazy, so crazy But it was how she felt. This was his dance His wife He felt like a man who had accidently stumbled upon a rainbow No, not a rainbow, he thought nonsensically More like a beautiful butterfly emerging almost magically, from its chrysalis In that moment, that was how he saw Annie He didn t analyse the feeling He had unveiled something precious, immeasurably lovely, and completely unexpected When God saw fit to bestow such a gift, a man with any sense didn t ask questions. Annie lowered the flute to her lap and reverently stroked the keys Alex had given her a wedding gift, after all, she thought Something no one else had ever even thought to give her Music Beautiful music, wrapped in magic.VERDICT SO HEARTBREAKING BUT SO UPLIFTINGRATING 5 STELLAR STARS Annie Trimble Lives In A Solitary World That No One Enters Or Understands As Delicate And Beautiful As The Tender Blossoms Of The Oregon Spring, She Is Shunned By A Town That Misinterprets Her Affliction But Cruelty Cannot Destroy The Love Annie Holds In Her Heart Alex Montgomery Is Horrified To Learn His Wild Younger Brother Forced Himself On A Helpless Idiot Girl Tormented By Guilt, Alex Agrees To Marry Her And Raise The Baby She Carries As His Own But He Never Dreams He Will Grow To Cherish His Lovely, Mute, And Misjudged Annie Her Childlike Innocence, Her Womanly Charms And The Wondrous Way She Views Her World He Becomes Determined To Break Through The Wall Of Silence Surrounding Her To Heal And To Be Healed By Annie S Sweet Song Of 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 Once I got my kindle I gave up on paperbacks 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 Most of the books I have just left and never ordered in paperback I only bought one other book in paperback because it was not available on Kindle Jennifer Cruise Bet Me It is now available on Kindle and I also have that version too but I digress Annie s Song was one of those books that I decided to buy on paperback it arrived yesterday morning and I have devoured it since Just finished it with a big sappy grin on my face about 20 minutes ago I couldn t finish reading it because I was crying It is a wonderful, romantic, special story Cannot understand how it can get less than 5 stars and if it does come out in Kindle I am sure I will download it Loved the main characters, Annie and Alex but I also LOVED Maddy you can t beat a no nonsense Irish woman Reviewed for www.thcreviews.comAfter 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 In the case of Catherine Anderson, the answer is, quite simply, incredibly well Annie is probably the sweetest, most guileless heroine I have ever read She is full of childlike innocence and takes joy in the simple things in life 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 I loved watching Annie grow from a languishing, childlike state to absolutely blossoming into a mature lovely young woman under Alex s tender care She brings so much joy and life to Alex s previously lonely existence.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 He is incredibly intuitive of Annie s needs and always tries to see things from her point of view and think of her first I also loved the fact that Alex exercises a great deal of self control over his lustful inclinations toward her, and when the love scenes finally do happen they are very tender yet thoroughly sensual Alex isn t perfect though He does make some mistakes every now and then, but the important thing is that he always learns something from them Alex also harbors conflicting emotions toward his brother in spite of the heinous things he s done I thought these qualities made Alex all the real and brought out his humanity in a way that I loved I ve always been a fan of imperfect heroes, and Alex is one, but in a different sort of way than most other imperfect heroes I ve read I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that these two characters are completely honest with each other There are no lies or secrets between them, and when misunderstandings and conflicts arise they actually communicate in spite of the fact that one character is deaf and mute What a novel idea Annie s Song is by far one of the best books I have ever read The story is unique and so exquisitely rendered as to be at once both heart wrenching and heartwarming There were some passages that brought tears to my eyes and others that made me laugh The characterizations are beautifully drawn giving the reader deep insights into the lives of the hero and heroine as well as everyone around them 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 The plotting of the story is very tight, with the author even presenting plausible and realistic reasons for why Annie s parents never had her medically examined even though they were obviously financially well off enough to do so.This is a slow, sweet love story in which most of the conflict is of an emotional nature, but the narrative maintains a steady pace throughout The author explores the social issues of historical attitudes toward people with disabilities, especially those of a mental nature, as well as physical and emotional abuse of a child and recovery from rape I felt that these issues were dealt with very sensitively, but readers who are easily bothered by such topics should know that they are really the driving force behind the plot 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 This is the first book I had read by Catherine Anderson, but I will definitely be seeking out others by her in the future I cannot recommend Annie s Song highly enough, and it has certainly earned a place on my keeper shelf. 3.5 SO SWEET MY TEETH HURT STARS Even though I rated this 3.5 stars, I would still recommend this book This book was different I ve never read a story like it.I can t say much about the story without spoiling something The beginning was heart breaking The way that people, even her own family, treat Annie is horrible Granted, mental health was very different in the 1800 s There were a lot of unknowns By the time we got to the middle,I just wanted to reach inside this book and pinch its cheeks It was so sweet how Alex starting showing her how he loved her, in a language she could understand Annie is child like I dare you not to love her It s impossible I m glad that the author gave us some of her POV, but I wish we had.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 1 The author s writing style is not my favorite You might love it though It just wasn t my cup of tea 2 The beginning was a little slow.3 I didn t care for the ending It was like she needed words to meet a requirement so she added something extra at the end, but it was unnecessary Thanks for the buddy read, Susanne 5 stars Historical RomanceAnnie s Songis a simple, achingly sweet, heartfelt, soul stirring, and poignant tale of how sincere kindness and love can truly transcend cruelty, hurt, language, disabilities, and boundaries of all kinds to soothe, heal, forgive, and redeem There are a lot of wonderful things I could say about this remarkable love story, but perhaps succinct is best it s precious, beautiful, and moving like the sunsets and sounds Annie so treasures It s a memorable romance that tugs at the heartstrings 5 sweetly satisfied stars EDIT 11 26 GOOD LORD JUST RE READ THIS AND I FUCKING CRY EVERY FUCKING TIME ALEX MONTGOMERY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ROMANCE HEROES OF ALL TIME PERIOD DONE I NEED TO SAY NO FUCKING MOREFUCK IM STILL CRYING5 EMOTIONAL HAPPY CRYING STARSWOW THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I VE READ A SERIOUS, EMOTIONAL ROMANCE IN A WHILE I PREFER LIGHTHEARTED BECAUSE WHEN MY EMOTIONS GET INVOLVED MY HEART HURTS I literally stayed up until 2 am finishing this novel, and I don t regret it even though I m falling asleep at work Thiss THISbrb while i go cry som So, the plot is very obvious because of the blurb but basically Annie is a deaf mute whom everyone believes to be dumb, but she has been repressed, abused and treated so poorly she adapts to this meek dumb persona An evil man rapes her, traumatizing and confusing her, and she is left pregnant with his child Enter, Alex Beautiful sensitive cowboy man who is also rich and the sweetest hero I have had the pleasure of reading I honestly have never read a novel where the hero devotes himself so much to the heroineThis romance was a slow burn, about growing out of innocence, learning to trust and love I really liked that so much of the pov was from Alex, because I m used to the heroine being the main voice, but here it was so refreshing because he was such a wonderful character I laughed and cried and my heart ached by the end of this novel I can t wait to read of Catherine Anderson s books I really like books about traumatized or different heroines who are underestimated but persist and their characters grow, and show they are a force to be reckoned with during the course of the novel This book was BEAUTIFUL That is all.Literally everything making me cry now here is my fav scene from north and south that also make me cryBITCHES TAKE NOTE THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT BOOK EVER DON T FUCKING SAYSIDFIWAEUBFBEWHBFIHBW FUCK IM AARRGHHH
See this thread for information. 1 romance author Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA She always yearned to be a writer like her mother The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine s creative writing on an overhead projector to teach was a dream come true In 1988, she sold her first book to Harlequin Intrigue and went on to write three before she tried her hand at a single title historical romance Nine books later, she did her first single title contemporary.Catherine married Sidney D Anderson, an industrial electrician and entrepreneur They had two sons, Sidney D Jr and John G In 2001 she and her husband purchased a central Oregon home located on a ridge with incredible mountain views and surrounded by forestland honeycombed with trails It was her dream home, a wonderland in the winter and beyond beautiful in the summer She named it Cinnamon Ridge after the huge ponderosa pines on the property, which sport bark the color of cinnamon.Sadly, Catherine lost her husband to a long term illness in 2014 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 loves animals and birds, both wild and domestic She presently has two Australian shepherds, six cats, and a very old canary She is very family oriented as well Her older son has lived in Japan, Australia, and now resides in New Zealand Catherine and her stateside family will celebrate Christmas on the north island with Sidney, his wife Mary, and their two sons, Liam and Jonas.
- Mass Market Paperback
- 410 pages
- Annie's Song
- Catherine Anderson
- 02 May 2019 Catherine Anderson