Friday, March 4, 2011

A Bond Never Broken by Judith Miller

A Bond Never Broken, introduces us to the Amana Colonies, Iowa cira 1917.  Amana is a tiny dot on the map, really. The Amanans who settled the area were a peace loving and God fearing people who just wanted to live their faith and be left alone.

Enter the Great War: World War I.  Distrust of anything German prompts the forming of committees dedicated to flushing out anything that smacks of anti-american sentiment.  Their mission: to weed out traitors- both real and perceived.  That included people who spoke German as a first language.  It didn't matter that the Amana lifestyle was about as anti violence as Mother Theresa. (I am endlessly amazed that it's so much more in our human nature to hunt the sheep than go after the wolves.)

Sorry for digressing, but this was all news to me- until I read A Bond Never Broken.  Judith Miller writes history and fiction with relevance and warmth.  I was drawn to the (two) heroines' stories, and wanted their lives to end happily ever after.  I don't know how Judith Miller told this story with such heart, when it could have taken a major Hitchcockian turn... Is that a term?

I learned a lot from this one, and was even prompted to follow up with some research of my own... ah, the wonders of google...

Really good story.  Lovely, seamless writing... not just another "bonnet novel". ( I really detest that term.)

Please read on for some more really important information about this great book!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Bond Never Broken
Bethany House (March 1, 2011)
Judith Miller

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from Judith:

Most readers want to know how authors 'got started' writing. My first novel, Threads of Love, was conceived when I was commuting sixty miles to work each day. I wanted to tell the story of a pioneer girl coming to Kansas and the faith that sustained her as she adjusted to a new life. When the book was completed, I tucked it away. I had absolutely no idea how publication of a book occurred and had given no thought to the concept. However, through a co-worker, I was directed to Tracie Peterson who, at that time, worked down the hall from me. Having never met Tracie, I was totally unaware of her writing career, but God intervened. The rest is, as they say, history...

With a graciousness that continues to amaze me, Tracie agreed to read my story, directed me to a publisher, and gave me information on a Christian writers conference. Since that first encounter many years ago, I have been blessed with the publication of numerous books, novellas and a juvenile fiction book. Joyously, Tracie and I had the opportunity to develop a blessed friendship. In fact, we have co-authored several series together, including The Bells of Lowell, the Lights of Lowell and The Broadmoor Legacy. In addition, I have continued to write several solo series.  


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 shocked when several members of the Council of National Defense show up on her family's doorstep. Sure, the Schmidts once lived in the Amana Colonies, but that was years ago. She's even more surprised when the council demands that she travel to Amana and report back on any un-American activities.

Not daring to disobey the government agents, Jutta takes a job at the South Amana hotel, befriends the daughter of the owners, and begins to eavesdrop every chance she gets. When Jutta hears Ilsa making antiwar remarks and observes Garon assisting a suspicious outsider, she is torn at the prospect of betraying her new friends.

But what choice does she have? And when Garon is accused of something far worse than Jutta could imagine, can the Amana community come to his aid in time?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bond Never Broken, go HERE.


Elsa said...

I want to be home right now so that I can read alllll of these awesome books!

MOM. I miss you.

Cheryl Klarich said...

When you come home we'll drink tea and READ like maniacs...

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting.

I love Judith's books; she is a wonderful writer. I appreciate you sharing this info. I'm thinking I need to get this book. :)

Have a great week!
Thanks and blessings,

Cheryl Klarich said...

Thanks, Karen!

I'm excited to meet another Patti Lacy and Judith Miller fan!

LOVED your blog!

Terri Tiffany said...

I loved reading how she met Traci and how God intervened that way! Awesome!!!!

Cheryl Klarich said...

It is amazing how God orchestrated Judith and Tracie's friendship!

I agree, so encouraging!!!