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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from Judith:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.