Sep 26, 2012

A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller

In the closed communities of the Amana Colonies, hidden truths are about to change everything for two young women....

East Amana, Iowa

When Karlina Richter discovers that a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she'll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep. She'll be relegated back to kitchen work, stuck inside all day. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock--or in divulging why he's suddenly been sent to East. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina's family?

Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother's past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Will the answers she finds spell disaster for her future plans and the longings of her heart?

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at

A Hidden Truth is the story of two young women in the Amana Colonies, one who has lived there her entire life, and her cousin who is virtually a stranger.

When Dovie arrives at the Colony, she embraces the simple life in every way. Her ultimate goal is to find out why her mother had left the colony many years earlier and severed all ties with her family roots. When nobody is willing to talk about what happened many years earlier, Dovie makes some incorrect assumptions that get her into some hot water.

[This book piqued my interest about Amana and about colonies in general. I enjoyed finding out more about the history of Amana, Iowa at I would love to visit this historic location someday and experience the art and culture firsthand.]

A Hidden Truth gives us a glimpse into what colony life was like back in the late 1800's. I loved reading about Dovie and her reaction to being immersed in a totally different lifestyle than what she was accustomed to. She made every effort to fit in, but also had a few periods of rebellion.  Some of the restrictions make her question whether she could ever become a full-time member of the small community.

Rich character development, vivid descriptions of lifestyle, religious beliefs and restrictions, and some sweet romance, all combine to make this an inspirational mystery that is enjoyable from cover to cover.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Read and reviewed (on my blog) this book as well and enjoyed it. I'm fascinated with the Amana Colonies.

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