Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson. 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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Alex Montgomery , Annie Trimble. Hooperville, Oregon , United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Annie's Song , please sign up. Does the main character fall in love with her rapist? Druma Shukla This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [No, she marries and falls for the elder brother.. This book doesn't come in e-format? BJ Yes it does now - just bought it in June See all 4 questions about Annie's Song….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Fortunately, albeit years later, it fit right in with one of my monthly reading challenges, so I picked it up, dusted it off, and dug right in. And then kicked myself silly for having waited so long to read this! I shed both tears of sorrow and tears of happiness. There were moments that made me laugh out loud and those that made me so, so angry.
The way the story is told is real, the reactions of the characters are believable because they were honest and in keeping with accepted medical beliefs and practices of the times. So while I definitely found myself frustrated at some of their narrow-mindedness, I also understood where they were coming from. The bottom line? This story is incredibly romantic, deeply passionate - both emotionally and physically, and has a happily ever after that I can believe in, because Alex and Annie truly deserved it.
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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 more 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 This was my first book by Catherine Anderson and I was blown away. She was truly alone, until she married Alex. Alex was an amazing hero. He realized his wife wasn't slow but deaf.
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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 more books by Catherine Anderson. View all 10 comments. Jul 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: , historical , romance , 19thc.
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. 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 I was expecting this book to be bad, but it surprised me. 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. 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 more 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.
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. Thank God! She had an ear infection with a high fever when she was six and this is set in , 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. He is just that crazy. The discovery leads to Alex kicking his no-good little brother out of the house without a penny.
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. Because she thinks the reason her parents sent her away was because she was too fat to live with them anymore. The author does a pretty good job of painting a compassionate picture of deafness.
He learns to lipread and speak using sign language, so he can teach her, so they can communicate. 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. But it was uncomfortable reading. I was really all over the place reading this book. 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. 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! Because God forbid a romance hero be sterile. View all 5 comments. Yet the way they looked at her made her feel as though she had. 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 had unveiled something precious, immeasurably lovely, and completely unexpected. 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. View all 11 comments.
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Jul 02, Rane rated it it was amazing Shelves: keeper. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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. 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 more 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 even teaches himself to lip-read to understand Annie more.
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. I almost wished Alex took a bullwhip for Annie father. Showing you at last how much both have grown by knowing each other and falling in love.
All I can say that it is: Beautiful. View all 20 comments. Oct 07, Mo rated it it was amazing. 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? Most of the books I have just left and never ordered in paperback. I onl 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.
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 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 View all 24 comments. Shelves: desert-island-keepers , read , historical-romance. Reviewed for www. 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. Anderson gives readers a lovely picture of how Annie views everything Reviewed for www. 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 more 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! 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. View all 7 comments. Sep 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it.
Even though I rated this 3. This book was different. The beginning was heart-breaking. The way that people, even her own family, treat Annie is horrible. 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 3. 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! You might love it though. The beginning was a little slow.
It was like she needed more words to meet a requirement so she added something extra at the end, but it was unnecessary.
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Thanks for the buddy read, Susanne!!!! View all 27 comments. May 03, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of tearjerker love stories. View all 12 comments. Feb 08, Sara Reads mostly LOTS of Romance rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , guy-is-hot-and-muscly-yum , mans-is-sweet , cute , dark-gritty-sad-emotions , i-cant-2much2handle , fave-couples , phenomenal , mademyheartbreak , ive-re-read-thistimes.
I literally stayed up until 2 am finishing this novel, and I don't regret it even though I'm falling asleep at work. THIS brb while i go cry som more 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 heroine This 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 more 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. That is all. Apr 27, Foxfire rated it did not like it.
I'm going to break ranks here and be the first person to give this book only one star. It was a beautifully written book, but it failed in one fundamental aspect - however hard I tried, I couldn't suspend disbelief.
The plot has more holes than the ozone layer. I gave up about half way through, too disgusted with the lack of credibility. At age five or six, Annie contracts fever and loses her hearing. Her parents declare she has become mentally retarded. Annie herself knows she has become deaf, b I'm going to break ranks here and be the first person to give this book only one star.
Annie herself knows she has become deaf, but no-one around her realizes. At twenty, Annie has grown into a lovely young woman, assumed to have the mind of a six year old, and yet her parents let her roam the woods alone all day long. This leads to Annie getting raped. Although her periods have stopped, her mother will not accept that she is pregnant until she begins to show, by which time it is too late for a termination.
Enter the rapists heroic brother, who very conventiently is sterile after a bout of mumps in his youth. He'll marry Annie, keep the baby, and send Annie back to her parents afterwards. Only, the noble hero begins to lust after her. Suddenly, it dawns on him that Annie is deaf, and without any further evidence he decides that she is an exceptionally intelligent young woman who will make him a wonderful wife.
It must have been difficult to draw the character of Annie - how much do people mature due to biological changes in our brain, how much due to external influences and social interaction? Annie can lip read and she has grown up among people, which should have allowed her to mature and develop, but yet, when we experience life through Annie's eyes, it is the mindset of a six year old.
The hero deciding to seduce her, despite her obvious lack of sexual awareness and the brutal rape she cannot comprehend or put into context, made me uneasy. When we add to this the physical description of Annie tiny, childlike, frail, etc we get troubling undertones of a grown man attracted to a woman with the mind and body of a child. Also, I felt the book went over the same ground too much. Time and time again we are told that Annie is a moron, imbecile, retard, backward. It started getting annoying, having the misdiagnosis rammed down my throat on every page.
Further, there are people in the book who are caricature evil - the hero's brother who commits the rape, Annie's parents, the nurse who is employed to look afer her. I prefer characters with a little more depth. I liked the writing, though, and will try one of the author's other books before giving up on her. View all 4 comments. Mar 26, Susanne rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-fiction.
More like a beautiful butterfly emerging, almost magically, from its chrysalis. This is a beautiful book. No doubt about it. I had ridiculous high hopes, and I'm sad to say it didn't really live up to those expectations. On the plus side: 1. Absolutely beautiful 2. So many heartwarming moments 3. A wonderful tale about a deaf girl who gets to experience love On the down side: 1.
Alex took care of Annie in the most wonderful way but I could not feel the sparkl More like a beautiful butterfly emerging, almost magically, from its chrysalis. Alex took care of Annie in the most wonderful way but I could not feel the sparkling love 2. A bit too slow for my taste It is a story about Annie. It reminded me a lot of Anne of Green Gables.
Too much, I think. Annie felt more like a child to me. And that in turn made me a little bit skirmish about the love story. I battled between 3 and 4 stars. I think it was 3. But the book was better than me liking it, so I'm rounding up. I think that maybe historical western is not my genre. Thank you Jennifer for reading it with me! View all 33 comments. Apr 09, Rossy rated it it was amazing Shelves: challengebooks , keepers , challenge-taboo , bodice-rippers. I read a few historicals a few years ago and thought at the time that it was just not my cuppa.
I could not figure out why that was the case, just that i could barely get through the stories. Then my very picky friend Gina started reading this book and i got curious. If she is enjoying herself so much while reading this book, and loving every minute of it Well i bought myself a copy and very glad i did. This was one of the best love story i had read in a I read a few historicals a few years ago and thought at the time that it was just not my cuppa. This was one of the best love story i had read in a while.
Heartbreaking at times but with depth. The flow of the story was just right for me and at no point did i think it was dragging. There were characters i wanted to hate, but found myself just feeling pity for them I'm not that forgiving, so i felt like stomping on them at least once.
LOL Oh and that ending! Had my inner girly-girl sighing like a teenager with a crush. My friend, Rane, did a fantastic job with her review.
View all 9 comments. Mar 02, bibliophile Romance Addict rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult , kick-ass-heroine , favorites , arranged-marriage , made-me-cry-like-a-baby , i-own , historical. I have started reading this book with no expectations whatsoever. However, it sucked me in from the start. I was very angry at some parts, giggling at some parts, and crying at other parts.
It was a roller coaster that forced me to experience so many emotions, and I hated so many characters in this book. Story: This is about a girl called Annie. On a very bad day, she got assaulted by a guy in the woods, leading her to become pregnant I have started reading this book with no expectations whatsoever. On a very bad day, she got assaulted by a guy in the woods, leading her to become pregnant.
Then, she start growing, becoming better. We get to know the reasons behind her actions, and how she's 'different'. I really love how she developed through out this book, and how everyone helped her. I love how he was good from the start, and he never lost his patience. He always helped Annie, and understood her more than anyone.
I have never heard of Catherin Anderson, so I wasn't expecting anything. However, after reading this, I was soon surprised because her writing is beautiful. I was so drawn into the book I found myself crying at some scenes, and laughing at others. I really like the vivid description, and the plot was very unique and different. Maddie is Irish and her language added a bit more humor to the book. She was very funny, and the way she treated Annie was adorable.
Especially the dad It showed how a person can grow to become a better person if they worked hard enough!! Main heroine: 5 stars. Main hero: 4 stars. Romance: 4. Steam: 2 stars. Plot: 4. Ending: 5 stars! View all 14 comments. Jan 02, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: romantic-hero , baby , favorites , safe , no-ow-omsafe , historical.
I would rate this a million stars if I could!!!! There are no other scenes with others. In fact, when the hero gets to thinking about sex, he can't even remember the last time he had it - my kind of guy right there! With an epilogue too! I loved this book fiercely. This has to be one of the best and romantic books I have ever read in my life. It makes me think I am really missing out on some of these oldies and I will definitely have to fix that problem very soon!
To hell with every damn book on my favorites list. This book takes the cake and then some. This story is about a girl named Annie who has nothing but love in her soul. She is a wonderful heroine who is simply misunderstood because she became deaf after a bad fever when she was 6 years old. Because Annie's mother has a brother that is "mad", they think Annie is the same.
She is treated as such by everyone in town as well as her parents. They all treat her horribly, but none worse than Douglas Montgomery the hero's brother. Because of the events in the prologue, Alex, our hero comes into the picture. That is all I am going to say in regards to the plot. I really don't want to ruin the story. I will say, he is hands down, my favorite hero of all time. He has every trait that I love in a man all rolled into one!
He is not a man whore, at all.
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He is a hard worker. He is caring, loving and longs for a family of his own - which he doesn't think he can have because he had complications from an illness when he was younger. He thinks he is sterile. He is truly Annie's savior. The things he does for her to get her to trust him and love him - simply amazing. He goes above and beyond to allow her to live a normal life and he excepts her as she is. Here are some quotes that I loved: "When he came within arm's length, he tapped her lifeless dance partner on the shoulder. Executing a polite bow, he said, 'May I have the honor of this dance?
A woman can never provide as tight a fit for her husband after the babies start coming along. I don't care if I have to tie a two-by-four to my ass to keep from falling in. That wasn't what I was asking. I want to know if she's going to be alright inside. Has this caused any permanent injury? I should have highlighted WAY more, but those are a few. I can't say again how good this book was! View all 16 comments. Jul 08, Suzanne Under the Covers Book blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: fugly-cover , genre-western , best-of-the-best , faves-couple-made-in-heaven , hero-i-wanna-hug , genre-historical-romance.
Surrounded by a bevy of loving sisters, two protective brothers and parents who wanted to see their children succeed, how could Anne Nolan's childhood have been anything but idyllic? And yet behind the fairytale script, behind the fame and glitz, lay hidden dark family secrets that have, until now, never been told. What drove a wedge between the sisters? Anne's story begins in Dublin and moves to the club scene of Blackpool, the scenes of a secret life - one that had to remain hidden, one of fear and pain that has cast a terrible shadow over her entire life.
Finally, after decades of silence, Anne Nolan reveals the brutal truth behind the Nolans' carefully cultivated image in this startling and gripping autobiography. Such an emotional book to read, but I have to give my upmost respect to Anne Nolan for having the courage to write about her past.