Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Children of the Most High," by Anna Scanlon

This book - described by readers as "powerful" and "unforgettable" - follows the journey of young Amish girl Rebecca, in the aftermath of a traumatic attack.

Children of the Most High: Book One, by Anna Scanlon
Price: $4.50
345 pages, with a 3.6-star rating from 9 reviews

"Anna Scanlon has written a book that delves into the inner workings of the strictest of the Amish communities. Having grown up surrounded by them, I find it refreshing when someone writes with more thought and reality, rather than glossy romance and feel-good stories. This book has it all....romance, emotion, family and conflict. It will leave the reader waiting for the sequel, to gain closure for those that they have grown to care about. If you love books that make you think and see the world from a different perspective, you will love this one!" -- Amazon reviewer

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Graber has lived in the safety of her close-knit conservative Amish community her entire life. She has been dating Zeke Stolzfus, the Bishop's son, since her first singing and anticipates the day when the two will marry. Rebecca's life changes overnight when Zeke, the boy she loves and trusts, forcibly takes her virginity. Taught to "turn the other cheek" like Jesus would have done, Rebecca's religion requires her to forgive Zeke and put the rape in the past. Family relationships and community ties are put to the test in the wake of Rebecca's trauma. Feeling abandoned by her religion's minimization of the assault, she embarks on a journey where she discovers the answers in the most unlikely of places. This powerful novel examines what forgiveness truly means.

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Meet the Author

Anna Scanlon is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but currently resides in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (she has previously lived in New York City, Budapest, Grenoble and Amsterdam). She holds an MA in History from the University of Amsterdam and is pursuing a PhD in History from the University of Leicester. She lectures and teaches on the Holocaust and art and consults with schools and theater companies who are working on Holocaust related material. She has been writing since she was a little girl, keeping diaries whilst pretending she was Laura Ingalls Wilder and writing historical fiction novels about WWII and the Oregon Trail (obviously based on the video game series!). In the third grade, she wrote an "adaptation" of her favorite film "My Girl" for her class. She blogs at http://www.annainwonderland.co.uk

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