Review: Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson

Sunday, August 7
My rating:

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.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless "idiot girl." Tormented by guilt, Alex agrees to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, misjudged Annie and 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...and to be healed by Annie's sweet song of love.


****
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I am on a roll with my August reads - this is another beautiful hit!
Methinks I have now jinxed myself, but fuck it.

First off... spoilers. Spoilers everywhere. Don't say I didn't warn ya.

What I loved:
- I found myself grinning like a fool through so much of this book. The chapter with the flute... I was smiling at my Kindle so hard I was getting the side eye on the train.
- This is an amazingly heartwarming story. I was so invested in Alex and Annie's relationship, because they deserved each other. I couldn't picture a better match for either of them.
- Alex was such a good guy. I've been reading books that feature OTT alphas and, don't get me wrong, I love me summa that. But Alex was just a really good, really hard working, always-do-the-right-thing kind of guy and it was a breath of fresh air. Like - this is the kind of guy I would legit want to marry my best friend. And he always tries to put Annie first. 

She lifted her gaze to his, and a feeling arced between them that had nothing to do with seduction and everything to do with budding friendship. For Alex, it had to be enough. For Annie, it was a new beginning.
 
Also, he's wealthy without being cliche wealthy, he works hard, he's got experience with the ladies (of the night, anyway) and he's charming, but none of that is shoved down my throat. I fell in love with Alex because of who he was, not what I was told to think he was. I really liked how honest he was, too. Even when he was trying to be a good guy, he wasn't bland.
- The peripheral characters were painted so well, that (with two exceptions) I couldn't hate them. They were just real. Flawed, genuine people that were divulged to me slowly and organically. I just really, really enjoyed Catherine Anderson's writing.
- It's funny! There were so many actual LOL moments, that I feel I'm selling it short by saying LOL. When Annie's parents find out she's pregnant, she doesn't understand the drama because she hasn't been educated about birds and bees type things. She thinks she's getting chunky.

Annie clamped both palms over her stomach. She'd seldom seen her parents so upset. Surely she wasn't as fat as all that.
 
- I so enjoyed getting inside Annie's mind. She was never painted as an innocent saint, or an angel, despite Alex thinking that's exactly what she was. She could pout, and get pissy, and I still enjoyed getting to know her.

Upset? It was all Annie could do not to burst into angry tears. If she was married, then why hadn't her mama made her a dress? And why hadn't she gotten bunches of presents? She liked presents, and she liked pretty dresses even more. No party, no cake, no ceremony at the church. Nothing. How could she possibly be married?
 
She's also determined, and she has a completely one track mind when she wants something.

She stared at him in bewilderment, wishing he'd stick to the subject, which in her mind was the pretty dress and gifts that she'd been cheated out of.
 
- I liked how often CA could cut into an almost-cheesy scene with something that just made it... normal. Her characters never fit into any mold, and words cannot express how much I wanted this in a story.

A glisten of tears touched her luminous eyes. She gazed at him for several endless seconds before a smile started to quirk at the corners of her lips. Finally she said, "You are the stupid one, not me."
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- And no golden vaginas!! Annie was beautiful and flawed, and never painted as a goddess. Even the sounds she makes when she tries to talk do not come out like tinkling bells, and Alex acknowledges that and loves them anyway. I loved the realism.

What I didn’t love:
- Early on in the story, I was frustrated with how everyone - including Alex - was deciding Annie's life without her. Nobody gave her a chance, they just dictated her fate. I didn't stay pissed for long though, and Alex absolutely stepped up to the plate when he realised what the issue was.
- Someone needs to take a bullet to Douglas.

Overall…
August is being bloody good to me. I haven't hit a crappy read yet -and long may it last. This one is an American historic romance. It is warm, sweet, beautiful, unique, and I'm fairly certain it's going to stay stuck in my heart for a long, long time. Delicious!!



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