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Subject: Catherine Anderson - Annie's Song?
Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:15 PM ET
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I've only read one Catherine Anderson book - Phantom Waltz - and I liked it but didn't love it. Tell me what you thought of Annie's Song. Good, Great - just so so. I find the premise interesting.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:26 PM ET
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I think it's one of her best. Not as... didactic, is the word that comes to mind, as Phantom Waltz.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:32 PM ET
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I have loved all of Catherine Anderson's books.  I think they are well-written and as the parent of two disabled children, I love that many of her heroines live with a variety of disabilities and still manage to find love and happiness. 

Pamela Morsi has a wonderful book called Simple Jess.  The hero was deprived of oxygen at birth and is "simple or slow", but does learn and understand over time.  It's a very sweet story, but the dedication made me cry.  It reads - This book is dedicated to my daughter, one of God's chosen who will never read this book, but can read her name - LELIA.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:39 PM ET
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Oh thanks for recommending Simple Jess! It sounds great and I just added it to my RL.



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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:48 PM ET
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Theresa - I also have a special needs child, and that dedication really got to me too.  Though my son is definitely far more complex than simple. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:52 PM ET
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Willa - My daughters fall on the "complex" end of things too!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:07 PM ET
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I really liked Annie's Song, but i like most from Catherine Anderson she tugs at the heartstrings.

Thanks for the recommendation of Simple Jess, It has gone on my WL!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:09 PM ET
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LOVED IT!!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:23 PM ET
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Good - better than I thought it would be, judging by the first couple of chapters.  A little melodramatic though.  Especially the last chapter.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Annie's Song was a book of the month selection here one month. It was a fantastic book!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:50 PM ET
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If you do a forum search of Annie's Song you'll see the book discussion. 

I loved it. But I might be a bad one to ask because she's one of my top 10 favorite author's.  I have yet to read a book of hers I didn't like.  I like that her main characters aren't perfect. 

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 8:58 AM ET
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Mom of two complicated special needs children here too- do I detect a theme?  I think I read romance for a little escapism!

BTW, my kids have autism and mitochondrial myopathy.  DD (14) just got a g-tube put in a couple of weeks ago.  Between the snow and that I'm spending lots of time between the pages of a book!

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 10:02 AM ET
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Raising my hand too - also the mom of a special needs teenager.  My son has autism and chronic bowel irritation.

Getting back to Annie's Song.  I enjoyed it but my only complaint was that the hero treated Annie almost like a child, even though he figured out she was deaf and not mentally disabled.  I don't know.   I do agree with Kim that the last bit was a little over the top.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 11:42 AM ET
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I loved it.  It's one of my favorite Catherine Anderson books.  I had a hard time with Phantom Waltz myself.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:50 PM ET
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ASD, SID and ADHD. It's just alphabet soup around here!

(That's autistic spectrum disorder and sensory integration disorder, btw.)

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 1:56 PM ET
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Yea, I really love the book too. This book was only book I read by Catherine Anderson so I really want to read more by her..any recommendation ladies?

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 2:15 PM ET
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I really liked Keegan's Lady and My Sunshine.  I like most of her books but those two and Annie's Song are my three favorites of hers.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 2:20 PM ET
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My sixteen year old has Fragile X syndrome and survived a stroke at birth.  She also lives on the spectrum (autism) and has a long list of diagnosis related (or not) to the Frax and stroke.  We lost our youngest five years ago.  She had severe microcephaly, spastic quad, and was really sick so we spent lots of time in the hospital. 

I definitely read to escape!  My mom was offended that I wasn't reading the depressing books she recommended.  I finaly had to tell her that I had more than enough reality in my life and didn't need anymore.  She hasn't recommended a book in years!

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 3:00 PM ET
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Another book of Catherine Anderson's that I really liked is Seventh Heaven

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 3:35 PM ET
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I'm so sorry about your loss, Theresa.  Yes, romance is my main escape too.  Before, I used to drown in information; I must've read every pregnancy and parenting book out there. Then after my son was born, the parenting books started to freak me out, because he was so different from how he was "supposed" to be.  Reading became hard for me; romances were the only thing that was easy. I am just slowly starting to be able to read nonfiction and other genres again.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 4:19 PM ET
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Not that it is the same thing at all, but I read romance and love the ones with children because I was never able to have any of my own.  My relationships, until this one, always fell apart because I couldn't have kids.  I love the books with kids.  I love the ones like, Not Quite A Husband, where he loves her and wants her, even though she can't have kids.  No surprise.....

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 4:30 PM ET
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Both my kids have severe ADHD w/ODD thrown in for good measure for my daughter. My hubby and I don't  get out much, because a. I don't have alot of people I trust and B. the people I do trust know my kids and refuse to take them both on at once.(yes, even medicated) So yes I read alot of romance to escape. I have some other Catherine Anderson's, some older ones, I will have to dig them out and refresh my memory on them, before I can recommend them or not. So I will get back to you. :-)

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 5:09 PM ET
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As a parent of 2 typically abled children who keep me constantly challenged (and very tired!), I am in awe of you moms raising special needs children!

Theresa - I am also so sorry for your loss.

Thanks for the info ladies - I'm going to it a try and I'll let you know what I think:-)

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 5:44 PM ET
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Hey, I have two "normal", healthy & all that, and trust me on this, they are all special needs children:P

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 5:55 PM ET
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I love all of Catherine Anderson's books, espectially the Coulter/Kendrick series (that's a series Phantom Waltz) was part of.  Definitely read them in order because the characters continue through the books.

I haven't read Annie's Song, but after reading about it, the book is now on my "to do" list.

Personally, I'm a sucker for books that bring me to tears.  That's why I love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series too.  Sometimes I'm in the mood for a good suspense book and sometimes for a tear jerker.  There's room in my reading for all kinds of books.

 

 

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