A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller is a novel discussing life in the Amana Colonies during the year of 1892-1893. Dovie Cates has just lost her mother to influenza and her father is planning to move to Texas. She has been living in the German part of Cincinnati but she has always wondered about her mother’s family in the Amana Colonies in Iowa but her mother was so secretive about her life there before she married. Now that she was dead there was only one way to find out about her family and that was to visit them. Surprisingly when she asked her father if she could visit them he had said that she could. At 22 years old she was an adult but as a single woman she needed a chaperone to protect her reputation. The short time she spends there she plans to discover what had happened to her mother to make her so sad—what her secrets were as well; as learn to live in the religious Amana colonies.
This is an interesting book and I loved it. The Amana Colonies and their German background is an interesting backdrop to the story. It was a good quick read at 337 pages which easily holds the reader’s attention and it hard to put down. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read it.
This book was provided by Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group for this review.