Since Cindy Thomson’s book “Annie’s Stories” follows a young woman with a great love of reading, any natural reader is bound to enjoy the title character’s journey. At a time when immigrants were still coming through Ellis Island and facing a poor economy, Annie’s own personal story takes a surprisingly deep and moving turn.
Annie comes from a laundry where women are falsely accused and then mistreated. She clings to her father’s written and illustrated stories, the only positive memory she has of home. Living in a boarding house with her unpleasant cousin, Annie dreams of setting up her own library and helping unwanted women learn and grow. When a detective with foul motives snoops around and a postman, Annie’s love interest, discovers a secret behind Annies’s father’s stories, things suddenly become complicated in the boarding house, and Annie is determined to stay independent with her head held high.
Author Cindy Thomson keeps the reader on the edge of her seat, anxious for resolution. Thomson’s story development is refreshing in that Thomson knows how to develop relationships slowly while keeping the action moving. The romance feels authentic and the story keeps you hooked with suspense, drama and emotion.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.