Annie’s Stories is an Ellis Island novel by Cindy Thomson. Cindy’s Ellis Island series tells the stories of various immigrants to the US in the early 1900s. In this novel we hear the story of Annie, a Irish lass saved from the Magdalene Laundries after her father dies. She goes to the US as a housekeeper for Mrs. Hawkins of Hawkins House, a boarding house for young ladies. Annie feels despondent and hopeless since her father’s death and her only source of joy is her father’s stories that he left for her. She finds out some awesome secrets about her father though as she tries to publish these stores, as well as more about her past.
I loved this story! A large part of it is about her getting a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was contemporaneous with the setting of the story. She learns much from Dorothy and that little story and since I love the stories from Oz it made this novel so much more endearing to me. Not only that, but Cindy has a way of writing characters that are totally believable. There is a sweet love story in the novel and the characters were so simple with it that it made it extra sweet. I truly loved this book!