Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Annie’s Country Awakening by Bozena Zawisz, Annie’s parents decide to immigrate to Australia in the 1980s. Hoping for a better life, they take the opportunity to leave Poland and escape the financial uncertainty in the country. Annie carries the memory of her grandmother’s cottage with her. Unfortunately, life in Australia is not what they had envisioned as job opportunities are few. Soon, the new lifestyle starts to take a toll on the family. Annie is still hopeful that one day the right man will come along and rescue her. Meanwhile, Laura, Annie’s friend, is struggling to come to terms with the failure of her marriage. Przemek’s sudden announcement leaves her broken and wondering what to do to restore what was once a happy union.
Annie’s love story is not a happily ever after tale as it is marked by heartbreak and loss. As she longs for the right relationship, she falls into the hands of a cruel man and suffers devastating pain. Laura’s happy marriage also turns chaotic with Przemek’s unexpected desertion. The inclusion of Annie's and Laura’s emotional reactions to their situations gives the characters their depth. It also creates a point of connection to the main characters’ experiences. Annie’s memory of Poland and her pride in her heritage add flavor to the work and provide a background to the story. Annie’s Country Awakening by Bozena Zawisz is an emotional book that touches on Polish history. I enjoyed the depth of the story. It is tragic but still hopeful and would be a great read for any romance fan.