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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453739424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453739426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Bell is the author of eleven contemporary fiction books, one children's book, and three educational technology books. She has a Master of Library and information Students from the University of Hawaii and has done extensive research on the early Quakers in Philadelphia including a trip to the area in 2005. She currently lives in Georgetown, Texas.

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Ann (Anna Mae) Bell combined a career in education with writing and research. One facet of her life strengthened the other. After living in Iowa, Montana, Guam, Hawaii, and Oregon, Mrs. Bell currently makes her home in Georgetown, Texas.

Mrs. Bell started her writing career by authoring a series of nine books for Heartsong Presents (Autumn Love, Contagious Love,Inspired Love, Distant Love, Healing Love, Compassionate Love, Love Remembered, Love Abounds, and Mended Wheels). Barbour Press republished the first four books into one volume "Montana" and the second four into "Montana Skies." Those eight books were reprinted in large print by Thorndike Press.

In recent years, she went on to publish three educational technology books "Creating Digital Video in Your School," "Handheld Computers in Schools and Media Center," and "Exploring Web 2.0 - Second Generation Interactive Tools" along with one children's book "The Adventures of Scampy Churchmouse," an historical novel "Rebekah's Journey" and an biographical novel "The Sister of Mary Dyer: The High Price of Freedom."

A native of Adel, Iowa, Mrs. Bell received a B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a Library Media Endorsement from the University of Montana, and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Hawaii.

A complete biography is available in Thomson Gale's 2007 "Contemporary Authors" Series, Volume 259.

Customer Reviews

Rebekah is a very well developed character.
Swainia
Even the main character, Rebekah, is so blandly *good* that she is a complete bore.
K. Anderson
Those Quakers sowed the seeds which bless and bewilder us today.
Erma M. Edwards

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Moses on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
For a fascinating peek into the culture of early Britt/American religious culture, this book
personifies the disparate efforts on behalf of simple families to integrate their strong
spiritual beliefs into the systems of two different continents. Rebecca's journey begins in
England but moves seamlessly into the new and exciting setting of America. Quaker families were
staunch in their beliefs, yet desperately wanted to be accepted by society as a whole. The journey
taken by Rebecca offers few opportunities for her to bring financial assistance to her poverty-ridden
family back in England, but it does give her the chance she wouldn't have had otherwise to expand
the family vision of simplicity, authenticity and righteous living into the New World.

Rebecca's obsession with avenging her father's death,while bringing a measure of improved health for
her dying mother grips her constantly. As her brother's only chance to become educated and trained
for their future is never far from her consciousness. The quaint speech of the Quakers, the
peek into their spiritual lives, offers a richness to the story. The poverty of the
times is almost unbelievable, yet lends itself to new understandings of the austerity they
were immersed in. Great story, rich characters and exciting scenarios will keep you from
putting this novel down until you're finished.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Artie Stockton on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
As an avid reader of historical fiction, I look for characters who make the facts of the story come to life. This is the case with Rebekah's Journey. How could we not feel every emotion that ripped her young soul and mind as she made her journey and established a life in the new world. As for facts, the threads that wove the Quakers' story into America's tapestry are ones that have had great impact, and it is such books as these that give readers insight into sometimes long-neglected accounts of those early indentured servants, many of whom helped develop this great country.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna Wisecup on March 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
DISAPPOINTED - I did finish reading this book (it didn't take me long). I have read many historical novels but this book left me wondering if I had chosen one for an elementary reader. It's so basic with no real character development or plot. Even Rebekah's thoughts are shallow and the descriptions are non-existent. The stories of these Quaker families and their plight for religious freedom from England to America had so much promise but the writing quality of this book just isn't there. In the end this book left me hanging wanting more, so much more. No depth in character study for Rebekah, John Reynolds, the Reynolds's family, especially relationship between Sarah and Rebekah. No depth in describing Rebekah's journey or of her inner thoughts and feelings, (repeating the fact she misses her family was a no brainer). I am sorry I didn't investigate the writing before I bought this book even if it was ONLY $5.00.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erma M. Edwards on November 9, 2010
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Ann Bell is insightfully accurate in her portrayals of 1700s England and the New World. You feel like you are doing the living in the middle of the many deadly dangers and unexpected opportunities awaiting around the next corner. Just when things appear hopeless, a way through opens. Just when things appear to be going great, the bottom drops out. These developments are revealed in ways that all of us find familiar and believable. Her characters truly live for us and we care about them. The times they live in are analyzed with a simplicity and genuineness which is impressive to read. She gets the tensions right between the Quakers and non-Quakers (including Ben Franklin), and between the Quakers and Quakers. The people ebb-and-flow in their moral development and wisdom. Issues of romantic competitiveness, finding your way in a profession, combatting severe depressions, treatment of minorities, using political influence, and child-rearing are raised in thought-provoking ways. Ann Bell accurately depicts the Quaker society and its challenges in a manner which sheds light on the similar challenges which continue to beset Quakers of our modern times. Those Quakers sowed the seeds which bless and bewilder us today. What a great way to live history and ponder social interactions which are ever present. The Quakers of colonial England and the new world had a major influence on how the Western world developed, and Bell has effectively introduced us to it. There is much more to reveal, and it is to be hoped she will continue in telling us more about the Quaker influences and quandries, and making them come alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leonard G. Bruce on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Rebecca's Journey is a moving and inspiring testament to not only the faith
and frustrations of Quaker immigrants, but also to the ability for us all to
measure determination, revenge, and desire into one's reason for living. The
reader is immediately drawn into Rebecca's life through a colorfully,
descriptive narrative that creates a sincere interest to turn the page,
complete the next chapter, and look for the resolution that the author has
artistically woven into the plot and characters that make up the journey
Rebecca is drawn to live.

The story is intriguing, fast moving, and based on the underlying support of
the ability of faith to guide and provide for life's hardships and blessings.
The characters are realistically drawn and completely developed through their
interactions and the author's insight and subdued point of view.

Rebecca's Journey will be more than a summer read. It will leave the reader
with a renewed sense of purpose and a wonder of the strength of faith in our
own lives today. I strongly recommend Rebecca's Journey to be your journey and
that you share the emotions that Ann Bell has created with this, her latest
work.
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