You. I would be an insane, hysterical mess, but Anna's sadness felt more like one would feel when. -at-times book started moving at neck-breaking speed. Anna ends up fleeing to some Arab village across the. shock, she somehow fits right in and falls in love with the culture and life there. What? I have. had the opportunity to travel, live near a big city, even have access to the internet and tv. Even. feel an instant connection with some cultures and absolutely love them, but does that make the transition into them. coming from the background of a former Puritan like Anna? The author must have a passion, or at least. I just finished Year of Wonders and I absolutely loved it...although I have read a lot of reviews. , I felt like she was the one ray of light. If she had spent most of the book mourning.