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Danielle (Sunfire #4)

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  259 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Twice she'd lost her heart, but who was her life-long love?
It is 1814 when New Orleans beauty Danielle Verlaine helps Geoffrey, a young pirate, escape from her family's plantation and the authorities. Immediately she is captivated by his dashing good looks and dangerous lifestyle. While her fiance, Paul, is both handsome and sweet, Danielle yearns for something more. Her c
Paperback, 362 pages
Published 1984 by Scholastic
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Jul 25, 2008 Edallia rated it did not like it
“(See my review of "Amanda" for my series overview.)

Despite my nitpicky carping on, I am truly and thoroughly enjoying my massive Sunfire re-read project.

Until this... this... festering mound of... this. (This was one volume I could never find as a teen, so this is a first-time read.)

Danielle is the story of an irritating little princess and her irritating parents, who reside on an irritating plantation outside of New Orleans, a non-irritating place that should not have been associated with this
This is one of the more "perfect" Sunfires out there, in that belief has to be suspended and cliches abound. Danielle Verlaine's father is a sugar cane plantation owner in 1814 New Orleans who refuses to have slaves, but instead pays free men a decent wage. Nice and tidy for our heroine to be entirely palatable for modern sensibilities, but realistically the family wouldn't be wealthy at all with that business arrangement. It's a pretty glaring thing to overlook, and since it was referred to sev ...more
Ok, so the Sunfire books were romance novels for young teenagers, romance novel lite, if you will.

Each one was set in a different historical era.

And as you can probably tell from looking at the covers, each young woman was facing a choice between two young men. Wow! Most of my teenage life, not even one fellow was interested in me, so I was pretty intrigued by the idea of having to make a choice of men. I was basically just ready to take whoever came along and expressed a little interest in me.
Yeah, I'm not happy with this book. Not happy at all. I loved Danielle, but both of her suitors, ugh, didn't care for either of them to much. All the interaction with Paul was mostly flashbacks or Danielle refusing to marry him, which only made me see him as a stuck up prat. Geoffery was your typical dashing pirate, but with all of Danielle's girlish fantasies of him, it was easy for a reader to look past that and see what he was really all about. I much perfered Christopher to either of those t ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Natasha rated it it was ok
*Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order*

Danielle Verlaine is insufferable almost from the very beginning of this book. She's rebellious (we know this because she swam in the Mississippi River in her underthings) and rides alone in the streets of 1814 New Orleans (which is okay because she carries a set of horse pistols). She's being courted by the completely boring Paul, who she doesn't take seriously. "You'll have my love when you're a rich and famous captain," she fl
Jan 14, 2010 Lori rated it liked it
Swoon. I remember reading so many of this collection in middle school. I love a good clean historical fiction romance.

"Sunfire was the name of a series of 32 young adult books put out by Scholastic, Inc. during the 1980s. The books always took place during an interesting point in American history and featured a girl who was usually ahead of her time in her attitudes and actions. The basic plot usually involved her being caught up in the particular historic event of the time while also having to
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I was enjoying my reread of Sunfires until Danielle. This one was just not...good. It was *okay* in the beginning when something was going on besides spoiled Danielle and creepy Geoffrey's relationship. Then the war ends and we just have Danielle obsessing thinking about Geoffrey. Oh, merchants are going broke because they can't sell their stuff...but what about Geoffrey? Oh, tons of people just died in a terrible war...but what about Geoffrey? This got very old, very quickly. Oh, Geoffrey just ...more
DH Hanni
Oct 10, 2014 DH Hanni rated it did not like it
Ugh. The only reason why I read this is because when I was in high school, I read this series of books but my local library never had this one. Since my first name is Danielle I thought how awesome would it be to read something with my name. Don't judge me for idiotic teenager thinking. I honestly had no clue that these books were YA historical romance. I never cared about the romance portion of them and was more interested by the historical background. Fast forward to this year when I bought th ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Shelly rated it did not like it
Still reading/rereading the Sunfires. I did not read this one in my preteen years (thank goodness). It is pretty horrendous. There is not anything to redeem it. Plot and characters were boring and unlikable. So sorry that I bought it. Not recommended!
Erin Goettsch
Mar 25, 2016 Erin Goettsch rated it really liked it
This was the first "smut" (or what I thought was smut) I ever read, and as a teenager I thought it was the sexiest thing under the sun. I just found it cleaning out some old boxes, and re-read it. It sort of delighted me anew, but mostly from nostalgia I think.
Jan 08, 2009 Dani rated it it was ok
I honestly tried to read this one about five time, and could never get through the first third. I wanted to like it, having the same name, but it never could keep my attention. I still have this book, maybe someday I will pick it up, and get through it.
Nov 02, 2010 Madison rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I would deffinately recommend this to other people. Except you guys. I am pretty sure you do not want to read a love/romance novel.
Second reading (at least)--the date below
Sori Fant
Apr 18, 2012 Sori Fant rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this one with the pirate (As I am a big fan of them) But I was very disappointed by the writing.
Sep 09, 2013 Meghan rated it did not like it
Shelves: sunfire
Danielle was childish and stupid and I can't see why Paul still wanted her.
Apr 11, 2011 Kristy rated it really liked it
Historical fiction, I was fifteen, and I LOVED it!!!
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Apr 24, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it
I feel like I'm far too generous with my ratings, because I seem to give most books four stars. A ten star system would be much better. As it is, this is a lowish four stars. I found it fascinating to find out what was real and what was fictional when reading this one. It was never one of my favourites in the series, although it's still pretty good.
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