Joanna (Sunfire, #5)
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Joanna (Sunfire #5)

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The chance for a new life, the hope for a new love... Were they worth the risk of leaving home? Would she have to defy everything -- even love?
From her simple farm life in Vermont, Joanna bravely joins the growing number of girls working in the textile mills in 1836. With her she carries the painful memory of Jed, a young man who has left her, loving the sea more then he l...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 19th 1984 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published September 1984)
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Jennifer King Durrant
Oh how I LOVED the Sunfire romance series when I was growing up!!! And Joanna was one of my most favorites. Fun to rediscover these books... now I want to re-read them!
One of the earlier titles in this out of print mid-80s series of historical romance fiction for teens. I had never read this one, and for your typical romantic historical written on a formula it is not half bad. If you can get past the ever present dilemma the heroine is always in -- choosing between two men -- you can actually enjoy the history, which (at least in this one) is told well. Joanna Adams becomes a Lowell mill girl, hoping to "improve herself", but discovers that the women are mistr...more
I read this as a kid and loved it. The history and characters jumped off the page for me and I still remember it decades later.

Rereading 7/2012. Found a copy. Funny, I probably read this 25 years ago and it was so familiar. There's a part when Joanna thinks how old her stepmother is-almost 40. I agreed when I first read the book and now I'm closing in on 40. I would like to read some adult historicals in the U.S. like these books. The women (and men) in this book shaped early American history. T...more
Feb 01, 2012 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance novels
Another of the historical fiction romance novels in the Sunfire series. I read so many of these books as a young teenager. This series was really my only foray into romance novels. I guess the historical part made them brainy enough for me.

I don't remember much about this one. I have a faint recollection of one of Joanna's suitors being off at sea, and I do remember the clinch happening on the book's front cover. Otherwise, nothing, really.
I had a thing for historical romance books in junior high school and I picked up two books from this historical series.
I remember being really impressed with the author's use of details and how she was very true to the period. I can recall years later some of the details of the mills/factories where Joanna worked. Very good read.
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