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Wilderness Days (Boston Jane #2)

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"Remember -- you make your own luck." Abandoned on the frontier by her faithless fiance, Jane Peck prepares to head home, only to learn that the Philadelphia life she once knew is no more. But can a proper young lady find happiness as the only woman in a primitive pioneer settlement? Armed with only a finishing-school education and her natural determination, Jane must endu ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by HarperTrophy (first published September 1st 2002)
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Lisa
May 07, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I liked this better than the first. It could also be called "Jane Grows Up" or "Jane Gets Over Herself" b/c that's what happens. The time frame is relatively short, but she grows a lot. Of course, her father died and she spends the whole beginning of the book wallowing in self pity. Then she gets eaten by the jealousy monster with a new woman in the settlement. Her 'woe is me, and poor little me and nobody loves me' attitude is finally broken in the wilderness and she truly becomes the Jane I ho ...more
Jen
Aug 30, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this series at the request of my 13 year old. This second book is a fun and innocent story with a stubborn, yet likable heroine. 3.5 stars.
Laura
Sep 05, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Sometimes sequels can feel weak, but I liked this addition to Boston Jane as much as the first book. The characters continue to grow (although they are not overly complex---keep the target audience in mind), they deal with real and difficult issues like relationships between local native tribes and settlers, and you also get a sense of the history of the area as a backdrop for the story. My only complaint is that, having read the first book, there was a bit too much recapping of story lines. I s ...more
Marklessgirl
Nov 25, 2015 Marklessgirl rated it it was amazing
This book was sad. But not that sad there where happy times and sad and jealous times and it was a lot like real life I think. Jane was really learning about herself and everyone.
I really want the next and last book (sadly)
This book is crazy! Some of the things I saw coming but some I did not and that was really fun! You get more of all the characters from the first book (well the ones that do not die in book one) and there are a few new ones! That I found really interesting!

Not really a spoile
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Sienna
Jul 14, 2014 Sienna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give it a 4.5 if that were possible. Such a fun adventure story and the I loved the romance! It's truly interesting to see how Jane copes with the prevalent difficulties of living in the wilderness, including a difficult journey to save a man who has a murderer on his trail! Exciting! (view spoiler) ...more
Maggie
Dec 03, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
The first in the trilogy was an amazing novel, and the second one didn't disappoint me. I really like a lot of the characters, but unfortunately, the one with the most annoying flaw is the main character, Miss Jane Peck. She tends to overreact and make things worse (in all three books, even when she thinks she's learned her lesson at the end of Wilderness Days!), and I think the author could've gone a little easier on Jane's tendency to lash out at people.

Overall, the pace of writing and the for
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Jamie
So... I take issue with people in books not seeing things that are obvious to me. But maybe I'm being unreasonable. So let's look at this in bullet-point fashion.

-I understood from early in book 1 that Jane's father was dying. But maybe Jane was too wrapped up in herself to see the glaringly obvious clues that I saw.
-Also, there wasn't a super convenient time in book 1 to introduce that information to Jane, something that... kind of bothers me.
-But it WAS a plot point in book 2 (kind of a big on
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Heather
Sep 12, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Soooooo, I read it. I liked it. Maybe 3.5 stars. But there were things in it that left me a little flat. Her relationship with Jehu didn't feel "authentic" to me -- it was too hot and cold. Hard to explain. I know my daughter and teenage niece just ADORED this book, and I can see why. But it just didn't work as well for me. Maybe my tastes are growing up. Sad.
Still, a very cute and fun story: good adventure, fun plot, and interesting character development. Not a bad read. And yes, I am currently
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Charity
Jun 10, 2016 Charity rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first and can't wait to read the third. I just love Jane! Reminds me a lot of myself. This author has an ability to weave a story that is realistic and relatable and unforgettable. Highly recommend especially if you live strong women characters.
Isidora Subotic
Apr 14, 2016 Isidora Subotic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Jane Peck is sixteen and living in Shoalwater Bay. Her eyes are set on Jehu, and vise versa. Most of this book is about the dangers of Mr. Black. Mr. Black used to trap beavers for fun with Mr. Russell and a few other men. However, when Mr. Black was mauled by a bear, everyone thought he was dead and left him under some leaves without supplies. This was MANY years ago and Mr. Black is alive. Worse, he is out for revenge! All the men are dead except for Mr. Russell so Jane, Jehu, and Keer-ukso ha ...more
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This book takes place in the late 1800's in Philadelphia.
Jane does not act like a lady. She spits with the boys, eats Mrs. Parker's cherry pies, and ends up with cherries all over herself. When William arrives to live with Jane and her father, he encourages her to attend a school that will teach her better manners-to mold her into a quiet lady who is proper. When William sets sail from Philadelphia to explort eh new frontier, all the way to the
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Libby Ames
Aug 03, 2009 Libby Ames rated it really liked it
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Sara Weber
Jun 30, 2014 Sara Weber rated it really liked it
I'm reading this series after my 11 year old daughter read them and recommended them to me. I didn't love the second book as much as the first, but still really liked it (I gave it 4 stars). And I'm now on to read book #3.
Sivon
Jan 13, 2016 Sivon added it
I found myself wishing the author would just get Jane and Jehu together once and for all. Even still, the book was a good read, and I'm off to start reading the third in the series.
Grace
I absolutely love this series! I finished Boston Jane #1 at around 12:00 A.M (I was so intrigued) and then went out to buy Boston Jane #2 because I was so excited! I was not disappointed. I finished this book in 2 days. This book is awesome!!!
Okay, now, I'm editing this review, two years later. I still totally love this book, even though I've outgrown the age group. Vibrant, fun historical fiction. You love Jane because she has SO many faults--she's so real! I love Keer-ukso, and I kind of have
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Mary
Sep 05, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Another fun, quick read in the Boston Jane series. It is so refreshing to find well-written, entertaining YA books with strong female characters and a squeaky clean story.
Renae
Aug 03, 2014 Renae rated it it was amazing
Since I read this entire series in two days, I'm just going to write my overall review on the series on the third book's review. Love Jennifer's writing!
Rachel M.
The first book in this series is by far the best! Although there are some unbelieveable elements in the first book, much more implausible things occur in the second book, such as the whole deal with the "ghost-murderer." Also, I did not enjoy the second book as much because Jane acts like an immature brat. She storms off when she doesn't get her way or is misunderstood, and she automatically assumes that people are out to get her. She's a very belligerant person. I would definitely recommend thi ...more
Melissa
Oct 08, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
I would probably give the whole series more like a 2.5 stars, I liked the idea of the story , but there wasn't very good dialogue between the main characters and she didn't finish ideas or thoughts in the story so it made you just wonder what happened next , I don't like that. I just don't think it was written very well, the author had to remind us of little things that happened in the first book literally every few pages like we were retarded and couldn't remember what we had just read 5 pages ...more
Wendy
Jun 09, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
A great adventure staring Boston Jane! She is still whiny but is growing and learning and becoming a great heroine.
Mckenzie
Sep 10, 2014 Mckenzie rated it really liked it
it was ok, it of course not as the first book, but ok. all i got to say is you hate the enemy as much as jane does.
Julie
Mar 21, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to Julie by: I read book 1
This series is entertaining, and I suppose I learned a bit from it too. There are a few people and events grounded in historical fact, such as the Stevens negotiations where the governor tried to get the area's Indian population to move onto a reservation (and failed miserably).

Jane herself is a real pip. She acts like such an idiot at times... but I keep having to remind myself that she is only 16. Some of it is so cringeworthy - I'm sure we have all done things equally stupid in our time. Even
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Nicole
Sep 13, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Such a fun series. I love that Jane's character seems real as well as her life events. I love Jehu and his quiet admiration for her. A fun, easy to read story!
Linda
Nov 25, 2009 Linda rated it liked it
I did not like the character as much in the second book, but still enjoyed the adventure of the story as it continued from book one. I recommend having all three books(Boston Jane: Wilderness Days and Boston Jane: The Claim) at the same time so you can read them all as one book. For me the three need to be read as one so you get the feel you read a good story from beginning to an ending. You will especially want to have book 3 after reading book 2 because of the ending of book 2 will leave you h ...more
Anna Murdock
Jul 01, 2016 Anna Murdock rated it really liked it
these are fun books, Hailey and I both enjoyed them
Qasim
Sep 09, 2015 Qasim rated it really liked it
Really cool!!!
Perfect for adventurous girls....
Renae
This was always my favorite of the trilogy. Jane deals with her decision to stay in Washington Territory and the news of her father's loss, and also with feelings of under appreciation by the frontiersmen of the settlement. There's a misunderstanding with Jehu, the handsome sailor, and also a mysterious stranger who threatens Jane's good friend and nemesis, Mr. Russell. Pretty short timespan, but I liked seeing Jane grow over the course of the novel. She learns more about what makes a person and ...more
Krissy Stoeger
Aug 19, 2014 Krissy Stoeger rated it it was amazing
excellent - I would read again and again
Brittany
Sep 30, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I love this second book in this series it is very good and funny and I would recommend it to anyone
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra
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Boston Jane (3 books)
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