When Ruth was a little girl, she was attacked in the forest by a wolf with green eyes. Her older brother Stephen saved her life and drove off the wolf...moreWhen Ruth was a little girl, she was attacked in the forest by a wolf with green eyes. Her older brother Stephen saved her life and drove off the wolf -- but even nine years later, she is haunted by the memories of that day, and still lives with the scars of the wolf's attack. Shortly after the attack, Stephen and their cousin, Peter, left to join the Crusades, and Ruth took solace in taking Stephen's place in their father's blacksmith shop. Now Peter has returned from the Holy Land with the news that Stephen died in Jerusalem. With her beloved brother dead, Ruth feels her fear of the wolf becoming worse -- especially when she is walking through the woods to visit her grandmother, a healer who was banished from the village after being accused of witchcraft. One day while working in the forge, Ruth meets William the young earl of Lauton. Ruth and William fall in love -- but a dark shadow hangs over a William, an evil magic that has cursed the men of his family for generations. Will their love be strong enough to conquer that evil?
I highly recommend this wonderful blend of fairy tale, history, romance, and magic to teen readers. This enchanting, romantic love story is my favorite book from the "Once Upon a Time" series. I love the setting, characters, and the very romantic love story. (less)
This is the second book in The Promised Land Diaries series. This series is set in Biblical times and uses a diary format to tell the stories of ficti...moreThis is the second book in The Promised Land Diaries series. This series is set in Biblical times and uses a diary format to tell the stories of fictional young girls who encounter notable women of the Bible.
Rhoda begins her diary when she is seven years old in the year 2091 BC, as she is about to leave her home of Haran. Her parents are dead, and her older brother, fifteen-year-old Javen, is not yet old enough to provide for Rhoda and their little brother, four-year-old Dibri. The three siblings join the household of Abram and Sarai, who follow the same new belief in one god as Rhoda's father did. As Rhoda struggles to adjust to her new nomadic life, she takes an almost instant liking to Sarai, who is like a mother to all the children in her household, having never been blessed with a child of her own. As Rhoda grows up, she describes in her diary her own struggles as she becomes a young woman, the places she travels, as well as the story of Sarai and Abram, who later become Sarah and Abraham.
This book can be enjoyed by young readers interested in a more personal retelling of this Bible story from a young girl's point of view, as well as those who enjoy historical fiction about ancient times, as it contains many details of what life was like for the nomadic people of the desert four thousand years ago. (less)
Eleven-year-old Felicity Merriman, her mother, and her younger siblings are spending the summer of 1776 at King's Creek, the plantation the family inh...moreEleven-year-old Felicity Merriman, her mother, and her younger siblings are spending the summer of 1776 at King's Creek, the plantation the family inherited from Felicity's grandfather. Felicity enjoys riding her beloved horse, Penny, exploring the woods with her siblings, and remembering the happy days spent there before Grandfather's death. She is also enjoying learning about the plants of the area from Mr. Haskall, a visitor at a neighboring plantation who is studying the plants of Virginia. However, Felicity fears the peace of King's Creek Plantation may be interrupted. There are rumors of British soldiers raiding Patriot plantations and stealing horses. And soon, Felicity begins to notice that Mr. Haskall's behavior is very suspicious. Could her new friend be a British spy?
This was an enjoyable historical mystery for young readers that will be most enjoyed by fans of the Felicity stories. The book is slightly longer then the regular American Girls books as well, which means it's perfect for readers beginning to outgrow those books but who still love the characters. However, the story also works as a stand alone book for those readers who haven't read other Felicity books but enjoy historical fiction set in Colonial times. (less)
This is the third book in The Promised Land Diaries series. This series is set in Biblical times and uses a diary format to tell the stories of fictio...moreThis is the third book in The Promised Land Diaries series. This series is set in Biblical times and uses a diary format to tell the stories of fictional young girls who encounter notable women of the Bible.
Eleven-year-old Alisah's diary begins in Canaan in 1986 BC. Ever since her father began to go blind, the family has fallen on hard times. Alisah's older sister, Tova, decides to become betrothed in order to help the family. Alisah must also do her part to help her family. Her parents arrange for her to join the household of Isaac and Rebekah, where she will work to help provide for the family. Alisah doesn't want to go; she has only been away from home a few times, and never without her parents. However, she finds that Rebekah and her elderly nursemaid, Deborah, are kind, and she makes friends with some other children.
This book was a nice, charming story about a young girl's life growing up in ancient times. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this book, just have an interest in life long ago. I recommend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction about the ancient world or who would like to learn about Biblical times through a young girl's diary.(less)
Sarah Louisa Wheelock grew up on a run-down Michigan farm with a domineering, abusive father, a timid mother unwilling to protect herself and her chil...moreSarah Louisa Wheelock grew up on a run-down Michigan farm with a domineering, abusive father, a timid mother unwilling to protect herself and her children, a crippled older brother, and two sisters, Clarice, who found her escape in marriage, and flirtatious Betsy, who could do no wrong in their father's eyes. At sixteen, Sarah longs for freedom even as the country is engulfed by the beginnings of the Civil War. Her father would have her married to their repulsive neighbor Ezekiel Kunkle, a man twice Sarah's age. But Sarah has her own plans. She runs away from home disguised as a boy and enlists in the Union Army. When her identity as a girl is discovered, Sarah is given two options - go to prison, or become a spy. Sarah chooses the latter. And undercover as a maid to Confederate agent Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Sarah becomes caught up in a dangerous conspiracy that could claim her life. Ann Rinaldi has written another thrilling historical novel. I reccomend this, her newest book, to all her fans. (less)