I finally have completed my collection of Sunfires! Or at least the thick ones that are, in general, the best of the bunch. This one was, by far, theI finally have completed my collection of Sunfires! Or at least the thick ones that are, in general, the best of the bunch. This one was, by far, the hardest to come by. Every search led to a price tag of upwards of $100, and I wasn't paying that. Finally found a good copy on Amazon for 67 cents, plus tax.
With a price like $100, I expected this to be a really fantastic book. Like a super rare book because it was so good. The plot has everything you would think you would want. The immigration of the Irish to America is a fascinating topic of discussion. It just goes to show that Americans will find something to nitpick about no matter what race comes into the country. But I digress.
So we have an interesting part of history. We have a tragic, lonely main character who has to survive a new country by herself. Everyone she has ever loved is dead and she has been starving for the past two years. The trip on the ship is horrible. The story is so engaging at this point, what could possibly go wrong?
The freaking romance.
Everything about the romance story in this plot snatched everything that was amazing and engaging about this book and made it a to a snooze fest. Instead of our heroine struggling to find herself and her place in a new land, we have her in a good job that she happens to be perfect at with two "perfect" boys to pick from. I'm terribly sorry if that is harsh. If I had read this book in high school, maybe I would have enjoyed it more. But the romance seemed forced and unrealistic. After Kathleen going through such hardships, I don't want her to have some rich, aristocratic boyfriend. I want her with someone who will understand her pain and support her in her endeavors.
With the romantic suitor plot, it brought down my opinion of Kathleen. I really wanted to like her feisty, shy, and dreamer nature, and I did. She's a likable girl. There is a chapter after she arrives in America of the harsh conditions she finds herself in. That's perfect. Despite being the "BEST MAID 'EVA," her coworkers sabotage her and the family she works for are snobs(mostly). That's fine. She has a whole subplot where she goes to be an apprentice for a jeweler, and she wants to change the negative stereotype of the Irish in the Americans' eyes. That's great! But then we have to slug through her feelings toward two boys. I don't like either one of her suitors really, don't even remember their names. Both of them seemed to want to tell her what to do and feel at every turn, and neither seemed to be a good fit for her.
In the end, I feel like this book could have been AMAZING. The romance, which is the whole point of the book, just isn't there for me. It doesn't mesh. It's definitely better than some Sunfires I've read, but I'd rank it at about 10th place out of 15 if we are just looking at the longer Sunfire novels....more
I was rather apprehensive about reading this book. I'm not the type of girl to enjoy Hollywood actress romances featuring a blonde heroine. I thoughtI was rather apprehensive about reading this book. I'm not the type of girl to enjoy Hollywood actress romances featuring a blonde heroine. I thought Roxanne herself would be a shallow runaway with everything handed to her on a silver platter.
Much to my surprise, Roxanne is very down to earth. It's her that follows the money and tries to keep her head afloat while her mother is the runaway that wastes all the money and nearly single-handily ruins Roxanne's Hollywood career. (However since this is a cheesy romance novel, things work out well in the end for the little starlet.)
The romance was very steamy. At least, it felt like that to me. The chemistry between Roxanne and the guy she ends up with, oh, I wish there had been more scenes like that. The adult part of me really wishes it had been more graphic, because, whoa, the passion that I felt coming from those two.
I'm really happy I decided to get this book. This is one Sunfire you need to get if you are on the hunt....more
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 theYeah, 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 two boys. It stinks what happened to that adorable Tennesse soldier.
The one thing that really made this book enjoyable though was Danielle's action scenes. First we get a terrifing escape from the British through the swamp, and then a even scarier escape scene from pirates! Both were nail-bitters, even if they were a tad similiar. I probably would have enjoyed that last fight at the tail end of the book if it hadn't had been so predictible and out of character for the two characters doing the fighting. Cause, let's face it, the loser was more likely to win, but the author wanted the other guy to win.
All in all, don't get your hopes up for this one. Pirates, wars, and romance does not add up well in this novel....more
Probably one of my favorite Sunfires yet. Jacky is a pampered princess when the Depression turns her world upside down. She must learn many things andProbably one of my favorite Sunfires yet. Jacky is a pampered princess when the Depression turns her world upside down. She must learn many things and quickly. She must learn how to take care of a recently bed-ridden father, a mother who is not really there, and must deal with the finances of her family. Her brother, Bax, sends money, but he's always away with his mysterious friends. How is he getting so much money? Why isn't her fiancee, Broderick, calling on her? Where can she find a job? All these problems and more our quirky and independent herione must struggle to overcome.
And of course, figure out who her true love is. That's a given in any Sunfire. If it were me, I would've made Broderick a bigger character as well as the cousin, but since I can't...
The heros Jacky chooses from are Stefan and David, both of whom don't appear until about a hundred pages in. That's something else I would change, but it wouldn't have made since for a Sweedish immigrant or a struggling dancer to show up in high socitey, would it?
Anyway, what really made me like this book was Jacky. Even though everything is going against her, she maintains a smile and remains optimistic of brighter days. She tries so hard to be independent, cause she is sick of relying on men. Another character trait she has that is so different from other Sunfire girls is that she doesn't want to love anyone again, and she has to let someone in. Can she learn to love again? Read it and find out. Really, if your're trying to start a Sunfire collection, get this one....more
I liked it, but there are a lot of things I would change if I could. I can't help but think it might have been a lot more exciting if it were actuallyI liked it, but there are a lot of things I would change if I could. I can't help but think it might have been a lot more exciting if it were actually set in Salem, and not a neighboring town. Like, we could have felt that raw fear of more people accused, rather than here about it second-hand from some minor/major characters.
Lacking that, it would have been better if Elizabeth was accused and not her friend. Sure the bit about her choosing whether to obey her family and boyfriend between following her heart and saying something was exciting, but that all didn't happen till about 70 or so pages left of the book.
Anyway, it was a good book. It just had so much potential. I mean, going into it, you think "A Sunfire about the Salem Witch trials! That must be one of the best Sunfire's around!" Then, you pay $10+ for it on Amazon just to get a so called "Good" copy, and it comes it the mail and it's really "Acceptable" and your like 'oh well'. Then you read it and suddenly your wishing it was one of the shorter Sunfires so the action will happen faster.
Anyway, if you can get a good deal on it, go ahead and get it, but save it as one of the later-longer Sunfires you get if your trying to get a collection together....more
First short Sunfire I read, and my favorite short Sunfire. Partly because it was set in South Carolina, and partly because all of the other short SunfFirst short Sunfire I read, and my favorite short Sunfire. Partly because it was set in South Carolina, and partly because all of the other short Sunfires weren't that detailed. Although this one didn't develop the characters to much, the details about the Revolution and the part where Sabrina is on the river is pretty good. I do wish that the romance was more developed, but that was alright. Anyway, this book was pretty good....more
This book was okay. It was the first Sunfire I read, because I have the same name as the main character. This book really annoyed me though. Her fatheThis book was okay. It was the first Sunfire I read, because I have the same name as the main character. This book really annoyed me though. Her father basically controlled her. He wouldn't even listen to her at all. I also feel that he kind of made her decision on who to pick. And the ending just seemed to come out of left field. Anyway, the history stuff was cool, and the action was amazing....more