I am finding I really enjoy Erin Knightley's romances. They are sweet, and would be a good recommendation for someone looking for a more cozy or gentlI am finding I really enjoy Erin Knightley's romances. They are sweet, and would be a good recommendation for someone looking for a more cozy or gentle romance without sex....more
Such an amazing book - why did it take me so long to pick this one up?
Set in 1942, World War II has reached the Dutch island of Curacao where PhillipSuch an amazing book - why did it take me so long to pick this one up?
Set in 1942, World War II has reached the Dutch island of Curacao where Phillip lives. Phillip sees this as exciting, but his mother is anxious, and decides to leave the island to return to the United states. On the way, their boat is attacked, and Phillip is cast overboard. He is hit on the head, and wakes 4 hours later in the middle of the ocean, on a raft, with just a raft and an old black man, Timothy. Phillip has always been told by his mother that black people "..are different, and they live differently," and as Phillip loses his sight from the blow to his head, he becomes reliant on Timothy for survival on the little island where they take refuge.
This was an amazing, page turning book about how you can sometimes only see what's inside a person when you have no sight left.
I'd recommend this as a survival story, and as an adventure. ...more
It's 1687. After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit Tyler has left behind her life on the lush island of Barbados, to sail on the brigantinIt's 1687. After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit Tyler has left behind her life on the lush island of Barbados, to sail on the brigantine Dolphin bound for the Connecticut Colony. Kit hopes to start her life anew there with her only living relative, her Aunt Rachel. But the harsh land and the harsher viewpoints of the Puritans in the colony were not what she was expecting. From her first interaction with Americans Kit is branded as something different. Brash, outspoken, smart, vibrant Kit cannot fit in to this stifling society. Her only refuge is at the cottage of Quaker Hannah Tupper. But Hannah is thought to be a witch by others in the colony. Kit realizes her association with Hannah may lead her into trouble, but she will not deny a friend. How will Kit survive in this new world?
I read this book in 8th grade for the first time as an English assignment. For homework, we were supposed to finish the first three chapters or so of the book. I finished the entire book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I still remember reading that book at the kitchen table, sitting in one of the rolling chairs we had at the time. Since then, I remembered this book as thrilling, wonderfully romantic story of a young girl who stood up for what she believed in.
I was a little reluctant to re-read it, as I didn't want that memory to go away. And, it seems, with good reason as well. I liked this book the second time around, but it didn't speak to me in the same way. My adult self found Kit stuck-up and rather annoying. The action wasn't as tense or carried out as quickly as I remembered. Still, I did enjoy it.
This book would make great for pairing with nonfiction titles like Witches!: the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem by Roaslyn Schanzer....more
In 1975, Ha is a ten year old girl living in Saigon with her three older brothers and her mother. Her father, in the navy, has not been heard from forIn 1975, Ha is a ten year old girl living in Saigon with her three older brothers and her mother. Her father, in the navy, has not been heard from for 9 years. Now the war is moving closer to home, and Ha and her family must flee the Vietnam she loves to survive. They travel by boat to make their way to the United States to start a new life in Alabama. A life that Ha finds will be filled with difficulties, change, and small victories as her journey turns her life Inside Out and Back Again.
A beautiful novel in verse, Ha is a heroine you want to cheer for. When people talk about the power of books, and how they can change your viewpoint and see things in another way, THIS is the type of book I think does that best. How can you read Ha's story and remain untouched by the prejudices she faces? How can you not sympathize with a character who knows she is smart, yet doesn't know how to express that intelligence? How can you not love the Cowboy, who does his best to help her family, even if he doesn't know exactly how to do that? A beautiful story all around....more
I read this one the first time a long time ago, and had been keeping it on my shelf of favorite romances. Since I need more room in my place, I'm tranI read this one the first time a long time ago, and had been keeping it on my shelf of favorite romances. Since I need more room in my place, I'm transitioning a lot of favorites on to my Kindle. I thought with the transfer there should also be a re-read and it was nice to see that I enjoyed this story just as much a second time around....more