Jan 18, 12
Read in January, 2012
Interesting premises on this book: girl murdered by drowning haunts Cherokee National Female Seminary in the mid-19th century.
Wilhelmina Hammond is summoned home from school to help tend the family farm. Resentful of the summons, "Willie" assumes a classmates identity and takes off for Indian Territory (Oklahoma) to be a teacher at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. She immediately begins to have problems with a trio of cousins who are too big for their britches. On top of dealing with difficult students, there are rumors of a ghost that is haunting the building. When strange things begin happening throughout the building, Willie begins to wonder.
So, I have quite a few issues with this book:
1) The author gives away the ending far too quickly.
2) The climax of the book is much too early in the book.
3) This author obviously has a love affair with The Anne of Green Gables series because there are far too many similarities to ignore. For example, the repeated use of "kindred spirits," the difficulties with a girls-only classroom, problems with several students from one family, putting on a play, having the same love of literature and the theater, a kinship with one particular student who is often picked on by others...
I kept finding myself wanting to tell this author to find her own story and write it.