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The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
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Dec 24, 2008

it was amazing
Read in October, 2008

I started reading this book a year ago, but gave it up, it's a book you have to be in a certain mood to read... well for me anyway... but if you do find yourself putting it back on the bookshelf, remember to get it down one day when you're in need of something wholesome, historical but also exciting to read. Because this book is one of those rare things; it gets better with age. Sort of like wine, or so the saying goes. But anyway... what I'm trying to say is that it's a heavy read (it was published in 1847! Imagine that!) but it's worth it. What's quite refreshing is that Alice, the elder sister, has something of a personality, and so does Patience Heatherstone; so many times in classics like this, the girls and women are relegated to background figures, because that was just the way it was back then. And although Edward, Humphrey and Jacob are more prominent characters, the girls do get a look in, you will be pleased to know! Maybe I'm dwelling too much on that. Yes.

But anyway, I remember one year, at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest (a great place), my auntie told me and my three cousins about the Roundheads and the Cavaliers, and we spent a frosty afternoon at the park, being Cavaliers in hiding. This book brings that fantasy to life, because while they are cooking and tending to the chickens, these children are hiding and in mortal danger, which makes for a good story in anyone's book.
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Carrie Good review again, Joni!

I loved this book when I was a girl and I still do! Who was that Aunt then?


Joni I wonder... who could it be?

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