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Merrie (Sunfire #25)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
She's run away to become a part of history, and to fall in love. It will take everything she had to survive the first year at Plymouth Colony. Stowing away aboard the Mayflower to escape an arranged marriage, sixteen-year-old Merrie Courtland receives no welcome on the Pilgrim ship. Luke Bosworth, the dashing young sailor who finds her, believes she is nothing but a dishon ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Unlike most of the Sunfires, or even some of Schurfranz's titles in particular, there is nothing to recommend "Merrie." Often it's a matter of grasping at straws to find positives in her books, but there's always been something. "Merrie", however, is a loser on many fronts. Schurfranz takes many tropes and cliches from the popular bodice rippers of the time (mid-80s), but because of the YA constrictions here, the story ends up becoming an endless cycle of decisions & misunderstandings fueled ...more
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
(See my review of Amanda if you care what I think about the series as a whole.)

Dear Vivian Schurfranz, I don't know if you are still writing romances, but if you are, kindly remove this phrase from your repertoire: "I've never met anyone like you, (fill in the name of heroine here)." Thank you.

In terms of the Great Sunfire Re-Read, this one was not a Re-, and though I had always wanted to read it because the plot sounded interesting, I had already grown wary of our wayward author before I got to
Jun 19, 2007 rated it liked it
I think this might be the poorest written Sunfire and wow, is that saying a lot. At least one sentence per paragraph had to end in an exlamation point, and let's not even discuss how often a chapter would start with, "Seven weeks later, these people who hated these other people now had great respect for each other! But look at THESE people now!" I'm still shaky on the timeline because it jumped ahead so much.

Merrie stowed away on the Mayflower and came over with the Pilgrims, who hated her becau
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
When I was in my early and mid-teens, I collected these books (Sunfire Series) with my mother, so I have the entire collection, which my daughters are fighting over inheriting as I speak. As a series, they are clean, historically educational (most of the time), and light and fun reading.

This specific book, I have just read again, as my 10-year old read it on one of her recent sick days and wanted me to read it too. The writing is not great, as this author is not one of the stronger ones in the s
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Waxing Nostalgic #7- This is not of my favorites of the Sunfire Series. I think Merrie's reason for leaving her home and coming to a new land was really shallow. I think to leave everything you have ever known with no hope of ever returning is very extreme and would need to be prompted by an extreme circumstance. I always like the books in the series where the beaus are well developed too. I do not see much competition coming from one of the competitors. It is interesting to read about the life ...more
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, found
There sure were a lot of books in this series. I am pretty sure that I did not read them all, as there are covers that don't ring a bell at all, while the covers that I do recognize, well, they set off alarms of recognition in my brain.

I guess after a while one wouldn't have to read any more of these, as one would have figured out the formula: young women living in historical times much choose between two young men who want to marry her; romance ensues. That's one of the reasons I don't read rom
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I've started tracking down Sunfires to read now. I loved them as a kid. I didn't read this one back then though. This was cute. It's meant for the younger reader, but I love going back and reading stuff that I enjoyed as a kid to see it through older eyes. Merrie was interesting. It has some flaws, but come on! How can you not love these preteen romances from the eighties?
I read this in Jr High... it liked it thten. I am not sure what I would think of it now.
Apr 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I've loved the Sunfire romances all through my teenage years. Even now they are fun little quick reads that I enjoy. I picked this up at DI for 50 getting deals on books.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-9th
I loved these when I was a kid.
Reading with Cats
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, wtf, sunfire
This is the stupidest Sunfire ever. Also, Native Americans do not speak one catchall language called "Indian."
Young Adult Historical Vault
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
This terrible, terrible, terrible book is a waste of paper. Merrie is nothing but wish fulfillment, the natives are all monstrously stereotypical, the "plot" is thinner than the paper it's printed on, and the Sunfire trope of "two men love me, what will I do?" has never been more aggravating. My only wish was that this one would break the cycle and Merrie would fall into the sea at the end, never to be seen again. Spoiler: I wasn't that lucky.

For my full review including spoilers (and foul lang
I originally read this series back in the 80s, checking them out from my elementary school library. Having re-read them as an adult I think they stand the test of time and are still relevant as far as historical fiction is concerned.
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