The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
Washington Territory is just the place for men of broad mind and sturdy constitution—and girls too, Jane figures, or Mr. Mercer wouldn’t have allowed her to come on his expedition to bring unmarri ...more
J. Anderson Coats' debut novel, The Wicked and the Just, is one of my go to recommendations for historical fiction. When I discovered she had a new MG book coming out this year, I couldn't wait to read it despite being unsure of whether the premise would work for me or not. It completely did though. The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming is excellent.
Jame Deming is not living her ideal life. Her father was killed in the Civil War and sh ...more
Then an incredible offer comes through—move all the way across the country to the Washington Territory, where the beaches are sandy, the weather amazing, banks and shops and jobs abound, pr ...more
Miss Jane Deming late of Lowell, Massachusetts is on her way to Washington Territory with her stepmother (Papa always said steps are for stairs) and 2-year-old brother, Jer as part of Asa Mercer's bride ship expedition. Mrs. D hopes to find a wealthy banker to marry so she can keep house and not work in the mills. Jane wants time for herself since she's been looking after Jer since he was born. The one thing she really wants from Washington Territory is school. When Jane was forced to ...more
Life in 1865 Lowell, Massachusetts was certainly grim for Jane, her stepmother and her little brother, but will the fantasy of a perfect life in Seattle come t ...more
Jane lives in Massachusetts with her young stepmother and stepbrother after her father is killed in the Civil War. She hasn't been able to go to school because she must watch Jer while her stepmother works in the mills. When a Mr. Mercer offers passage to Seattle Washington for orphan girls and young widows, the group undergoes the arduous journey to get there. A highlight for Jane is being asked to help a teacher with her younger students. Seattle is not the bustling town fi ...more
Jane’s father was killed in the Civil War leaving her stern stepmother, brother and herself almost penniless. Like many other war widows and their families seeking new husbands and a prosperous life, they board a ship to the west. Jane’s main job, since her father’s death and on the ship, is running after and caring for her little brother Jer. But she has dreams of going to a real school, learning new things, meeting new friends and a whole new interesting life for herself. But when they arrive...more
I loved this middle reader/historical fiction story. Jane's father passed away in the battles of the Civil War. Her step mother is determined that she will find a new husband and a better life in the Washington Territory. They join an expedition bringing unmarried girls and civil war widows out west. They travel from Ne ...more
Jane Deming is such an easy character to want to cheer along the whole time, and as a reader, I grew connected with her to the point where her losses and triumphs became mine too. Her stepmother was so easy to hate, but she also felt realistic too, which is not always the case with antagonists in stories.
Jane's desire for an education, as well as her care for her young half-brother, Jer, was so refreshing and could ...more
It's about an orphaned girl, Jane, who is traveling with her little brother and young stepmother to start anew in the Washington Territory. She and her stepmother both have very high (yet different) expectations for what life in Seattle will be like for them. Jane treasures a pamphlet that gloriously describes Seattle. She has a passion for learning and getting an education. She writes her own life lessons or reflections in a handmade book that she also trea ...more
Then she finally arrives in Seattle, and it's not at all what she was expecting, after reading a pamphlet a bumbling shyster had made to convince people on the East coast of the US ...more
I persona ...more
The Wicked and the Just was one o ...more