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Farewell to the Island by Gloria Whelan
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: england, historical-fiction, mi, 1810s, young-adult-fiction, series, regency
Read 2 times. Last read October 23, 2011 to October 24, 2011.

** spoiler alert ** I really liked this one! A great deal of the book does take place away from Mackinac Island, but I found those parts outside of Michigan to be interesting, if not as endearing. I like James a lot, especially how much of a gentleman he is (pp. 110-113, etc.). Men in general back then seemed to have a great deal more propriety and respectfulness (at least in books :)). He does seem a bit foolish, though, in some ways. For example, having Mary climb the masthead probably wasn’t the brightest decision. I think White Hawk will win out in the end (quite naturally), but both men seem more than tolerable. I sometimes feel like rolling my eyes at yet another spunky heroine popping up in a historical fiction novel, but I like Mary and can imagine myself not enjoying the rigidity of London life much, either. I thought some of her clashes with Mrs. Cunningham were quite funny. As always, I also greatly enjoyed the historical background of the story.

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