Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer Holm

Title: Boston Jane: An Adventure
Author: Jennifer Holm
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: none
Premise: Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory. (King County Library System)
Opinions: Jane is a very interesting character. She is raised by her widower father who is a surgeon. She has a great love for cherry pies and mischief. She is a tomboy through and through. Yet when she is eleven the hurtful words of another girl make her change her mind to become more like a lady. What follows is the story of Jane growing into a woman and falling in love with a young man who has gone to Washington Territory. She follows after he proposes to her and then when her boat finally lands in Washington, he is not there. She learns about the Chinook Indians and the ways of the mountain men.

Jane is a really interesting character who wants to be a lady and no one allows her to be one, and so she does the best she can. She is strong willed and short tempered. This book is somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed the storytelling and the historical aspects of it. I read this book in about an hour and a half. I was sucked in and couldn't put it down. It's fun, quick and enlightening.

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