Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Boston Jane: The Claim by Jennifer Holm

Title: Boston Jane: The Claim
Author: Jennifer Holm
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: The arrival from Philadelphia of her spiteful nemesis Sally Biddle and the return of her corrupt ex-fiance William Baldt spell trouble for seventeen-year-old Miss Jane Peck, who has survived on her own in Shoalwater Bay, a community of white settlers and Chinook Indians in 1850s Washington Territory. (King County Library System)
Opinions: This is the final book in this trilogy and it is very satisfying. Shoalwater Bay in Washington Territory is growing and Jane is enjoying the growth. She has a job at the new hotel and a claim where her new home is being built. But then Sally Biddle shows up. What follows is a funny and sad collection of events where Sally is trying to ruin Jane's life. Amongst this there is also a large amount of hostility and fear towards the Chinook Indians. Jane and some of the others try to promote peace among the settlers and Indians, yet the conflicts keep growing. This series only took me between 5-6 hours to read. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the book, the quirky characters and the strong woman (Jane) who wants to be treated as a person of substance and a lady. I thoroghly enjoyed this trilogy and hope you do to.

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