Saturday, July 10, 2010

Boston Jane: Wilderness Days by Jennifer Holm

Title: Boston Jane: Wilderness Days
Author: Jennifer Holm
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: Far from her native Philadelphia, Miss Jane Peck continues to prove that she is more than an etiquette-schooled graduate of Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy as she braves the untamed wilderness of Washington Territory in the mid 1850s. (King County Library System)
Opinions: The story of Boston Jane continues in the second book of this trilogy. This book takes place immediately where the first book ends. This book follows Jane and her stubborness and jealousy as another woman comes to Washington Territory and charms all the men leaving Jane feeling unappreciated. There is also a little love story thrown in as Jane and her friends try to save one of their own from a murderer.

Again this interesting cast of characters returns for an interesting look at the west during the 1840's. Jane is as stubborn as ever and goes through different trials, though by the end of the book has grown into a strong and self-assured woman. Not only is Jane a fascinating character to me, but the minor characters are quirky and fun. Russell spits on everyone's shoes, Jehu is quietly kind, Keer-uksu is wonderfully kind and funny, Swann is loveable and absentminded. It is truly a fun book. Again it only took me about an hour and half to read this book. It was just so fun. I read it immediately after I read the first and then when I finished this one, I picked up the third. Stay tuned for that review, coming soon.

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