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July 2, 2018

 

 

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Title: Boston Jane: An Adventure (Book 1)

Author: Jennifer L. Holm

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Age Range: Teen

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1855. The unknown wilds of the Pacific Northwest—a land not yet tamed, and certainly not fitting for a proper young lady! Yet that’s just where Miss Jane Peck finds herself. After a tumultuous childhood on the wrong side of Philadelphia high society, Jane is trying to put aside her reckless ways and be accepted as a proper young lady. And so when handsome William Baldt proposes, she joyfully accepts and prepares to join him in a world away from her home in Washington Territory. But Miss Hepplewhite’ s straitlaced finishing school was hardly preparation for the treacherous months at sea it takes to get there, the haunting loss she’ll face on the way, or the colorful characters and crude life that await her on the frontier.

 

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At first I found Jane to be annoying. Her only family left was her father, and she didn't appreciate him. But then, she's a teenager. I shook my head when she followed the doofus William to Washington territory. I almost gave up hope until....

 

....she landed in the wilds of the less civilized west coast and things weren't as rosy as she had expected. From there I laughed out loud several times. Jane got into all sorts of predicaments, and is still a dumb teenager, but as a reader I enjoyed watching her think through things and grow. 

 

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---BOOK REVIEW---

Title: Boston Jane: Wilderness Days (book 2)

Author: Jennifer L. Holm

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Age Range: Teen

 

 

1854. The Pacific Northwest. Sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has traveled halfway around the world in the name of true love, only to find herself alone on the frontier, abandoned by her no-good fiancé! With nothing of her old life in Philadelphia left to return to, Jane has little choice but to dry her tears, roll up her sleeves, and make the best of things in Washington Territory. But can a proper young lady survive as the only girl in a primitive pioneer settlement? And can she keep her wits about her as she braves a flea-ridden cabin, a perilous manhunt . . . and a blossoming romance with an entirely unsuitable suitor? What would Jane's finishing-school teacher say?!

 

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All I can say is, I love this Jane character. She made a crazy choice coming to the Washington territory, but now that she's here, she's making the most of it. I love the other characters and how they respond to Jane, and how she makes a name for herself in the wild country. And can it just be made into a move so I can see this unsuitable suitor, please?

 

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---BOOK REVIEW---

Title: Boston Jane: The Claim (Book 3)

Author: Jennifer L. Holm

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Age Range: Teen

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Jane Peck is the darling of Washington Territory—more at home in a primitive pioneer settlement in the rugged Northwest than she ever was in the refined world of Philadelphia society. She's outwitted wild animals, vengeful ghosts, and a disloyal fiance, but when her finishing school nemesis Sally Biddle invades Shoalwater Bay, Jane discovers that the most dangerous thing on the frontier might just be an impeccably dressed debutant. As the Biddles charm their way into her close-knit community, Jane finds everything she holds dear threatened—including her true love! Will Jane's claim on happiness slip away?

 

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Jane has learned a thing or two in the time she's been in the Washington territory, and it's funny that it's become home for her. She's young, but don't all of us break away from what we know to forge our own paths?

 

I had anticipated more troubles coming her way, but I did not expect the old Sally from Philly to come calling. But in the end, Jane couldn't escape all her troubles by moving. A wonderful conclusion to an awesome series (though I wouldn't mind if there was another book or two after this one).

 

 

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