Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom - OPTIONAL

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom, 312 pages.  Feiwel and Friends, 2018.  $18.  

Content: Language: PG-13 (16 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  



Harriet is a sixteen year old with a longing for the type of freedom that her brothers enjoy.  It’s obvious to everyone that the handsome and hard-working neighbor, Daniel Long, is interested in marrying Harriet, but she thinks marriage a miserable idea.   As her favorite brother prepares to go into the frontier and homestead, Harriet makes plans to leave her family and join him.  Harriet is surprised by her longing for Daniel and the hardships that she finds on the frontier. 

I got caught up in the book and totally enjoyed it.  Harriet is spunky and although she sometimes makes immature decisions, it’s fun to watch her grow-up and learn from the world around her.  The book would have to be talked-up because teens wouldn’t pick it up based on the cover, which is sad because story wise this book is advisable and the cover makes it optional.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson 

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