Free eBook AmandaAuthor Candice Ransom – Bilb-weil.de

Torn from her, she fought and loved her way across a savage new landFrom Boston Nightly Balls to Independence, Missouri and on the the Oregon Trail With only a silk dress to protect her from the blazing frontier sun, Amanda fears she will die on the Oregon Trail As the memories of Boston, the nightly balls, and Joseph fade, the hardships of life on the wagon train fill her days Changing from a spoiled city girl to a strong young woman, Amanda finds drought and death, beauty and joy, and a love that will last forever


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  1. Edallia Edallia says:

    The Series book specific review below The Sunfire romance series occupiedthan its fair share of my early teenage brainspace, and I am somewhat chagrined to report that they are re occupying said brain space in my adult years, thanks to the fateful discovery of a few battered old volumes in a fateful box in a fateful closet somewhere This led to a Sunfire spree inMarketplace, a re reading frenzy, and the torturing of innocents with my lengthy reviews The series itself is PG c The Series book specific review below The Sunfire romance series occupiedthan its fair share of my early teenage brainspace, and I am somewhat chagrined to report that they are re occupying said brain space in my adult years, thanks to the fateful discovery of a few battered old volumes in a fateful box in a fateful closet somewhere This led to a Sunfire spree inMarketplace, a re reading frenzy, and the torturing of innocents with my lengthy reviews The series itself is PG clean, light, sweet, educational, and delightful It s also pretty formulaic with exceptions Each book presents the story of a 16 year old girl who quite fortuitously happens to be situated in an exciting era in American history The heroines are beautiful, intelligent, usually independent to some degree, and each attracts the attention of two potental suitors Those would be the cheesily grinning catalog model types surrounding Miss Blusher and Teased 80s Hair on the cover The heroine must follow her heart and common sense towards the right boy, a plot point which tends to follow one of the following paths 1 one guy is so obviously wrong for her, but she fails to notice until he does or says something to disillusion her, thus causing her to realize that the other guy is Mr Right, or 2 she is quite clear that one man is only a friend or like a brother to her, therefore his inclusion on the cover blurb as a rival is kind of misleading We also find such recurring devices as the Dead Parent, the Irresponsible Parent, the Major Relocation for the Heroine in order to give her a new theater for adventure, of course , the Antagonistic Female Character who is usually converted into an ally by novel s end and the Heroine Who Longs For Adventure, Often to the Point of Total Abandonment of Common Sense Original in plot and execution they are not, but they are well researched for teen romances and provide some fun insight not only into historical events and social customs, but occasionally even into the teenage mind And despite the cliches, and the fact that they belong to the romance genre, romance hardly ever takes center stage in a Sunfire The books are primarily concerned with a young girl growing up, coming to know her own mind, and finding her place in the world They re a wonderful series to hand to a young female reader I can almost guarantee that she ll love them, and that she ll also learn something Now, for the bad news they were originally published in the 1980s and are now out of print I ve had great luck rebuilding my collection throughMarketplace The book Amanda is a personal favorite among the Sunfires, and I consider Candice F Ransom one of the better authors in the series Amanda Bentley is quite happy to continue climbing the social ladder and flirting with rich and handsome Joseph in 1840s Boston, but her widower father spoils her ambitions when his gambling debts get out of control Before the large thugs arrive to break his legs, he scoops up his protesting daughter and leaves town in the dead of night Thaddeus Bentley gets it into his head that they ought to head west to Oregon, but Amanda wants None Of That Others have the found bratty, whiny Amanda of the first half of the book hard to stomach, but I rather enjoyed her transformation from useless city slicker to a tough pioneer chick who can ward off unfriendly Indians with a spatula and climb down into a steep canyon to get a canteen of water for her sick friend Amanda s romance with Ben Compton is just as satisfying as her personal transformation Since we don t have a second guy on the scene, Ransom provides dramatic conflict in the form of cool as ice Serena Hawkins, who may or may not be engaged to Ben Who may or may not have a serious thing for Amanda Ben s exactly the kind of guy that the tough new Amanda needs, and their romance is sweet and believable I actually feel like those two crazy kids just might make it Amanda is also blessed with a loyal, loving best friend in Helen and cursed with a shiftless, weak, impulsive father Yet Thaddeus is so real and human that he kinda ends up breaking your heart In addition, the book is well researched Ransom touches on nearly every aspect of an Oregon Trail journey what kind of wagon and livestock the settlers used, what they wore, what they ate, what they passed along the way, and what it looked like It s all integrated so well into the story that you never feel like a large information dump has landed on your head I was quite drawn into the setting of the story, but then again, I m a sucker for Western scenery Say bluff or mesa and I m a goner Deviations from Formula This is the first Sunfire novel, so the formula was either not so well established, or Ransom took liberties Amanda actually gets to turn 17 during the course of the novel The rival suitor, Joseph, a boy that Amanda leaves behind in Boston, disappears from the story after a chapter or two The illness, death and misery depicted is quite historically accurate, but far exceeds the misery quotient of any other Sunfire Verdict This is one of the first Sunfires you should consider re adding to your collection I loved it as a kid and evenas an adult


  2. Karla Karla says:

    Amanda is a spoiled girl forced to flee town under the cover of night with her father, who has borrowed too much money with no ability to repay Under protest, she leaves all her possessions and a dashing beau But Amanda is intent to get back to Boston, even after her father tells her that they re joining other settlers on the Oregon Trail She holds out hope that her beau will turn up in Independence, Missouri and take her back to her creature comforts But trail life toughens her up and she f Amanda is a spoiled girl forced to flee town under the cover of night with her father, who has borrowed too much money with no ability to repay Under protest, she leaves all her possessions and a dashing beau But Amanda is intent to get back to Boston, even after her father tells her that they re joining other settlers on the Oregon Trail She holds out hope that her beau will turn up in Independence, Missouri and take her back to her creature comforts But trail life toughens her up and she finds herself gradually forgetting him when the son of the trail boss catches her eyes.Amanda s a fickle creature, bratty, and unlikeable Her behavior in real life would have found her getting kicked out of the wagon train, but she eventually has an epiphany of how to be an adult after several severe hardships.A rocky start to the Sunfire series, but the descriptions of trail life were quite interesting


  3. Becky Becky says:

    First sentence It had been raining forever, endless rain that dripped down the windowpanes Amanda Bentley could not stand the cramped hotel room another minute.Premise plot Amanda s hopes and dreams are thwarted by her father s gambling ways and big dreams He decides to steal away from Boston with her and start again On their journey south, he gets a fever to go WEST, to go to Oregon Amanda does NOT want to go, yet, she finds herself heading west in a wagon, in a wagon train, all the sam First sentence It had been raining forever, endless rain that dripped down the windowpanes Amanda Bentley could not stand the cramped hotel room another minute.Premise plot Amanda s hopes and dreams are thwarted by her father s gambling ways and big dreams He decides to steal away from Boston with her and start again On their journey south, he gets a fever to go WEST, to go to Oregon Amanda does NOT want to go, yet, she finds herself heading west in a wagon, in a wagon train, all the same It will be the most challenging time in her life, but will the journey change her for the better My thoughts Is Amanda my favorite Sunfire romance Maybe Perhaps my favorite Sunfire romance is the one I ve read most recently Though I will say Amanda is probably always in my top five.I enjoy a good wagon train story Why can t wagon train stories become trendy again Amanda brings to mind the only western that I love You see, I am allergic to westerns in general The western that is an exception to the rule is WESTWARD THE WOMEN 1951 Dear Scholastic If I thought begging would do any good, I would plead with you to republish the Sunfire romance series originally published in the 1980s The name books were my favorite and best books from my middle years my first introduction to the wonderful genre of historical romance It s a love that s still going strong, by the way I know the Sunfire books don t contain vampires, werewolves, fairies, or demons But why should romance novels contain such in the first place If they were worth publishing in the first place which they so clearly were they are worth republishing.I have given it a lot of thought I have And I think it would be wonderful if the books were republished as e books for the same price as the original paperback books were released Granted, I would love to see PRINT copies as well But I imagine that they would costthan the lovely 2.95 of the originals But for an e book, the thought is IT S WORTH EVERY PENNY.BeckyDear Candice Ransom Thank you a million times for being the awesome writer that you are Thank you for being awesome in general I will forever be a fan of yours your picture books, your early readers and chapter books, and your novels My first introduction to your work was through the Sunfire romance series They were they are some of my favorite books ever You gave me a glorious gift a love of reading.As long as you keep writing, I ll keep reading.Becky


  4. Dorian Dorian says:

    Ummmm I loved this book In fact as a pre teen I read it way too many times and this actually makes me want to download it for Kindle and re read it again lol Basically bratty spoiled Amanda who apparently is part of the elite Bostonian set but is a bit of an outcast her father is an orphan and I think a transplant to the city so you get the feeling that they re new money is in love with the best guy in Boston Daddy is a gambler who bets loses all of his money and her inheritancefor Ummmm I loved this book In fact as a pre teen I read it way too many times and this actually makes me want to download it for Kindle and re read it again lol Basically bratty spoiled Amanda who apparently is part of the elite Bostonian set but is a bit of an outcast her father is an orphan and I think a transplant to the city so you get the feeling that they re new money is in love with the best guy in Boston Daddy is a gambler who bets loses all of his money and her inheritanceforcing the two to race out of Boston in the middle of the night like someone s chasing thembecause someone is Eventually the two make their way to Independence Missouri and as if Amanda s life couldn t get any worse after the non stop travelsher dad decides to take what s left of their measly savings and buy a Conestoga wagon supplies to join the Oregon trail Amanda is forced to essentially man up as she accepts the fact that lavish balls and cream soft hands are going to be a thing of the past and her previous love from Boston WILL NOT be coming to rescue her from a hard life on the road to Oregon But she meets hunky work hardened and very muscular Ben who likes her spirit and she ultimately ends up marrying it s implied once they make it to the promised land Literally I wrote that from memory But I have to say of all the books, this is probably one with a number of dark topics that are tackled pretty well for a YA novel Amanda s father is a degenerate gambler, and it s his addictive behavior that costs them their family fortune and puts the entire story in motion Aboutthan halfway through the trail the father, who is as inept as a frontiersman as he is a poor judge of impulse control, dies tragically in a hunting accident, forcing Amanda to grow up even faster as she opts to drive the Bentley wagon solo for the rest of the trail There are also technically two love triangles in the book First we see Amanda needing to choose between Ben the frontiersman her Bostonian love the name escapes me Truthfully this triangle is forced as Bostonian Guy only appears in the very beginning of the book before Amanda and her father are run out of town Amanda continues to long for him until she begins to fall for Ben, but it s pretty much an understood that Bostonian Guy is a plot device and will not actually be making an appearance later on But as her feelings for Ben grows, she finds herself competing with Serena Ben s promised love initially and a childhood friend with parents who are mutual friends with Ben s parents for Ben s affections Amanda probably has one of the better character arcs in the Sunfire Series as she starts out ridiculously bratty but is forced to mature on the trail Not only does she eventually embrace the trail lifestyle by stepping up to the plate to do tasks that she would have previously refused to do, she also learns to not judge a book by its cover and understand that someone s social status farmer vs wealthy debutant child of money doesn t dictate their worth Plus in terms of historical awareness, this particular book does a pretty decent job of highlighting the Oregon Trail, its dangers and even brings up the Donner Pass yikes.After writing all this I kind of want to read this book again


  5. jen jen says:

    Another Sunfire and it feels wrong to give such formulaic cheese five stars, but I m embarking on a re read while filling in the gaps of the volumes I bypassed 25 years ago This is one I bypassed and I have no idea why, as Ms Ransom wrote my two favorite Sunfires at the time and well, as good as hers are, I distinctly remember reading a lot of garbage in this series too.This is a little slow going for the first third, but much like Susannah there is lots and lots of interesting, educational f Another Sunfire and it feels wrong to give such formulaic cheese five stars, but I m embarking on a re read while filling in the gaps of the volumes I bypassed 25 years ago This is one I bypassed and I have no idea why, as Ms Ransom wrote my two favorite Sunfires at the time and well, as good as hers are, I distinctly remember reading a lot of garbage in this series too.This is a little slow going for the first third, but much like Susannah there is lots and lots of interesting, educational filler about frontier life Eventually Amanda gets over herself, makes a few friends, and falls in luuuuurve It s pretty chaste and predictable stuff, despite a few surprise detours in the story It managed to keep me up through the wee hours of the night in a mad rush to finish, and if that s not five stars, I don t know what is


  6. Emily Goenner Emily Goenner says:

    How do I rate this book Ha I read this, and some others in the series, as a young teen, so finding and reading it was nostalgic Great lit No, but not nearly was bad as I feared I was embarrassed to list it on Goodreads Formulaic and sometimes cheesy dialogue, as one would expect, but the writing wasn t bad and the romance wasn t the main focus of the novel Amanda, who is a spoiled, whiny girl at the start, grows and matures through the novel, which isthe focus than the romance, w How do I rate this book Ha I read this, and some others in the series, as a young teen, so finding and reading it was nostalgic Great lit No, but not nearly was bad as I feared I was embarrassed to list it on Goodreads Formulaic and sometimes cheesy dialogue, as one would expect, but the writing wasn t bad and the romance wasn t the main focus of the novel Amanda, who is a spoiled, whiny girl at the start, grows and matures through the novel, which isthe focus than the romance, with even the love interest helping her mature Some of the characters in the wagon train are well drawn and interesting characters on their own a sign of good writing, in my opinion , even if they did fit the stereotypical roles best friend, etc I would have read a book about Helen and her family in a second because Helen was so engaging and the family lively The novel spends a lot of time spent describing and explaining the wagon train trip to Oregon, which was a favorite historical period of mine when I was young, which is probably part of the reason I read it a couple times While not culturally sensitive, it showed the beauty and hardship of the trail I m glad I re read it and am relieved, honestly, that it wasn t as bad as I feared As a nostalgic read and for my younger self 4 stars.As an adult read and what I expect now 2 stars


  7. Shannon Shannon says:

    I wanted to be all high and mighty and hate this book And I did for a while Amanda is so unlikeable But by the second half, I was sucked in and I actually cried at the end Yay for Sunfire romances, and flashbacks to junior high.


  8. Gretchen Gretchen says:

    Okay, it s a little embarrassing that I read this book But every once in awhile I feel like taking a break and reading something a little bit mindless I read the Sunfire series when I was probably 13 14 years old They are a series of young adult romances that are set in different time periods Amanda is the first book in the series It s about a spoiled girl from Boston who is forced to leave with her father due to his gambling debts Her father wants to head out west to Oregon Amanda is les Okay, it s a little embarrassing that I read this book But every once in awhile I feel like taking a break and reading something a little bit mindless I read the Sunfire series when I was probably 13 14 years old They are a series of young adult romances that are set in different time periods Amanda is the first book in the series It s about a spoiled girl from Boston who is forced to leave with her father due to his gambling debts Her father wants to head out west to Oregon Amanda is less than thrilled, because she wants to stay in Boston and marry her dreamy beau But alas, she must leave Along the way she learns a lot about herself and her own strength, and of course, since this is a Sunfire book, she finds true love.The first time I read this book I was probably about 13, so I didn t really remember it very well Amanda was a spoiled brat in the beginning who I just wanted to slap most of the time, but as the book went forward, you could see her starting to mature I mean, she was still sassy, but not as much of a brat She really came into her own and developed the strength she needed to get across the Oregon Trail.I thought this book did a really good job of portraying the hardship of pioneer life Several times while reading this book I thought, Oh my gosh, that would have been so hard I think pioneer life is something a lot of people don t really consider any, but honestly, can you imagine walking all the way across the country with a wagon and a team of oxen I would not have made a good pioneer Anyway, I thought the author did a good job of really portraying the difficulties and the endlessness of the journey.I also thought it was interesting that the author chose to add a brief scene with a group of Mormon pioneers to the story This caught my attention, being Mormon myself She even touches briefly on some incidents of early Mormon history, which was interesting to me, and made me wonder why she chose to put that in It s just not something I expect to run across in a book like this.Some of the author s descriptions are a bit over the top I feel like she spent too much time in the showing, not telling portion of her college writing class She maybe could have toned that down a bit Some of them just seemed cheesy.Overall, an enjoyable, clean YA romance that helps teach about pioneer life in the United States


  9. Stacey Stacey says:

    A trip to a local antique shop led me to find a pristine copy of one of these old Sunfire novels from the 1980s I bought it for a whopping 1.06 and then started reminiscing on that series from my youth When the first book in the series Amanda released in 1984 I was in fourth grade I remember re reading Amanda well into my high school years I had about 1 2 the books in this series and always loved them and wanted the remainder Times were different back then and you didn t have online bo A trip to a local antique shop led me to find a pristine copy of one of these old Sunfire novels from the 1980s I bought it for a whopping 1.06 and then started reminiscing on that series from my youth When the first book in the series Amanda released in 1984 I was in fourth grade I remember re reading Amanda well into my high school years I had about 1 2 the books in this series and always loved them and wanted the remainder Times were different back then and you didn t have online book sellers so I had to hope I d find these books at the mall B Dalton or the used paperback store So I never did get all of them However finding the one book sent me off on a journey to find copies of all of the books Amanda was the first one my list to track down, not just because it was the first in the series but because it was my absolute favorite growing up I was nervous that it wouldn t be nearly as good reading from an adult standpoint but I should not have feared The story was still incredible I also found all the historical elements evenengaging I can t tell you how many times I stopped and googled different places events mentioned in Amanda It was a new experience I also read the part of her louse of a father a bit differently from mymature perspective How awful that Amanda had to deal with his failures on top of losing the entire world she knew and being thrown on a trip the Oregan Trail that she never wanted It made her a better person through all of it and the true pleasure in this novel is seeing her personal growth I have since finished reading the next two Sunfires, Susannah Civil War and Elizabeth Salem Witch Trails and there is a definite formula to this series Teenage girl is caught between two suitors amid whatever big drama was happening during that time in history She usually has some family issues and her morals values are tested Still they make for some engaging reading I am grateful to have copies of these books some are in rough shape though


  10. Natasha Natasha says:

    Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Amanda Bentley has no plans for the futurearduous than silk dresses and a life of ease in Boston with her wealthy beau, Joseph But all of that is destroyed when her father hustles her out of the house in the middle of the night He has gambling debts and is on the run from thugs looking to make him pay With only a satchel of silk dresses and a whole lot of complaints, Amanda and her father set off for the west, to make a Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Amanda Bentley has no plans for the futurearduous than silk dresses and a life of ease in Boston with her wealthy beau, Joseph But all of that is destroyed when her father hustles her out of the house in the middle of the night He has gambling debts and is on the run from thugs looking to make him pay With only a satchel of silk dresses and a whole lot of complaints, Amanda and her father set off for the west, to make a new life in the Oregon territory.Although Amanda starts out as insufferably spoiled and vain, she grows up, at a realistic pace, and toughens up to meet the rough life of the trail In a departure from the usual Sunfire formula or perhaps not a departure this is the first of the series, after all , there are not two suitors vying for the heroine s affection Her old beau, Joseph, quickly fades from her affections and is replaced by the strong, steadfast Ben Their developing relationship is engaging, as is Amanda s relationships with the girls and women of the wagon train Though some feel a bit like stock characters, their loyalty is admirable and adds to the story of strong people in a challenging environment I surely read AMANDA back in the day, as I had a thing for anything Oregon trail related, but I didn t remember any details before beginning my grand Sunfire reread The historical setting is vivid and well written, really drawing in the reader, and the characters are well developed A nice beginning to the series