[ Prime ] CarolineAuthor Willo Davis Roberts – Bilb-weil.de

Her disguise would keep her safe, but not from loveIf only men and boys were going to California, then Caroline would become a boy Caroline just wants the same adventures her brothers have But they re headed west to California to find gold, and that s no place for a girl to be So Caroline takes matters and scissors into her own hands By cutting her hair and donning the clothes of a gold hungry young boy, Caroline goes west One of the young men traveling with her was handsome Dan Riddle, who treats her the way he would any young boy But underneath the clothes of the boys pounds the heart a young woman, and while Caroline thinks her quest is for adventure, she finds that it is for love See my review of Amanda for my series overview Well, wasn t this one a lot of fun I knew I d bekindly disposed towards this particular Sunfire, since it involved frontiers and wagon trains and the lovely scenery of the Sierra Nevada For the record, and for the sake of the data integrity of my Great Sunfire Re Read, I did not read this one as a kid The plot is pretty straightforward Caroline Hoxie s older brothers Frank and Billy decide to leave their Michigan farm and join the C See my review of Amanda for my series overview Well, wasn t this one a lot of fun I knew I d bekindly disposed towards this particular Sunfire, since it involved frontiers and wagon trains and the lovely scenery of the Sierra Nevada For the record, and for the sake of the data integrity of my Great Sunfire Re Read, I did not read this one as a kid The plot is pretty straightforward Caroline Hoxie s older brothers Frank and Billy decide to leave their Michigan farm and join the California gold rush Caroline, jealous of the freedom that men have to just run off, and resentful of being left behind, decides to disguise herself as a boy and follow her brothers The wonderful back cover art depicts a furiously scowling Caroline taking scissors to her long hair She starts out on foot, determined to walk to Independence, Missouri if she has to, but she fortunately runs into a sympathetic family who agree to take Caro the 12 year old boy along in their wagon At the jumping off town for all west bound wagon trains, Caro can t find her brothers, and all seems lost until a string of events lead to her being hired as help by Dan Riddle, a handsome young man who s headed west to stake a claim But of course, handsome Dan thinks Caro is a boy, and she s got to maintain her disguise or risk being shipped back home Dan is a real catch, and it s easy to see why Caro falls for him He s a goodhearted, smart, hardworking guy, and he is really very sweet to the boy that he treats like a protege Caro has a few adventures of her own, some funny, some tense, as she tries to pass as a boy Unfortunately, the other boys on the train figure out pretty quickly that there s something weird about Caro, mostly that he can t manage to throw one measly punch.Of course, Caroline is terrified that Dan will hate her guts if she reveals the truth, so she hangs onto her deception even after they stake a claim in California But Caro s getting older, andwomanly, and Dan is not stupid, and it s obvious long before Caro blurts out her secret that Dan isthan aware It s a sweet story of two people who are obviously a good match for each other It s a nice change for a Sunfire not to feature two suitors for the heroine to choose from In fact, the other guys depicted in the cover art are Caro s two brothers, when there is usually a second suitor in that spot It wouldn t have worked at all with the disguised as a boy plotline, so I am thankful that Roberts didn t force the formula on us Of course, a beautiful girl credibly passing as a boy is a hard conceit to swallow, but if you suspend that disbelief, the novel is a lotenjoyable I can deal with it since the story takes place in the 1850s, and I suppose that if something shows up in trousers in the 1850s, it s a boy I only have a couple of quibbles with this one One of them is the last minute resolution of the plot involving Caroline s brothers and how they may or may not have salted a mine I wish we d been given a fewchapters devoted to that mystery, in order to flesh it out a little , or that the subplot had been dropped entirely As it stands on the page, it s pretty rushed The other quibble, this one of the eye rolling variety, was that all of the Hoxie siblings found True Love all at the same time I could deal with Caroline running into Billy s new sweetheart out on the trail, but of course poor Frank couldn t be left out, and he s got a girl, too Someone actually mentioned the yucky idea of a triple wedding for Caro and Dan and Frank and Billy and their sweethearts But those little bits aside, the descriptions are lush, the plot clips along nicely, and the main characters are very likeable The verdict I had to yank one star because the ending feels pretty crammed on, and I get annoyed when there are too many sweethearts pitching woo all over the frontier But, this is a fun, unique Sunfire, and if you re collecting, you should definitely track this one down When I was in grade school, I read several books in this series and writing this I want to hide in embarrassment, but I was around 11 or 12 The books were for the most part predictable and very clean romance, but nothingthan a kiss Girl is torn between two boys who both like her, and she chooses the one who lets her be herself so the series was pro girl in that respect This one is the only one I can really remember and that is because there was no love triangle It was story about When I was in grade school, I read several books in this series and writing this I want to hide in embarrassment, but I was around 11 or 12 The books were for the most part predictable and very clean romance, but nothingthan a kiss Girl is torn between two boys who both like her, and she chooses the one who lets her be herself so the series was pro girl in that respect This one is the only one I can really remember and that is because there was no love triangle It was story about a girl who poses as a boy to find her brothers Along the way, she falls for the man she is working for She had pluck oh my gosh These books Do you remember these Did you read them I d forgotten them totally until today when someone mentioned them on twitter. I discovered the Sunfire Classics back in middle school working in the library and with them discovered the joys of romance novels And yet, I only loved a select few of these books.Caroline is dear to my heart because she is a frontier woman Not only that, but she disguised herself as a man in order to be close to the man she loved Eventually, her secret would have to come out, but in the meantime it was hilarious to see what Caroline had to go through to keep it a secret while living out in I discovered the Sunfire Classics back in middle school working in the library and with them discovered the joys of romance novels And yet, I only loved a select few of these books.Caroline is dear to my heart because she is a frontier woman Not only that, but she disguised herself as a man in order to be close to the man she loved Eventually, her secret would have to come out, but in the meantime it was hilarious to see what Caroline had to go through to keep it a secret while living out in the wilds of California panning for gold As with most of the Sunfire girls, I love her zest and how she keeps going at her goal, no matter what Yes, tears are shed and tantrums are thrown, but in the long run they all stick through to get what they want the man of their dreams These are all fairy tale type HEA, but still wonderful to read And with the historical context thrown in, educational as well One of my very first romance books Found in my Christian School s library, so you know it was clean Those wonderful Sunfire novelssigh.brings a tear And memories of sneaking books by the pitiful light of my alarm clock after my parents had sent me to bed hmmmm, needing glasses, mystery solved These aren t in print any longer, which is probably for the best This novel probably wouldn t stand up to my current standards should I ever read it again, but it certainly fit the bill as One of my very first romance books Found in my Christian School s library, so you know it was clean Those wonderful Sunfire novelssigh.brings a tear And memories of sneaking books by the pitiful light of my alarm clock after my parents had sent me to bed hmmmm, needing glasses, mystery solved These aren t in print any longer, which is probably for the best This novel probably wouldn t stand up to my current standards should I ever read it again, but it certainly fit the bill as I took my first steps tentative away from Encyclopdia Brown and Nancy Drew I wonder if I ll ever run across it on the dusty shelves of my thrift store book section one day.I would be forced to buy it, if for nothing else than to pick up and smile at occassionally Don t know why this one was my favorite, although I do admit to having a bit of a thing for the old west wagon train era as I was growing up Geek much Never said I wasn t odd This one also hosts the wonderful girl dresses as a boy and falls in love with handsome man plot And don t we all just love that You turn every page waiting for that big moment, the dramatic reveal Good stuff Maynard I guess these books were supposed to prepare me for my young adulthood, when I would have to choose the man to marry from among my suitors Luckily I have been able to ignore some of that early training and not get involved with the oppressive institution of marriage.Oh, but I m supposed to write about the book.Well, I know from recognizing the cover that I ve read this book, but I can t remember a dang thing about its plot Sorry. I loved this historical series when I was in elementary school Each book was a stand alone story and featured a young woman from a noteworthy historical period This one was my absolute favorite and took place during the California gold rush I wish you could still buy these in stores A longer format Sunfire that should have been a bit shorter The trials of the wagon train were well done and Caroline was a likable heroine, but I never thought I d say that I wished there d be some artificial tension in a Sunfire Usually the heroine bounces back and forth between two swains the dashing bad boy and the stolid provider We always know who she ll end up with a girl has to look to her future , so the drama always seems pointless But this time around I really missed it.The hero A longer format Sunfire that should have been a bit shorter The trials of the wagon train were well done and Caroline was a likable heroine, but I never thought I d say that I wished there d be some artificial tension in a Sunfire Usually the heroine bounces back and forth between two swains the dashing bad boy and the stolid provider We always know who she ll end up with a girl has to look to her future , so the drama always seems pointless But this time around I really missed it.The hero Dan Riddle almost called him Nelson there for a sec was a nice guy, but he was the only one who was chasing after Caroline so there was no romantic tension It was only a matter of when Caroline s disguise as a boy would be revealed and how that would be received by everyone around her Pretty well, it turns out, and Dan of course knew all along and was only waiting for her to be honest with him And she knows he was honest and hated liars, so that made her not tell him and yadda yadda yadda The main moral of the story is about anti bullying, as Caroline s rather feminine boy makes her the butt of jokes and pranks by jerkwad assholes in the wagon train She s better than them at important things like shooting game and swimming, which fuels jealousy, but eventually she s accepted and some of them agree that she s just different AND THAT S OK.I have no idea who the guy is dressed as a card sharp I don t recall anyone who could remotely fit that description, and the Sunfire covers are usually pretty accurate.A good Sunfire, but not one of the most exciting ones Not by a mile The stories usually are centered around a huge event the Johnstown Flood, the 88 blizzard, the 1906 earthquake, the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, the Salem Witch Trials, etc This was about the long and dull journey to the Gold Rush.Meh I d rather watch an episode or three of Wagon Train At least that has spanking I first found this book when I was in he 7th grade and I have loved it ever since I still have my copy 20 yrs later Love it