[ kindle ] DanielleAuthor Vivian Schurfranz – Bilb-weil.de

Twice she d lost her heart, but who was her life long love It iswhen New Orleans beauty Danielle Verlaine helps Geoffrey, a young pirate, escape from her family s plantation and the authorities Immediately she is captivated by his dashing good looks and dangerous lifestyle While her fiance, Paul, is both handsome and sweet, Danielle yearns for something Her chance comes when the pirate s kidnap her and hold her for ransom Danielle comes face to face with Geoffrey again A love stirs inside her, and the spirited Danielle must decide between a comfortable life with Paul or an adventure as a pirate queen


10 thoughts on “Danielle

  1. Edallia Edallia says:

    See my review of Amanda for my series overview Despite my nitpicky carping on, I am truly and thoroughly enjoying my massive Sunfire re read project.Until this this festering mound of this This was one volume I could never find as a teen, so this is a first time read Danielle is the story of an irritating little princess and her irritating parents, who reside on an irritating plantation outside of New Orleans, a non irritating place that should not have been associated with this See my review of Amanda for my series overview Despite my nitpicky carping on, I am truly and thoroughly enjoying my massive Sunfire re read project.Until this this festering mound of this This was one volume I could never find as a teen, so this is a first time read Danielle is the story of an irritating little princess and her irritating parents, who reside on an irritating plantation outside of New Orleans, a non irritating place that should not have been associated with this travesty The year is 1814, the war is the one of 1812, and the celebrity guest stars are Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte Danielle Verlaine, age 15 and she alone among the Sunfire heroines actually does not turn 16 during the course of the story is peripherally involved in the war, but the major plot revolves around her romantic idealization of the pirate Jean Lafitte, her conflicts with her pirate hating father, and her dissatisfaction with her nice guy fiance, Paul Milerand, and OOH, a hot young pirate Shiny Yes, fate throws handsome Geoffrey Lafitte, a fictional nephew of the non fictional Jean, at Danielle s perfect little princessy feet, which probably don t even smell.In case you can t tell by now, Danielle is my major problem with this book Vivian Schurfranz would have us believe that Danielle is smart, spirited, and independent, when she actually comes off as vain, willful, and reckless I can accept a certain amount of dumb shenanigans from a 15 year old, but you can t actually expect me to believe that after Danielle is kidnapped by pirates who give her an option to go right home, she is actually going to get hold of her fear and terror enough to decide to stay on with them for a few days in order to carry a report of their good behavior back to her influential father Even if Geoffrey is really, really cute Reading a few newspapers doesn t make Danielle smart Having her swim in the river in her petticoat doesn t make her interesting And reiterating a zillion times that Danielle is independent does not make it so You know what I can sum it up for you in a few short quotes, all from the first chapter Danielle s first line, spoken to her horse Let s go slowly, my beauty, until we reach the banana grove If this doesn t make you roll your eyes, then you don t have eyes.Danielle s father is a fiercely independent plantation owner who didn t allow slaves on his plantation only freeman who were paid a decent wage Ooookay I know this is ridiculous You know this is ridiculous Even Schurfranz, deep down, knows that this is ridiculous Yet she s obviously employed this historically inaccurate conceit in order to make Danielle and her familypalatable to modern readers There is simply NO WAY that the Verlaines would find hundreds of men willing to voluntarily take the nasty, sticky, back breaking job of sugarcane harvesting, and even if they could, there is no way that they could make enough of a profit to keep them in the lifestyle that they are described as living It s not that there couldn t be abolitionists in the American south at this time, it s just that they wouldn t be plantation owners Plantations could not have existed without slave labor If you want to write a story with this setting, you are going to have to deal with the issue of slavery, and not with this lame copout.Not only does Danielle s internal monologue inform us that her father calls her the most beautiful and the brainiest girl in New Orleans, she meets up with Paul, and they run into Jean Lafitte, who calls her beautiful, then a mean pirate sneers at her, and she internal monologues that her beauty held no fascination for him And this is in the first chapter Then Danielle tenderly nurses the wounded soldiers, and Andrew Jackson chooses her to open a ball with him because she is so gosh darn beautiful Somewhere in there is some kind of daring escape from pirates who want to ransom her, a fewattempts to convince us that Danielle is marvelously special, such as her random visit to Betsy Summers, a character that appears to have been introduced only to show that aristocratic Danielle is magnanimous enough to visit someone who lives on the waterfront and a few huge, glaring signs that Geoffrey is not the dazzling shiny prince he appears to be And then the war is over, and we re left with a final third of the book that is solely and entirely devoted to Danielle s excruciatingly boring little love drama We all know Geoffrey stinks as a human being by this point, so watching Danielle waffle between her beaux is utterly pointless We re all just waiting for her to grow the heck up and quit whining about how no one likes her crappy pirate boyfriend For a hundred pages Here s a nagging question if the Verlaines are so progressive and independent and smart and perfect and odorless, why in the heck did they involve Danielle in a marriage contract with Paul in the first place And since Danielle is obviously going to end up with Paul who is nice, but entirely too insistent that the 15 year old agree to marry him , it completely negates her very valid point that they ought to let her choose her own husband Sloppy, sloppy storytelling Which is a shame, because as usual, it s obvious that a good deal of research went into this novel Schurfranz the most hit or miss of the Sunfire writers has an annoying habit of making the historical figures too much of a presence in the story Just not my cup of tea And after that eye rolling doozy of a first chapter, it was pretty much all downhill for me Verdict Minus a star for a plot that is actually a heck of a lot dumber even than it sounds, minus onefor the historically dubious slaveless plantation, and minus three for the single most irritating heroine I have ever encountered in literature Which makes my official rating no stars Don t bother seeking this one out unless you re a completist I am, darnit or you find it really cheap


  2. Karla Karla says:

    This is one of theperfect Sunfires out there, in that belief has to be suspended and cliches abound Danielle Verlaine s father is a sugar cane plantation owner in 1814 New Orleans who refuses to have slaves, but instead pays free men a decent wage Nice and tidy for our heroine to be entirely palatable for modern sensibilities, but realistically the family wouldn t be wealthy at all with that business arrangement It s a pretty glaring thing to overlook, and since it was referred to sev This is one of theperfect Sunfires out there, in that belief has to be suspended and cliches abound Danielle Verlaine s father is a sugar cane plantation owner in 1814 New Orleans who refuses to have slaves, but instead pays free men a decent wage Nice and tidy for our heroine to be entirely palatable for modern sensibilities, but realistically the family wouldn t be wealthy at all with that business arrangement It s a pretty glaring thing to overlook, and since it was referred to several times, the reader wasn t allowed to forget it.Likewise the struggle of Danielle to choose between Paul andI forgot his name already Jean Lefitte s nephew, whoever he was I want to say Geoffrey The descriptions of him are standard Hollywood pirate fare with an unattractive, borderline rapist personality meant to be intense and Paul was only made likable near the end of the story Prior to that, he was unrelentingly uptight Danielle s indecisiveness between them didn t make for many engaging scenes because there was no good decision she could have made IMO.It s a shame, too, because the history contained in the book is well done The War of 1812 isn t given much airtime in novels, especially juvenile fiction, and Schurfranz didn t fall down in that department, unlike in her characterizations Having readof the series, I ve now noticed that Schurfranz s style issimplistic, and dull in its simplicity.I d recommend it if you want to read the entire series or if you have an interest in this particular war


  3. HeavyReader HeavyReader says:

    Ok, so the Sunfire books were romance novels for young teenagers, romance novel lite, if you will.Each one was set in a different historical era.And as you can probably tell from looking at the covers, each young woman was facing a choice between two young men Wow Most of my teenage life, not even one fellow was interested in me, so I was pretty intrigued by the idea of having to make a choice of men I was basically just ready to take whoever came along and expressed a little interest in me Ok, so the Sunfire books were romance novels for young teenagers, romance novel lite, if you will.Each one was set in a different historical era.And as you can probably tell from looking at the covers, each young woman was facing a choice between two young men Wow Most of my teenage life, not even one fellow was interested in me, so I was pretty intrigued by the idea of having to make a choice of men I was basically just ready to take whoever came along and expressed a little interest in me That s what I ended up doing too, to disastrous results


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    Edit April 4th, 2020 Self Quarantine Day 18 And so the horror of reading my old reviews continues Did college me know what spell check was She must have considering she would go on to graduate from college The shame So, this is Day 18 of self quarantine, minus a trip to the vet, a horrifying trip to Walmart yesterday and a couple of trips to my grandparents to unload groceries or take out the trash I haven t been to the movies since I saw Frozen 2 and I haven t been out to eat since late F Edit April 4th, 2020 Self Quarantine Day 18 And so the horror of reading my old reviews continues Did college me know what spell check was She must have considering she would go on to graduate from college The shame So, this is Day 18 of self quarantine, minus a trip to the vet, a horrifying trip to Walmart yesterday and a couple of trips to my grandparents to unload groceries or take out the trash I haven t been to the movies since I saw Frozen 2 and I haven t been out to eat since late February I think I m slowly losing my mind since I m using a Goodreads review to document my time in isolation I think this is the reason I had such a terrible time with this book I m cranky and this didn t help The first time I rated it, I gave it a generous 3 stars I certainly don t remember liking it the first time This is only the second time I ve read this book This is easily a one star book for me, so I have no clue why I was so nice the last time.Danielle is an awful protagonist For one thing, it s very hard to like her She is always proclaiming how independent and self reliant she is, yet she is constantly whining to her parents and Paul suitor 1 how I HAVE TO MAKE MY OWN CHOICES ABOUT MARRIAGE and WHY CAN T YOU TREAT ME LIKE AN ADULT She even tries to whine at future President Andrew Jackson by asking if she could help with military campaigns Girl, you are 15 Sit down.And yes, in other times periods, 15 is a grown up age Danielle just acts like a 15 year old from our time.She is also constantly bragging about how pretty she is Oh Danielle with your cerulean blue eyes and lovely blonde hair, won t you please be in the parade as one of the 19 prettiest girls in the county Oh Danielle, your beauty takes away from the pain of the bullet hole in my side, won t you write to my parents Oh Danielle, you are so lovely I shall make you my pirate queen and we will sail the seas together forever.Other characters aren t even worth mentioning because they are few and far between Danielle doesn t have any friends or siblings unless you count suitors one and two as friends, which I don t Her parents pop up every now and then, but they are largely sidelined, only appearing in the first couple of chapters and last fourth of the book She has an aunt that she spends some time with, but there is nothing interesting about her except for a minor plot about a love interest in the army Other major characters if you can call them that are apparently historical figures I knew who Andrew Jackson was, but Jean Liffete and Betsy Summers were also real people I admit the War of 1812 barely warrants a mention in our SC 4th grade textbooks, so this war isn t one I m overly familiar with We havescenes with the three people mentioned above then with the suitor Danielle will eventually get together with Maybethan both suitors combined.This is a problem because none of those people actually force Danielle to grow Danielle learns nothing throughout this book She doesn t change as a person and she gets everything she could want Even though she makes some awful choices throughout the book, nothing bad happens because of it There are no consequences It s just so boring.Another big issue is the plot which is all over the place You read the summary of this book and thought it was about a girl kidnapped by pirates, didn t you Wrong It s about Danielle not wanting to be married, meeting a pirate king, meeting said pirate s hot nephew, the British taking her house, her mom being kidnapped by the British, her escaping from the British, following the American army around as a nurse, secretly meeting with hot pirate, worrying over her naval fiance, her fiance almost dying, watching people die, falling in love with a pirate, and only after a fewthings happen does Danielle finally get kidnapped by pirates about a third of the way through to book And if you hated reading that incredibly long sentence, you have now experienced some of my pain in reading this book.I just hated this book Don t read it I shouldn t have reread it considering I face palmed at the first sentence Literally AND I M NOT SUPPOSED TO FACE PALM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS THANKS DANIELLE NOW I HAVE TO WASH MY HANDS AND FACE.And just to punctuate how stupid this book ends, I m going to spoil the ending below Read this since you shouldn t read the book Or don t This could be a good hate read.Danielle The pirates stole our precious cameos when they kidnapped me, Mama Mom Oh no But how did you bring them back Danielle My hot pirate boyfriend Geoffrey rescued them for me Isn t he the BEST Dad He s a pirate All pirates are awful Danielle OH DADDY YOU DON T UNDERSTAND I HATE YOU scene change Geoffrey Let s make out in this secluded spot away from all people Danielle.Danielle Oh Geoffrey, your so wonderful and amazing and, HEY Why do you have one of my cameos Geoffrey UM.Danielle GIMME Geoffrey I ll bring you the other one too.Danielle M kay Do you want to come to dinner to court me Geoffrey sigh fine Can we make out then scene change Danielle Geoffrey stole our cameos Mom, but he is totally a nice guy Mom skeptical face Are you sure about that Danielle Of course He s so handsome and he loves me and he promised he d never steal again scene change After Geoffrey courts Danielle Geoffrey Run away with me Danielle Danielle I don t knowGeoffrey I ll come back tomorrow for your decision.Dad Now that we ve met him, you can t marry the pirate You must marry the guy we choose for you when you were six.Danielle BUT I DON T WANNA YOU CAN T MAKE ME scene change Danielle Maybe I shouldn t run off with Geoffrey Danielle get s dirty Mom Oh Danielle, you must actlady like.Dad HOW DARE YOU NOT ACT LIKE AN ADULT EVER SINCE YOU STARTED HANGING OUT WITH THAT PIRATE Insert angry teacher noises from the Peanuts Danielle NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME Danielle decides to run away with Geoffrey scene change Geoffrey Oh darling, I m so glad you are coming with me.Danielle OH yes, let s go.Geoffrey playing Let s Get it On Why don t we stay and make out Danielle NO Let s go LET GO OF ME Paul AVAST YE SCOUNDREL LET HER GO Danielle Le GASP Don t hurt Geoffrey, Paul Insert low stakes fist fight to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song Paul I won.Geoffrey from ground I ll kill you by cutting you into tiny little pieces and feed your entrails to the sharks Danielle is torn between the two Paul Go to your love Paul leaves the girl he s known since childhood with a potential rapist and actual kidnapper Danielle goes to Geoffrey.Danielle I love Paul.Geoffrey Argh, I hate you I could have any woman I want.Danielle I know Goodbye now Danielle leaves a pirate at her house where he could rob it Danielle PAUL I LOVE YOU LET S GET MARRIED Paul I VE WAITED FOR SO LONG EndOriginal Review circa 2011Yeah, I m not happy with this book Not happy at all I loved Danielle, but both of her suitors, ugh, didn t care for either of them to much All the interaction with Paul was mostly flashbacks or Danielle refusing to marry him, which only made me see him as a stuck up prat Geoffrey was your typical dashing pirate, but with all of Danielle s girlish fantasies of him, it was easy for a reader to look past that and see what he was really all about I much preferred Christopher to either of those two boys It stinks what happened to that adorable Tennessee soldier.The one thing that really made this book enjoyable though was Danielle s action scenes First we get a terrifying escape from the British through the swamp, and then a even scarier escape scene from pirates Both were nail bitters, even if they were a tad similar I probably would have enjoyed that last fight at the tail end of the book if it hadn t had been so predictable and out of character for the two characters doing the fighting Cause, let s face it, the loser waslikely to win, but the author wanted the other guy to win All in all, don t get your hopes up for this one Pirates, wars, and romance does not add up well in this novel


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    I remember reading and lovin this as a teen wonder if I can find the book and what I d think of it now as an adult


  6. Natasha Natasha says:

    Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Danielle Verlaine is insufferable almost from the very beginning of this book She s rebellious we know this because she swam in the Mississippi River in her underthings and rides alone in the streets of 1814 New Orleans which is okay because she carries a set of horse pistols She s being courted by the completely boring Paul, who she doesn t take seriously You ll have my love when you re a rich and famous captain, she fl Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Danielle Verlaine is insufferable almost from the very beginning of this book She s rebellious we know this because she swam in the Mississippi River in her underthings and rides alone in the streets of 1814 New Orleans which is okay because she carries a set of horse pistols She s being courted by the completely boring Paul, who she doesn t take seriously You ll have my love when you re a rich and famous captain, she flippantly tells him What a catch, Paul But then she meets Geoffrey, nephew of the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte He s dashing and handsome and, duh, a PIRATE Though just about every single person around her repeatedly says that Geoffrey is Bad News, she insists on swooning and sneaking out to meet him There was some history tossed in there the War of 1812 was going on, after all, right there in the middle of the book but was clearly not as important to Danielle as OMG PIRATES In the end, I really didn t care who she ended up with


  7. Lori Lori says:

    Swoon I remember reading so many of this collection in middle school I love a good clean historical fiction romance Sunfire was the name of a series of 32 young adult books put out by Scholastic, Inc during the 1980s The books always took place during an interesting point in American history and featured a girl who was usually ahead of her time in her attitudes and actions The basic plot usually involved her being caught up in the particular historic event of the time while also having to Swoon I remember reading so many of this collection in middle school I love a good clean historical fiction romance Sunfire was the name of a series of 32 young adult books put out by Scholastic, Inc during the 1980s The books always took place during an interesting point in American history and featured a girl who was usually ahead of her time in her attitudes and actions The basic plot usually involved her being caught up in the particular historic event of the time while also having to choose between two suitors rarely, this number might change Almost always, the winning suitor was the one who approved of the heroine s liberal attitudes and who was kind of a rebel in his own right not the family approved kind who offered mere comfort and stability All in all, the books were good clean fun for a young girl from


  8. Reading with Cats Reading with Cats says:

    I was enjoying my reread of Sunfires until Danielle This one was just notgood It was okay in the beginning when something was going on besides spoiled Danielle and creepy Geoffrey s relationship Then the war ends and we just have Danielle obsessing thinking about Geoffrey Oh, merchants are going broke because they can t sell their stuffbut what about Geoffrey Oh, tons of people just died in a terrible warbut what about Geoffrey This got very old, very quickly Oh, Geoffrey just I was enjoying my reread of Sunfires until Danielle This one was just notgood It was okay in the beginning when something was going on besides spoiled Danielle and creepy Geoffrey s relationship Then the war ends and we just have Danielle obsessing thinking about Geoffrey Oh, merchants are going broke because they can t sell their stuffbut what about Geoffrey Oh, tons of people just died in a terrible warbut what about Geoffrey This got very old, very quickly Oh, Geoffrey just stole some priceless cameos Oh well, he just didn t know any better than to STEAL from his girlfriend and her family Sorry, Danielle that one doesn t work for me If I wasn t so OCD about series, this one would ve been a DNF pretty early on


  9. D.H. Hanni D.H. Hanni says:

    Ugh The only reason why I read this is because when I was in high school, I read this series of books but my local library never had this one Since my first name is Danielle I thought how awesome would it be to read something with my name Don t judge me for idiotic teenager thinking I honestly had no clue that these books were YA historical romance I never cared about the romance portion of them and wasinterested by the historical background Fast forward to this year when I bought th Ugh The only reason why I read this is because when I was in high school, I read this series of books but my local library never had this one Since my first name is Danielle I thought how awesome would it be to read something with my name Don t judge me for idiotic teenager thinking I honestly had no clue that these books were YA historical romance I never cared about the romance portion of them and wasinterested by the historical background Fast forward to this year when I bought this off ofFinally read it Dear god this book is terrible It s like it was written by a 12 year old for other 12 year olds since all the characters don t act like real people do Just so, so bad Great example of how not to write YA and historical romance


  10. Shelly Shelly says:

    Still reading rereading the Sunfires I did not read this one in my preteen years thank goodness It is pretty horrendous There is not anything to redeem it Plot and characters were boring and unlikable So sorry that I bought it Not recommended