{kindle} ElizabethAuthor Willo Davis Roberts – Bilb-weil.de

After a string of predictable Schurfranz Sunfires, this couldn t help but be an improvement Boy howdy, was it Elizabeth Fallon comes to Saugus, MA with her brother sister in tow, the unfortunate objects of charity by her uncle, who doesn t let them forget for one minute just how grateful they should be He s a forbidding, hardline Puritan and hisfootloose kin from Boston don t sit well with him As soon as Elizabeth and her siblings arrive in Saugus, they get a taste of the strict Purit After a string of predictable Schurfranz Sunfires, this couldn t help but be an improvement Boy howdy, was it Elizabeth Fallon comes to Saugus, MA with her brother sister in tow, the unfortunate objects of charity by her uncle, who doesn t let them forget for one minute just how grateful they should be He s a forbidding, hardline Puritan and hisfootloose kin from Boston don t sit well with him As soon as Elizabeth and her siblings arrive in Saugus, they get a taste of the strict Puritan life with work, punishment, and eight hours of sermons on Sunday Mark gets on Uncle s bad side from the get go and pays for it, while Elizabeth tries to be dutiful and a cipher within the community If I don t make waves, she thinks, I won t get into trouble Well, trouble comes to her anyway In her attempt to make friends, she settles on two vastly different girls Nell Woodward, an orphaned transplant from Barbados with something of a free spirit, and Dorothy Givens, the daughter of the town minister that thunders at his flock and has the whole town cowed, like any powerful holy man worth his salt should.Unfortunately, Dorothy is a tramp, and Elizabeth s advice to her to keep her skirts down figuratively goes gleefully ignored Lie upon lie eventually come to a point where Dorothy decides to sacrifice someone else to charges of witchcraft rather than face the consequences of being condemned as harlot Her father, naturally, would rather that happen as well than be made a laughingstock by his congregation.The crux of the story is that of Elizabeth s conscience and courage For most of the story, she s an utter coward bending to the dictates of her uncle and the community It s the Puritan code that actions by one reflect on the entire family, and should Elizabeth say anything against respectable members, retribution and judgment will be swift This fear is heightened by the reports coming from Salem of witches, coupled with unvoiced suspicions by level headed folk that magic isn t at the root of it, but rather human faults like envy and greed For a group that fled English persecution, they live in a prison of their own making, and Elizabeth s paralyzed immobility when she sees wrongdoing around her illustrates that wonderfully.Now, the romance it s obvious from the get go who Elizabeth will end up with but, despite that predictable element, the romance in the book, usually so detached from the events of the story, is integrated into the plot Elizabeth is courted by one of those respectable members, and as her crisis of conscience approaches, so does her decision about what a life with him would entail She doesn t like what she sees Her other suitor, a courtshipunder the surface, is from one of those pesky logical types that were so persecuted by the good Puritans Yet he, like Elizabeth, finds himself paralyzed to act on his convictions, partly because of community pressure, and partly because he has his own family agenda Both he and Elizabeth take the long view of the consequences of speaking out, but eventually bend to their consciences.This was one of the deeper Sunfires,a story about what it means to be honest, true to oneself, and leading by example, than a story about a girl being batted about by hormones I enjoyed it from first page to last and will be moving Roberts adult HF higher up on the To Read list About 15 years ago, I could not get enough of the Sunfire series I think I read every single book that I could get my hands on at the local library I never got a chance to read Elizabeth though A friend recently told me that she had it, so she let me borrow it.Perhaps the Sunfire books lose something when you are over the age of 16 They all follow the same basic plotline Girl is torn between 2 potential suitors and has to make a choice One of the suitors is usually the stable type, while t About 15 years ago, I could not get enough of the Sunfire series I think I read every single book that I could get my hands on at the local library I never got a chance to read Elizabeth though A friend recently told me that she had it, so she let me borrow it.Perhaps the Sunfire books lose something when you are over the age of 16 They all follow the same basic plotline Girl is torn between 2 potential suitors and has to make a choice One of the suitors is usually the stable type, while the other isadventurous and radical The novels are always set against the backdrop of some significant historical event or time period in American history.Elizabeth is set in Massachusetts in the 1600s in the midst of the Salem witch trials Although Elizabeth does not live in Salem, but rather in a nearby village, there is great concern among the villagers that the hysteria of the witch trials in Salem will bleed over into their village Elizabeth has recently moved to the village with her brother and sister to live with her aunt and uncle following the death of their father She quickly makes friends with a girl named Dorothy and is courted by Troy, who is the most eligible man in town Of course, these Sunfire girls nearly always capture the attention of the most eligible man in town She also meets Nell, who lives with her extremely poor grandmother, and Johnny, a former shipman searching for his brother who was sold into indentured servitude.The story comes to a head when Nell is accused of being a witch Elizabeth must decide between standing up for Nell and remaining quiet so as to prevent herself from also being accused of witchcraft All the while, trying to choose between Troy and Johnny, of course.Regardless of the juvenile quality of the writing, I actually enjoyed this book One thing I always did appreciate about this series is that I did learn a lot about history from reading them, although I m sure they aren t 100% historically accurate Plus, they are very clean In this particular book, Elizabeth doesn t even kiss her man of choice until the very end THE WITCH HUNT Edit 3 28 20What does one do when they are self quarantined due to a global pandemic They read I was going to try to reread all the Sunfire books earlier in the year, but sort of stopped because there was other stuff to do Now there is nothing to do So, I read this book.You can read my original review below if you wish This is only the second time I ve read this book, and the last read was a whooping nine years ago I was still in college then I cringed reading the original review, becaus Edit 3 28 20What does one do when they are self quarantined due to a global pandemic They read I was going to try to reread all the Sunfire books earlier in the year, but sort of stopped because there was other stuff to do Now there is nothing to do So, I read this book.You can read my original review below if you wish This is only the second time I ve read this book, and the last read was a whooping nine years ago I was still in college then I cringed reading the original review, because I soundlike a middle school tween than a college student I think I enjoyed this bookthe second time around as an older adult It s really a slow burn type of book, with fear and trepidation leading up to a rather strong third act It also doesn t go unnoticed to me that the panic the townsfolk on the outskirts of Salem toward the fear of witches is not too far off from our current fears of the coronavirus That could be why I enjoyed it.The characters are a weak part of the story If reading this for the first time, it won t take you long to figure out which suitor Elizabeth will pick in the end, nor which friend is truly her friend Most of the characters are rather one note Elizabeth has very little character traits she s very much a blank slate She s a nice, quiet, and vain girl I honestly couldn t stand her the first few chapters because she kept talking about men looking at her because she was pretty She also was obsessed with the thought of Troy suitor 1 courting her before she even met him, which was grating The other characters weren t much better John suitor 2 and the highwayman and Troy are both dull as sawdust Neither have any form of arc and the romance is practically non existent I was rather grateful in the end that it was though, because I was muchinterested in the drama of the witch trials when they reached their peak Other characters were useless as well Elizabeth s brother Mark is nothingthan a plot device This is a large step down from other Sunfire Romances like Susannah where the sibling characters play a major roll.The main disappointment for me is the character of Uncle Harvard and the conclusion This section is going toward some light spoilers but it will just be in this paragraph Uncle Harvard is set up to be an antagonist throughout a majority of the book Elizabeth does little to hide her disdain for the man who let THREE ORPHAN CHILDREN into HIS home And maybe some of the choices he made toward Mark weren t ideal But it is his home They are living off his charity It also becomes clear throughout the book that Mark is FINE and to clarify, I do not condone him sending Mark away in the manner he did, but I think this isof an author plot problem rather than character And, he becomes a boss character at the end, standing up for Elizabeth and her true friend And what does Elizabeth plan to do to repay him She s going to run off and get married with a guy her family hasn t even met Harvard has to be an adult and public figure in a strict Puritan town that s talking about witches and his own niece is going to run off to another state and elope Poor man will probably be run out of town because of her after the events of the book.To wrap this up, I d still rate this book 3 stars The characters and, to a larger degree, the romance, drag this book down two stars The pacing of the plot, the drama, and the third act make this book a worthy read I would recommend hunting it down, but only after finding some of the other Sunfires first.Original Review circa 2011 I liked it, but there are a lot of things I would change if I could I can t help but think it might have been a lotexciting if it were actually set in Salem, and not a neighboring town Like, we could have felt that raw fear ofpeople accused, rather than here about it second hand from some minor major characters Lacking that, it would have been better if Elizabeth was accused and not her friend Sure the bit about her choosing whether to obey her family and boyfriend between following her heart and saying something was exciting, but that all didn t happen till about 70 or so pages left of the book Anyway, it was a good book It just had so much potential I mean, going into it, you think A Sunfire about the Salem Witch trials That must be one of the best Sunfire s around Then, you pay 10 for it onjust to get a so called Good copy, and it comes it the mail and it s really Acceptable and your like oh well Then you read it and suddenly your wishing it was one of the shorter Sunfires so the action will happen faster Anyway, if you can get a good deal on it, go ahead and get it, but save it as one of the later longer Sunfires you get if your trying to get a collection together This is one in a series of young adult historical romance books In this case Elizabeth lives in the time of the Salem Witch Trials Her parents are dead and she and her younger sister and brother go to live with an Uncle and Aunt.Unfortunately the Uncle is extremely strict and it s not long before Mark is in big trouble A guy named Tony is seen as a prospective husband for 16 year old Elizabeth, but there s another guy, a highwayman, who she is also interested in Major problems break out when This is one in a series of young adult historical romance books In this case Elizabeth lives in the time of the Salem Witch Trials Her parents are dead and she and her younger sister and brother go to live with an Uncle and Aunt.Unfortunately the Uncle is extremely strict and it s not long before Mark is in big trouble A guy named Tony is seen as a prospective husband for 16 year old Elizabeth, but there s another guy, a highwayman, who she is also interested in Major problems break out when a supposed friend of hers tries for an easy way out of some trouble she s in and this sets off an entire Salem like witch trial, a trial that could end in the hanging of Elizabeth and another girl friend of hers.It s an interesting and well done book from a historical angle, showing how regular individuals were affected by the ultra strictness of the Puritans of the time and the terror of the Salem witch trials with all the suspicion and hatred that that caused Definitely worth reading Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Elizabeth has come to live with her Puritan aunt and uncle in Saugus, MA in 1692 after the death of her parents Unlike the typical Sunfire heroine, Elizabeth is neither spirited or rebellious She s quiet, dutiful, and fiercely loyal She cheerfully cleans and attends church She easily makes friends in the new town the playful Dorothy, who is working her way through the young men of Saugus, and Nell, recently arrived from Barb Rereading my way through the Sunfire series, in publication order Elizabeth has come to live with her Puritan aunt and uncle in Saugus, MA in 1692 after the death of her parents Unlike the typical Sunfire heroine, Elizabeth is neither spirited or rebellious She s quiet, dutiful, and fiercely loyal She cheerfully cleans and attends church She easily makes friends in the new town the playful Dorothy, who is working her way through the young men of Saugus, and Nell, recently arrived from Barbados When Dorothy is caught out late with an unsuitable boy, she pushes blame by claiming she was bewitched into doing it To make matters worse, Dorothy points the finger at Nell, who is already singled out as being different because she wears bright dresses and swims Honest Elizabeth is torn between her two friends and must learn when to tell the truth and when to stay quiet.There is a romance in here, but it s almost overshadowed by the quiet story of loyalty and friendship Elizabeth is initially paired with Troy, the son of a prosperous farmer Although she feels warmly towards Troy, she s a little taken aback at the way plans for their betrothal and marriage unfold, without her say so, plans that don t include her beloved younger sister, who she d like to live with her Besides, her affection lies with Johnny, a roaming sailor with a heart of gold, who is looking for his young brother taken as an indentured servant Whereas in other Sunfire books, the heroine is drawn to the boy who shares her independent spirit, Elizabeth is drawn to the one who shares her sense of strong family values An admirable break from the traditional Sunfire characterizations I loved this book soooo much when I was a teenager It was oh so romantic to my 14 year old self I want to read it again, now that I am an adult but it would probably be stupid now The Sunfire Romance novels were what got me hooked on reading Every book is basically the same formula, historical fiction with one girl who can t decided between two loves, a good boy and a bad boy Looking back, I guess they were silly, but I loved them Especially this one, it was my favorite This one is abou I loved this book soooo much when I was a teenager It was oh so romantic to my 14 year old self I want to read it again, now that I am an adult but it would probably be stupid now The Sunfire Romance novels were what got me hooked on reading Every book is basically the same formula, historical fiction with one girl who can t decided between two loves, a good boy and a bad boy Looking back, I guess they were silly, but I loved them Especially this one, it was my favorite This one is about the Salem Witch trials, I feel 14 again just thinking about it Was Elizabeth suspected as a witch I don t remember Drats But as soon as I saw the cover, I knew this is one of the books in the Sunfire series that I read Why are the covers to these books seared into my memory And why does it seem like only white gals made it into the Sunfire series Were no young women of color having romances in any of the historical periods covered by Sunfire In a time of treachery and terror, loving the wrong man could be a deadly risk Did she dare follow her heart When someone points an accusing finger and cries Witch Elizabeth face a choice between a lie that could doom a friend, and the truth that would threaten her own life The truth could also ruin wealthy Troy s love for Elizabeth and reveal her own attraction to a stranger a wild and ruthless boy who shares her fear and courage Another book that I enjoyed as a kid Just saw the cover here on Goodreads and remembered it The books had great history and romance Reread 7 12 Part of my reread read the Sunfires this summer Historically interesting, somewhat like Witch of Blackbird Pond in parts.