[Read books] HeatherAuthor Vivian Schurfranz – Bilb-weil.de

She is brave enough for life in the new world but is she brave enough for love Two men love her but one of them might be plotting to kill herFormal balls and hired thugs, excitement and danger and love are all part of life in New York inAndyear old Heather Lawson is part of it, too She and her father have settled on Willow Acres, a land grant along the Hudson River from King Charles of EnglandBut someone doesn t want them there Is it their mysterious neighbor, Lord Downing, whose handsome, arrogant son Michael is painting Heather s portrait Is it laughing, blond Jan Van Ryswyk, a Dutch riverboatman who says he loves Heather and wants to marry her On the night Lord Downing holds a formal ball, Willow Acres crops are destroyed by fire All the evidence seems to point to Jan and the Dutch, but Heather is not so sure If she is wrong, it could cost her the one she loves If she is right, it could cost her her life


10 thoughts on “Heather

  1. Edallia Edallia says:

    See my review of Amanda for my general thoughts on the series as a whole As soon as I picked up this book during the Sunfire Re Read, I remembered my history with it This is the only Sunfire that I started and didn t finish In fact, I gave it back to my friend the next day, and said, no thanks, this one s boring I still found it fairly boring during the re read, and I also found myself wanting to fling it against a wall.How many Schurfranz books start off with the heroine taking an unautho See my review of Amanda for my general thoughts on the series as a whole As soon as I picked up this book during the Sunfire Re Read, I remembered my history with it This is the only Sunfire that I started and didn t finish In fact, I gave it back to my friend the next day, and said, no thanks, this one s boring I still found it fairly boring during the re read, and I also found myself wanting to fling it against a wall.How many Schurfranz books start off with the heroine taking an unauthorized swim in a river in order to demonstrate her feisty rebelliousness Heather is at least the third Unfortunately, Heather Lawson doesn t drown, but instead saves an Indian boy from drowning, only to need saving herself by a handsome Dutch sailor, Jan van Ryswyk, and they visit the Indians, who hail Heather as the most greatest thing on the face of the earth, and also the most beautiful End Chapter One Begin Danielle flashbacks.Then Heather flounces back home to find her father in a tense discussion with their neighbor, Lord Downing, who claims that the Lawsons have no right to their land, and that it really belongs to the Downings His body language and expressions all scream slimy snake, so we know he s lying So there s a land dispute, and Heather is confined to the house due to threats against the Lawsons, but she rides off anyway to meet Jan, and gets attacked by thugs, at whom she waves pistols Heather s father hates the Dutch It s 1665, and New Amsterdam has just become New York She can t see Jan any And at some point, Heather meets Lord Downing s son, Michael, an artist who paints her portrait and tells her she s beautiful a whole lot Then Heather s dad randomly decides Lord Downing is a nice guy after all Gee, Heather ought to marry Michael and forget that Dutch guy Then someone sets the Lawsons crops afire, and there is much kidnapping of people, and Heather acting recklessly and stupidly, and even some rescuing of Dutch guys and cats from the bowels of prison ships HOW did they JUMP from a SHIP into a RIVER and swim for shore with a CAT And then all of a sudden, Jan wants Heather to stay at home and be a traditional wife and mother, even though nothing in his character up until this point hinted that he felt this way about women So the Dutch guy is bad after all Heather ought to run off and marry Michael, who gave up his art for her after his father threatened him with not being able to see Heather again Because everyone would give up their vocation for the specialness that is Heather I honestly didn t think either guy was all that fantastic or compelling, and their respective affections for Heather develop overnight and come off as very superficial The ultimate union with Michael is oh, did that happen I guess it had to happen for the book to end Huh I guess Schurfranz tries to make this one exciting and there actually is a plot under all of the crap I think but I can t get over well, Heather Schurfranz spends half the novel trying to convince us she s oh so special and beautiful and inspiring to people, when she s fairly full of lifeless cliche Thankfully there are no random celebrity appearances, but there is plenty to be had of another fatal Schurfranz flaw Yes, Heather s hair is black like the raven, and her eyes are blue like the sky, and her cheeks are rosy like one who has the consumption And her boyfriends will remind you A lot Also, I only read this three days ago and I can already barely remember it So it really must be boring Verdict Unless you like cliched claptrap, this one is only for the most diehard of collectors Eurgh


  2. Reading with Cats Reading with Cats says:

    Not looking forward to this one.And it turns out I was dreading it for a good reason Amazingly, it was boring and annoying We open with our feisty heroine swimming in the river Because well, because she s a Schurfranz heroine, of course She also rides And shoots We re treated to an example of Heather s feistiness when she tries to save a young Native boy from drowning There s just one problem Heather sucks at rescuing people and soon both of them are half drowned Enter Suitor 1 Not looking forward to this one.And it turns out I was dreading it for a good reason Amazingly, it was boring and annoying We open with our feisty heroine swimming in the river Because well, because she s a Schurfranz heroine, of course She also rides And shoots We re treated to an example of Heather s feistiness when she tries to save a young Native boy from drowning There s just one problem Heather sucks at rescuing people and soon both of them are half drowned Enter Suitor 1, Dutchman Jan, who saves them both Soon we have the appearance of Suitor 2, the son of the eeeeevil Lord Downing, Michael Heather is independent and feisty and TSTL many, many times And do you know that Heather has emerald green eyes and raven black hair Don t worry Jan and Michael will remind you of it over, and over, and over again So, who does Heather end up with All I ll say is that one of our lovely suitors expects independent, feisty Heather to be a housewife like there were many other choices for pre Revolutionary War women and one gives up his passion to be with her Stupid ending Stupid Heather Stupid book This one just made me mad.May actually be worse than the truly horrid Danielle


  3. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    I haven t read all the books in the SUNFIRE series, but I really think this one is the best The first thing that grabbed me was the cover All SUNFIRES have a pretty girl in the front and two cute guys standing in the back, but Heather really jumps off the cover She looks so alluring and vibrant, carefree and confident, and when the story begins she really lives up to that image I loved the way the two boys were so totally symbolic of their clashing communities Michael, the English lordling, I haven t read all the books in the SUNFIRE series, but I really think this one is the best The first thing that grabbed me was the cover All SUNFIRES have a pretty girl in the front and two cute guys standing in the back, but Heather really jumps off the cover She looks so alluring and vibrant, carefree and confident, and when the story begins she really lives up to that image I loved the way the two boys were so totally symbolic of their clashing communities Michael, the English lordling, was such a high strung, nervous, commanding and yet really helpless figure I loved how his father wouldn t let him continue his painting and tried to own him like an animal It s nice how Heather has to protect him instead of the other way around She s so strong Jan the Dutch boy on the other hand, was so warm, rugged, and down to earth I just loved how his whole family was portrayed as taking to Heather right away even though she s English and New York has just been stolen from them by English people None of these SUNFIRE books are great literature, but this was a fun read And of course I grew up in upstate New York, not far from where this history played out, so I really enjoyed it


  4. Karla Karla says:

    A by the numbers teen romance that is slight on history and characterization The heroine vacillates between the Dutch sailor and the landowner s son from chapter to chapter on the slimmest of pretexts, and the supporting cast of characters are cliches of good, hearty lower class folk and scheming rich guys Heather s father is another of the recurring infantile adult characters that pops up through some of the Sunfire books The resolution with the scheming landowner is trite and forced The A by the numbers teen romance that is slight on history and characterization The heroine vacillates between the Dutch sailor and the landowner s son from chapter to chapter on the slimmest of pretexts, and the supporting cast of characters are cliches of good, hearty lower class folk and scheming rich guys Heather s father is another of the recurring infantile adult characters that pops up through some of the Sunfire books The resolution with the scheming landowner is trite and forced The shortness of the book less than 210 pages is no doubt to blame in large part for the overall cardboard feel, but I can t help but think that it could have been way better


  5. Tijona Tijona says:

    I was surprised at the ending of this book I was not expecting the Heather to make the choice she made I also have a hard time thinking that the people in this book would be so stupidthey believed that Dutch people burned their crops just because they saw a Dutch boat, and people in Dutch clothes, that just isn t realistic Also, I don t think that Heather s Father would have been so naive to think that the neighbor who is trying to steal their land could be his friend I am happy with Heat I was surprised at the ending of this book I was not expecting the Heather to make the choice she made I also have a hard time thinking that the people in this book would be so stupidthey believed that Dutch people burned their crops just because they saw a Dutch boat, and people in Dutch clothes, that just isn t realistic Also, I don t think that Heather s Father would have been so naive to think that the neighbor who is trying to steal their land could be his friend I am happy with Heather s choice, but there were parts of this book that bothered me I also didn t think it was ladylike to swimwas that a historical discrepancy


  6. Abby Abby says:

    Waxing Nostalgic 13 I don t love the way Schurfranz paints her heroines to be fickle They kiss the boy, feel that he is taking liberties so they get mad, then he is sweet and hugs her and she forgives him I do not love the message that she is telling young impressionable girls She is my least favorite author of this series and unfortunately, she hasbooks than the other authors I did not feel that the boy of choice was very obvious in this one though so that was good The land of New Waxing Nostalgic 13 I don t love the way Schurfranz paints her heroines to be fickle They kiss the boy, feel that he is taking liberties so they get mad, then he is sweet and hugs her and she forgives him I do not love the message that she is telling young impressionable girls She is my least favorite author of this series and unfortunately, she hasbooks than the other authors I did not feel that the boy of choice was very obvious in this one though so that was good The land of New York sounded beautiful and it was interesting to read about the land deals that started there


  7. Kim Kim says:

    What the hell Seriously What The Hell I can t even begin to guess where the end of this book came from Not that the beginning or middle were all that great, either, but at least they might make sense with a little creative filling in the blanks But the end Nope There were so many things wrong with the end that to enumerate them would just make me angrier What a complete waste of time.


  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    I read some of these books as a teenager and loved them Reading it now I think it isof a teenager book I thought it was pretty cheesey now but its a good book for a teenager that wants a clean romantic book with a little history thrown in.


  9. I_love_a_happily_ever_after I_love_a_happily_ever_after says:

    I read this as a teenager and then reread it when I pulled it out for my daughter It is so funny to see how writing styles have changed over the years Decent story that keeps you guessing about the love triangle.


  10. Lillian Lillian says:

    Two and a half stars, the plot is pretty generic but I did enjoy the occasional burst of Historical content