Jennie – Bilb-weil.de

Numberin the currently out of print Sunfire series bybooks Jennie fights to save her life in the great Johnstown Flood ofand survives to become a telegraph reporter covering the disaster but must choose between two men vying for her affection


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  1. Rachel (BAVR) Rachel (BAVR) says:

    Oh, Sunfire Your simple formulas always ring so true Big historic events Plucky heroines Non threatening love interests I love this Nostalgia Stew so much It makes me feel like a kid again, before I started reading adult books and subsequently lost my faith in humanity Sunfires have the privilege of being both entertaining and educational I spent a majority of my Jennie reading time poised next to the computer, ready to Google search the hell out of the rich history So much fun, even Oh, Sunfire Your simple formulas always ring so true Big historic events Plucky heroines Non threatening love interests I love this Nostalgia Stew so much It makes me feel like a kid again, before I started reading adult books and subsequently lost my faith in humanity Sunfires have the privilege of being both entertaining and educational I spent a majority of my Jennie reading time poised next to the computer, ready to Google search the hell out of the rich history So much fun, even though I was researching a tragedy When Karla informed me that a Sunfire based on the Johnstown Flood exists, I got ridiculously excited I lived in Johnstown for 4 years, half of that time probably covered in a foot of snow The City of Johnstown is a proud little bowl of a town at the bottom of a gorge It s an old steel town, and the people reflect those blue collar roots Proud, hard working, and self sufficient, the modern people of Johnstown are remarkably similar to the ones described in Jennie For an economically depressed, thrice devastated area calamitous floods in 1889, 1936, and 1977 , Johnstown continues to stand, perhaps weaker than before but still an example of the grit that makes up a majority of Southwestern Pennsylvania.While the 1936 and 1977 Johnstown Floods can be blamed on what I like to call the region s temperamental weather, the 1889 flood is notable for its human folly Jennie begins one day before the flood It s been raining heavily for days, and the title character is fully aware of Johnstown s tendency to flood and of the dangers of South Fork Dam The dam was designed poorly to begin with, and the rich people running the South Fork Hunting Fishing Club didn t maintain the dam well It s a ticking time bomb, and Miner s pacing of the moments leading up to the disaster emphasize that Telegraph operator Jennie is a great heroine She s outspoken about class tensions of the time and doesn t back down from a challenge When she meets old childhood playmate Jim, a practical guy who takes the advantages offered to him by the rich men at the Club, Jennie doesn t hold back her ball buster ways At one point during their first conversation, Jim mentions that they were friends as children, and Jennie rapidly replies, We were never really friends So, yes, this Sunfire heroine has spunk It s really no surprise that she managed to ride out the flood for 14 miles from South Fork into Johnstown, clinging to various bits of debris She probably could have made it for days, just cruising down the makeshift river, nodding like a badass at all the astounded people on the banks The two Sunfire mandatory suitors are Jim, the boy next door who always manages to raise Jennie s hackles, and David, a Philadelphia reporter who considers the Johnstown Flood to be a prime career opportunity Jim gets a Big Damn Hero moment when, realizing the dam is going to break, he flees the club and tries to warn the people of South Fork and get a message to Johnstown David offers Jennie a job as a telegraph operator in the aftermath of the flood to assist the deluge of reporters from all over the country I liked both guys, even if I though David s enthusiasm about his BIG STORY was insensitive in the environment of such carnage Miner does a fine job of capturing the events of the flood and the recovery process Even though I knew Jennie would survive, I couldn t help but get nervous as Miner throws obstacle after obstacle at the poor girl on that harrowing trip from South Fork to Johnstown Later, she spares us an eye witness account of the fire that consumed the massive amount of debris that got stuck under and around the Johnstown Bridge, opting instead to describe the screams of the people trapped in the fire and rubble Later, she describes the destroyed property and the smell of decomposing bodies The survivors start a recovery plan very fast, assisting their neighbors, caring for the hurt and the homeless Their endurance is still present in the modern people of Johnstown, I think Nothing really keeps them down They ll fight and rebuild and move on with minimal drama Miner captures that down to earth, no nonsense perseverance very well in her characters 2,209 people perished in the Johnstown Flood No other US disaster touched that death toll until 9 11 99 entire families were wiped out in the blink of an eye Men and women helplessly watched their children and spouses die Over 750 of the deceased were never identified Just wow One of the facts I found that does a great job of emphasizing the scope of the flood is that bodies were found as far away as Cincinnati in 1911 HUGE flood The dam let loose 20 million tons of water, and the resulting wave grew as high as 35 40 feet and hit Johnstown at 40 MPH Holy crap.Well done, Jennie, for thoroughly entertaining me and inspiring my Google research spree that I eagerly used to spout Flood Facts at my disinterested husband DTo find outabout the Johnstown Flood and to see pictures oh, there are so many pictures , go here


  2. Karla Karla says:

    This has been one of the better Sunfires, and the framing of it was very effective considering one of the heroine s suitors is a newspaper reporter Each chapter begins with the day and time, giving the reader a sense of a real time unfolding of the tragedy of the 1889 Johnstown Flood That might seem pretty dull, but in the chapters leading up to the dam break, this sense of people going about their business and oblivious or dismissive or cautious of the rising waters and leaking dam did much t This has been one of the better Sunfires, and the framing of it was very effective considering one of the heroine s suitors is a newspaper reporter Each chapter begins with the day and time, giving the reader a sense of a real time unfolding of the tragedy of the 1889 Johnstown Flood That might seem pretty dull, but in the chapters leading up to the dam break, this sense of people going about their business and oblivious or dismissive or cautious of the rising waters and leaking dam did much to ramp up the tension.Jennie s been one of thebelievable heroines in the series She s not like so many others who can ride and shoot as good as any man, or is the apple of her father s eye She s poor, her family s poor, and they ve had to work hard to keep their heads above water She s also vocal about the whole issue of class, and Miner uses this to insert facts about labor struggles of the day.The suitors, too, were some of the better ones I ve encountered so far in the series One is a driven newspaper reporter, perhaps a bit too glad of the opportunities the tragedy has offered him in terms of advancing his career, but it s a natural sentiment for him The other suitor is a boy who is willing to use the opportunities given him by rich, callous men in order to achieve his own place in the world to presumably do good.There were a few minor characters, most touching of all being Jennie s friend, Millie, who ends up having to go to desperate lengths in order to keep herself honest and unbroken when she suddenly finds herself alone There s also a cameo by Clara Barton, which is also notable for its lack of fawning Usually these historical people that show up in Sunfires always praise the heroine and otherwise go on about pretty accomplished she is and otherwise make the heroine intoof a Mary Sue Barton s behavior is entirely in keeping which who she is and the matter at hand


  3. Jen Jen says:

    sigh I loved the Sunfire series when I was a kid, and decided to re read some of them It s no wonder they re out of print I realize that it s historical fiction, and therefore the olden days, and I realize that they re romances, and therefore the point is that the leads fall in love, but still One of the many nails across the chalkboard quotes in the book reads thus How good it would be to let someone else take care of her, to have a strong man in charge of her life Puh lease I know, sigh I loved the Sunfire series when I was a kid, and decided to re read some of them It s no wonder they re out of print I realize that it s historical fiction, and therefore the olden days, and I realize that they re romances, and therefore the point is that the leads fall in love, but still One of the many nails across the chalkboard quotes in the book reads thus How good it would be to let someone else take care of her, to have a strong man in charge of her life Puh lease I know, it was the time, but still The books were written in the 80 s that s 1980 s, not 1880 s so you d think there d be somesubstantial conversation about gender roles, but not so much There isn t even a good afterword about the cool history mentioned or the strides women have taken since the time period discussed This book was about the Johnstown Flood of 1889 Graphically detailed and achingly precise in smells


  4. Heidi Heidi says:

    Not one of the better Sunfires, which I read as a pre teen teenager Somehow I missed this one and Darcy, probably because I was getting too old for them as the series was wrapping up Abebooks came through with used copies, since the books are all now out of print Anyway, Jennie was way too contrived and stilted I remember the other, earlier Sunfires as being better written, and the pacing, characters, and dialogue a littlenatural Of course, I was 12 or 13 Anyway now my series is c Not one of the better Sunfires, which I read as a pre teen teenager Somehow I missed this one and Darcy, probably because I was getting too old for them as the series was wrapping up Abebooks came through with used copies, since the books are all now out of print Anyway, Jennie was way too contrived and stilted I remember the other, earlier Sunfires as being better written, and the pacing, characters, and dialogue a littlenatural Of course, I was 12 or 13 Anyway now my series is complete


  5. Shelly Shelly says:

    Reading rereading the Sunfires this summer I did not read this one when I was young I found it very interesting, historically I do not remember learning about this flood and it was protrayed well The romance was secondary and really unnecessary, but I guess that was part of this series so it had to be done It s so hard to find books at least ones that aren t dry and boring like this about American or colonial history that I m whizzing through the Sunfire series this summer.


  6. Abby Abby says:

    Waxing Nostalgic 8 Jennie is about a girl who lives through the Johnstown Flood of 1889 She has to exhibit bravery as she rides the wave down the hill and then has to be self sufficient as she works as a boomer , telegraph operator, to help her family survive She is able to heal her enmity with Jim, an old friend, and makes a new friend with brash David, a reporter.


  7. Reading with Cats Reading with Cats says:

    Jennie has a bit of an anger management issue.


  8. Katherine Katherine says:

    Not my favorite Sunfire book, but definitely worth the read Johnstown Flood.


  9. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Not a lot of romance, which was different but not bad So when the romance did happen quickly at the end, it felt forced Interesting story, though.


  10. Meghan Meghan says:

    Only giving it two stars because there aren t alot of stories about Johnstown.