[[ Free Reading ]] JessicaAuthor Mary Francis Shura – Bilb-weil.de

She lived in a time when loving the wrong man could mean exile from her home One Man would love her one man would lose herJessica had lived all her life on the flat Kansas prairie It was there, the year she turned sixteen, that Jessica fell in love The young Indian brave, Wheeling Hawk, saved her from a flood, and Jessica s heart was lost But even the most spirited young woman would have to defy her family and home for so distant a love And Jessica couldn t see in Will Reynold s eyes, where once there was anger, there now shone a love of his own


10 thoughts on “Jessica

  1. Brooke Brooke says:

    This one review is for all the Sunfire Romance books I ve read I ve read many of these teenage romances forever ago, but if you want a perfectly CLEAN romance read, these are the best There is nothing questionable or borderline in them whatsoever They all have the basic idea of one girl having to decide between two guys and all take place during some past historical period They are quick reads, even the longer ones which I enjoyedthan the shorter books.


  2. Edallia Edallia says:

    See my review of Amanda for my series overview I searched high and low for this book as a kid, I love a good frontier story and it was the first one I added to my meager Sunfire collection when this new obsession bit my brain I am actually terribly glad I read it as an adult, and not as a scatterbrained middle schooler, because I would have missed all of the beauty of this book.Yes, I m talking about a teen romance serial here Jessica is remarkably mature, realistic, and thoughtful, ev See my review of Amanda for my series overview I searched high and low for this book as a kid, I love a good frontier story and it was the first one I added to my meager Sunfire collection when this new obsession bit my brain I am actually terribly glad I read it as an adult, and not as a scatterbrained middle schooler, because I would have missed all of the beauty of this book.Yes, I m talking about a teen romance serial here Jessica is remarkably mature, realistic, and thoughtful, even for a Sunfire, and it sorta makes me go Wah Allow me to explain Jessica Findlay is a bright, capable girl living on the Kansas prairie in the 1870s She s got her nice father Patrick, a real sweetheart of a stepmother, Melanie, a couple of adorable little brothers, and a jerky new neighbor in Will Reynolds In short order, Will s wife dies in childbirth, Jessica s father says, hey, my kid hasn t got anything better to do than take care of your kid and Jessica, seething with resentment, is forced to give up a lucrative teaching job for a babysitting gig she doesn t want.But it s not all bad Jessica grows to love baby James whom she cutely nicknames Jimson, after the hardy weed and when a prairie flash flood threatens the dugout they re in, they are rescued by an alert, clever, and did I mention handsome Cheyenne brave named Wheeling Hawk This isn t one of those love conquers all romances that ignores the social and cultural gulf between two people as different as Jessica and Wheeling Hawk Although the two are soon deeply in love and meeting in secret, they are eventually discovered, and though it s hard for ourcolorblind modern eyes to understand, their love angers and frightens their respective families The thing is, Jessica s a sensible girl who knows what she needs to do, it just takes her a little time to figure out how She s already had to find a way to tell off a childhood sweetheart who s grown into a bully and had to cut ties with one unworthy friend The most satisfying thing about Jessica as a character is that she can always see the writing on the wall In a world of wishy washy romance heroines, she is absolutely refreshing.And how about that Melanie Findlay, who makes the case for stepmothers everywhere I have to walk a line between being a mother and a friend and for gently, sweetly sounding the death knell of Jessica s one great love by pointing out that neither would ever be truly welcome in the other s world Jessica knows her love affair with Wheeling Hawk has to end And that it ends maturely, with an acknowledgment that although they truly love each other, there s not a way to be together, is both realistic and heartbreaking There are a few episodic bits of Sunfire cheesiness interspersed throughout, but even a couple of seemingly irrelevant detours all add up to an important plot development at the end, which carries its own faint hint of cheesiness, but which I thoroughly enjoyed I actually won t spoil it for you Just read it and have fun Mary Francis Shura is a very dependable one of the Sunfire authors Her research blends into the story quite well, and the book as a whole feels very organic And that Will Reynolds Not the biggest jerk in the world, after all You ll definitely be singing love the one you re with at the end of this one The verdict If you don t read another Sunfire, read this one If you re collecting, track this one down at all costs


  3. Raquel Raquel says:

    Oh, Jessica This is one of my top two favorite books in the Sunfire series It s set at such an interesting time in American history and the story really shows you many elements of life at that time Jessica is such a lovable character and the overall flow of the story is really captivating It s a good read at any age and one I enjoy repeatedly.


  4. catherine james catherine james says:

    SQUEEEEEEEEE I ve spent years trying to remember this series which I ADORED as a pre teen and thanks to the intar web I ve finally found them Yes they were formulaic teen romances, but they we re also wonderfully entertaining escapism and a huge part of my childhood Dates read are best guess.


  5. Jessica Jessica says:

    Re Review April 6th, 2020 Self Isolation Day 20 To be completely honest, I didn t finish rereading this one in my re read all my Sunfires aspiration I tried I really did I just wasn t enjoying myself.Look, objectively I would recommend this book because it is decently written As I said below, there are some good action scenes and Jessica is a good protagonist She turns 16 at the beginning of the book and is unsure what she wants to do with her life She s a little lost, torn between fear Re Review April 6th, 2020 Self Isolation Day 20 To be completely honest, I didn t finish rereading this one in my re read all my Sunfires aspiration I tried I really did I just wasn t enjoying myself.Look, objectively I would recommend this book because it is decently written As I said below, there are some good action scenes and Jessica is a good protagonist She turns 16 at the beginning of the book and is unsure what she wants to do with her life She s a little lost, torn between fear of growing up and getting married and going out and getting a job She also has this cute scene where she realizes she looks at her brothersmaternally than as their big sister now I think a lot of us can see ourselves in her, which I believe makes her a strong character.It s just, after that, I only have negative feelings toward this book It s not because it s boring or poorly written It s just sort of triggering in this day in age.For starters, as mentioned in the original review, Jessica s father is somewhat controlling and overbearing Jessica gets a teaching opportunity early in the novel, and her father makes her turn it down and tells her she has to go live with a somewhat hostile stranger her eventual suitor and take care of his baby That is so messed up Now I understand, times were different back then people had to take care of each other However, he never talks to Jessica about it, he never asks her opinion He doesn t take into account her feelings, which are already all over the place It just makes me angry when I read about it.There is also Jessica s first admirer, Roy He is never an actual suitor because Jessica s inner dialogue makes it very clear she is uncomfortable with him In the sections of the book I re read, I m reminded of what a horrifying guy and scenario this guy presents We follow Jessica as she hides from him, how she dodges from riding with him in his wagon, and how he gives her an expensive gift on her birthday in front of all her neighbors basically signifying that they are going to get married one day Like, I know he s the villain, and a very realistic one at that, but it was a bit upsetting I pick up these books for fluff, not to be reminded of the MeToo movement And like I said, this character doesn t make the book bad, just not for me.Finally, the last thing about this book that makes me uncomfortable is the end Now, admittedly, I haven t read the entire book in a while, but it s not something I ve completely forgotten Spoilers somewhat incoming So the ending climax conflict revolves around a legit trial A character trial Against Jessica There is a trial where she has to go sit in front of the entire town where people analyze her character and degrade her by calling her a slu uh floozy Like, a bunch of characters go and testify against her saying how she s leading on all these men and stuff It s disgusting Was this kind of trial actually a thing Granted, this is a decent idea for a story However, all I can think about is how so many women who speak up against their rapists then getting dragged over the coals at court And no, Jessica was assaulted by anyone, but it is just too easy to connect the two with today s current environment So between the overbearing parent giving me major traumatic flashbacks and multiple ways to parallel the story to a trial that suppresses women from speaking out against their abusers, this book is not for me As I said before, it s not a bad book It s just not for me.Original Review circa 2011This book was okay It was the first Sunfire I read, because I have the same name as the main character This book really annoyed me though Her father basically controlled her He wouldn t even listen to her at all I also feel that he kind of made her decision on who to pick And the ending just seemed to come out of left field Anyway, the history stuff was cool, and the action was amazing


  6. Greymalkin Greymalkin says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a teen romance book set in kansas in the frontier days I loved this as a young girl and decided to give it a re read as an adult to see if I wanted to keep it I was surprised at how even handed and complex the relationships were in the book Nothing in it was a surprise but the formulaic relationship between the heroines and the two men she must choose between a classic Sunfire trope is made interesting by the way the cultural differences and personality clashes were dealt with The This is a teen romance book set in kansas in the frontier days I loved this as a young girl and decided to give it a re read as an adult to see if I wanted to keep it I was surprised at how even handed and complex the relationships were in the book Nothing in it was a surprise but the formulaic relationship between the heroines and the two men she must choose between a classic Sunfire trope is made interesting by the way the cultural differences and personality clashes were dealt with The secondary characters were not just window dressing but served as important anchors in the main character s growth and understanding of herself and the world she lived in Full of cliches and you see where things are going the second you meet the relevant people but there s a thread of practicality and historical detail that makes this one of thesubstantial romances of its type


  7. Shelly Shelly says:

    The Sunfire reads continue Another intereting setting I don t fully buy the ending One part was necessary, but the other wasn t developed enough I am glad to read these Sunfires to find books in these settings because I can t find many current books in them, especially outside the Christian fiction.


  8. Carrie Carrie says:

    I loved this whole series My favorite was Nicole, who was a wealthy girl who slummed it with the lower class on the Titanic She fell in love with one of the lower class boys, and then the ship sank Hmmm that sounds so much like some very popular movie I saw once but the book was written in like 1985 just sayin.


  9. Shelley Shelley says:

    My favorite Sunfire Jessica lives on the Kansas prairie Her story deviated from the formula because she had three guys instead of two, not to mention she was taking care of an infant and her aspiration was to be a wife.


  10. Mik Mik says:

    I didn t put her in after I read her how ODD of me