These books were the best This was my fave. Another light, cheesy read I enjoyed as a teen. My informal project to revisit some of my beloved Sunfires continues with one that I enjoyed but that was never a favorite like Emily, Caroline, and Jacquelyn It s not at all subtle, even I think for young readers The characters are almost entirely virtuous or villainous, with little to no complexity Marilee herself is just about too perfect, aside from having a temper, which in the world of Sunfire usually comes across as spirit And, to be honest, most of her flashes of temper are directed My informal project to revisit some of my beloved Sunfires continues with one that I enjoyed but that was never a favorite like Emily, Caroline, and Jacquelyn It s not at all subtle, even I think for young readers The characters are almost entirely virtuous or villainous, with little to no complexity Marilee herself is just about too perfect, aside from having a temper, which in the world of Sunfire usually comes across as spirit And, to be honest, most of her flashes of temper are directed at people who deserve it, so it s satisfying to watch I always enjoyed the romance in this once, as it seemed like she really had two excellent choices, and one outright horrible one whose horribleness is flagged almost from the get go One problem with the book is that Marilee seems too smart to be taken in by the scoundrel, but she is, and I kind of liked that she was open about her feeling The slow growing affection between her and her eventual choice is nice, and their early sparring shows them to be equals, although I did find some of his treatment of Marilee early on to be off putting and petty Her earliest suitor really seems the best choice, both as a person and a partner But I suppose the pragmatic choice is not the romantic one The fact that the historical backdrop includes the 1622 Indian attack makes for some uncomfortable reading today, but Shura includes some dialogue early on that presents the Indians desire to fight as a legitimate choice, and the settlers claim asthan a little preposterous The Jamestown settlers themselves are shown as simply fighting to survive I also chuckled a few times at the home descriptions How many rooms did the Fordham house have Unless I ve got my history wrong possible , there are about three too many, plus a hallway The fort also seemed too big in the book, but there have been a lot of archaeological discoveries since 1985, when the book was written Anyway, this was a fun book to revisit, but mostly for the nostalgia factor I don t know that I would recommend any of these books to modern adults who don t have fond memories of them Not my favorite Sunfire book, but definitely worth the read Pilgrams I liked Merrie better. One man will love her, one protect her, one understand her Whom will she choose From the calm of England to the wilds of the new colony, Marilee is torn between three lovesUntil her father dies, Marilee lives a peaceful life in England Suddenly she must cross the ocean to Jamestown, Virginia, to join her brother and his new wife She is little prepared for the jealous resentment of her sister in law, the constant threat of Indian attacks, or so many suitors Ship s officer Philip Soames is kind and attentive but often at sea Michael Braden is dashing by mysterious and Timothy Reeves, indentured servant to her brother, is insolent but charming Thrust on her own in this forbidding land, Marilee must follow her heart to find the one she truly loves Could have beenclosely edited and Marilee should have stood up for herselfI had to keep reminding myself how different the 17th century was from now I liked the last paragraph. I liked this one, however, I could so do without people writting about Martin s Hundred It is just too sad. The book that started my love of the romance novel. 3.5 stars As I reread this book, I realized that it, too, is one of my favorites from this series I first learned of hot cross buns from this book It pulls in just enough information from history to be interesting even beyond the characters which are well wrought and engaging It s quite a sweet little romance.