Sarah's Daughter Paperback – Jun 30 2007
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Rose assumes a heavy burden of domestic duties after her mother's accidental death sends the family into a tailspin. Gruff and uncommunicative, her father, Silas, threatens to pull her out from school so she can tend house full time, ruining the bright 14-year-old's dreams of becoming a teacher. As Silas takes more and more to "the drink" and then starts carrying on quite indiscreetly with a woman in town, Rose reaches a breaking point. Her desperation and grief drive her to hold vigil at her mother's graveside, threatening her own health as a result. Set in a small New England farm community in the late 1800s, this first novel offers an absorbing glimpse of its period, rich in insights about the domestic responsibilities facing many young women, about rural life's seemingly limitless chores, and about the small pleasures that helped lessen the daily grind's sting. A caring community led by Rose's teacher brings the crisis to a hopeful and realistic resolution. O'Malley, Anne
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It's a good book for teens. My 17 year old daughter read it before I even had a chance and loved it. I'm anxious to have my 15 year old daughter read it too.
I wouldn't have my younger daughter (8) read it until she's older because it does involve more mature themes of the evils of prostitution. But it's a realistic eye-opener for older children and adults, as well, of temptations and weakness in hard times of our lives and how strength and bonds of love can keep us going.
I liked the humor in this book and found the historical look at daily living in the 1800s very interesting. The main character is likeable and well developed. The author told most of the story from Rose's point of view, even sharing her funny thoughts with the reader. It is very well written and character driven. This novel is about friendship, dysfunctional families, grief, suicide, dreams and some romance. I recommend it to anyone who likes books about teens or historical fiction.
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