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Sarah's Daughter [Paperback]

Ruth Bass


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  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Gadd & Company Publishers (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977405346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977405343
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,789,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! -- My daughter loved it too! Sept. 14 2007
By Renee Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after seeing the author on CBS This Morning. It sounded like a book I'd like my daughters to read -- how it wasn't so easy physically to grow up a few generations ago. Sarah had immense struggles at home too.

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.

Excellent book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading for all ages... Aug. 4 2007
By Noth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not just a book for kids or for girls, this book has wide appeal because of its good writing, engaging plot, and fabulous characters. A must read for just about anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah's Daughter July 27 2007
By Marlyn Dietrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is a great book. You will begin reading an not want to put it down. It is like living in the past times. It is very interesting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look At A Teen's Struggle In 1800s Oct. 6 2011
By Karen Zemek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's about a grieving family in the 1880's and how the husband and his three children cope with the death of Sarah, the wife and mother. Rose, the oldest daughter, is 14 and becomes overwhelmed with taking on all that the mother did while still going to school. The father turns to alcohol and prostitution to drown his troubles.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Anne of Green Gables for Today's Young Readers June 24 2007
By Melissa Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As Anne of Green Gables for today's far more sophisticated young readers. This evocative novel, filled with vivid detail about life in rural 19th-century New England, deals with such real-life issues as mourning and loss, an unreliable parent, and the blossoming of young love. It is a great read that becomes impossible to put down as the ending nears.

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